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 Glaskill, Physiotherapist & Meditation Teacher
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?” 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 a 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.
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, Musician
“I could not recommend Celeste Greene more highly as a yoga instructor. My yoga practice was infrequent until I moved to Durango in January and began taking Celeste’s classes. Her classes and teaching style were so accessible and un-intimidating that I quickly began attending every class of hers I could fit into my schedule. Celeste has a fluidity of teaching style that makes her at ease teaching everything from gentle restorative classes to fluid, quick-paced flow classes.
-Caitlin Standish, Wilderness Therapy Guide
“My experience of being in Celeste’s Hatha Yoga classes is one of reconnecting to my joy, while at the same time being challenged by her yoga sessions. Celeste gives us different options for the level of our ability and reminds us that we can always modify. After years of aerobics, it is so refreshing to be gently reminded to listen to our own bodies and approach our practice on any give day keeping that in mind. I always leave with a greater stillness and flexibility of mind and body, regardless of my state when I arrived.”
- Linda Morse, Vedic Consultant
"Celeste exudes a joy and passion for teaching. Her classes bring that warmness to your daily practice. My hips have always been an issue since surgery and she has helped me with the mental and physical sides of that: it has improved and that is immense."
-John Hunt, Farmer