"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.
"Celeste has helped me over the years with different problems. She is thoughtful, knowledgeable and perceptive. She sees everyone as an individual and took time to understand my particular problems and how they affected me. Importantly she is also practical and realistic - the yoga practices were tailored not only to my physical need but how much time I would actually spend on them. She could not have been more caring or supportive." Kate B.