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Michelle Cassidy is the founder and operator of Essence of Living studio and Teacher Training Academy on the Gold Coast. After first discovering Yoga and Pilates at the young age of 16, Michelle knew that she had found her calling, and wished to share both the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice with others.

Michelle Cassidy

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Clare Merrifield, also known as Tinkerbell, is a beautifully organic yogini who will surprise and delight you with her amazing classes. It was during her yoga studies that Clare realised just how much the wisdom of yoga resonated with her own natural beliefs and ideals. Clare’s classes are the perfect blend of dynamic movement and scintillating stillness.

Clare Merrifield

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Allie LeDuc’s passion for yoga begun in the States before moving to the Gold Coast where she discovered Essence of Living. Allie completed her yoga teacher training and is also trained in remedial massage. Allie’s classes are a positive and harmonious space where students are inspired to look within themselves, and find balance, peace and happiness.

Allie LeDuc

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Amy has always been a lover of fitness, and after success as a PT quickly fell in love with Yoga and pilates. Amy’s classes are fun, smiley and always accompanied by a bangin’ playlist. You will leave her class feeling challenged yet energised and uplifted – ready to take on the day!

Amy Eagle

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Angy Keates fell in love with yoga at Essence of Living, eventually beginning her own journey as a yoga and Pilates teacher. Angy is a trained aromatherapist and loves to include beautiful essential oils in her class to enhance the benefits of the yoga practice. When Angy isn’t on the mat you’ll find her with her family or planning her next retreat in Bali.

Angy Keates

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Carla's yoga teaching style is a balance of fun/high energy and blissland. No matter what you're looking for: a full body workout or a chance to reconnect the mind, body and spirit, you'll leave Carla's class with a smile.

Carla Papas

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Darby Watson joins the Essence of Living team all the way from Vancouver, Canada. Darby’s relaxing and soft voice will lead you through a dynamic practice which will allow you to find your inner light and peace. When Darby isn’t on the mat you’ll probably find her at the beach with her fiance and fur baby.

Darby Watson

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Ebony is a true believer in the philosophy and practice of both Pilates and Yoga. It is with love for love that she is our Cosmic Community Cheerleader. Ebony is full of passion, heart, soul and infectious energy. Join Ebony for some classes, community events and more, so together we can open our hearts and illuminate our world with love and light.

Ebony Hogg

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Emma’s Pilates teaching style will get you sweating and smiling. Prepare for a full body burn! She’s all about the high vibes and you’ll leave her class feeling strong, confident and all kinds of awesome.

Emma Papas

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Erin Bourne has been on her yoga journey for over a decade, taking a range of influences including Iyengar and Ashtanga. Outside of yoga, Erin has a degree in Exercise Science and Education and has studied naturopathy. Join Erin on the mat for a beautifully balanced class that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Erin Bourne

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Hollie Bradley has been a teacher at Essence of Living for over decade and believes yoga is the key to personal happiness. Her classes are inspired and upbeat, with the focus on self enquiry, alignment and personal development. Hollie is qualified in yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, yin, reiki, applied anatomy, visual arts and physiology.

Hollie Bradley

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Isabelle started her Pilates journey searching for way to rehab her back, and slowly turned her hobby into her passion. You’ll find her at the barre or on the mat, delivering strong, lighthearted classes with a twist of humour.

Isabelle Davies

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Originally from Barcelona, it wasn’t till she made it to the Gold Coast that she decided to take on yoga, Pilates and barre teacher training. Expect an enthusiastic class, filled with fun, music and sweat when you practice with Ines.

Ines Cerboni

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Jack Hersee danced The Australian Ballet. After retiring from ballet, he went on to become a dance teacher. Following a move to the Gold Coast, Jack found EOL where he undertook his teacher training. You’ll find Jack teaching energetic Pilates and Barre classes - probably with a backing track from Britney.

Jack Hersee

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Jade McConnell is a dynamic PIlates teacher who will have caught up in her passion and energy as soon as you enter the room. She discovered yoga and Pilates three years ago and credits both practices with having an amazing impact on her life. When Jade isn’t on the mat you’ll probably find her scuba diving, water skiing or surfing.

Jade McConnell

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Jannine Gearon has a long standing passion for health and fitness, practicing yoga since her late teens as well as dancing many disciplines in the last 35 years. Jannine has completed her yoga, Pilates and yin training at Essence of Living. Her classes are a reflection of her fun and energetic personality.

Jannine Gearon

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Jenna Faros became addicted to the vibrant energy and enriching energy of Pilates. My work days are challenging yet rewarding as I support families and children with speech, language and learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. Pilates enables me to support myself so I am able to help others.

Jenna Feros

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Jennie grew up Sweden and is passionate to share the practice of Pilates. Her mission is to inspire students by compassionately guiding them through an uplifting practice to make them feel empowered, confident and inspired both on and off the mat.

Jennie Soderlind

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Kasia Wallis discovered yoga and Pilates 12 years ago- she was hooked! Kasia has completed yoga and Pilates training at Essence of Living. When Kasia isn’t teaching she’s probably volunteering for an environmental project or traveling the globe (maybe both at the same time!).

Kasia Knap

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Kelly Clayden is a Pilates and Yoga teacher, animal vet nurse and certifiable tree hugging hippy. Her Pilates and barre classes will have your butt burning, her vinyasa yoga flows will get your prana moving and her soothing yin classes will have you all blissed out.

Kelly Clayden

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Kimberley Bargenquast is a lover of barefoot walks, sunrises, nature, full-moons, yoga, meditation, dancing and the ocean. She is passionate and proud to share yoga and loves supporting her students on their journeys to a more fulfilled life. Join her for for a dynamic, fun and light-hearted practice.

Kimberley Bargenquast

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Yoga, Pilates and Yin have changed my life and helped to me unlock the playful and loving side of me that I can now bring into my teaching. Through this practice I have found nourishment in my soul and I am passionate about helping others to do the same.

Kirsten Wallace

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Lana grew up on Western Australia's beaches. Her yoga classes are strong and open for you to be intuitive to your needs. Lana started teaching after training at Essence which nourished her roots and expanded her knowledge.

Lana Sheldrick

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When Lesley was lost, yoga found her and brought her back to life. Compelled to share the gift & inspire others Lesley became a yoga instructor in 2013 and mentored our 2017 Yoga Teacher Training course. Reiki trained & influenced by Ashtanga her classes combine empowering dynamic flow & nurturing restoration.

Lesley Parkes

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Maddy Isles stumbled upon PIlates three years ago when she began practising for rehabilitation. She soon discovered the bliss of balancing the mind and body in order to achieve ultimate health. When Maddy is not on the mat, you will find her reading, travelling or eating delicious food, possibly all three at the same time!

MADISON ISLES

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Megan found yoga when travelling in Central America and was hooked. She went on to study yoga, yin yoga and pilates at Essence of living and loves the way that yoga & pilates challenges her and makes her grow in mind, body and soul. In her spare time, you will find her playing with essential oils, surfing or travelling.

Megan Franklin

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Mickie Monroe is a Cosmic Goddess from another Galaxy here to facilitate, educate and create space for deeper ways we can learn to nourish our mind, body and souls. Mickie was called to Yoga on her own healing journey and fell head over heels for everything that is Yin Yoga.

Mickie Monroe

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Midori has always had a great love for movement and music. She has danced ballet professionally, including a stint with the Houston Ballet. While Pilates has been a part of her routine for years, it was only in 2013 that Midori discovered yoga in Bali. Midori now teaches both Yoga, Pilates and Barre classes at Essence of Living.

Midori Lotz

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Nat is mumma to two lovely little girls, loves to swim in the ocean and feel the sand under feet. Her journey led her to undertake her yoga teacher training here at Essence where she can now be found teaching passionate classes with a side of yogic philosophy and spirituality.

Natalie Amotawa

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Nikki joins the Essence of Living team from Slovakia. She moved to Australia and became addicted to both yoga and pilates after intensively practising at Essence of Living. She had found her true passion and wants to share the gifts of both practises with her students.

Nikki Fridrichova

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Prue Cooper is known as the pocket rocket. You’ll find Prue teaching fast-paced, booty-burning barre classes at Essence of Living alongside her job as studio manager. You might also be lucky enough to meet Missy, Prue’s teacup Yorkshire Terrier, who often visits the studio office.

Prue Cooper

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Steph was drawn to Pilates initially as a great workout, but soon after it helped her to work through negative body image issues and she's never looked back. Don't be fooled by her relaxed nature - her classes are very strong, fun and always set to a groovy playlist!

Stephanie Boniface

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Tara Coggan’s whole life has been about movement as a gymnast, dancer, and now, Pilates teacher. Tara fell in love with Pilates at Essence of Living, where she then went on to complete her teacher training. Tara’s classes are fun and challenging whilst remaining nurturing, with a focus on building the mind body connection.

Tara Coggan

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Thalo is a gentle giant originally from Oregon, where he was a professional basketball player. He is now a PE teacher specialising in basketball. Thalo is a long time teacher who is part of our ongoing Gold Coast Active and Healthy program.

Thalo Green

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Todd’s practice of Pilates began alongside his ballet school training. Through his dance career Pilates has always been his key for keeping muscularly balanced, purposefully aligned and has maintained his core power. Join Todd for a calm approach to a deep workout.

Todd Belot

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Yuka Yoshinaga joins the Essence of Living team from Osaka, Japan. Yuka didn’t step onto the mat till her move to Australia, and she soon became addicted. Yuka loves to practice and teach yoga, and feels blessed to do so in a place she loves, with the people she adores - the Essence of Living family.

Yuka Yoshinaga