Celeste Mendelsohn

About Celeste

I grew up in a family deeply affected by ancestral trauma and addiction. My father was Jewish. His family escaped from Germany during the time of Hitler. My mother’s family was not Jewish—an issue in and of itself, with relatives on both sides. Her mother died when she was 4. Her father remarried and then died shortly afterwards. My mom was raised by her stepmother, along with her brother and sisters, during the depression. My dad was an unrecovered, violent alcoholic who committed suicide. My mom was a very quiet codependent. I was an only child who wanted to fix everything. But of course, I couldn’t. I left home at 16 and moved three thousand miles away, trying to outrun my problems. That didn’t work either.

I struggled with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and a lot of chronic pain. At one point I was diagnosed with 10 chronic conditions, but at that time no one had words, or any real understanding of childhood trauma. I was on a lot of medications for my conditions, and I count it as my first miracle that I didn’t become addicted. I also worked very hard at “looking good,” but honestly, there was a point where suicide seemed to be my only out. I went to a few different therapists, but while they helped for a bit, I never found the healing there I desperately needed, nor did I, or they, recognize that I needed practices that I could do on my own on a daily basis to build and maintain a state of ease and comfort in my body, mind, and soul.

Around that time, I started taking gentle yoga classes. I hadn’t been able to run or hit the gym in several years, and I was starting to lose the body I thought I needed to be ok in the eyes of those around me. What I found in yoga was more than I ever expected—peace of mind and practices to help me maintain it, a recovery of my physical strength and healing of the chronic pain, and an ability to discern my actual needs from my anxiety and fear. What I lost through the practices, was my anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insecurity, and fear.

Yoga therapy became my solution. I was in training to be a yoga therapist when the book The Body Keeps the Score came out. In that book I found the answers to so many questions. Before then, I’d never heard the term, childhood trauma, but when I read it, I recognized myself and my family in the pages and decided to devote myself to helping others to heal, using the tools that had been working for me as well as new modalities that I learned from others, and some I developed myself.

Over the years, much new information has come to light, including scientific proof that trauma is stored in the body. If we don’t move, breathe, and focus—all parts of regular, therapeutic yoga practices I use in my work—we’ll continue to feel the effects of the neurological damage that was done during childhood.

Today I am a certified yoga therapist and family recovery coach, and I’ve been helping others, using the tools that worked for me, for the past 10 years.

I’m available to you. If you want to connect, just send me a message, and you’ll hear back soon!

With love and gratitude,

Celeste Mendelsohn

“I am highly recommending Celeste Mendelsohn as a yoga therapist. She has experience working with people who are recovering from addictions, PTSD, and C-PTSD. She has extensive training and it’s a blessing for those who work with her as she is very intuitive and can recommend just the right tool for whatever is happening. I have been a lucky client in both large and small groups. She is always aware of her client’s well being and safely modifies forms to work for a variety of people and situations. Celeste also does wonderful meditations and breath practices, leaving me calmer and more relaxed than when I came.”

Bya

Yoga Therapy Client

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.