About Tess

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Tess Yong started dance & athletic training at age eleven in South Korea. She immigrated to Hawaii at age eighteen and started weight lifting along with her dance and yoga studies. She discovered that these physical activities brought her a great deal of solace. Through various serious physical trainings, she found a way to get in touch with her inner self. Her love of physical training led her to become a personal trainer and she started training for fitness competitions. Since then she has competed successfully in numerous fitness competitions and even won the Natural Hawaiian Classic Bodybuilding competition. Her obsession in the pursuit of physical perfection was fueled by her desire to become a woman of solid foundation and inner strength. Her passionate work ethic and her success in fitness competitions led her into a successful personal training enterprise, modeling, television and film work as well as stage presentations. She hosted a weekly fitness segment called “Fit For Life with Tess Yong,” on the morning news of KHNL(channel 8) for about two years. She also served as a preventive health counselor for the Hawaiian Medical Service Association. Tess‘s passion for health and well being extended to her native country Korea where she was televised in all the major Korean TV networks as a fitness expert. She published a book in health and fitness in Korean and also made two videos along with 200 short exercise clips for the various Korean internet networks.  After years of being disciplined in physical training, Tess yearned for softness and openness. In 2005, she started ardently studying the Five Rhythms by Gabriel Roth, Ecstatic Dance, Dance meditation, Yoga and Sacred Shamanic Dance. She has been teaching, performing and facilitating her authentically integrated, holistic body training that is based in her multidisciplinary studies in yoga, dance, body sculpting, meditation and shamanic dance.

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Fitness Competitions

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

1999 Beauty and the Beast Physique Competition participant

1998 National Eliminator Obstacle Challenge participant

1998 Natural Bodybuilding Physique Competition 2nd place