After years providing manual therapy to hospice patients – my body started to wear out. I took some time off to study Yin Yoga, which helped soothe all the tendinitis and repetitive stress I accumulated in my body after years of hospice work. I’ve completed certification programs in Structural Yoga Therapy, Teacher Training through Core Pore Yoga and I also graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy with 1000+ hours of education in medical massage therapy and sports massage. I do what I do to remind people that they are important. I am grateful to be able to watch class after class of students explore their bodies, explore their breath, relax and become more mindful and strong. I'm always looking for the yoga in things. I believe that yoga really begins once a student has let go of expectations, traditions, habits and distractions and let themselves to be wholly present in their bodies, free to create their own yoga based on doing what feels good.
Tessa has been studying Yoga under the tutelage of, Rosie Acosta, since May of 2016. She acquired her yoga teaching certification in October 2016 through Yoga Works. Tessa has been practicing yoga since 2002 and has dabbled in several varieties of yoga; Vinyasa, Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, Hatha, Pranayama, Mantra, and Meditation.
Tessa is passionate about using yoga as a vehicle to heal and attune oneself to a deeper level of self-understanding. She loves to infuse her classes with music, essential oil, and loving hands on adjustments to ensure that students leave the mat with a feeling of peace and purpose. She strongly believes that showing others the way to themselves through yoga is her duty in life. We all have this innate gift of being able to tap into our heart space, to be still listen and receive the medicine of life, sometimes all we need is a reminder and the space held for us.
Sarasvati began dancing at the age of 3 and played all types of sports growing up. At the age of 16, I took Vocational Medical Science and begin studying college level anatomy and physiology. She took my first yoga class at age 19 and studied with Ki McGraw and Bob Smith at the Hatha Yoga Center in Seattle Washington.
After having 2 children and co-owning a busy Portland studio, her stress drew her toward neurobiology. Robert Sapolsky's National Geographic documentary, Stress, changed her life. For years she spent my nights up memorizing Sapolsky's lecture information on neuroendocrinology from Stanford University. Sarasvati studied Interpersonal Neurobiology at Portland State University and also studied the neuroscience of yoga and trauma at Kripalu with Harvard Psychologist, Dr. Jim Hopper.
She has been teaching 14 years & I have spent the last 5 years focusing on mental health, gut/digestive, sleep and their connection to yoga and meditation. Sarasvati teaches regular classes at Root as well as teaches workshops, TT sections and international retreats about Sleep, Neurobiology, Anxiety and Depression, PTSD, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, the Chakras and more.