About Tess

Certified personal trainer | Registered Yoga Teacher | Coach

Tess is an Internationally recognized fitness expert. She has studied various movement practices as a means of transformational healing for over 33 years. Her in-depth studies include Ecstatic Dance, Yoga Dance, Dance Meditation, Sacred Shamanic Dance, and the Five Rhythms by Gabriel Roth. 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 successful yoga and 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 served as a preventive health counselor for the Hawaiian Medical Service Association. Over the years she has built a successful personal training enterprise.
She brings the wealth of her movement experiences to Sunrise as an instructor of yoga, movement exploration, personal training, and functional fitness. Her teaching emphasizes movement that enhances everyday activity and quality of life. This focus improves the natural range of motion present in the body. Each person’s unique body type is considered and the foundation of each class is the present moment awareness of breath.
Tess continues to teach, perform and facilitate her integrated holistic body, mind and heart training. Tess organized two non-profit dance projects that were produced at the Lensic Performance Center of Santa Fe in 2012 and 2014.
To further integrate mind, body, heart and spirit in her instruction, Tess is attending Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. She is enrolled in their graduate program in pursuit of a counseling psychology degree to combine psychotherapy into various movement practices.

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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