Téana grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where she developed an early love of movement and the natural world. As a child, she was a gymnast, dancer, and downhill skier.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Theater with an emphasis in Movement from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she studied Playwriting, Producing, and Somatics including Body-Mind Centering, Developmental Movement Technique, and Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice.
In New York City, where she lived from 2009 – 2019, Téana apprenticed and certified in Pilates through The Art of Fitness (lineages of Carola Trier and Roman Kryzanowski), studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, and trained in Thai Yoga Massage. She was the Director of Pilates at David Barton Gym in Manhattan’s East Village and an instructor at The Pilates Local. Téana is the founder of Six Petals Retreats, hosting yearly get-aways that combine movement and meditation at regenerative farms in Costa Rica. In addition to teaching Pilates, she is a writer and producer of documentaries, messaging campaigns, and livestreams that focus on environmental and social justice issues.