Celeste Greene YOga

Celeste Greene has been practicing yoga since age 15. In 2009 she received her yoga teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute where she began studying the anatomy and internal wisdom of the body.

After graduating from Belmont University, she moved to the west coast where she continued to study and teach yoga. As she began to deepen her practice of embodiment, her commitment to teaching through the lens of inner subtleness, compassion, and softness grew. She has found that practicing with this kind of attention, a natural opening occurs.

Over the years she has studied with many great teachers who have influenced her including Scott Blossom, Timothy McCall, Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Peter Sterios, Lama Tsultrim, Adyashanti, Jon Bernie, Jack Kornfield and many more.

While Celeste teaches a variety of yoga classes all are taught with a curious and grounding approach. Celeste’s classes are a blend grace and strength with artful sequencing and insightful, breath-based movements.

In 2013 Celeste co-founded The Living Yoga Project with Sheryl McGourty, a live yoga & creative movement performance that is currently in its fourth year of production in Durango, Colorado.


Images provided by Sarah Heart Landolt

 


WHAT STUDENTS SAY:

Yoga is not about exercise or competition. Yoga is the practice of becoming more and more intimate with your body, your thoughts, your feelings, your true nature and ultimate existence. I have experienced many yoga teachers in many settings and, without reservation, my preferred yoga instructor is Celeste Greene. Celeste is one of those special people who simply and profoundly embodies her art and calling. Being with Celeste is not attending yoga class, it’s participating in the sacred practice of yoga. There is no comparison. Nothing is sweeter or more satisfying. ~~ Ksanti
After my first yoga class with Celeste, I opened my opened my eyes and looked at her sitting in front of me on her mat and I said  “What do you call that?” She said she hadn’t come up with a name yet- so we tossed a few back and forth days: Inside Out Yoga, Meditation Movement, Body Conversations, Unstuck Yoga, etc. I had a hard time finding the perfect word pairing to sum up my experience which was very centering with equal parts effortful to comfortable.

Having stalled out in my practice, which had become somewhat intermittent due to a hectic life schedule, I was dealing with feelings of stress and impingement in my body, combined with a mental pressure that I should reinstate some heavy vinyasa flow on the regular, which was probably an additional contributing factor to why I’d been avoiding yoga for weeks!

About ten minute into class, I was aware I feeling challenged in my upper thoracic spine, where I personally want to build strength, but it wasn’t that we had been holding poses a particularly long time. It was more to do with movement being connected, focused and intentional that way. Also, I also wasn’t on autopilot because I was moving through a vinyasa I’ve done a thousand times.

I really like that Celeste is so fluid and authentic in her style, which is fun and full of imagery. I could leave my eyes closed all class long and know exactly what to do with my body. “Pretend someone just spread butter across your chest from your collar bones out to your shoulders like they were the corners of a piece of toast.” See, that opened my body at heart’s center and simultaneously made me giggle.

But the most defining aspect of this practice, which prompted me to ask “What do you call that?” I can best describe as being guided into positions where there was freedom to explore, listen to, and respond to the body’s request. For instance, in a side plank of sorts, where my brain was anticipating a certain protocol for upper body stretching and strengthening, I found myself feeling into a stuck place in my hip I did not know needed attention, and then having the freedom to explore it. And I had the thought: “This feels good. What could be more important work than this?” Anyway, I don’t know what it’s called, but I’m going back. - Caitlin Cannon