Testimonials

  • “Before I began practising with Tessa one year ago, I had viewed yoga as a stress relieving, body strengthening part of my weekly routine. In the year since, I have embraced my practise as a way of life. Tessa’s classes challenged my body while it strengthened my acceptance of my physical and spiritual self. My body feels healthier and stronger than ever, resulting in the first year I haven’t made a chiropractic appointment in over ten years. Tessa’s classes are the only ones where I have felt such a strong connection to the teacher. Her dedication to her students shines through in every class. I adore her for taking the time to get to know each student and learning when to challenge us to push harder or when to step back and accept our limits as they change daily. Her knowledge shines through as she guides us into proper alignment and posture in our poses. Tessa’s energy and spirit is contagious and I was honoured to attend her retreat in Nicaragua. This was one of the best experiences I have ever gifted to myself. I highly recommend anyone who wants to embrace themselves in all aspects of yoga, acceptance, fun, beauty, peace and if you want it, a great all-over-your-body-but-kick to join her next retreat. You will forever thank yourself. ~ Deanna”

  • “After many years of insomnia, anxiety, depression and hip, back and shoulder pain, I thought I would give Yoga one more try. Well, who knew what a fantastic journey would unfold! Tessa, you have been one the biggest factors in my recognition, recovery and growth as I move into my 50s! I plan to keep you in my back pocket for as long as possible! You have taught me much through your patience, encouragement, gentle guidance and understanding. Not only has my physical practice grown, more surprisingly and just as importantly (maybe more so) my spiritual practice has been supported and nurtured. Thank you, thank you , I feel blessed to have found you. ~ Leah”

  • “Tessa is a ‘true gem’ in the Yoga teacher world (!), and she has played an important role in my way to improved health and wellness. With a restrictive right hip, it has been challenging for me to find types of exercise that i am capable of doing. With guidance from Tessa on modifications of certain ‘poses’ i have actually improved my level of fitness and i am at a much better place than several years ago. Tessa’s classes are enjoyable and motivating and always something i look forward to in my day. With much gratitude ~ Rose :)”

  • “Thank you so much for guiding us on this journey! It is wonderful for my daughter to have found some fitness that she truly enjoys and intends to practice “all her life!” It definitely helps the pain in her back which feels so much better and I honestly believe is looking better as well. We are loving yoga and are always amazed at how awesome we feel after class! I am just beginning to understand (through readings) the connections between body and breathing and mind and spirit… and understanding what happens sometime in class with the emotions — and feel it is all so good and fascinating. I am very thankful that my daughter wanted to try yoga and that I went along with her and that we “happened” to pick your classes! 🙂 Many, many thanks for so much — that you don’t/can’t even realize — but should know that it is making a big difference in our lives and we thank you for passing on your knowledge and for the example that you are in many ways. We see a balance and a kindness and a calmness with you and appreciate all the teaching and encouraging you do about our bodies and safe poses, as well as the words that tell us to accept ourselves and where we are, and the bits of wisdom you pass on that stay with us. Thank you~ anonymous”

  • “I want to thank you for doing what you do and for being you. I know yoga is your career and that you understand the meaning and impact of what you do but I still want to let you know the contribution you have made to my life. Meeting you and benefiting from your teaching has added a great deal of value to my life – it has truly enhanced my physical and mental wellbeing. Since attending your classes I have been relieved of pain that I have lived with for years and sessions with you have been an important reprieve from the busyness of my daily life and have provided me the opportunity to get grounded and present and be mindful of how I want to be at work and in my personal life. I think you are a gifted individual, with a wonderful and gracious (and fun!) spirit and mindset. I am thankful that our paths crossed and hope they cross again. ~ anonymous “

  • “I would like very much to share my positive results with others. We did something yesterday that really helped ease the pain in the lower back. Just love the strap around the shoulder and chest, feels really good. I feel we are making good progress. I can’t thank Jo enough for thinking of me when he suggested I try some sessions with you. I also thank you for your patience and understanding. I do put the time in and I think it is showing. Hope you have a great long weekend. Many thanks ~ Steve.”

  • “Tessa is a wonderful instructor. She has a thorough knowledge of yoga and her ability to teach students at multiple levels all at once is amazing. She offers various stages for every pose, so everybody from beginners to more advanced students can be comfortable and enjoy a challenge if they wish. Tessa is able to give attention to individuals’ needs without singling anybody out, and she has a calm, encouraging, positive manner that makes every class very enjoyable. I come out of yoga class feeling relaxed and knowing I have given my body a good workout. I have recommended Tessa’s yoga class to friends and would do so again in a heartbeat. Thanks for helping me find the benefits of regular yoga practice, Tessa!”

  • “Tessa is such an incredibly bright light, and her energy is so inspiring! She is such a caring yoga instructor, and works with me and my body in our chair yoga classes. Her passionate for yoga is so infectious. I am so fortunate that she has come into my life, and is helping me heal the fun way!!”

  • “Tessa is very knowledgeable and thorough instructor. She is an excellent teacher possessing the ability to teach a class with advanced and beginner students and is attentive to each of their needs. She is professional with a healthy sense of humour. It is obvious she takes her practice very seriously in that she practices what she teaches. Over the course of almost a year, I have noticed an improvement in my posture, my strength and an overall awareness of my body which I didn’t have previously on the same level. She is one of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure of knowing.”

  • “I’ve been a member at Club Phoenix since January this year, and formerly a fitness instructor myself for over 15 years. This email is to let you know how impressed I am with Tessa’s yoga instruction. Having practiced yoga for a number of years at various facilities around Victoria, Vancouver, and Salt Spring, she is one of the best instructors I’ve ever come across. Her approach, cueing, knowledge and overall instruction is excellent and I told her this at last week’s class. I also told her that Club Phoenix is fortunate to have a yoga instructor of her calibre.”

  • “Dear everyone, Yoga with Tessa Hamelin has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Since beginning about 2 years ago, I have noticed many differences in my body and health. Some of the changes include increased flexibility as well as improvement with balance and core strength. Working with Tessa has taught me how to calm and clear my mind while focusing on breathing techniques and her guidance has helped me overcome two years of insomnia and achieve overall balance in my life. Tessa’s understanding of each individual person that attends her classes makes even the group classes very custom. I will forever support this incredibly talented and gifted instructor and think that everyone could benefit from attending her classes.”

  • “I’ve be practicing Yoga with Tessa for three years now, and I find her wisdom in classes healing and inspirational in many ways. As a martial artist, I spend much time fighting and becoming stronger, but I also must become more supple and relaxed. My cross training studies with Tessa have helped me with the meditative and calming practices I so often miss when wrapped up in the high speed of defense training. Also her classes free my body from tense muscles and hard feelings I hold onto unwillingly. The effects of her practice ripple deep into my life and training now, making challenges more approachable and finding relaxation a simple and daily practice. Thank you Tessa. You are a wonderful and loving person, and run excellent rejuvenating classes. See you soon!”

  • “I’m a very inflexible 60 year old guy who tried some classes years ago but felt I was straining too much to continue. I’ve had hip flexor problems for 18 months & have tried various treatments and stretches with little improvement. One session with Tessa & I noticed a big difference. I think it’s a combination of finding the right level and having Tessa take the time to be sure my technique was correct for me to be comfortable and to get the best results. I can’t wait to keep up with this to try to keep physically active with less pain and fewer injuries.”

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