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Chelsea Rice

Yoga Instructor, Ashtanga Certified

Chelsea's Story

Introducing Chelsea Rice, our dynamic yoga instructor at Buoy 4 Fitness, whose journey seamlessly blends maritime adventures with the serenity of yoga practice. Born and raised in the picturesque landscapes of Ketchikan, Alaska, Chelsea brings a wealth of diverse experiences to her coaching role.

Formerly a mariner navigating the vast Alaskan waters and serving as an unlimited tonnage bridge officer on ultra-deepwater drillships in the Gulf of Mexico for the past decade, Chelsea's professional journey has been nothing short of adventurous. However, her passion for holistic wellness led her to pursue a 200-hour YTT certification in yoga, drawing upon over 20 years of personal practice and a myriad of physical pursuits, including running 50k trail ultras, weightlifting, mountaineering, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Continuing to expand her knowledge and expertise, Chelsea is completing continuing education in yoga nidra and trauma-informed yoga, alongside gaining certificates to teach maritime safety classes. In her downtime, Chelsea immerses herself in the joys of motherhood, hiking with her 18-month-old son, indulging in baking, gardening, and enjoying the great outdoors through running, lifting weights, and engaging in seasonal activities like fishing and snow sports.

A quirky fact about Chelsea: she spent her formative years completely off the grid in Southeast Alaska before commuting to school via boat—a testament to her adventurous spirit from an early age.

When asked about her favorite workout or movement, Chelsea's response reflects her dynamic nature, as her preferences evolve over time. Currently relishing the challenges of running and weightlifting, Chelsea's ultimate passion lies in backcountry snowboarding—an activity she could indulge in daily if given the chance.

One of Chelsea's coaching successes stems from her time at sea, where she introduced yoga to her shipmates, even leading impromptu sessions in the ship's machinery spaces and during night watches on the bridge. Her advice to newcomers to yoga emphasizes the joy and fulfillment found in movement, beyond mere appearance or achievement.

Motivated by a desire to impart a love of movement to her son and inspired by her family's legacy of longevity and active living, Chelsea's coaching style can be described as challenging, approachable, and fun—a reflection of her commitment to nurturing wellness and vitality within the community.


Join Chelsea at Buoy 4 Fitness, where each yoga session is an opportunity to explore movement, find inner peace, and embark on a journey of holistic well-being under her expert guidance.

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