Rochelle Ballard is a legend- straight up.
This Kauai born and raised badass has been a Queen of wave riding for decades, traveling the globe as a professional surfer, competing at the highest level of surf competitions with stacks of wins under her belt. Beyond her incredible performances durning competition, it was Rochelle's beautiful defiance of the ideas of how a "girl" could surf that at the time that she was making a MAJOR statement with through her sharp barrel riding, aggressive cut-backs and the fearless launching of herself over monster waves that men were holding back on.
Throughout those competitive chapters of her profession as a surfer, she was simultaneously connecting with another passion of her's that was complementing not only her surfing talents but her overall wellbeing- Yoga. Rochelles love for yoga drove her to eventually become certified as a Yogi gernating her own unique style that integrates movements that are found within nature- like that of the Ocean.
Upon getting deeper into her practice and teachings, Rochelle's passions for all that makes up her inspiring lifestyle enriched with wellness : Movement, the Ocean/Nature, Community and Connection with likeminded individuals in pursuit of living from their fullest selves, would inevitably create her retreat business, "Surf into Yoga." A retreat that is far from any commercial concept and instead gives her guests a rare, up close and personal experience of what it feels like to live a healthy, action infused, nature immersed, and an opportunity to feel Kauai's one-of-a-kind "mana" (spirit) through the life of an original local. It's an experience that truly leaves her guests feeling renewed with a deeper connection within themselves and to our beautiful earth.
There is so much to say about the layers that make this incredible, empowering and endlessly inspiring woman, the incredible human that she is but I'll leave the rest for our upcoming podcast (stay tuned for that gem) and in the meantime, get a closer look into her powerful mindset in the Q+A below.
Follow Rochelle via IG @rochelleballard
What helps you stay committed to your goals?
I am passionate about what I do and what my goals are. They have to mean something to me in order to see things through. Without the result in my mind and heart there is no real incentive to drive my goals to the finish.
What is one thing about yourself that you feel proud of?
I feel like I have made a difference in this world and contributed to humanity
What do you love most about your career and/or business?
I am able to inspire and motivate people, in my yoga and body work and adventure retreats, I am able to relieve my clients from stress, pain and give them a great experience. Most of all its really fun!
What has been the greatest challenge you’ve over come so far?
finding livelihood and lifestyle that brings happiness, peace, and creativity to my life without compromising my wellbeing and health.
What do you tell your mind when you’re faced with a challenge you need to overcome?
I do my best to slow down for the moment, take a few deep breathes and begin to trust the process and challenge that is begin presented to me. I used to get caught up in the challenge and now I do my best to be light with it and recognize the difference between my emotions and the situation. It usually helps me resolve it easier and with less stress.
With such a busy schedule, do you have any tips or strategies on how to prioritize and mange your time well?
Yes, it has been a big learning process. I find its important to make sure you write a list and put it into categories and prioritize the most important things and check them off as you go. Also keeping an accurate calendar of things and apts you are committed to. I’ve also learned to do my best with everything but know that I can’t do it all by myself effectively. I have a book keeper, and team of surf and wellness facilitators to share the aloha with and find the balance with my business. Its more important to me now to do it well than to do it all!
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that inspires you?
My Mantra is personal I use it in my morning alone time and my daily gratitude and thanks is express like this "Aloha ke Akua, mahalo ke Akua, Aum shanti, shanti, shanti, Om namahj Shivaya, Shivaya Om namaha...
What makes you feel like a badass (because you are!)?
Haha…gratitude and knowing and acknowledging that everything that I am and have in my life is a gift from God (Akua) I do love the challenges, gratitude, joy, and serenity I feel in the ocean everyday whatever conditions or size it is. I also make sure to honor my body, spirit, and mind. Without it I am nothing, and with it I can do anything
What makes you feel beautiful?
The way I treat myself and the way I treat others
What are your top 3 beauty products at the moment?
I love all of my Doterra products if I have to narrow it down…the Doterra shampoo and conditioner really keep my hair healthy and growing long, my face cleanser is gentle on my face, the Malie Organics body lotion and oil in there Kokee’ sent, I absolutely love the smell and how it feels on my skin and the latest product I just started using Malie anti-aging firming elasticity cream (I couldn’t just pick three)
Do you have something you eat or drink
regularly that makes you feel nourished and energized?
I do my best to eat mainly vegetables, fruit, fish, avon, dark greens, beans and lentil, sweet potatoes, and mainly stay away from GMO pesticide foods, processed food, gluten based, and no dairy in my diet. I take the Doterra Vitality supplements and make sure I have Alai’a Hawaiian salt and Himalayan Salt in my diet. I only drink Kauai Spring water, unless I am traveling and then I do my best not to drink plastic bottled water.
What book(s) has positively impacted your life and why?
The life you were born to live, The heart of Yoga, Be Like Water
In 3 words, what do you feel makes a woman beautiful?
Intensions, aloha, and passion