Freebird Yoga: Fostering Inclusivity and Empowerment through the Healing Power of Yoga

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Chelsea Smith, the founder and instructor of Freebird Yoga, has dedicated her practice to promoting healing through yoga. Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, Smith found solace in yoga, which helped her navigate the challenges she faced due to her condition.

Yoga as a Transformative Tool

Smith’s experience with yoga inspired her to establish Freebird Yoga, a studio designed to create an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals from all backgrounds. By offering free community classes, Smith aims to break down financial and cultural barriers that often prevent people from experiencing the benefits of yoga.

The Principles of Freebird Yoga

At Freebird Yoga, Smith emphasizes that yoga is not about physical prowess but about connecting with one’s inner strength. She encourages students to modify poses, take breaks, and honor their limits. Through yoga’s focus on breathwork and mindfulness, students are guided towards self-acceptance and the release of tension and trauma.

Expanding Inclusivity

Recognizing the lack of diversity in Western yoga studios, Smith’s mission is to cultivate a welcoming environment for all. She acknowledges that traditional yoga culture often caters to a narrow demographic, excluding those who do not fit within this mold. Freebird Yoga strives to create a space where individuals of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds can feel comfortable and supported.

Community Impact

Freebird Yoga’s free community classes have had a significant impact on the local community. Students like Amanda Hernandez, a therapist, appreciate the focus on well-being and mindfulness, while Ali McMorrow, a queer biracial farmer, has found solace and self-acceptance through yoga. McMorrow emphasizes the transformative power of Smith’s teachings, as she has witnessed the positive impact on students from all walks of life.

Upcoming Events

June Community Classes

At Freebird Yoga (243 W. Ninth St.)

  • Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.
  • June 24, 2-4 p.m.

Other Locations:

  • June 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., South Chico Community Assistance Center
  • June 26, 7-8 p.m., Industry Night Yoga for restaurant/bar workers, Winchester Goose

For complete schedule and class styles, visit


Freebird Yoga, under the leadership of Chelsea Smith, is a beacon of inclusivity and empowerment in the yoga community. Its free community classes and welcoming environment provide a transformative space for individuals to heal, cultivate inner strength, and connect with themselves and others.

Author: John Doe

John Doe is a freelance writer with a passion for exploring the transformative power of health and wellness practices. He has written extensively about yoga, meditation, and the impact of mindfulness on personal and community well-being.

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