Chelsey Moss found her way to yoga by way of a doctor’s recommendation after a breast cancer diagnosis in her early 30s. Over time and through the right instruction she came to understand and love the practice. She has now been in remission for nearly 10 years and credits her yoga practice in part for her healing. She continued to study yoga and eventually completed her 500-hour certification to teach. Now, with the help of a loan from the Oregon Investment Board (OIB), a fund staffed by Mid-Columbia Economic Development Center, Moss has opened her own studio, Big Buddha Yoga, in downtown Hood River.
Moss noted there were challenges to opening the studio during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she hopes the studio will help the community heal emotionally from the trauma of the pandemic and reinvest in their wellness. “I think that’s one thing that yoga really cultivates in people is just that inner connection and knowing your body, understanding your body and supporting your body,” Moss said in a recent story in the Columbia Gorge News. The full story is here.
Big Buddha Yoga is located at 201 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.