A yoga teacher is opening a new wellness space for all the community to enjoy.

Tessa Clemson, who until this week was running and teaching yoga out of a studio in Glebe Street, Great Harwood, has purchased a former mill building round the corner in Mill Street.

With the help of her family and friends, she has transformed it into a bespoke space for yoga, children’s clubs, holistic therapies and more.

Miss Clemson, who is pregnant with her second child, and recently wrote a book called ‘Yogi Baby’, opened Tessa Clemson Yoga in 2019, providing yoga classes for the people of Great Harwood and beyond.

But since then, her vision has changed and blossomed – and outgrowing the Glebe Street studio meant she needed somewhere else to call home and bring her plethora of ideas to life.

Lancashire Telegraph: A sneak peak upstairs in the new studioA sneak peak upstairs in the new studio (Image: Tessa Clemson)

The 35-year-old said: “Since starting off living abroad and first learning yoga back in 2015 I wanted to bring a sense of community and connection to my local area.

“After moving back and deciding to pursue my dream of teaching yoga full time, I taught across the local area including in Rishton, Whalley, Clitheroe, Blackburn, going in schools, workplaces and nurseries to try to reach as many people as possible.

“The success of my classes meant I could move my sessions to one space, which is where my previous studio opened in 2019.

“The last few years have been tough with Covid plus my first baby arriving on the brink of the first lockdown in 2020, but the challenges we’ve faced have made me more determined to realise my dreams.

“I always wanted to create a wellness space and centre for the community that could provide a range of sessions and experiences for people to enjoy.

“We’ve been working hard over the last few months to renovate a beautiful old mill in the centre of Great Harwood to restore it back to its former glory and create a mixed-use space that will offer yoga, baby classes, children’s clubs and events, massage, reflexology and acupuncture plus much more.”

Classes are currently being transitioned from Glebe Street over to the new studio in Mill Street and to celebrate this next phase of Tessa Clemson Yoga as not only a brand, but as a community interest company, Miss Clemson is holding an open day on Saturday (April 29) and wants as many people to attend as possible.

She went on: “We are so excited to share our vision and the beautiful venue with everyone this Saturday at our open day from 10am until 2pm.

“We want it to be a celebration, and everyone to come down, meet our fantastic teachers and see what an amazing space it is."

The new studio is spread across two floors and has two studio rooms, a kitchen, an office and a space for holistic therapies. 

Lancashire Telegraph: Tessa Clemson in her new studioTessa Clemson in her new studio (Image: Tessa Clemson)

And Miss Clemson's vision is to provide a diverse and inclusive space to inspire curiosity and self-discovery while promoting positive health and wellbeing.

She added: "We are offering a free yoga class to everyone who pops in on the day (whether a new or existing yogi) and we will have lots of beautiful merchandise for sale, including my new book Yogi Baby, with a limited amount of 150 copies to buy on the day (presale opens next week).

“The new studio is for all ages and abilities, for people to enjoy all activities, and to meet new people.”

Miss Clemson employs more than four yoga teachers offering a range of classes from beginners yoga, restorative, yin, and gentle yoga, through to the more challenging vinyasa flow classes.

She also holds baby yoga, pregnancy yoga and over 60s yoga classes and is looking to grow the timetable even more in the future. 

The open day will be held at Tessa Clemson Yoga on Mill Street, Great Harwood, this Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

No experience of yoga is required and anyone interested in finding out about the classes and what else the studio has to offer is invited to come along on the day.