Jala Ambassador Chelsea Rothert reveals a little more about herself in this Q&A interview.
Q1. What first got you interested in yoga? When did you know you wanted to be an instructor?
A. I first became interested in yoga in 2007 when I lived in Hawaii. Everyone there was practicing at this time, so I decided to give it a try. At this point I had only taken pilates, which I loved. The very first yoga class I took, I knew I was hooked. I never felt so good in all my life, both during and after. I bought an unlimited package right then and there, and I never looked back.
To be honest, I didn't really know I wanted to be a teacher. The owner of the studio where I was practicing approached me one day after class, and told me that she really saw something special in me. She felt I had a gift to share with others and offered to pay half of my training fee if I would teach at her studio! It was the perfect time in my life for transition, so I accepted the offer graciously. Its been 7 years now, and I feel so grateful that this is my job each and every day!
Q2. What kind of yoga do you practice?
A. I have practiced it all over the years. I have tried Bikram, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Hatha, Restoratives, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini….However, I have been dealing with some physical injury over the last couple of years, so these days I find myself practicing mostly Kundalini. I love the spiritual aspect of it. I always leave the studio feeling 100% better than when I walked in. I also practice Yin Yoga, and Vinyasa flow when my body allows me too.
Q3. What's your favorite kinds of clothes to wear during your practice?
A. Personally I am a cotton girl. I love tight pants, but not ones that feel like I am wearing plastic wrap! I love a nice organic cotton pair of pants and a tank that has a built in bra.
Q4. Do you have a certain snack or meal that you like to eat before or after your practice? What keeps you energized?
A. I love to drink a green drink before my class. This makes me feel like I am preparing my body for health. When I get home, nine out of ten times, I am making red lentils, quinoa, and ghee with a dash of salt. Its my favorite! So yummy, full of protein, and fills my belly with love.
Q5. What are your goals for the future? Do you have any aspirations to further your knowledge of yoga?
A. There is always something new to learn for sure, but at this time in my career, I am focused on teaching others. I have been leading teacher trainings for a number of years now, and it truly does fuel my soul to see the transformation in others as they begin their yoga journey. My goal for the future is to create a 100-hour Prenatal Yoga training. I am a birth doula and prenatal teacher primarily, so its very important for me to share my knowledge with other women at this point in my life.
Q6. If you could give one piece of advice to the young aspiring yogi's out there, what would it be?
A. Be kind to your body. Eat healthy food, and never get too busy to take time for yourself. I can say from experience I have pushed the limits for years with my body, and now at too young an age I am paying the price for this. Taking time to eat nutritious meals, to spend time in nature, and to smell the roses really are the fruits of life. What would I tell the young aspiring yogis is slow down, put your phone down and enjoy what is right on front of you. Life is short and fabulous. Drink it all in!