About the Owner Tamera Bahar- In 2009, Baron Baptiste asked me to close my eyes and imagine myself five years from now. I said to myself: “I’m going to own a hot power yoga studio in Brooklyn.” It was the first time the idea came to my mind, yet all of the sudden I had this drive, this fire. I started training a year before, in 2008. I loved my job: I was successful, I was doing interesting work, I was working at a leading ad agency, I was making great money. But I always felt like I was missing something and that I needed to do more with my life. My search for answers started with training — I had no idea it would lead me to Tangerine. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. There was no book on how to open a yoga studio; I didn’t have a step-by-step guide showing me the way. So everyday, I took 3-5 actions that would help get me closer to my dream. I set up meetings with anybody I could: business owners, yoga teachers, contractors, architects. The only power I had was words — that was it. One day, I ran into a student who happened to be a commercial real estate broker. She asked what I was up to and I told her. “I can help you,” she said. That’s when it all started to happen. Against everyone’s advice, I started looking at spaces. I didn’t have money, I just had a dream. Even as I started to make progress, I hit walls. I tried to sell my apartment, but I knew it wasn’t the answer. I searched for investors, but couldn’t find the right fit. All signs were pointing to no, but I did my best to stay relaxed, calm and focused on my dream. In May 2014, I got the call. There was a space available a few blocks from my apartment. I jumped on the opportunity to see it, brought my architect, and confirmed what I deeply hoped to be true: it was a great space for a yoga studio. We signed our lease on Oct. 9, 2014, five years from when I first manifested my dream of opening a studio. And though no construction projects come without bumps (and some bruises), Tangerine opened.