Find Your True North

Our community is constantly looking for the right tools—the right routine, the right nutrition, the right mindset—to live active, energized lives. Together with adidas, we collected tips, recipes, and advice from Wanderlust 108 yoga teachers and run leaders on how they operate at their peak performance every day. Dive in! And discover the formula that fuels your journey. 
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Chelsey Korus’ Fuel Formula

Chelsey Korus' teaching and movement philosophy comes from her passion for life and her inspiring nature that allows her students to live their best life. A notable yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, Chelsey infuses her classes with the movement knowledge she has gained through over a decade of alignment-based yoga asana immersion, classical ballet, capoeira, and daily acrobatic training. She has been featured on Live! with Kelly and Michael and PopSugar as well as Fitness, Shape, and Women's Health Magazines.

Advice for Avoiding Injuries

Here’s the deal.

We get injured when we are going through the motions, but not truly present.

Or when we try something new and throw our bodies in too quickly without proper guidance or space to accomplish the task mindfully.

Or when our minds run ahead to the next step, or worse, go numb with fear and we step out of the driver’s seat completely.

I practice AWAKE and intentional movement that captivates my whole attention.

Each vertebra getting its time to shine. Smart feet underneath me receive messages from the earth and respond back.

It’s a conversation and I ask my entire being to show up to the party

I’ve built trust in my hands over the years and now I can balance on them just and easily as I do my feet.

Use everything and overuse nothing!

Best Life Advice I've Received

It doesn’t really matter WHAT I DO. What matters is HOW I DO IT.

Power, title, money, and position will come and go, but it is how we treat what we value the most that will live on in the hearts and souls for generations to come.

Got that advice straight from the source.

Over and over again, every time I ask, “What should I do now?”

The answer is, “It’s not what you DO, Chels­­, it’s how you do it.” #truestory”

Book I Re-Read

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.

Everytime I read it I get something new. The first time I was in Mexico and I kept stopping people on the beach to read them passages from it. Crazy yoga lady! ;)

Favorite Quote

“Love and Pride can’t occupy the same space, baby. Only one will make you free.”

It’s a lyric of a song by Sara Groves

She is local to my hometown in Minnesota.

I’ve been listening to her for most of my adult life. She always speaks right to my heart.

Finding Healthy Balance in Life

I find balance by having good people in my life that hold me accountable, hop in the trenches with me when I need some company, and go buck wild with me when I pull myself out. 🙂

That mixed with ample alone time in nature to reflect, listen, and give back.

Health "Secret" Everyone Should Know

Sleep. Make time to recover and your body will thank you.

That and water, water, water.

Carry your favorite water bottle with you.

If you have to stop at 7/11 for a water, you probably will end up at Starbucks instead and grab a coffee because you are dehydrated and feel sluggish.

You think caffeine will do the trick, but really it will just slow you down more afterward.

Get hydrated and your energy will pick up as well.

How I Jumpstart My Day

I get up and I move RIGHT AWAY. Before coffee, before breakfast.

I have a dog so that helps motivate me to get out of bed. We get out into nature, run through the grass and the mud barefoot.

Give thanks for the gift of another day, play.

Then take a sit, listen. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 1 hour.

Whatever I can offer to this practice is good and useful.

Some days I have more time than others, but the practice of playing and listening right away in the morning sets my feet on a clear path for the entire day.

I Feel Powerful When...

This quote makes me feel powerful:

“Michelangelo was once asked ‘How do you create a great sculpture, the David or the Pieta?’

And, he said that in his mind God had already created the sculpture. His job was to get rid of the excess marble.”

I Was Truly Challenged When...

I am challenged frequently

On the road teaching and performing, I live a life with few comforts of home.

I like it this way for this season of my life because I get to meet amazing people who teach me so much.

It keeps me plugged in and hungry for guidance.

But alas, I am not bullet proof.

I struggle, I doubt, I get crazy lonely out on the road.

I rescued a dog and she helps ground me a ton, but community and accountability are top priorities for me right now.

I have amazing people “on the team” and it’s simply a matter of making it known that sometimes I need help.

So to answer the question: Asking for help challenges me greatly. It is a daily practice just like handstand training. ;)

Mantra When Life Gets Tough

“What drains your spirit, drains your body. What fuels your spirit, fuels your body.” ­
-Caroline Myss

This gets me through because it stops me from chasing after my complex mind and settles me into simplicity.

I literally stop myself and ask, “Chelsey­­, what would fuel your spirit right now?”

And I do that. Simple. ;)

Morning Yoga Sequence

• Feet together then step left foot back to a wide stance. Feet parallel.

• Inhale arms up with back of palms touching overhead, fold fingertips towards the front, and unfold palms like a book towards the face and bend over the knees—more like standing Child’s Pose than Uttanasana.

• Reverse hands and come back to the starting position (arms overhead and back of palms touching).

• Continue this movement adding the breath:­­ inhale rise up and exhale fold.

• Once the breath is going well on it’s own, start making an offering for your day: “This is what I am willing to GIVE TODAY. This is what I am willing to RECEIVE TODAY.”

Most Important Yoga Advice

I was told a long time ago that teaching yoga is not a performance, but an act of service.

My work is to get out of the way so that I may be a pure conduit for the divine energy to flow through me.

So, basically­­, it’s not up to me—­ something far bigger is at play here and I am merely the hands and the feet and the voice to carry it forth!

On-the-Go Snack

Hands down my on-the-go snack is banana with walnuts because it tastes exactly like banana nut bread to me.

Smoothie of Choice


• Base: Coconut water

• Fruit: Berries with frozen banana

• Greens (spinach, kale or whatever is local and fresh)


• Green Superfood Powder (I like HealthForce)

• Acai

Mix well, place granola and raw nuts and raisins on top with a drizzle of raw honey.

You will be good to go for hours.

Spice Up Your Yoga Routine

Close your eyes.

Turn off your music and get quiet. Listen to your breath.

Step forward and back using your inner eye, your memory, and your intuition.

See the color and feel the texture of your breath with your imagination.

Be open to lingering where the body wants to linger.

It will radically slow you down and wake you up to the little treasures.

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