Chelsea Ferrie is the founder of Cincinnati Bikram Yoga. She started practicing Bikram Yoga in Chicago and moved to Cincinnati in 2009 where the closest studio was 90 miles away. She continued to practice whenever and wherever she could, realizing it was her "Karma Yoga" duty to bring this wonderful yoga to the great city of Cincinnati. In the fall of 2010 she went to Bikram's Teacher Training to become a certified Bikram instructor and completed a six month internship teaching for Kristin Olsen at Pure Bikram Hot Spot Yoga in Louisville, Kentucky. She is devoted to sharing the benefits of Bikram Yoga with all of Cincinnati.
Why Bikram Yoga?
With a heavy background in sports, I played soccer in college and during that time underwent two ACL reconstructions and mended a hip fracture within a span of four years. After college, my type A competitive personality still needed a true cardio workout, so I started running marathons. To compliment my running I started Bikram Yoga, and realized Bikram Yoga was a true cardio workout by itself that enabled me to get the cardiovascular workout I needed without all of the pounding on my joints and ligaments. I was hooked after 5 classes...and I am looking forward to sharing my passion for Bikram with all of you!
I first turned to yoga upon graduating from college. I had played basketball in college, and so when my final season came to a close I found myself in need of some sort of exercise that would replace the rigor and challenge of competitive sports. Initially I turned to running, but it wasn't long before my body started to hurt and the dull aches and pains of past injuries started to resurface. At that point I was willing to try anything. A friend recommended that I try yoga and I decided to give it a go. Thereafter, I spent a few years practicing different forms of yoga before finally stumbling onto Bikram Yoga in 2006. Right away I knew this was the yoga for me. I loved everything about the practice - both the mental and physical aspects, along with the heat, the sweat and the way it made me feel. It wasn't even a year later when, in the spring of 2007, I decided to go to teacher training. After teacher training I returned to Atlanta to embark upon my teaching career. I remained in Atlanta teaching Bikram Yoga until 2009, when I finally decided to move back home to Cincinnati.
While in Cincinnati I was without a Bikram Yoga studio for nearly two years. So when I heard that a studio was opening here I was so relieved and so excited that such a significant part of my life would be accessible once again. For this, I am extremely grateful for Chelsea - for all of the sacrifices she has made, and for her hard work and determination in bringing such an awesome studio to Cincinnati. I look forward to sharing this practice, both as a teacher and as a student, with everyone at Cincinnati Bikram Yoga for many years to come.