Essa Crossley, 200 RYT, Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner
I had a session with Essa, not knowing what to expect from this kind of work. I was thrilled....what Essa does addresses more than a simple yoga practice, although there was that too. Essa made connections for me that I hadn't considered...She is very calming, very confident and knowledgeable. I felt I was in the good hands of someone who understands how spirit/emotion/energy/body are all connected. Which you don't find very often. Thank you Essa!-Michelle Smith
Vancouver local, Essa found her way on to her mat about 10 years ago. Within her first few visits to the studio she felt that she wanted to be the teacher. Being that she was a young single mom at the time, and working to provide for her son, those thoughts were pushed aside.
Over the course of the next decade Essa felt called to her mat, although the actual focus and dedication she gave it would rise and fall with the tides. A few years ago she started practicing regularly, and soon found her life taking another change of direction, leading her back towards finding her voice as a trained yoga teacher.
Essa completed her foundational training at the Vancouver School of Yoga, located in beautiful Gastown, BC. She has completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training as well as 300 hours in The Foundations of Yoga Therapy. Essa is working towards obtaining her yoga therapy certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She approaches all of her classes from a therapeutic standpoint and offers her students the space to find what feels good in their bodies. Her specialties are Restorative Yoga classes and Private Yoga Therapy sessions.
Essa is passionate about sharing her love of this beautiful practice with any and all who are open to receiving. She looks forward to seeing your blissful smiles at the end of a delicious savasana. She teaches all of our yoga classes and offers Private Yoga Classes to clients by appointment and Series Yoga Classes by registration.
Private Yoga Sessions
Our private yoga classes offer a personal and hands-on experience for the student. Essa uses a therapeutic approach to yoga, looking at the person as a whole. She has a comprehensive understanding of the application of myofascial release and yoga techniques to support her client’s healing on all levels of their being – physical, mental, emotional and energetic. This integrated approach covers both eastern and western methodologies including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, physical assessment skills, breath work and meditation.
Clients will be coached through self-myofascial release techniques in a session designed to assist in correcting postural and alignment issues that cause chronic pain.
Sessions will also include stretching, yoga postures and breathing techniques. Essa specializes in Restorative Yoga, a style of yoga designed to quiet the participant's nervous system allowing for a relaxed state of calm.
Essa teaches yoga classes in six week series on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Series classes are designed to build on each other to assist students in growing an at-home practice.
Spring classes start in April