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Chelsea Gray

    WHERE WERE YOU BORN/RAISED?
    I grew up near the beach in Oxnard and have lived in Ventura for almost 10 years. Ventura is home.

    TELL A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR PERSONAL PRACTICE
    My personal practice began at a gym during a time when my relationship with my own body was a disaster. I had gotten sober a couple of years prior, but quickly developed an eating disorder that would take a year of my life from me. I was feeling run down and completely disconnected. Yoga was the missing piece to my health and spirituality picture. It offered a nourishing environment for me to grow my body-awareness and cultivate love and gratitude for this body. Yoga has never left my practice of growth and has played a huge role in finding my purpose in life – to coach others through the same body awareness and lack of direction toward passion and purpose.

    TELL A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    I began teaching on my own in parks to friends and family in January of 2017. Shortly after, I started teaching with Ventura Pop Up Yoga, which quickly became my home-base. Since then I’ve taught in gyms, hot yoga studios, chiropractic offices, total health centers, and privately in homes. My Yoga teaching style is accessible and strong, Vinyasa based, free movement encouraged and most importantly – FUN.

    WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE AND WHY?
    My favorite Yoga Pose(s) are Reverse Warrior/Extended Side Angle. I love the fluid motion between reaching for sky and grounding into earth, while still keeping a strong base throughout transition. Moving through Dancing Warrior reminds me of how capable and strong I can be while still moving through life with freedom and ease.

    WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA/SELF HELP/SPIRITUALITY BOOK AND WHY?
    The traditionalist in me loves Light on Yoga – the intro breaks down Yoga philosophy in the most concise and thorough way I’ve found yet. The modern/free-focused me LOVES White Hot Truth by Danielle Laporte. She keeps it real.

    WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS?
    My best advice for beginners is to leave your ego in your car, and don’t ignore the first 5 minutes of class. Ground into your body. Establish your awareness. THEN move through your practice with your intentions and feelings, meeting your body where EVER you’re at that day.

    WHAT DOES COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
    Community means strength in numbers. It means lifting others up instead of knocking them down. It means compassion and kindness, not competition. It means recognizing that we’re all in this totally confusing human experience together, and acting accordingly.

    WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT VENTURA?
    My favorite thing about Ventura would be the energy, the support, the community we’ve built here – overall the PEOPLE.

    WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
    Favorite local non-profit is without a doubt Step Up Ventura. They’re doing amazing work to break the homeless/at-risk cycle by educating and empowering homeless and at-risk children from 0-5 years old.