Teacher Profile: Chelsea C.

chelsea-c

Reader, writer, traveller and yoga teacher Chelsea recently returned from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. Read her profile to find out why her best advice to all you students out there is to “pay attention to the details” and “step outside your comfort zone.”

Tell us about your first-ever Bikram Yoga class …

I started Bikram Yoga in December 2009. I was halfway though my final year of university, feeling like all I had done for the last four years was study. Before I moved to Vancouver to attend UBC, I had been a competitive figure skater since I was eight. I felt a small void in my life, just going to school and not having my skating to focus on anymore. I was into running during university and did a few marathons, but I still missed skating, competing and just having an activity I genuinely loved in my life. After hearing my friends rave about Bikram Yoga for years, I finally went to Kits and took my first class. With Dylan as my teacher, I couldn’t help but enjoy my first class. I never imagined I would take yoga so far, and am very grateful to now be a teacher.

Were you a regular from the very start?

I really didn’t make time for a regular practice until I graduated from university in the spring, about six months later. Looking back, I wish I had made time for a regular practice when I was still in school because it definitely would have helped balance out all the studying. Now, I practise almost every day. I love seeing the staff, teachers and students, so going to the yoga studio is usually the best part of my day.

When did you decide to become a Bikram Yoga teacher?

I actually decided to go to Teacher Training exactly one week before it started! I was contemplating going back to university but I just wasn’t ready for more school at the time. I wanted to dedicate myself to something my heart was into, so I decided to go to training. I’m lucky I had the resources and support to go, and my family and friends were very encouraging.

Since I signed up so close to the start date, I went to training with no expectations. The best part of the whole experience was simply learning to co-exist and eventually love a group of strangers. I made amazing friends and got to work with some of the most talented teachers in the yoga community. Without a doubt the toughest part was the lack of sleep. As much as I love Bikram and his late-night Bollywood movies, my body was constantly starving for more than four or five hours of sleep a night.

Would you encourage others to go to training?

Definitely! That being said, you need to understand you aren’t just going to LA to live in a hotel for nine weeks and do yoga twice a day. Teacher Training is a physically and mentally exhausting process that breaks you down at times, leaving you wondering why you ever went. But if you can work through the self-doubt and have faith in your abilities, the whole process will develop your character and end up being one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

What do you love most about teaching Bikram Yoga? Any challenges?

The thing I love most about teaching yoga is the connection I feel with students. It’s difficult to explain, but as a teacher you begin to form unspoken bonds with the students in your classes. The most challenging part so far is teaching beginners. I’m learning to keep the flow of the class going while still giving beginners the individual attention they need during their first few classes.

What’s your best advice for students?

My advice to new students is to pay attention to the details. When I was just starting I didn’t think the little details were all that important, so I started to form a lot of bad habits that I’m still struggling to break. Build a strong foundation from the start so you don’t have to go back and break your bad habits later on. Advanced practitioners: step outside your comfort zone a bit. Get comfortable practising in different parts of the room and, if you can, take classes with different teachers. All the teachers at BYV are unique and talented, and each has something different to offer.

Are there any parts of your practice you’re still working to improve?

My real challenges began when I got home from Teacher Training and began to understand all the small things I’ve been doing wrong all this time. Danny told me during class one day that I maybe improved 1% after training – and he’s right. Bikram Yoga is a journey, not some destination you reach. I’m still constantly trying to improve.

26 Responses to Teacher Profile: Chelsea C.

  1. It is appropriate time to make some plans for
    the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest
    you few interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you could write
    next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things
    about it!

  2. Ahaa, its good conversation regarding this piece of writing here at this website, I have
    read all that, so now me also commenting here.

  3. I don’t even know the way I stopped up here, however I thought this post was great.
    I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going
    to a well-known blogger in case you aren’t already.
    Cheers!

  4. Hi everyone, it’s my first visit at this website, and article is really fruitful in support of me,
    keep up posting these types of content.

  5. Hi there, its fastidious paragraph on the topic of media print,
    we all understand media is a great source of data.

  6. I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also go to see this website on regular basis to obtain updated from newest news update.

  7. Remona says:

    My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different page
    and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i
    am following you. Look forward to looking over your web page for a second time.

  8. Alannah says:

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify
    me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a
    comment is added I receive four emails with
    the same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

  9. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found
    that it is really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
    I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  10. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a
    group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  11. sales life says:

    The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it
    can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed
    and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic
    but I had to share it with someone!

  12. Thanks , I’ve just been searching for information about this subject
    for ages and yours is the best I’ve came upon so far.
    However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain in regards to the source?

  13. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following.

    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield
    this increase.

  14. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative.
    I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  15. Wonderful items from you, man. I have consider
    your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely great.
    I actually like what you have received right here, certainly like what you are stating
    and the way in which wherein you say it. You make it enjoyable and you continue to care for to keep it sensible.
    I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous site.

  16. Lida says:

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any
    internet browser compatibility problems? A few of my blog readers have complained about my blog not working
    correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any advice to help
    fix this problem?

  17. Kari says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your
    efforts and I am waiting for your next post thanks once again.

  18. Latesha says:

    If some one needs expert view on the topic of blogging and site-building after that i advise
    him/her to pay a visit this webpage, Keep up the good job.

  19. zagrada.ua says:

    Great blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of
    any forums that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest.

    If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!

  20. Sheila says:

    For newest information you have to pay a quick visit world wide web and on world-wide-web I found this site as
    a most excellent web site for most recent updates.

  21. Latasha says:

    Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and
    starting a new project in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  22. bonetoob.com says:

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it,
    you could be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back at some point.
    I want to encourage continue your great work, have a nice evening!

  23. Hello There. I found your blog the usage of msn. That is a very well
    written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of
    your useful info. Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  24. Bruno says:

    If some one wishes to be updated with newest technologies afterward he must be pay a visit this site and be up to date every day.

  25. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is magnificent, as well as the content!

  26. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.

Post a Comment