About Chantel

11_KellyAndCamera.com_Kelly Smith_2013Chantel first came to the mat 14 years ago in search of pain relief from scoliosis. She was drawn back again and again by the promise of a challenging workout and that uncanny “afterglow” that stuck with her hours after practice.  Later, yoga became a means of carrying, birthing and nurturing two babies, and after that, a remedy for anxiety. After more than a decade, Chantel is still finding new ways to replenish, refine, and heal her body and mind through yoga, making it one of the most powerful modalities she has experienced.  

After pausing a corporate career in financial services as a marketing professional, Chantel, her husband and their two young daughters embarked on a three month “happiness project” in Costa Rica in search of more depth and meaning in daily life. It was during this time that it became clear that her next chapter would include sharing her love of yoga through teaching, and finding a way to combine it with a passion for revitalizing mental health care.

Chantel is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, offering private and corporate yoga classes and workshops. She completed her training at The Mindful Body in San Francisco with her primary teachers, Maile Sivert and Caroline Kelley. Both are long-time students of master Ashtanga teacher Richard Freeman, who, along with David Swensen and Jason Crandell, continue to greatly enrich and inspire her teaching style today. 

Chantel blends her yoga practice with motherhood, marketing and mindfulness consulting for mental health organizations, mentoring women through career and life shifts, and blogging on the Huffington Post, or for her own enjoyment

The Garrett Family

The Garrett Brigade: Clarie, Chantel, Calla & Sean