About the Teacher

My name is Celeste Cronin Thomas. I have been a student of yoga since the 1980s and teach in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya. 

I am a yoga therapist registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council: I hold a British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma and I am a certified Vedic Chant teacher. 

I believe that yoga is the most effective way to affect change in our lives and that it is open to everyone.

 

"Teach what is inside you.
Not as it applies to you, to yourself,
but as it applies to the other." Sri T Krishnamacharya

"My yoga lessons are my special 'me' time. We are lucky to have such a gifted yoga teacher. Celeste's passion for yoga and meditation is conveyed to her students in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. I have been attending these classes for over ten years: each one is different and I always leave with a sense of inner calm. The lessons are personal, unique and fun. Thank you Celeste for this weekly treat!" Phillipa L.

The Tradition and Teaching

Sri T Krishnamacharya 1886 - 1989

Sri T Krishnamacharya is acknowledged as one of the most respected yogis of the Twentienth century. His influence on teachers of modern yoga  originated in his yoga school at Mysore where he taught the teenagers B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattibhi Jois: while his first female student was Indra Devi. These students all went on to create their own methods and these are predominantly what we recognise in the West.

Krishnamacharya's distinctive form of Hatha Yoga grew from his own long practice in yoga and knowledge as a scholar of Sanskrit, Vedic Philosophy and Ritual. This tradition and teaching focuses on the central role of the teacher/student relationship. A relationship out of which an intelligent use of yoga's tools develops. There can never be a 'one size fits all' approach, instead yoga is adapted to meet each student's ability and needs. 

Krishnamacharya's method and philosophy continues in its transmission through the students of his son TKV Desikachar.  I am privileged to continue studying with two, Radha Sundarajan in Vedic Chant and Dr N C Chandrasekaran in yoga therapy.

 

"Celeste has made my return to yoga a real pleasure and I look forward to my Thursday morning practice. Her knowledge and understanding allows her to pitch each asana at the appropriate level. Any modifications are constructive and helpful, how a small change...can make a real difference. The asanas have improved my flexibility and posture... the pranayama and meditation bring peacefulness to life for a working mother of two!" Zoe A.