Celest acquired her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2009 from the University of London. This training has lead to an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics which inspired her to set up a course training yoga teachers how to deal with injured students in their classes. Her yoga practice began 12 years ago whilst she was in a performing arts school so her classes draw a great deal of inspiration from her dance background. Celest is also a passionate writer and has contributed to world famous blogs such as Yoga Download in the U.S. and Om Yoga Magazine in the UK. She has been featured in print ads for Lululemon Athletica and has taught at the Yoga Show, Vitality Show and Mind, Body, Spirit Festival’s in London.
An interview with Celest:
When did you first start to practice yoga?
I began practising when I was 18. I was in a performing arts college and one of the lessons on the curriculum was yoga. I enjoyed it but didn't make it a regular practice until much later.
Why did you first take up yoga?
About two years after graduating from performing arts school I decided to take up capoiera, but I was extremely weak in my upper body. Around about the same time I was walking through a gym and I spotted people doing yoga and noticed that this was a great way to develop the strength in my upper body needed for capoeira. But more that that I was mesmerised but the grace, and the connection of movement to breath. I felt like a moth being drawn to a flame and from then on I was hooked for life.
What does yoga mean to you?
Yoga means being a good person. Someone who is aware of their everyday actions and the ripple effect these actions might have on the world around us. For me it's not just the poses, although I love the poses, it's more a vehicle for me to inspire people to be more happy, loving and conscious.
Do you meditate?
Yes, I meditate everyday before I go to sleep. If I ever miss a day my sleep is horrible so now I make a point of doing a meditation no matter how short.
What’s the secret of cultivating a daily yoga practice?
Personally I don't practice yoga everyday. I'm hyper-mobile and I was finding too much yoga was damaging my body. So I mix it up by I practicing capoeira and crossfit too. I do my best to challenge my body physically 4-5 times a week through these three practices.
What practice do you do every day?
Everyday I write down three things that I am grateful for. This is so powerful because even if you're going through something bad you can still find things to say 'thank you' for. This has such a powerful effect on your brain and your mind. It's really hard to be in a bad mood when you're grateful.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Can I choose two things? :) I ask for two because I think there is nothing more awful than the human trafficking that is going in the world. It's beyond me that there is an industry out there doing this kind of thing, and then even a market to support it. But I am also a huge animal lover and the way humans treat animals for food and clothing is beyond sad. Many people criticise me for caring more about animals than humans. When I hear them say this I always remember this quote: "If you can't have compassion for an ant, how can you have compassion for a human? After all, an ant is only small and therefore only needs a small amount of compassion."
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