Founder & Director: Chelsea Roff
Chelsea Roff is the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive. An author, researcher, and educator, she has spent nearly a decade pioneering integrative health programs for people with mental health challenges.
Roff began her career as a research assistant and grant writer in a psychoneuroimmunology laboratory. Her early research focused on how stress affects the immune system and how mind-body practices like yoga can help people with chronic diseases like cancer and HIV/AIDS. While in university, Roff secured grants from the National Science Foundation and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. She also became adept in technologies such as facial electromyography, galvanic skin conductance, and the electroencephelogram.
Roff went on to apply what she learned in the lab to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. After completing a yoga teacher training in 2009, she developed a yoga-based intervention for women with breast cancer. She went on to develop a similar program for youth who had experienced sexual assault at a juvenile detention center, and adults facing homelessness at a residential shelter.
Over and over again, Roff found herself drawn back to one population: men and women experiencing eating disorders. Roff herself had struggled with anorexia in her youth, and recovered thanks to the support of community, practice of yoga and opportunity to serve others.
In 2011, Roff offered the first Yoga for Eating Disorders program to clients at a treatment center where she had once been treated for anorexia. This program later became the heart of Eat Breathe Thrive: a six-week intervention that combines yoga, meditation, and psychoeducation to help people fully overcome food and body image issues.
Roff has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. An award-winning author, she has contributed a number of book chapters, articles, and research reviews to publications such as Yoga Journal, Good Magazine, and American Public Media. She currently lives in Venice, California, where she can be found riding her bike at the beach, hiking in the mountains, and salsa dancing under the stars.