Teri Almquist is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. She was raised with her four sisters in Medford, Massachusetts, by her parents, Jane, a stay-at-home mom, and Henry, a firefighter. Her parents, as well as her grandfather, who was the sergeant of police in Medford, instilled in her a sense of community and duty of service to others.
In 1984 Teri started a family, and she now has two daughters. When her daughters were younger, Teri worked in a variety of settings as a mental health care worker. Her work focused primarily on engaging with the Deaf Mentally Retarded/Mentally Ill population. In 1995, while at work, Teri sustained a spinal injury to her neck that severely impaired her ability to move her head. Despite the injury, she continued to work in the mental health field for many years.
In 1996 Teri moved her family to Haverhill to continue her education at Northern Essex Community College. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in Deaf Studies and became a Sign Language Interpreter. Teri went on to work as a freelance interpreter as well as running the Deaf Studies Lab at NECC, a position she held for eight years.
Teri was introduced to Bikram Yoga by her sister. She realized instantly that yoga would heal her neck injury. After just a few months of practice she saw great improvement to her head movement, and she continued a regular yoga practice.
Teri left her job at NECC in 2005 to pursue her newfound passion for yoga. She went to Los Angeles to train to become a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. Teri taught in West Roxbury, Stoughton, Swampscott and other Bikram studios in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Her goal was always to open a Bikram Yoga Studio in the Merrimack Valley area to allow others to reap the benefits this practice brought to her.