Teacher Interview: Chelsea Welch

Chelsea Welch

I have a special place in my heart for Chelsea Welch.  She was our birth doula and helped us bring our son into the world 2 months ago in the most supportive and natural environment possible, seriously amazing!

If you don’t know Chelsea and haven’t experienced her Yin Yoga class at The Green Yogi on Friday nights at 6PM get yourself there stat,  you’ll feel like you’ve just had a full body AND mind massage.  Her restorative asana sequence, feel good adjustments, and calming voice are a lethal combination I guarantee will help you start your weekend in a state of pure relaxation…  In my opinion the class should have a “do not operate heavy machinery after practicing” warning:)

And Chelsea’s Power Vinyasa Flow on Sundays at 4:30PM is energy-pitch perfect.  She has the innate ability to sense what her students need and can deliver a flow that is opening, strengthening, and balancing every single time.

Be Inspired, 

Kelly 

Why and when did you start practicing yoga?

I found my yoga practice in 2004.  I had done Pilates for a few years prior, and really loved the body awareness and stability aspects that it brought to my life.  However, the more in tune with my body I became the more I craved a mind and spirit connection.  Shortly after my Pilates days, I moved to Hawaii on a whim and discovered yoga.  In a tiny little studio with a powerful teacher, I found it all…  mind, body and spirit.

 What do you love most about your own practice?

I love that I can see my diversity each time I come to the mat.  My practice has allowed me to truly see that each day is its own.  Some days I find myself rocking crazy arm balances and other days I find myself modifying every pose!  I love that my practice has taught me to honor my body, honor my mind and take it one breath at a time.

 Who is your favorite yoga teacher?

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I am my favorite teacher:)

My home practice, my yoga practice on a dirty floor during my travels, and even a class packed with familiar faces…  they all remind me that I am my best teacher.  We are all our own best teachers.  It sounds cliché but I truly believe that the Guru lives within.  I understand and appreciate greatly being led by another’s creative teachings; obviously this is the profession I know and love.  But my hope as a teacher is to awaken that Guru that lives within each and every student.  But if I HAD to pick one today, it would be Miss Jamie Horgan…  God she rocks my world and makes me feel like I’m capable of anything!

Why did you want to start teaching yoga? 

I didn’t really.  The studio owner where I practiced, approached me one day after class and told me she really saw something in me that she believed needed to be shared with the world.  She offered to pay for half of my training fees if I would teach at her studio following graduation.  Then came Julie Rader, a miracle to my life.  A soul that has helped transform me into the person I am today.  I will forever be thankful to both of those women for seeing in me what I could not yet see.  I feel like the best version of myself as a result.

At The Green Yogi our motto is Be Inspired, what inspires you in your daily life?

Babies inspire me.  As most of you know I recently became a birth doula, started Mommy & Me Yoga, and Prenatal Yoga classes.  This new limb on my professional tree has allowed me to become a part of this feminine world that just blows my mind!  Every time I have been grateful enough to see a little soul take its first breath, it has brought tears to my eyes.  It reminds me of how incredible life is, what a miracle birth is, and how pure we all are when we enter this world.  It really inspires me to be a more conscious human; so that I can feel good about the place we are bringing new life into.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Students inspire me to teach yoga.  I love to see the transformation in a student.  I have seen many over the years and it never gets old to witness someone become closer to their true self.  I’ll forever be grateful to my teachers that guided me through my own personal transformation.  My students inspire me to continue inspiring them…

Has yoga helped you to overcome anything in your own life?

I think yoga has really just allowed me to step into my power.  I’ve definitely struggled with my fair share of personal doubt and my practice has allowed me to overcome my fears of not being “good enough.”  My practice has helped empower my decisions, my goals and my life’s direction.

In your opinion, what are the greatest health benefits of practicing yoga?

I believe that being active in body and mind keeps an individual young.  I have a friend who is 69 years old and is still rocking headstand, arm balances and anything else I bring to the mat.  She’s flexible, strong, and balanced both mentally and physically.  Yogis say “you’re only as old as the flexibility of your spine” and I believe it!  Yoga brings youthfulness to all practitioners, no matter their age.

What is one piece of advice you would give to your students?

Leave your ego at the door!  Anytime I have allowed my ego to lead my practice, I’ve gotten injured.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing in his or her practice, it doesn’t even matter what the instructor is guiding you to do.  Always listen to your body, to your inner teacher and let that voice guide you.  As Matt Rothert says “just because you can, or you could yesterday, doesn’t mean you can or should do it today.”  I love that!

When you’re not at the studio teaching, how do you spend your free time?

Making Malas, cooking with friends, or planning my next getaway!  I’m a bit of a busybody…  always up to something:)

Check out Chelsea’s website www.myglobalnamaste.com 


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