is an international yoga teacher and founder of Rogue Retreats based in NYC. She began her yoga practice over 20 years ago and is E-RYT 500 through Yoga alliance with over 1000 training hours in Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Dharma Yoga . She has certificates in Yin Yoga, Restorative, Kids Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Outside of her classical yoga training Crystal has trained and studied in grief counseling, crystal healing therapy, sacred plant medicine, and shamanic work. She enjoys sharing the latest in travel, fitness, wellness, and spirituality on her blog Crystal Vida.
Her spiritual journey began when she was 13. Shaped by a profound personal event which caused her to question the meaning of life, she found Yoga. At age 15 she had a mystical experience with a medium who foreshadowed her current path. She completed her Bachelors in Psychology/Philosophy at Rutgers University, where she studied Yoga Philosophy with Senior Professor Dr. Edwin Bryant.
She has taught at gyms, studios, hospitals, and offices throughout NYC. Internationally she has taught in Paris, Italy, Bali, Costa Rica, and Colombia. She has been resident teacher for several retreat centers located in Bali, and Costa Rica. In addition to her teaching, she is passionate about sustainability and has been involved in the earthship project in Aguada, Puerto Rico, helping to build sustainable homes post hurricane Maria. Forever grateful for her recent travels throughout India on Pilgrimage to practice bhakti & meditation. She continues to learn from different lineages and trainings, as well as everyone she meets.