Chelsie is currently deployed overseas but we are working hard to keep her connected to what is going on at home. She is a devoted and diligent yoga practitioner and is studying to become a yoga teacher. We miss Chelsie so much and look forward to her return! She is a sweet soul that you'll want to meet in this lifetime. We recently had a long distance chat with Chelsie about her yoga journey, and the role yoga plays in her life. Here is what she had to say:
How would you describe yourself as a yogi?:
As a yogi, I would say I am strong and willing. I have such an intense passion for this thing called yoga and it makes me yearn to be able to practice all hours of the day if I could.
How did you find yoga? What was the inspiration?:
I found yoga through YouTube. During my time in Japan I had a friend that told me about a channel called YogaByCandace. She has such a wide range of videos that really helped me get started. There was a playlist I found so inspiring that she called "creative flow" where she wouldn't use a mat and I found it so fascinating.
Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The wackier the better.:
Hmmm... An interesting fact about me would probably be that I cannot, for the life of me, grow plants. They always die! I have the opposite of a green thumb and I really hope to change that one day!
If you were a yoga pose, which one would you be?:
If I were a yoga pose, I would be.... Reverse Virabhadrasana (Reverse Warrior II). There is something so freeing about being in such a strength based pose with my heart open.
What is your FAVORITE yoga pose? Why?:
My favorite pose is definitely Pincha! I haven't quite mastered it yet and I find it so fun and challenging to play with my balance upside down!
How does your practice fit into your everyday life?:
Funny thing about that, it doesn't really "fit" into my everyday life. It has been a struggle trying to find the time, but I practice when I can, as much as I can. I find that there aren't enough hours in a day so whenever I can get on my mat (which may not be everyday), even if it's just for 5 minutes, I am grateful.
What's your favorite aspect of Yoga Vie?:
My favorite aspect of Yoga Vie is the community. Being a part of such an incredible community has made me feel right at home. The atmosphere is so welcoming and I am so thankful to have all of you in my life. You are like family to me and I cherish that very much.
What advice would you offer to a yoga novice?:
I would say to just keep getting on your mat. So many beginners have this pre-conceived notion that yoga is only for flexible people, but that is Simply not the case. If you just get on your mat and keep practicing, changes will come. You will get stronger and more flexible. You will notice things that you have never been able to do before. Just keep practicing.