Happy & Healthy
Yoga teacher and studio owner Tessa Clemson has transformed people’s lives, empowering them to have confidence and strength in body and mind. Photography: Kirsten Platt
Tessa Clemson has an exciting programme of yoga classes and workshops at her studio in Great Harwood, to enhance mindfulness and relaxation as we head into 2022.
Having first trained with Indian teachers in Dubai in 2016, Tessa now specialises in pre-natal and post-natal classes, alongside four other yoga experts who teach different styles of classes for all age groups and abilities from her studio. Tessa also offers yoga to nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools, as she was previously a primary school teacher working in both the UK and abroad.
The studio hosts events in collaboration with local specialist practitioners, making it a real hub of the community, with a variety of yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing on offer.
“Many people have an image of yoga – they think that you have to be super-flexible and fit but that’s not what it’s all about.
“It’s about creating a community that’s very much focused on wellness. For me, yoga is being happy, healthy and feeling alive. It is being grateful, taking some time to step back and be away from outside distractions. How often do we have time away from our phones, the TV or laptops and just breathe and relax? That is what we offer,” explains Tessa, who hit the national headlines when she had a baby a few days before the first lockdown in 2020.
“I taught free online yoga classes for pregnant mums during lockdown. It was really lovely taking them through their journey, especially as I had been pregnant with them all just a couple of weeks earlier,” adds Tessa.
Re-opening her studio in Great Harwood after lockdown, Tessa and her teachers have displayed a remarkable agility to adapt and still take a number of classes via Zoom, with a worldwide reach: “We have had people join from Cumbria, London, Paris, Dubai and even India – it’s amazing!”
“We all know that many of us have got used to not going out so I really want to get across how friendly and welcoming we are,” says Tessa, whose eldest yoga student is 95!
“It really does benefit all ages. It’s something different – peaceful and energising. We have a range of classes on offer at the studio and a really exciting line-up of events coming up, so do come along and see what we do!”
For a full timetable and to book onto a class, workshop, or event please visit: tessaclemsonyoga.com