Michelle Cassidy is the founder and operator of Essence of Living studio and Teacher Training Academy on the Gold Coast.

She teaches the majority of our Active & Healthy GCCC classes!

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.


Amanda teaches our Monday Pilates class at Carrara Community Centre.

She loves her Monday evenings with the Active+Healthy Pilates crew!

"We laugh, sweat & have a great time- which is what it’s all about for me. Coming together to feel good, in a way that is good for every BODY. I love to share options and empower each person to really make their time on their mat- for them. Something about that, and seeing everyone in the room smiling and having a good time- is really inspiring to me"


Gina teaches our Thursday Yoga class at Thorn Park, Miami.

Gina has completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle at Essence of Living. She has a long history of practicing yoga and a new found love for sharing it with others. She is well known for being gentle, compassionate and generous when sharing her knowledge and love. Gina also happens to be an Occupational Therapist, who is mental health endorsed and trauma informed. She welcomes you to join her, no matter your experience!


Sasha teaches our Tuesday Pilates class at Platell Park, Broadbeach.

Sasha has completed her 200hr Mat Pilates Teacher Training with Michelle at Essence of Living. She has a profound love for practicing Yoga & Pilates which spans over a decade long. Since first obtaining her Yoga Teacher Certification at the age 14, Sasha finds great pleasure in creating a nurturing environment to move and infusing each of her classes with love, joy and laughter. She is known for her warm heart, positivity and bright smile. Sasha welcomes you to embrace the joy of movement and make each moment a celebration of you!


I believe in the power of movement to nourish the body, mind and soul, whether it's finding strength in challenging poses, or tapping into creativity through mindful movement. As an instructor, I like to keep things fun, lighthearted, and, of course, a little spicy. My mission as a Pilates instructor is simple: to share my passion for movement and support others in reaching their wellness goals. Whether you're looking to build strength, find balance, or simply enjoy the journey, I'm here to support and empower you along the way.

Let's move, breathe, and nourish our bodies together!