When and How did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga in 2003, after meeting a yoga teacher at a get together at a friends house. I was attracted to her necklace and she told me it was the OM symbol and that I should come to her yoga class on Sunday from 3-5pm. Being super excited and curious, I went that following Sunday. I was full of laugher and joy while practicing and really enjoyed myself. At the end in Savasana, tears rolled down my face for no apparent reason. From that moment on, I knew yoga was something special and I always practice 5-6 days a week.
How has it helped you off the mat?
Yoga is truly a metaphor for life. It has helped me realize a much needed philosophy for living my life. Yoga is about discipline and consistency. 1% each day equals 1,000,000% life. All that you practice, compounds over time. This is what Pattabhi Jois meant when he said, “do your practice and all is coming.”
When did you decide you wanted to teach yoga, and where/ with whom did you do your teacher training?
I never thought I would teach yoga because I loved it so much. I didn’t think I could ever do the practice justice, but when my teacher Larry Schultz told me I was ready to teach after 6 years of practicing with him, I thought he could be right. I enrolled in It’s Yoga San Francisco 200 hour yoga teacher training program in January 2009. It was the best way to start the new year. It was a 28 day intensive and it forever opened my eyes that teaching yoga was the only way I could dedicate myself to as a career.
What styles are you most influenced by in your teaching, and who are your favorite teachers?
I’m heavily influenced by Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. I’ve practiced these three disciplines the most. I think its given me the versatility to teach a wide-range of classes. My classes have a deep focus on linking breath with movement and my main mission is to facilitate a space where the students completely let go of where they are during one of my classes.
I’ve been so fortunate to have had great teachers before me. Robin Pickel student to Indra Devi, Larry Schultz student of SRI K. Pattabhi Jois, Meir Leshem, Nancy Goldstien, and Riayn Schumacher.
What are your favorite yoga related books or DVD’s?
My favorite DVD’s are Peaceful Warrior and Yoga Unveiled. Yoga Unveiled is an amazing documentary about the history of yoga and its passage from east to west. Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman is absolutely amazing!
What do you like to do when you’re not doing yoga?
I’m always practicing some sort of yoga in my life. Asana practice is just a small part of yoga. However, I love working with my husband on our small business with Nerium International. Also, I love helping people and am always willing to lend my services, time, or resources. Namaste
I love Chelsea’s slow flow class, she is such a great teacher…. just the right amount of spirituality combined with an adorable disposition. Her voice rhythmically and effortlessly flows in conjunction with the slow flow….. SOO SOOOTHING, SO CAALMING SO REELAXING AND SO COOMFORTING!Kika