Crystal Dawn Rios, E-RYT 200

In 1997, I took my first yoga class at an Ashram in Denton, Texas where I studied Kundalini open eye meditation. Growing up as a dancer, I found that the asana practice took me to my roots.  After my first yoga retreat where I learned how to use a neti pot and was introduced to head stands, I began a journey that would include many more retreats.

After a trip to Thailand where I studied Thai Massage, I moved to California in 2004, beginning my full time massage therapy practice. It was this intense physical labor that brought me to yoga three times per week for maintenance as a bodyworker. At the end of every yoga class, I felt as if I had just received a massage. I could see how the muscles and bones worked together to create balance. My love of anatomy as a massage therapy instructor at Everest College gave me the opportunity to marry the world of massage with yoga by teaching my students what I discovered from my own practice. While vacationing in Central America, I was invited to teach yoga at La Paz in San Marcos, Guatemala. I knew then it was my next career calling.

In 2009, I found the Cloud Nine Yoga family and dove into the 200 hour teacher training at the Long Beach Branch. Without skipping a beat, I continued training with Cloud Nine and attended the Bali Bliss Intensive teacher training with the intention of being a teacher trainer myself. Since then, I attended every 200 hour teacher training at the Long Beach Branch as an assistant until I found my business partner, Arezo, and began teaching at the Lakewood Branch. We moved our training to Free Spirit Yoga in Long Beach in 2013.

Advancing with the Cloud Nine family, I attended the Hawaii Ommersion 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training as an assistant. I am excited to bring to first ADVANCED teacher training to Long Beach in 2015.

I teach Beginner Basics and Pre-natal Yoga at Free Spirit Yoga and Hatha Yoga at Boeing in Long Beach. I offer Thai Massage, Inversion, Partner Yoga, and Baby Massage workshops regularly. I take a hands on approach to teaching and enjoy incorporating healing touch in class.