There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
— Winston Churchill
 

Monica Celli de Movellan M. Ed,  RYT, Shamanic Healer,  has been an educator for over 30 years.  Time as a Public High School Teacher and Department Chair, have given her the experience and expertise in Curricula writing and developing.  In addition, the ability to teach to a broad range of learning styles and to meet the needs of her diverse population of students.   Monica has taught yoga for over two decades, she is certified in Yoga and Shamanism (RYT 200) and holds additional certifications in Yoga and Immunity and Positional Therapy.  Monica seamlessly weaves her many years in education, into a comprehensive cross-discpline experience for the learner.   Inspiration has come from her studies in  Buddhism, Shamanism, Equine Massage, Yogic Masters near and far, and  many diverse disciplines with Equestrian Trainers.  Some of her most profound lessons have come  from the divine connection she feels when she is in the saddle or working around her Equine teachers, their presence  has been one of the greatest gifts.  

"Illness brings Stillness"; some of Monica's most profound lessons and teachings have come directly from her injuries and subsequent rehabilitation that it took to become healthy in body and mind. Her experiences with severe concussions and injuries sustained slipping on ice,  brings depth of knowledge about the body, rehabilitating the body, and mindful awareness in movement and thought.  This has led to her ability and continued  practice in mindful meditation an her students receive the direct benefit of her teachings.  To practice being mindful in their body, whether they are on their mat, in the woods, with their family or with their Equine partners, through awareness and practice. 

Monica's time on the back of a horse started in her mother's belly.  By the age of four she had her first pony.   Monica grew up competing in Gymkhana, Hunter Jumper and Hunter Paces.  But most of the time she could be found in the woods, bareback on her POA/Appaloosa, John Henry who was her first love and greatest teacher.   It is with John Henry, that she learned the depth of the connection to the Equus.  Today she continues to practice Dressage, and enjoys herself in the beautiful eventing fields and woods of New England, and is presently training her recently out of the wild Mustang, Shoshones' Belle.  

 Monica celli-de movelllan Ma ed ryt

Monica celli-de movelllan Ma ed ryt

Monica teaches throughout the Berkshires, Eastern New York State and North-Western Connecticut, offering small group clinics or private sessions.  She also continues to teach art and provides consultations and healing sessions with Shamanism.  Monica teaches weekly yoga classes at local studios for every one and specializes in meeting the needs of the clients through a mindful experience.   Especially students who are regaining their health because of a previous injury, or the need to increase mobility and strength for health reasons.  Individualized lesson plans created to meet your needs during a private session. 

 

 
My practice on my mat has a direct correlation and is interchangeable to being on horseback, whether it is a trail ride or dressage. The benefits of implementing yoga into my rides were enormous. I found I was stronger and more flexible in the saddle, softer and firmer simultaneously. The lines of communication were clearer with my equine partner because I was more aware of my own body.

 
 MOnica Age 4 with her first pony Paco   

MOnica Age 4 with her first pony Paco

 

The will of a 4 year old matched with the will of a shetland pony.  Many lessons learned.

 

 Monica on John henry in a 4th of July parade

Monica on John henry in a 4th of July parade

The ultimate caregiver.  Where the magic was born on the back of a horse.  John Henry.

 Warming up and creating EY on Ali,

Warming up and creating EY on Ali,

Master teacher Ali, being the ultimate educator.  Helping to find the marriage between firmness and softness in each stride and moment.