Yong at Heart & Body Wholistic Services
NASM Certified Personal Trainer | Registered Yoga Teacher | Body Centered Psychotherapy | Ceremonial Dancer | Movement Facilitator | Korean Origin Body Work
Tess is an Internationally recognized body, mind and spirit practioner. She has studied various movement practices as a means of transformational healing for over 33 years. Her movement explorations and studies include Korean/Hawaiian/Modern/Ecstatic/Five Rhythms Dance , Yoga, Nia, Pilates, Maritial Arts, Western Style Body Sculpting, Gymnastic, and Inner Energy Movement through Pranayama. Along with her diverse movement practices, she recently completed a Korean style massage method called “Kyung Rak.” Tess teaches movement as the way to find inner freedom in the body, mind, and heart. She knows the body as the medium for transformative alchemy and healing of the psyche. Tess’s personal journey has shown her that the body has the power to heal itself physically and psychologically through movement.
During an early phase of her career, Tess’s undivided dedication to her body sculpting practice led to an invitation to compete in a nationally televised (ESPN) fitness competition. She went on to compete successfully in 13 fitness competitions nationally and internationally, and earned many titles. Tess was a runner up in the Natural Olympia Physique Competition where she had to win 3 preliminaries prior to the final competition that pitted her against winners from all 50 US states.
Her success in fitness competitions led her into television and film work as a fitness expert in Hawaii and her native Korea. She also served as a preventive health counselor for the Hawaiian Medical Service Association.
Since 2015, Tess has been collaborating with Sunrise Springs Wellness Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has created an Wholistic Movement and Functional Fitness department and has been teaching yoga, movement meditation, one to one and group personal training, and functional fitness/flexibility classes. Her teaching emphasizes movement that enhances everyday activity and quality of life. This focus improves the natural range of motion present in the body. Tess sensitively considers each person’s uniqueness and her foundation of teaching is deeply rooted in the present moment awareness of breath and felt senses.
With her full teaching schedules, she continues to perform her ceremonial dance. In 2012 and 2014, Tess organized two non-profit dance projects that were produced at the Lensic Performance Center of Santa Fe, NM.
To further integrate and deepen her practices, she has been studying in pursuit of a counseling psychology degree at South Western College’s graduate program in Santa Fe. She is now combining various movement practices into the field of psychology to better nurture her clients.
2002 Miss Aloha Physique Competition 4th Place, Best Leg Winner
2001 National Model Quest Physique Competition 2nd Place
2001 Natural Olympia National Physique Competition 1st place
2001 Maui Natural Hawaiian Island Fitness Competition 1st Place
2001 Hawaiian Island Fitness State Championship 2nd place
2001 Hawaiian Classic Bodybuilding Competition Open Division Winner
2000 Hawaiian Island Fitness State Championship 2nd place
2000 Designer’s Body Physique Competition 1st place
1999 Ms. BayFest Women’s Fitness Competition 1st place
1999 Designer’s Body Physique Competition 2nd Place
1998 ESPN Beauty and The Beast Physique Competition Participant
1998 National Eliminator Obstacle Challenge participant in LA, CA
1998 Natural Bodybuilding Physique Competition 2nd place