Teresa Lynn Espenas
In 2005 Teresa started to really listen to the intuitive voice within her. Knowing there was a deep need for change in her life, Teresa left New York City and traveled around the world on a journey to heal herself. Jet lagged she wandered in the early morning to her first yoga class in Sydney, Australia…It was love at first practice. “I knew I had found something that deeply connected with my core. I felt like I was doing something I already knew. I thought to myself; I can change. I can do this. I can feel like this everyday.” After returning to the states, she became a very dedicated yoga practitioner. In the years following, she explored Bikram, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and is now a devoted Ashtanga yogini finding unparalleled peace and joy in the practice.
While watching insurmountable change flourish within her own life, she became inspired by the idea she could help others heal themselves both mentally and physically by actualizing their own innate powers. She began obtaining an education and training in the healing arts. In 2006, she studied meditation at the International Hermitage of Suan Mokkh in Thailand under the guidance of Ajarn Poh. Here she began to understand the use of yoga as preparation for meditation. In 2008 she completed her 200-hr Yoga Alliance certification at Yoga Now with Amy Beth Treciokas. She also took a pilgrimage to deepen her practice in early 2009 when she traveled to India to study with her Guru Sharath at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore.
Teresa is also an advocate for women and building communities. She passionately works as a doula helping mothers prepare their body, mind and spirit for birth. After completing her DONA Birth Doula training in 2010, she desired to deepen her knowledge of pregnancy and birth. Inspired by the work of Ina May Gaskin, Teresa went directly to the source and had the pleasure of studying with the extraordinary, globally renowned group of midwives on The Farm at the Midwifery Assistant workshop in Spring 2011. Most recently, during the third trimester of her pregnancy, she ventured to Minneapolis and completed her RPYT certification with the Prenatal Yoga Goddesses Sarah Longacre and Stacy Seebart at Blooma Yoga. She gave birth to her first child here in Chicago on February 1, 2012.
She feels her teaching inspiration is beyond her worldly senses, it comes from the desire to help individuals turn within and listen to the wisdom we all have. It is just a matter of being quiet and creating the space to simply remember.
Yoga lends us strength both mentally and physically.
It gives grace and hope and peace and love...