Crystal offers a variety of healing options in an inviting, calming, and cozy space. She is passionate about inclusivity, accessibility and removing traditional barriers to healing. Come join Crystal in a comfortable and supportive environment for group experiences or private sessions that can be tailored to your needs.
Hello, I’m Crystal. I am a Certified Grief Educator and Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor, and I would love to share my journey with you.
I had been practicing yoga as a student for about 15 years when I made the decision to participate in a Women’s Wellness retreat in 2018 that changed my life. It was there that I met like-minded people and began to feel that I connected with my people, my tribe. The following year, several women from the Women’s Wellness retreat and I 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. It has always been important to me to listen deeply to those I am serving and make connections to what you may need based on organic conversations. 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 believe there is no “perfect” or “right way” to practice yoga and that yoga is for all bodies no matter the shape, size and ability.
After the unexpected death of my mother in 2021, I decided to focus my attention on sharing yoga and holistic healing with the community. An integral part of this journey was finding tools to help me navigate the unfamiliar, and oftentimes, misunderstood nuances of grief. Although I had many people supporting me, I noticed that it was difficult for folks to do so. Fear of saying the wrong thing or causing me to cry were at the forefront of their minds.
Through my own loss, I realized that our culture doesn’t provide adequate space for talking about death, dying and grief. As a result, people in our community are unprepared and ill-equipped to handle it, whether for themselves or in supporting others. This is one of the primary reasons I have decided to turn my pain into purpose by becoming a Certified Grief Educator, trained by David Kessler. This certification, many years of professionally serving survivors of traumatic grief, my integration of holistic healing practices, and my personal journey with grief allows for a unique, interdisciplinary, and well-informed approach to serving those who are grieving.
My intention is to change the narrative around grieving and help serve others experiencing grief through education and support. I hope to create an abundance of space to normalize talking about death, dying and grief, which in turn may help to create a community where people can easily find the support they are seeking. What you are feeling and experiencing is normal; there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to grieve. There is nothing wrong with you and your grief is not a problem to be solved. I see you and I support you and it would be an honor to walk with you on this journey.
Co-Founder + Director of
The Healing Cottage
CRYSTAL'S EDUCATION + TRAINING
Bachelors Degree in Sociology: Social Welfare Concentration, Minor in Women's Studies
Masters Degree in Administration of Justice
Beyond the College Campus
David Kessler Certified Grief Educator
Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification
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 CRYSTAL'S OFFERINGS LIKE?
Crystal focuses on a gentle, restorative approach to healing, 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 Healing Offerings are Right for You if:
-You are grieving, no matter how long it's been.
-You are looking for connection in a safe, supportive environment.
-You have never practiced yoga, are a seasoned practitioner and everything in between.
- You practice yoga regularly, casually, or it's been years.
- You are looking to discharge stress, anxiety + trauma stored in the body.
- You are looking for psychological, emotional and physical benefits of movement and restoration.
- You want to process / have discourse about the mind + body connection.
- You are a person ~ Crystal will meet you where you in your healing journey and walk the path along side you.
THE HEALING COTTAGE
4 CRAWFORD ST.
MIDDLETOWN, DE 19709