"The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships." T K V Desikachar"
The most appropriate method of learning yoga will depend on what you want to achieve and what will best fit in with your life.
If you work full time or have a specific goal, one-to-one tuition, scheduled at convenient times will suit you best.
Alternatively, there is the satisfaction of joining a group class and keeping to a weekly discipline.
The tools of yoga
Whichever path you choose, group class or one-to-one, all teaching will incorporate the use of traditional tools of yoga.
These include working with the body through postures - āsanas; the regulation of the breath through breathing excercises or prāṇāyāma and meditation - dhyāna; with specific techniques, for example in visualisation, bhāvana - and the use of sound, mantra.
All these methods are modified according to the goal of the practice - in a yoga class that could be to invigorate, pacify or harmonise the constitution.
Generally several of these tools are used to create a practice and the combination will vary according to the student's own interest and talents.
"I first contacted Celeste after the traumatic birth of my second child. Battered and bewildered, I was searching for something to help me regain strength and energy. I was a yoga novice and only knew I wanted considered one-to-one sessions. I feel so fortunate to have come across Celeste who has become something of a guru to me. She tailored practices to my exact situation, always mindful of the time constraints of motherhood. As I grew stronger, yoga also became an effective tool to counteract migraines. It's now an indelible daily habit that has proved incredibly freeing in difficult times. Celeste is kind, serene and wise. I always look forward to our yoga sessions and could not recommend her more highly." Felicia B.