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Meet March’s Yogi of the Month: Chelsea Hall

Introducing our Summer Lovin’ Yogi of the month – Chelsea.

 

 

Evidently this Capetonian is a HUGE animal lover – and proudly veggievore for 9 years running ( and counting ).

She first started practicing yoga back in 2014. From then on Chelsea was never coming back, as her love for the practice only grew stronger ( as it would ).

Over time, her desire to become a teacher thus spreading the love & knowledge of yoga, finally became a reality in 2017, where she was able to complete her 200hr teacher training at YogaLife.

Even as a teacher, Chelsea continues to grow and evolve, staying both mindful and curious, on and off the mat. She loves pizza and ice-cream ( veggie friendly options! )

Her pup, Luca ( who you can also find on Instagram | @lucathewolfdog ), is her “utmost pride and joy, she wouldn’t give him up for anything” 🙂 ( Man’s best friend? More like a woman’s first love. )

Minutes after viewing her entry photo, I was sold and needed to find out more about this gem of a Yogi. I’m sure you would love the privilege to meet her as well, so naturally, I decided to bring the interview to you guys!


How and what was the motivation that made you start Yoga?

Funny enough, Instagram. I was amazed and inspired by the beautiful images and poses I saw online. Only later on, did I realize, that Yoga was about far more than just pretty pictures and being able to bend and fold like pretzel.

 

How long have you been practicing?

I’ve been practicing for about 4 years now.

 

What type of Yoga do you teach/practice?

I practice and teach Vinyasa Yoga, as well as Power Yoga.

 

What do you enjoy most about this particular form of Yoga?

It connects you with your breath, it allows you to move inward and really get a feel for how important the breath and breathing really is. It gives you the freedom to move. It’s also a great workout!

 

Why is Yoga important to you?

Yoga has given life a whole new meaning for me, it has given me a purpose, something to be passionate about. I just want everyone to feel that way about Yoga.

 

What is your Yoga Philosophy?

I don’t really have one to be honest. If it feels good and right, go with it.

 

How has yoga helped you connect with yourself spiritually?

That is honestly still a daily struggle, or lesson. Although, it has helped me become more in-tune, as to what I’m feeling and how I can deal with or overcome any feelings I don’t feel comfortable sitting with.

 

How do you build relationships through Yoga?

You are able to feel and feed off others’ energy and that is amazing, in that it helps you notice those around you, and connect you with the right kind of people, people who share similar interests, or make you feel good. Those kinds of people usually stick around.

 

What obstacles has Yoga helped you overcome?

Ashamedly, I used to be known for my temper and anger issues. Yoga has definitely helped me zone in and calm down considerably. It has allowed me to express myself in a more spiritual way. There are others, but we won’t go into detail!

 

What advice would you like to give beginner Yogi’s?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. If there’s a specific posture you are working on, give it time, practice, and you will see the results. Give yourself the time of day, to dedicate to your practice, even when you feel like you really don’t want to get on your mat, those are the days you really should, but listen to your body, always, it knows best, trust me.

 

How has yoga changed your life?

In too many ways to mention. It has brought such incredible people into my life, it’s given me purpose and happiness beyond compare.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Definitely still doing and teaching Yoga.

 

What is your greatest strength and does that show through in your practice?

I like to think that I have gotten pretty in-tune with myself and with my body, it moves the way it feels, I feel as though this is expressed through my physical practice.

 

What risk is worth taking?

Any. If it is going to get you where you want to be, take the risk!

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

 

What is your favorite binge food?

Has to be pizza!

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Stay curious.

 

What skill would you like to master?

Handstand for sure!

 

What would be your ideal way to spend your weekend?

Sunbathing on the beach, doing yoga and eating all the yummy food.

 

What is your claim to fame?

I make a mean Mojito hahah…

 

What city would you most like to live in?

London.

 

What is the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to you?

I’m actually quite lucky when it comes to winning Instagram competitions, I’ve won a few!

 

What is the best compliment that you’ve ever received?

Hmmm…I often get comments like, “You’re so inspiring!” or, “You make it look so easy!” and, “Wow, that is so beautiful.” – these kinds of comments make me feel good, because I can only hope that I am actually inspiring and motivating others to pursue their own interests and passion.


No words.


OH and just before you guys decide to click on the “X” on the right/left hand side of your screen to close this tab.

CAN WE PLEASE JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE LUCA. ( I hope all of you have already followed his Instagram page – as mentioned in my introduction. )

 

 

 

After briefly researching Chelsea and Luca, I noticed that he has so much confidence ( He rates he’s just as beautiful as his owner, so why cant he look majestic in her photos, right? ) – I mean look at the pictures below – what a pro photo-bomber.

  I mean props to Chelsea for helping him create his very own Instagram page! YOU GO GIRL!

( Turns out Luca also loves Summer colors ) – Like Mommy, like pup.

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Meet February’s Yogi of the Month : Carmen van Reenen

 

Accountant by day.  Yogi, photographer, wife and cat mom by night.

She loves movement. Yoga, dance and even running.  She loves challenging herself.

Best of all, Yoga and dance have always been a part of her life and her journey will continue on.  Carmen has  completed a 250hour vinyasa teacher training in 2012 to deepen her yoga knowledge.

Besides that she even has a passion for anatomy and is looking to further her studies in this field, as she is fascinated by the human body and its capabilities. Needless to say Carmen has definitely caught our attention!

Being a photographer , Carmen loves outdoor scenery, the beach and the ocean. And as a photographer, she is fond of capturing the beauty of others and to show them a side of themselves they hadn’t seen.

“The asana of yoga is so beautiful to me as a photographer.”

Given this small amount of information, we were already falling in love with this woman, and were at the edge of our seats to find out more! ( I’m sure you are too! ). So we conducted a interview with Carmen:

 

1.Tell us about your practice style and how you chose your Yoga method.

I started out with straight up Hatha.  That’s going back to my teens.  I eventually found Vinyasa yoga which I was drawn to because of my dance background, I love the flow.  I couple of years ago I stated practicing Ashtanga as well.  I enjoy the “discipline” of this style and I also feel like it helps develop your practice no matter which is your “main style”.

2. What is your mind-set when you step onto the mat?

Honestly just taking a time out for myself.  I have a busy lifestyle and even if I can only get a twenty or thirty minute practice in, I have to have it.  Wanna see me in a bad mood?  Mess with my yoga time!

3.Besides Yoga, what other forms of exercise do you enjoy participating in regularly?

I regularly attend Zumba classes to get my dance on.  It’s nice to just shake it out once a week and maybe even have a laugh at yourself.  I did a lot of running at a stage.  I pulled back from it a lot because of how it tightens your hips and hamstrings (a no no for yoga), but I do want to get back into trail running again just with shorter distances and maybe take it more leisurely.

4.Has Yoga changed the way you connect with your body? If so please elaborate.

Oh definitely!   For one thing I’m definitely more accepting of my body.  If I feel good and strong on my mat then I feel good about my body.

5.How has this practice helped you overcome fear?

 Lol, it’s helped me overcome the fear of face planting!  Some of more advanced stuff you can’t do without falling a few times first.  Or at least I can’t.  So I always say you need to learn to fall first.  We can translate that into everyday day life right?  Every day we learn new things and when we fall, we have pick ourselves back up and try again.  I may have gone a bit off topic J

6.Has Yoga changed your day to day lifestyle?

Most definitely!  I always say yoga is a lifestyle!  You just become so much more aware of everything from what you eat to how you treat your environment.   You also start to gain a better perspective of what’s important in life.

7.How and why did you start Yoga?

Going back again to my dance background, there is a bit of a cross over.  And at the same time my grandparent and mom used to do yoga.  My Gran had this book, a 28 day yoga exercise plan that we all used to do yoga from.

8.Are you self-taught? Or who was your greatest mentor/teacher?

Building on how I started yoga, yes I am self taught.  Back when I started practicing yoga there weren’t yoga teachers around.  At least not in the small dorpie I come from.  I’m going back about 20 odd years ago, so you can just imagine.  I used the books I could get hold of and videos to teach myself, but again my dance background helped as there was already body awareness and a bit of alignment and just a certain way of moving built into me.  I had an amazing Dance Teacher growing up.

9.What advice would you give to a beginner Yogi?

Keep showing up every day.  Get on your yoga mat every day, even if you don’t feel like it.  Do as little as ten minutes.  Chances are ten minutes will quickly turn into twenty or thirty minutes, and if you still aren’t feeling it after ten minutes, that’s OK because you showed up!

10.What time of the day and where do you feel most relaxed?

I think at the end of day.  I mentioned I have a busy schedule so it’s all go, go, go from the moment I wake up, so at the end of day I can relax.  Although I have a regular home practice, my weekly Ashtanga class is also a place to relax and escape from everyday life and technology.

11.What is your favorite food?

Um, pizza J  I love a good wood-fire pizza.

12.What is your favorite Quote?

Something my Ashtanga teacher Jen says in class which originates from her time with Guruji “Slowly, slowly,  all is coming”.  Life is so fast paced nowadays and we live in the age of instant gratification, so it’s so important to have this reminder both on the mat and in daily life.

Oh and did I mention that shes a CAT LOVER?

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