It may be 2019, but we are still working hard to interrupt down negative stereotypes and build up body positivity. one among those places? Yoga—a practice that’s meant to feel accepting and inclusive—is shockingly enough still thought to be reserved for those with specific body types (read: slim, thin, athletic). We chatted with Chelsea Jackson Roberts, an Atlanta-based yogi, and Lululemon global ambassador, on how she stays zen and why she’s working hard to bust stereotypes within the yoga world.
What causes you to feel strong and powerful?
Studying an intention, goal, or vision and seeing myself committed thereto, regardless of how scary it’s. Once I reach that goal or am within the process of working toward something, that creates me feel really strong.
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Can you define what self-care means to you?
I am often serving people in communities and even my partner in some ways, so self-care is carving out time for myself. Ultimately, it’s a uniform practice or commitment to myself, and it makes me feel good whenever I’m engaged in it.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Dancer’s Pose. it had been one among the primary poses I did once I started yoga. And it had been something that if I had seen an image of somebody else doing it, I wouldn’t have thought it had been something that my body would be ready to do. But I did it, and therefore the pose has cursed with me.
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You’ve talked about combating the stereotype of what a yogi traditionally looks like—can you explain a touch more about that?
I desire I’m pushing back against this narrative that yoga is merely for a particular somatotype or that there are only certain people that deserve this practice because they’re athletic or have the resources to spend on expensive yoga clothes. So I desire whenever I show up, that’s me pushing back on the stereotype of who yoga is for. whenever I teach, it shifts that image. I’m glad that within the past five years with teachers like Jessamyn Stanley and Anna Guest-Jelley and myself, we are beginning to see a shift in who a yogi is.
How has yoga changed you?
I am kinder to myself, more patient, and not as critical. The tools I even have and continue learning from yoga are those that are helping me sustain that compassion—and that affects and impacts how I treat others.
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Do you have a mantra?
I recently attended Tracee Stanley’s Yoga Nidra immersion, and that we had to make our perfect Sankofa, which is essentially a mantra that you simply would use in your practice. Mine is “I am grounded and capable of creating decisions, even once I am questioning.” once I hear myself say this, it strengthens my ability to believe that I can make an honest decision.
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