I tried yoga in 2016 while working out a lot as a way to stretch out my muscles and increase my range of motion. I remember being sore after my first class and noting that it was at least a good workout, but after my 3rd class, I was in love with yoga. I left each yoga session with a sense of peace and calmness that carried with me through each week and made me look forward to my next weekly session. After the yoga studio I was attending closed, I searched for another nearby studio, but was unable to find one due to my rural home location. I missed the serenity that yoga brought me, so I kept searching, and found a studio in Columbia Station that offered yoga teacher training that started up again in a week. I was so excited to learn all about yoga, the correct body alignments and poses so I could do yoga properly and get the most out of it! I completed the 8-month, 200-hour level teacher training at Bhumi’s Yoga and Wellness Center in October 2017, and I learned that beyond healing stretching and strengthening exercise, yoga can be a method of finding peace that one can carry with them through their whole lives. I hope to share this love of yoga with my community.

~Tessa Owen~