For nearly two decades certified celebrants in the U.S., Canada and around the world have been co-creating and officiating at an array of authentic, personalized ceremonies for people from all walks of life. It’s not hard to imagine that many celebrants are also yoga practitioners, or have been at some time in their lives. It’s evident that the great combo of yoga and celebrancy can’t be beaten.
Yoga professionals are specialists in the healing arts and many have a dedicated following who look up to them as “wise ones” and trusted members of their community. It has been a prominent quest for those who have had years of experience in yoga to find a complementary profession, or pro-passion, that will dovetail and harmonize with their “yoga life” and values, especially as they get older.
Being a certified celebrant has been proven to be a good choice that enhances their practice and offers life-cycle ceremonies and rituals to their yoga-loving clientele. Celebrants often have a thriving ceremony practice based on the service they established in their communities as yoga masters.
The added art of celebrancy makes it possible for yoga professionals to also give their yoga clients ceremonies that focus on life’s three T’s: Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs. Many of these rite-of-passages include: weddings and coupling ceremonies; end of life, memorial and funerals; family and children celebrations; community and/or individual healing/validation, and transition ceremonies and rituals.
Celebrant/yoga practitioners find their celebrant work offers them a relief from the physical demands of yoga and is a very natural way to move into another mindful, soulful and heartful practice that is a viable and enjoyable encore career.
Lindsay Attalla, a New Jersey celebrant and yogi, said her path to being a celebrant naturally began with yoga.
“Both my yoga practice and work as a certified celebrant has been a match perfectly made,” she said. “I have had the great joy and honor of crafting and officiating ceremonies for dozens of students and colleagues within my yoga circle/following and beyond. The art of yoga lends itself generously to a celebrant career, as the two work hand-in-hand. So many times I have quelled an anxious bride’s nerves through guided deep breathing before walking down the aisle on her wedding day. And no matter where I am, whether flowing on my mat or standing at the top of an aisle, my yoga practice is present.”
As you look to complement your career in yoga, consider becoming a celebrant. It could be the perfect match.
Co-written by Charlotte Eulette, the international director of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, and Lindsay Attalla, a therapist, celebrant and yoga instructor. The Celebrant Foundation & Institute (CF&I) is a non-profit educational organization based in Montclair, New Jersey. For more information visit celebrantinstitute.org. Say you are a Mindful Studio reader and receive $100 savings towards tuition.