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.  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 earned many titles.

Her obsession in the pursuit of physical perfection was fueled by her deep 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, television and film work: 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 in Oahu, Hawaii.  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 fitness and yoga dvd clips for the various Korean internet networks.   

In 2005, she started ardently studying the Five Rhythms by Gabriel Roth, Ecstatic Dance, Yoga Dance, Dance meditation, and Sacred Shamanic Dance.  She moved to Santa Fe in 2010 and is continuing to teach, perform and facilitate her authentically integrated, wholistic body, mind and heart training.   She organized two non-profit dance projects with the Santa Fe local dancers and Musicians in 2012 and 2014 which were performed at the Lensic Performance Center. Currently she is attending South Western College’s Graduate Program  in pursuit of counseling Psychology to combine psychotherapy into various movement practices that she has been studying for about 33 years.

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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

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