Mira Tessman

Specialities: Clinical Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Hatha Yoga teacher, Yoga Therapy

Upcoming Courses

Begin 2021 with an eight-week therapeutic yoga journey where we will cultivate qualities that awaken our vitality and engagement with life.

Therapeutic Yoga is a great class for beginners, students recovering from injuries, illness, stress, and for those wanting a more peaceful practice. Therapeutic Yoga incorporates slower paced movement flows with breath awareness, gentle strength-building, joint lubrication, increasing range of motion, alignment cues that encourage a safe practice, and balancing of the nervous system for a calmer mind-state. Each class draws from a palette of yogic healing arts including gentle, yin, somatics, kriya, restorative, pranayam, yoga nidra, and meditation.

Each Sunday morning class in this eight-week series will explore a different quality of aliveness that awakens our vital connection with ourselves and with others. We will practice asana (movement and shapes), pranyam (breathing practices), along with any combination of mindfulness meditation, mudra (hand positions), manta (repeating word/phrase), and chanting as a way to weave and anchor qualities that we already possess more deeply into our body, heart, mind, and soul.

Sunday 9:15-10:30AM, Jan.3-Feb.21, 2021

Each class will be recorded on Zoom. If you are unable to attend a class, you may request the Zoom recording which will be available for two weeks, from the date of the original recording.

Cultivate qualities that awaken your vitality and engagement with life with an eight-week Therapeutic Yoga Journey in 2021.

Therapeutic Yoga is a great class for beginners, students recovering from injuries, illness, stress, and for those wanting a more peaceful practice.

Therapeutic Yoga incorporates slower paced movement flows with breath awareness, gentle strength-building, joint lubrication, increasing range of motion, alignment cues that encourage a safe practice, and balancing of the nervous system for a calmer mind-state. Each class draws from a palette of yogic healing arts including gentle, yin, somatics, kriya, restorative, pranayam, yoga nidra, and meditation.

Each class in this eight-week course will explore a different quality of aliveness that awakens our vital connection with ourselves and with others. We will practice asana (body movement and shapes), pranyam (breathing practices), along with any combination of mindfulness meditation, mudra (hand positions), manta (repeating word/phrase), and chanting.

Week One- Beginner’s Mind: Suspending Judgement

Week Two- Kindness & Friendliness: Becoming Our Own Ally

Week Three- Experiencer & Witness: Who’s Who

Week Four- Effort and Surrender: Finding Balance

Week Five- Forgiveness: Opening Our Heart & Letting Go

Week Six- Discipline: Holding Our Feet to the Fire of Truth

Week Seven- Playfulness: Love, Laughter, and Joy

Week Eight- Dedication & Devotion: Walking the Yogi Path

More about me:

In addition to teaching yoga since 2008, I am a mindfulness-based, trauma-informed licensed psychotherapist in private practice and a certified yoga therapist.

https://wellspringhealingarts.org/

http://www.heartsjourneyyoga.com/

Trauma-Informed Yoga invites us to inhabit our bodies more fully, safely explore and discover the natural joy of free movement expression.

Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIY) is a therapeutic movement style that elicits the relaxation response in our nervous system and helps to cultivate greater ease and comfort in our body again. When our body has been neglected, violated, injured, or abused, it can be difficult to fully inhabit. Each TIY class includes orienting, grounding, and centering techniques to help establish a sense of emotional safety and trust in body sensations and instincts. TIY encourages us to follow and explore our own innate impulses and discover our body’s authentic expression of joy and freedom.

TIY offers options and choices to students about how and when to participate. As a TIY teacher, I am not the “sage on the stage” showing you a yoga pose and telling you what to do, but rather a “guide on the side” offering invitations to explore and discover your own unique and heartfelt expression.

The classes offered in this series will only be available to those who sign up for the whole series (four classes), therefore we will have a closed group, creating a safe container of familiar faces in the class.

I offer these classes on a donation-bases, making this healing practice more accessible to all. Please share with others who you think may benefit from Trauma-Informed Yoga.

I look forward to meeting you!

More about me:

In addition to teaching yoga since 2008, I am a mindfulness-based, trauma-informed licensed psychotherapist in private practice and a certified yoga therapist.

https://wellspringhealingarts.org/

http://www.heartsjourneyyoga.com/

Hi, I’m Mira Tessman

“Mira” Mary E. Tessman, MA, LCPC, RYT-300, C-IAYT is an experienced mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist, a mindfulness meditation teacher, a hatha yoga teacher, and a certified yoga therapis and has been in private practice for over twenty years. She supervises graduate-level clinical psychology students and has been a college adjunct faculty psychology professor and speaker. She was co-founder/director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center for five years.

Mira has facilitated hundreds of contemplative, healing arts, and spiritual growth presentations, workshops, classes, and retreats for over two decades.

Visit Mira at www.wellspringhealingarts.org and www.heartsjourneyyoga.com

initially started yoga as an antidote to my sedentary lifestyle and to improve my flexibility. I was hooked after my first class with Mira. It was transformational. I get something out of every class and workshop. Aside from the physical benefits, I feel a great sense of well-being in her classes, and see many parallels between what happens there and other aspects of my life. She is a true expert and teacher on so many levels.

Paul

I love Mira and have been taking her Sunday morning yoga class for years. It keeps me grounded both mentally and physically. Mira has such a passion for yoga and her own practice that resonates. Her classes blend a variety of postures, breathwork and a reading at the end that is just perfect!

Leslie, Educator

Every yoga class with Mira is stimulating for my body, mind and spirit. Always offering accommodations/options, Mira inspires me with her intuitive readings, challenges me to strengthen not strain and encourages me to recognize the harmony and peaceful energy in my own being. Plus her classes are FUN! Mira Tessman is truly an amazing, gifted yoga instructor!

Carolyn Geraghty, Retired Educator, Full tIme Family Activist

Mira offers a supportive, creative and fun environment in all her classes. Her Therapeutic Yoga class is especially wonderful and has really helped me to manage my low back pain.

Sharon, Baltimore MD

'Try yoga and meditation before Prozac; it can help elevate & stabilize mood.'

My Story

“Mira” Mary E. Tessman, MA, LCPC, C-IAYT has been practicing yoga off and on for over 25 years and started teaching yoga in 2006. Mira is a certified yoga therapist, completed a 300-Hr training, currently teaches several classes a week, and offers private yoga therapy in the Baltimore area.

Mira views her yoga and meditation practice as the most consistent and potent sources of spiritual, mental, and physical strength and support in her life. Besides teaching yoga, Mira is a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist and uses a mindfulness-based approach in her private practice.

She suggests to her clients, “Try yoga and meditation before Prozac; it can help elevate & stabilize mood.” Mira has been facilitating expressive arts, healing, meditation, and spiritual growth workshops, retreats and groups since 1994. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct psychology professor. Mira was co-founder and co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center in Towson for five years.

Mira enjoys planning yoga routines, traveling to exotic places (Bali is her favorite!), and also likes to dance, hike, kayak, bicycle, and hang out with her family and good friends.

YOGA FOR EVERY BODY