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


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


Alice began her journey at Essence of living falling deeply in love with Yoga and Pilates. She saw the positive effects it had in her life. She is passionate about sharing this gift with others, creating a harmonious balance between both practices. Join her to reconnect, grow and love unconditionally.

Alice Dennehy


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


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


Brie Quartermaine discovered Yoga 10 years ago when she walked into Michelle’s class and was immediately inspired. With a background in dance, Brie is also a qualified Primary PE Teacher and Kids Yoga Teacher. Brie creates a FUN, engaging, relaxing, creative and inspiring space for kids to discover their inner calm and creativity.

Brie Quartermaine


Yoga found Caitlyn whilst traveling through Vietnam, and sparked a journey of self discovery. Caitlyn has a passion for the function of the body, being a qualified physiotherapist. She loves nature in all of its forms, enjoying hiking, walks on the beach and star gazing.

Caitlyn Bishop


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


Cat’s yoga journey started at the age 14 and has been a lifelong love. With a strong focus on intelligent alignment, creative sequencing, and a good dose of intention, prepare to have your heart blown open. Her classes are a safe space for all to dive deeper into relationship with themselves and the world around them.

Caterina Boutagy


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!



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


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


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


Natalie became passionate about bringing yoga into her life to heal both emotionally and physically, and since also turned to Pilates as a safe, supportive and effective way to build strength. She will cheer you on through the challenging times, motivate you, inspire you and have you feeling more stronger and connected to yourself with each and every class.

Natalie Hughes


Nicola is the mother of the studio, aswell as being a mum of two. She ensures that everything runs smoothly and makes the studio the special place it is. To be honest we don't know where we would be without her!

Nicola Daly


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


Pablo was drawn into yoga as a means to overcome his chronic back pain, he quickly noticed yoga was not only helping his body, but also his mind.Pablo's classes are dynamic and playful yet calm and soft with an emphasis on body awareness, mobility and being present.

Pablo Chavez


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


Simone has trained with EOL Academy in Yin, Yoga, Pilates and has 20 years teaching experience. Living an inspired active lifestyle, this mother of 3, carefully plans themed sequenced classes that are fun, motivating and designed to balance your whole body physically and achieve harmony in the mind.

Simone Kelly


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


A lover of all beings, Susie shares her passion for yoga asana and philosophy with classes that will inspire you on and off the mat. Always shared with a heart-warming smile, her classes will leave you feeling energised and full of love!

Susie Tagarro


Tara has a heartfelt passion for yoga & holistic healthcare, currently studying Naturopathy. With a friendly smile & warm heart she aims to deliver a beautifully nourishing class weaving in her holistic health knowledge to fill up your soul, leaving you feeling a little lighter, brighter and with a happier heart.

Tara Bailey


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


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