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I began my practice of yoga in 2006. I was just getting better from my right kidney mysteriously shutting down, planting me in Children's hospital. I became enthralled with how to heal the body. I was confident that if my skin can heal after a serious cut, I could create a healing environment for my insides. I would read about the brain, organs, and what food helped which organ. Yoga always seemed to creep up as a healing practice. Helping the mind and body become more unified. So I gave it a shot. It was challenging however I felt better after each class I took. I realized when situations in life got uncomfortable I would take deep breathes, which I learned in yoga class. After 3 years of practicing I decided I was going to get certified. I traveled to Bali, Indonesia in 2010 and submerged myself in yoga. Landing me in Australia afterwards where I got my first teaching job. Upon missing my family I ventured back to Washington state. Accepting a job at Hot Yoga of Mill Creek where I taught and eventually managed for multiple years. I have now been teaching for 9 years. I have taught yoga at retreats, certified instructors in different styles, and I've heard countless healing stories along the way. My job is a gift. I believe everyone has the right to feel comfortable and confident in their body. I believe health is a lifestyle and when you are healthy you have the ability to be truly happy. I hope to see you in class.
I discovered yoga on DVD while looking through my moms workout collection when I was 15. I have ebbed and flowed with my yoga practice and started taking classes at a hot studio when I was 23. As soon as I emerged, I stated I would never do that again. However, I kept taking classes and finally got serious in 2015 and got certified with Global Vinyasa At HYMC in 2016. I love teaching Vinyasa! In every class I want students to feel comfortable enough to try something new. The feeling of joy I get when a student finally gets into crow pose or camel for the first time is overwhelming; it’s the reason I teach. Yoga gets me out of my comfort zone and brings new amazing experiences and people into my life everyday. Yoga is more than just the perfect pose to me, it’s about cultivating a positive community, allowing students to find self confidence and calm their minds, it’s about creating a space free from judgement and maybe the opportunity to nap for an hour if that’s what you need.
I look forward to seeing you in class!
I started on this yoga journey to help calm my very anxious very scattered mind. For me I needed a release from my overwhelming (at the time) responsibilities that come with being a business owner. I’ve
been working in the beauty industry for about eleven years now. Not only was my mind on over drive but my body as well. It wasn’t until an MD diagnosed me with tendonitis and there was talk of surgery
that I decided I was going to express all other options first. Yoga had been something I had dipped my toes into here and there and had always wanted to fully submerge myself “become a true yogi” not
having a clue to what that really entailed. Excuses were out the window. Time to do what I needed formy body and soul. Within three months of practicing avidly my tendonitis flair ups had quickly melted away. It was becoming clear to me just how amazing the art of practicing yoga truly is. Not only was I in less pain and able to support my work posture with a stronger spine it also helped me in a way I didn’t even know was possible. It helped quite my mind. Suffering from anxiety can be quite crippling to say the least. Finding my breath truly unlocked a completely new perception of the world for me. Having had such a powerful journey. I started to think “I want to share this with my loved ones. I want to help others cultivate their own beautifully healing practice. I started by taking a yin teacher training course back in March 2018. Immediately fell in love even more with the history of yoga and the benefits of the postures especially the power of meditation. I began teaching quickly completely terrified I jumped right in. Best decision I’ve ever made! Learning so much from each soul I had the pleasure to work with, witnessing their own growth and getting to be a part of such beautiful journeys I had a craving to learn more. I believe the universe helps guide us in so many ways helping to create path markers that led my journey to Wildwood studios where I had the privilege to acquire my 200-hour teacher training certificate through Chelsea’s program. What an amazingly challenging and rewarding experience! Putting in the work to heal my own soul so that I can become the best healer that I can be for others on their own journey. Wildwood offered me so much more than a piece of paper stating my occupation. It offered me a home a place to hang up my ego and my negative thoughts and surrender to heal. I knew from the moment I walked into Wildwood I was on my right path.
Yoga found me with an injury deep in my shoulder. It couldn’t have been more beautiful timing. I had come upon a repetitive use injury. I had run out of options for healing as nothing seemed to get deep enough to ever help heal. I had used the poses for years with massage clients to retrain muscles so I had a clear understanding of how it could help my body, but didn’t realize how much it could benefit in every area of my life. I started yoga and within 2 weeks I realized my shoulder could heal by showing up twice a week and practicing. After completely healing an injury that was believed to need surgery I was amazed. I kept showing up for several months and I started to realize that not only had my shoulder healed but I was changing in so many more ways. As I found strength to carry on in a pose that I found difficult I realized that it was teaching me strength in other areas of my life. Where before I might have found something difficult I might have moved on but yoga taught me the strength to continue on and the true clarity to realize what is worth giving your all and what is best released. This led me to want to learn more about all aspects that are yoga. I wanted to share with others the gifts I had been given in yoga. Yoga is so much more than just a pose and I prayed for a mentor to share all the gifts. God is good and led me to Wildwoods teacher mentorship program. You see I am a visual hands on learner so I need a program that can help me learn using the proper method. This program offers just that a true and deep understanding of yoga regardless of your learning style helping you to feel successful as a student. During my training we were able to address any blocks to success that came up, identify where they came from and release them. One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome was finding my teacher voice. I had some very deep anxiety and with anxiety you get easily into wanting to hide from the world. Which was causing difficulties in me using a strong proud voice, I got to a point that I wanted to give up, my teacher didn’t allow it and helped me find my voice and that was the compliment I received at my first audition. My new boss loved how quickly I got everyone to their mats and carried them through class. She said I had an amazing teacher voice especially since I was so new. I came here to learn to share yoga and in the end I was blessed with so much more. I overcame my attachment to severe anxiety because I received tools to help me navigate my mind differently. Internally I now stand in the face of my fears instead of running from them. This program was a game changer in my life. I am now able to share the gifts of yoga with my students. I also found confidence and pride within myself and for myself and as I found these traits within I see my kids following suit. I am so thankful to have been a part of this program it has been a true blessing in my life and not only in my life but those around me as I changed we all changed for the better. Thank you Wildwood.
Since I was a small child I have always had a fascination with eastern culture, philosophies, spirituality and music. My earliest introductions to the sounds of India came from the Beatles in songs like Norwegian Wood, hearing the mystical sounding sitar over the guitars, The Inner Light by George Harrison or John Lennon chanting the mantra "Jai Guru Deva Om" over and over again on Across the Universe. I was totally curious when staring at the cover of Synchronicity by The Police, seeing Sting obviously practicing meditation. These things stuck with me throughout my life and piqued my desire over the years to learn more about this magical culture, taking in bite sized tid bits of information about Yoga along the way.
Fast forward about 30 years. I found myself a broken down shell of a human being in the perilous grips of alcoholism, depression and in the middle of an excruciatingly painful divorce. I checked into a rehabilitation center in San Diego, CA and as part of the treatment I chose to take some Yoga classes. After a few months of getting my life back together I was in a terrible car accident which lead me back down the rabbit hole of the lifestyle I was seeking to escape.
In May of 2016 I made a conscious decision to detox myself and find a Yoga Studio to help get myself back on track to sobriety and happiness. I wanted to be around a healthy, positive atmosphere and lots of pretty girls. Within 30 minutes of my first Hatha class at Spark Hot Yoga in Snohomish I knew there was something much, much deeper for me in this beautiful practice.
In 2018, just a few months after buying a new home, I was blessed with Chelsea Rose entering my life when she opened up Wildwood Yoga Studio, just a couple blocks up my street. It has been my intention to somehow share the magic and gifts that Yoga bestows to anyone looking for something more meaningful in their lives. This has come into fruition through completing a 200 hour Yoga teacher training and certification with my friend and mentor Chelsea Rose and Wildwood Yoga Studio.
I am so pleased, humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to share the gift of Yoga and the joy it has brought into my life with others through the grace and confidence of Chelsea Rose and Wildwood Yoga Studio. I look forward to a life long journey of discovery and growth through this wonderful practice.
Blessings to All.
Shawn - Rhododendron
Yoga found me after I had gotten clean from a drug and alcohol addiction. Chelsea opened up Wildwood in such divine timing in my life. I decided to start attending, searching for hope, healing and purpose. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere that the instructors had cultivated. I made it a priority to go regularly after my first experience. I always left feeling totally renewed and ready to get after this new chapter of my life. Feeling more hope, love and connection every time I walked through the studio door. After a couple years of personal healing and growth I went on a yoga retreat and that is where I had a pivotal moment. I felt a shift in my heart and mind when I returned home. Almost like my whole being was transformed and overflown with pure joy. Finding myself on the other side of addiction, I wanted to help others who were struggling and help them find that light within themselves because I truly understood that darkness but I wasn’t sure how. It was in an East Forest meditation that I realized I can empower people through Yoga just like the instructors did for me and my life. A few months after this moment, I signed up for Wildwood’s 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and graduated a new soul, in September of 2020. Yoga to me is connection and unity. Really.. truly… letting everything go that doesn’t serve you. Yoga is connecting back with that light that you may have lost within yourself. It is learning what it feels like accepting your authentic self, accepting others and creating beautiful connections with every human you come in contact with.
Yoga has been in and out of my life since I was a sophmore in high school. It became a regular thing in my life in 2011 after i went through massage school and was looking for something to take care of my body to ensure longevity in the field. my mom had been encouraging me to give yoga another try for years. I finally did and started going twice a week. it helped my anxiety, challenged me, and kept my body in shape for work. After I had my daughter it became the one thing that I did for myself no matter what. For many years to follow, despite loving yoga and the benefits of it, I only ever went twice a week, and never explored it beyond the asanas and never really branched out to any different studios. In 2018 after years of asking myself why i wasn't trying to make yoga a bigger part of my life I finally made the decision to look for other classes in my area. My sister had just moved into a house right behind Wildwood. I took that as a sign and went in to check it out. I found a place with filled with the best energy, a wonderful welcoming community, inspiring instructors with the biggest hearts and smiles and the person responsible for the whole thing, Chelsea. A true diamond in the rough spirit that I was inspired by and in awe of. I knew I wanted this place and those people in my life, but after a few months my schedule and personal life took over and again made no room for more yoga. It still remained a part of life twice a week and I found myself constantly talking about it to people, especially at work. I was always encouraging people to try it and telling them all the benefits and all the things it had done for me. My clients started telling me that I should teach and that they would try yoga if I taught a class. I had a lot of doubts about myself and fear surrounding the idea of teaching but had also started daydreaming about it and routines I would do. I began looking into teacher training programs for the future. Most were far away and I didn’t see it working out anytime soon so I thought I’ll put it off another year. Then I went through a rough year health wise. My eczema, a skin condition, got extreme to the point where all my fingers were splitting open with deep cuts and it was coming up in new places like my armpits, face, and around my eyes. I was in constant discomfort every day feeling itchy and in pain. My anxiety started to go through the roof, my self esteem was plummeting, and depression had set in. I was scrolling through Instagram, which I had just joined a few months prior, as I had always avoided social media, and saw Wildwood’s post about teacher training. I hadn’t been in there in so long, I had no idea they did teacher training. I couldn’t believe it. Not only was this teacher training close to home, but was at a place I loved and taught by Chelsea who I admired so much. Even though I was still scared and had doubts about my ability to teach I couldn’t ignore the divinity of the class popping up in my life when it did. I knew it was for a reason and went for it and signed up. I was desperate to get out of this depression and start feeling better and more like myself again and regain my self esteem. Also i hoped to get over my fear of speaking in public. The training not only brought me out of my depression, empowered me, and helped me gain back some self esteem, it also gave me the tools to add yoga in its true meaning, not just the asanas, into my daily life. It made me dig deep and deal with things I had suppressed for so long. And I was finally practicing more than twice a week and at home which I had never done before. The best thing though that training brought to my life was the people who were in it with me. All so strong, inspiring, and incredible in their own ways. The bond we shared brought a sense of belonging and community that I had never felt before. I couldn’t wait to help ease others pains and anxieties, inspire and empower them, help them find their physical, mental, and spiritual strength and bring a sense of support and community to their lives. The first time I taught, despite being so nervous, it flowed right out of me and i was on this incredible high for days. Each time was better than the last. Then when i thought it couldnt get any better Chelsea asked me to teach a regular class at Wildwood. Being a part of that amazing tribe is such an honor and getting to spread love through yoga is absolute gift. My yoga journey has taught me that everything happens when it should, but also to never allow fear and self doubt to hold you back from what you truly want. We all have boundless powers within us waiting to be awakened. I am so grateful for what it has brought to my life. When yoga finds you I hope I get the honor of sharing in your journey with you. Namaste