YOGA with CHELSEA
Over the past 11 years teaching yoga in Austin (and beyond), I have been amazed, humbled, stretched, and grown in so many ways. I've taught yoga to homeless people, cancer survivors, corporate executives, elite athletes, housewives, war veterans, kids in detention centers, schools, and the list goes on! But my passion lies in bringing yoga to teenagers. I taught Texas' first Off-campus P.E. program, enabling students in Austin ISD to get school credit for doing yoga four times a week. The program was so much more than I expected, and these kids' lives were transformed! I also lead yoga and served as a youth mentor for over 8 years at the Global Youth Peace Summit with the Amala Foundation, a service-based non-profit that supports at-risk youth, and also youth refugees from around the globe. Some of them are among my most prolific teachers.
At some point, I began leading international service and yoga retreats in India, as I realized three of the most profound accelerators in my awakening have been yoga, service, and travel. Exposing western yogis to other cultures and ways of life, especially in the motherland of yoga, helps us all expand and realize we can live more connected with the world.
My yoga practice and teaching continue to morph and adapt as I move through life's seasons as well. I have taught prenatal and postnatal yoga for years, but in 2015 when I became pregnant with my daughter, I started hosting a group of expectant mamas in my home studio, and we journeyed through pregnancy and into motherhood together; moving and breathing on our mats. What a blessing yoga and meditation tools have been on the motherhood path! I am passionate about sharing yoga with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and other emotional instability because I am well aware of what anchor breath and presence practices can be during huge external life shifts and rites of passage.
I am blessed beyond measure to teach yoga for a living. I am so humbled and honored to lead others, whether it's for an hour class, a weekend workshop, a retreat, or ongoing private sessions...Thank you--deep bow to all of my students--I am because you are.