Yoga is the pathway home to my true, authentic Self. One of my favorite yoga teachers, Kate Holcombe, says that if she could sum up the entire Yoga Sutra in one word it would be this: CHOICE. Life has dealt me some pretty unpleasant cards — a chaotic and unstable childhood, a serious eating disorder, chronic depression and anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress. At one point I felt so lost, I thought I wouldn’t make it. But with steady and dedicated yoga study and practice, I realized that I have agency over these and all circumstances — I can choose to be bound and identified with these circumstances, or I can shift my perspective and do my best to see them as learning opportunities for deep personal transformation. What will you choose?
Who Inspires You?
Empowered people who stand in their truth, who have been through the depths of their own suffering and have emerged stronger and more loving because of this journey. People who are aren’t afraid to be their real, authentic selves; who speak with honesty and integrity. People who know how to show up, get their hands dirty to perform their work in the world while still take really good care of themselves!
Three Words that Describe your Teaching Style:
Inviting. Nourishing. Soulful.
Where is your calm place?
I love being in community and sharing space with the people I love. But when I need to recharge, I seek out quiet alone time, preferably in a tranquil, natural setting. I am currently writing this from one of my favorite retreat centers on the Sonoma Coast, surrounded by redwoods, animals, fresh air, and sunshine — a spacious place where I can unplug from the demands of day-to-day life and plug into the loving, nurturing nature of my own spirit.
Current guilt pleasure?
I keep Hanson’s ‘Mmmm Bop’ on my iPod for any time I feel blue and am in need of an emergency private dance party.
Chelsea is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with 4 years of study and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and is currently completing her 1000 hour certification in Somatic Yoga Therapy. She has been fortunate enough to study with a rich roster of teachers including Janice Gates, Jill Satterfield, Prashanti de Jager, Mariana Kaplan, and Kate Holcombe. To read more about Chelsea’s story using the yogic path to overcome addiction, major depression and anxiety, and an eating disorder, read her article ‘Trudging the Road to Joy’ on TheYoke.com: http://tinyurl.com/trudging-the-road-to-joy. To work personally with Chelsea to find peace and freedom from your own related struggles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free discovery session today!