We’re honored to have Celeste Plouff as part of our yoga studio community. This December, Celeste is our student of the month. Here’s a little about why we think she’s so special. Celeste wrote this response to some questions we asked to get to know her better. Thank you Celeste for being you!
“I began practicing yoga in January 2013, shortly after my dad died. After his death I was able focus on me for the first time in a long time. By putting myself first, I was able to begin to get my life back on track.  I decided to start yoga classes because I was very immobile.   I needed something that could help restore the mobility that I had lost during that period.  I quickly found out that practicing yoga was a wonderful way to help me to regain my muscle strength and flexibility.  As I continued to practice yoga, I began to see other really important benefits, including how I could use it to help ground myself.  My instructors would ask, “What else can you let go of?” I began to see how much I was actually holding on to and how I needed to learn how to let go of control and to learn to go with the flow instead of continually fighting it.  Yoga has become an integral part of my life. Through practicing it, I am continuing to evolve as a human being as I discover and explore important life lessons revealed along the way.

I began taking classes at Laughing River Yoga in March 2013 and I immediately fell in love with it! At LRY I found a strong sense of community and a warm friendly connection to all of my instructors and to my fellow classmates.  I really love every instructor that I have had the opportunity to work with.  They are all an amazing group of sweet, caring, friendly and genuine teachers!!!!!  Lastly, I really love taking classes in the studio and being able to watch the river flow as I practice yoga. I find it very relaxing, calming and grounding.
Outside of the studio, I work 10 hours a day with children during the school year.  I’m a Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant in the morning at Allen Brook School in Williston, VT. In the afternoon, I work for the YMCA After school Programs as a School Age Consultant and Site Director Sub.  I’ve taken time off to be able to explore and to have lots of fun adventures during the last couple of summers!!!
I love anything to do with Nature and having the opportunity to spend time outside, whether it is walking in the woods, going for a hike or spending time by the water. I enjoy exploring waterways by canoeing or kayaking.  I also love extreme sledding.  In general, I love to have fun and having the opportunity to explore new adventures.  I also really love to practice yoga. It has become a vital part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without it.”