Founder of Ekah Yoga and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, MB-EAT educator, and mother of 2 amazing little girls (Ella and Amelia).
Crystal understands the profound impact yoga has made on her life, and is passionate about sharing these ancient secrets with others. When she first accepted yoga into her life, that is, truly digging into a regular practice, she began to notice a subtle shift in the direction of her physiology and her life.
"I was primarily attracted to yoga because I had heard that it could help my back, but then it gave me so much more."
She began to feel a shift in in her spine, and a subtle shift in her life. Some how, some way, without understanding all the details at that point, started to see a better image of herself finding a deeper sense of self acceptance and compassion. She found the courage to seek out a Master's Program in the field of nutrition and dietetics, and eventually take on leading direction at Ekah Yoga.
"Pain is how I found yoga, but that's not why I stayed. I stayed because yoga made me a better person, and it showed me the pathway, again, to myself."
At this current time, she finds inspiration through her children, within her yoga community at Ekah, and in reflections of experiences and teachings of many great teachers along the way.
She gives thanks to so many teachers and friends who have made an impression and helped shape the way. I give gratitude to these teachers who have influenced my teachings and perspectives: Jean Briddel, Gabrielle Raiz, (Hot Yoga Doctor), Jacqueline Danner, Jason Crandell, Thich Naht, Hanh, Andrea Liberstein, Rohan Shroff, Richard Miller, Pema Chodron, and all of the wonderful teachers at Ekah Yoga.
"As my life changed in having two children, traveling much less, I have enjoyed rooting down in my community own at Ekah Yoga and taking in the personal stories and learning through my teachers at Ekah Yoga. I give thanks to Sarah Peters, Marci Becker, Jessica Mott, Jesica Conger, Mervyn Alphonse, Mallory Trescone, Molly Adkins, Michelle McVicker, Quinn Laird, Ann Georgescu, Ruth Cohen, Rivkah Moore, Matece Skow, Erin Rowan, Valeria DeCastro, "
"Sometimes the mentors we seek shine light on the friends around us, bringing focus to the impact we make on each other."
Crystal, believes that the divisions of culture, religion, philosophy, food pathways, and even differing yoga lineages sometimes pull people apart, yet their true functions are to bring people together. The state of conflict doesn’t need to exist if we allow ourselves to be open to resolution and shift our energy to union instead of difference. Our minds want to find peace as we remove the obstacles that separate us. It is Crystal’s mission to bring people together, by shifting this focus, through the practice of yoga.
“Truth is one, and paths are many” –Sri Swamiji.
Through diversity of practice and teachings from around the U.S. and Central America, Crystal brings the union of all her great teachers’ philosophies and principles to practice. All her teachings are in agreement with core kinesthetic and heartfelt foundations of humanity.
She has seen through her students that no yoga method applies for every person universally. Practitioners need to comprehend the real root of yoga and the function of their own physical body, breathe, and mind. This knowledge can lead the student to experience their true Consciousness by understanding their true Inner Self.