Chelsea Bird Hoard

Seattle, WA
United States

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I have been practicing yoga since 2008, teaching regularly since 2012, and finding joy in movement since 1990, when I first discovered gymnastics at 4 years old. 18 years later, yoga felt like a natural transition from my childhood years of acrobatics, dance, and conditioning. What started as a physical practice and new form of exercise soon turned into something much more. I started noticing small changes within myself. I often found patience and understanding where it wasn’t before, and what I needed to live a happy, full life became very simple and clear. I fell in love with yoga because of how it made me feel about myself and the world around me, and I made up my mind to learn more so that I could share that feeling with others.

In 2011, I traveled to the small village of Penestanan, just outside of Ubud, Bali in Indonesia to complete my 200 hour teacher training through Shakti Spirit Yoga & Ayurveda. During the intensive 6 week, 230 hour training I studied hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation, ayurveda, yoga philosophy, and anatomy under Rachel Hull, Emil Wendel, Anna Smallwood, Dr. Sujatha Kekada, and James Newman. I look forward to continuing my yoga education and completing my 500 hour teacher training within the next few years.

No matter what speed or level I’m teaching, you can expect a grounding flow that brings focus to the breath, alignment, and never taking yourself too seriously.

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