Yoga is a personal and integrative practice of connecting to one’s body and mind through breath and movement. Crystal offers private sessions in an inviting, calming, and cozy space. She is passionate about inclusivity, accessibility and removing traditional barriers to yoga. Come join Crystal in a comfortable and supportive environment for sessions tailored to your needs.
I began my yoga journey in my twenties, and in 2018 I experienced a life-changing Women’s Wellness retreat in Cape May, NJ. It was there that I met like-minded people and began to feel that I connected with my people, my tribe. The following year me and several women I met in Cape May attended a Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica. This experience left an indelible mark on my life and my soul. Surrounded by the lush jungles and beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, I learned more about yoga, Reiki and other holistic healing modalities which nurtured my whole Self. I found the yogic practices healing to my body, mind, and spirit. The COVID-19 pandemic offered an opportunity for deep self-reflection, and it was during this time that I decided to become a yoga teacher. I completed my yoga teacher training (YTT) through My Vinyasa Practice in October 2020.
Becoming a yoga teacher felt like a natural transition for me, given my educational and professional background. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with Concentration in Social Welfare and a Minor in Women’s Studies, and a Master of Science in Administration of Justice. I have over 20 years of experience in providing trauma-informed care to diverse populations, including survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence, victims of crime and their families and people living with HIV/AIDS. After the unexpected death of my mother in 2021, I decided to focus my attention on sharing yoga and holistic healing with the community.
I pride myself on being a deeply attentive listener who can effortlessly make connections about what you may need based on organic conversation. I believe in nourishing the body by creating a safe space to slow down, truly rest and go inward. I understand that life can be busy and pull you in many different directions which often causes a disconnect from your body, mind and spirit. Therefore, I am passionate about fostering an environment dedicated to prioritizing slowing down and reconnecting through movement and breath. I operate from a body positive perspective and believe there is no “perfect” or “right way” to practice. I look forward to being a part of your healing journey.
Co-Founder + Director of
The Healing Cottage
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
40-Hour Trauma Informed Yoga Certification
40-Hour Yoga Nidra Certification
40-Hour Restorative Yoga Certification
40-Hour Pre-natal Yoga Certification
WHAT ARE PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS + CLASSES LIKE WITH CRYSTAL?
Crystal focuses on a gentle, restorative approach, which includes stretching, holding poses longer in order to go inward + deepen connection to your body + breath with the utilization of props (including bolsters, blocks, + blankets). Her approach to private yoga is to incorporate a variety of holistic modalities in order to provide a relaxing environment that fosters healing. A session with Crystal may include breath work, guided meditation + visualization, Reiki + and the utilization of a meditation app to further assist you with connecting to your body + breath through mindfulness techniques. Crystal understands that life can be hectic + filled with myriad emotions + obligations that disconnect us from taking care of ourselves, therefore each session with her is an opportunity to be cared for and supported.
"I have to honor my mind and body if I want to sustain this journey" - Rupi Kaur
Crystal's Yoga Sessions + Classes are Right for You if:
- You have never practiced yoga
- You practice yoga regularly
- You practice yoga casually
- You are a beginner
- You are a seasoned practitioner
- You are looking to discharge stress, anxiety + trauma stored in the body
- You are looking for psychological, emotional and physical benefits of yoga
- You want to process / have discourse about the mind + body connection
- You are a person ~ Yoga is for everyone!
THE HEALING COTTAGE
4 CRAWFORD ST.
MIDDLETOWN, DE 19709