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?
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?
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.
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.