Celeste Mendelsohn

You can heal from childhood trauma. Let me show you how.

Trauma is part and parcel of the world we live in

Even the most educated and modern women are affected deeply by their traumas, especially those stemming from childhood. This can look like sleeplessness, anxiety, depression … and physical pain.

The tension and stress of holding on to trauma can make every part of your mind, body, and soul ache. But headaches, fatigue, and muscle pain are just the beginning. Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders are frequent obstacles for people who have not yet healed their childhood trauma.

You wake up in pain, go through the day in pain, and go to bed in pain, because you don’t think you have another option.

All this can leave you wishing for something—anything—to make the pain stop. But that line of thinking can lead to addiction, deeper depression, and self-harm.

Why it hurts

We frequently hear that our parents, family, and friends did the best they could with what they had while we were children. But it wasn’t the best for you. In some situations, it may have been the worst possible thing.

Growing up around violence, addiction, unstable relationships, or having absent parents (physically, mentally, or emotionally) makes any child feel unsafe. And feeling unsafe, unheard, or powerless has repercussions throughout our lives.

The body keeps the score. And when your score is high, there’s a lot to carry.

So much, that in an attempt to numb the pain, many trauma survivors turn to the same behaviors that they observed as children: substance abuse, toxic relationships and one-night stands, or hours of unhealthy dissociation.

These behaviors function as crutches—they make it less painful to carry your trauma, but do nothing to actually heal the foundational issues.

But it’s not your fault, and there are ways to help us release the weight of the past.

You can stop leaning on the crutches that you’ve used for so long to get around, and finally heal the underlying issues that cause you to hobble yourself.

Your trauma doesn’t have to hurt anymore

What would your like be like if you could depend on a good night’s rest, and waking up energized? What if you could go through your day without pain, anxiety, or the stressful tension of the past?

You can. And it can be done with beginner-friendly yoga poses to release trauma. This is the true essence of yoga. What it was created for.

Yoga has not always been expensive clothes and handstands in hot studios. At its core, yoga (and yoga therapy) is an experience of connecting to your inner self, your body, and the world around you. This connection helps you let go of external pressures and influences, like past trauma and ongoing stress.

Finally, you can sleep easily, and wake up ready for your day. You can move without pain. You can leave your house without fear. You can be happy again, and in control of your life. And it all starts with the breath.

“Yoga was more effective than any medication … medication can be quite nice to sort of dampen some of the symptoms. But in the end, people need to own their bodies, they need to own their physical experiences. And, in order to overcome your trauma, it needs to be safe to go inside and to experience yourself.”

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Hi, I’m Celeste

I’m certified as a yoga therapist and family recovery coach, and I’m also a survivor of childhood trauma. Helping people to reconnect to their bodies and their breath reminds me daily of the work I’ve done myself, and continue to do.

“Celeste is a compassionate, passionate teacher. She is great at helping the client to develop awareness of body and mind, which is the number one job of the yoga teacher. She is always conscientious and very knowledgeable and experienced with a deep understanding of the teachings, both yoga philosophy and the 12 steps. … A real gem!”

Rene Quenel

Yoga Teacher

For years I battled with the fallout of a traumatic childhood, at a time when there was no real understanding of how childhood trauma could affect people. I struggled with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and a lot of chronic pain. At one point, movement was so painful, and I was so tense, it felt like my skin was crazy-glued directly to my muscles.

In addition to these physical symptoms, the mental and spiritual symptoms were overwhelming. I was distrustful of everyone I met, and even of the people closest to me in my life.

Those of us with challenging childhood relationships can have difficulty connecting to ourselves when in the company of people we don’t know well. This can create confusion as we often find ourselves in our heads when deciding how we want to BE in relationship with others. We are often reactive, overly trusting, or overly defensive.

Instead, I invite you to learn how to trust your gut, your innate, internal compass. We are capable of change, and we are different. We can choose differently, even when it feels scary. Even when it’s uncomfortable.

Reconnect with your inner knowing – with Yoga as Therapy.

How do you want to work together?

Beginner-friendly trauma recovery yoga sessions are available in two modalities. Book a complimentary discovery call to explore your best next steps on your path to healing your trauma.

Individual

One-on-one, 90-min. live Zoom sessions available per session, monthly, semi-annually, or annually.

Group

Eight-week live group sessions are available for those who want a peer-supported experience.