We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsey Delane Troup and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsey Delane, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The way I invest time & energy into my business is ever-evolving based. With each of my pregnancies & immediate postpartum periods, I’ve scaled back on my client load so I could conserve energy for my own physical & emotional healing. Another huge factor is how much help I have access to during different seasons. When I have access to childcare support, I’m able to invest more into my clients without compromising my own well-being or the needs of my family. When I have less support, I say no to more opportunities so that I don’t deplete myself. Because work life balance is so complex & layered, it’s something I reassess regularly & make adjustments accordingly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a Yoga Therapist specializing in mental & reproductive health, my heart’s desire is to serve women & families as they navigate especially challenging experiences like pregnancy & birth. When working with clients, I pull from my own personal experience of living with mental illness for most of my life as well as from my three very different pregnancy & birth stories. I’ve noticed that the sincerity & compassion I bring to my work enables my clients to feel safe to be fully themselves, and that radical honesty is fertile soil for transformation & healing. My yoga expertise allows me to uniquely support clients during birth by providing tools to nurture them physically, mentally & emotionally during their journey. I got where I am today by being devoted to my own yoga practice & journey of healing above all else. I practice what I preach every single day, which gives me great insight into the challenges that my clients face. My mission is to support others in accessing the kind of unconditional self love that I have found through my decades of yoga study & practice. Unfortunately, perfectionism & self-criticism & other disempowering cultural patterns have weaseled their way into the yoga community, and can disguise themselves as hard work & determination. Because of this, most of the work I do revolves around helping clients unlearn these patterns, do less, accept more & embrace themselves as they are, no fixing required.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the compassionate, powerful women who have seen the best in me & lit the path when it felt bleak. My mentor, Katie Allen, has been an integral part of my personal & professional journey. She has seen potential in me before I did, has offered priceless advice & infused me with so much confidence that I’m doing my life’s work. Another invaluable influence has been my teacher, Kaya Mindlin, who’s taught me so much both formally & through the way she lives her own life. Having these women of integrity walking alongside me as I carve out my own path has meant the world to me.