Chelsea’s Winding Road
“Feel the Shadow ~~ Heal the Soul”
My road to yoga was long and winding. Previously a college athlete, I trained as a geneticist and, later, as a historian, completing my doctorate in European history in 2015 at Oklahoma State University. While in graduate school, I explored yoga and meditation to find relief from my stress, anxiety, and depression. I was initially drawn to yoga after the birth of my first set of twins in 2009, returning to it again in 2014 after the birth of my second set. I originally focused on prenatal/postnatal sequences and yoga for exercise; however, as my interests grew, I found a love of the chakras and walking meditations. In the years following graduation, I began to explore other healing modalities, delving into the embodiment and healing aspects of yoga and shadow work to navigate past traumas, aiding my path of self-discovery and empowerment after years of mental health struggles and impostor syndrome.
I received my meditation certification from Ananda Yoga in 2018 and my 200-hour yoga certification from Karma Tribe Yoga, now True Love Yoga, in 2019. My work is influenced by the multiple teachers including BKS Iyengar, Bernie Clark, Peter Irvine, Lauren Ledauc, Regina Compernolle, Mark Walsh, Katie Brown, Bridget Rebek, Miranda Mason, Yoganada, and Deepak Chopra.
I started Sevana Wren Studio in October 2019 to support my passions for yoga, meditation, metaphysical work, and photography. Sevana means “to serve or to honor” while Wren is a part of my spiritual name, Shadow Wren. Creating this studio is about honoring myself, my path, and my desire to service the community through self-discovery and self-empowerment.
Photography has been one of my greatest passions since I was a child. My love of photography began in grade school when I chose the field as one of my activities for 4-H. Landscape photography was my first love. I took my camera everywhere, hiking, sightseeing, horseback riding, canoeing… Originally, my interest in photography was just for myself, to capture the little moments of my life. However, after I travelled to Germany in 1999 with my high-school German class, my interest grew to a roaring passion. The fire has not waned since then, if anything, it has deepened with nuance. I have finally found a way to combine my passion of visual media, yoga, shadow work, and astrology to create healing options for my community.