“Beauty radiates from your heart, blossoms in your smile, dances in your eyes, illuminates in your energy, inspires the lives of many.”



Michelle Cassidy is the founder and operator of popular Essence of Living Yoga and Pilates studio and International Teacher Training Academy on the Gold Coast. After first discovering yoga and pilates at the young age of 16, she knew with every cell of her body that this was her calling and she wanted to share both the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice with others.

Essence of Living Yoga and Pilates studio was founded in 2004 and currently offers over 70 classes a week between studio, council, corporate, school and private sessions throughout the Gold Coast. With over 1,000 students a week participating in Essence of Living classes, Michelle’s students range from kids to elderly, athletes to beginners. Strength conditioning, rehabilitation and recovery, weight management, corporate produc vity, stress relief and individual wellbeing are all integrated.

Due to rapidly growing demand, Michelle Cassidy established Essence of Living International Academy in 2008, where she personally trains future teachers her individual style and techniques for delivering fun, dynamic and inspiring yoga, pilates and barre classes. The Academy is recognised by Fitness Australia and Yoga Alliance. Essence of Living’s corporate relationships include Gold Coast Suns, Gold Coast City Council and Australian Institute of Sport, to name a few, along with local schools and non-profit organisations.

After completing a Business Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Recreational Fitness, Michelle went on to further her training with an International Advanced ‘Stotts Pilates’ Mat course specialising in stability ball, fitness circle, flex band and foam roller instruction, together with reformer apparatus training. Later she expanded her knowledge and completed the internationally recognised ‘Body Control Pilates’ Mat Course.

Michelle went on to complete a ‘Yoga Arts’ 200hr intensive teacher training course, a ‘Brahmani Yoga’ 500hr intensive Ashtanga teacher training, a ‘Jivamukti Yoga’ 300hr intensive teacher training, plus a 500hr apprenticeship in New York. She then trained intensely with ‘Dena Kingsberg’ for 4 years and completed her 3 month committed Ashtanga practioner course, followed by ‘Yin Yoga’ 200hr teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grillye, 100hr philosophy training with Power Living, 50hr chakra training with Paul Grilley and 100hr philosophy training with Alanna Kaivalya.

After falling in love with Thai Massage and the benefits closely linked with yoga, Michelle also completed a 3 month intensive ‘International Thai Massage’ teacher training in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She now facilitates internationally accredited Thai Massage course.

With the constant evolution of the industry, Michelle has kept her finger on the pulse with the latest trends and returned to New York for numerous intensive training programs, where she studied barre from the Lotte Berk lineage. There she trained at the world’s most exclusive clubs, learning new techniques and methods, and brought a new style of barre back to Australia. Barre is a fusion of yoga, pilates and ballet. Michelle completed her certified barre training at ‘Exhale’ California with the original method founders Fred Devito and Elisabeth Halfpapp.

More recently, Michelle completed the Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health coaching course aswell as a number of Tony Robbins events, including: Date with Destiny, Business Mastery, Wealth Mastery, Life Mastery and Unleash the Power Within. This has given her an even wider base to draw upon to facilitate a well-rounded holistic approach to health and happiness.

Michelle has deepened her understanding of Meditation through the wisdom of Dr Joe Dispenza, the great master who has the science behind the supernatural phenomena of the spiritual seeker. Completing his Intensive & Advanced Workshops: Understanding the Power of Your Mind along with his Advanced Meditation Retreat. This new level of understanding helps lift the veil of the unconscious mind to allow the practitioner another pathway to their true nature.

Michelle is the creator of all training programs at Essence of Living, and is the primary facilitator all course work for:
Yoga Level 1 • Yoga Level 2 • Yin Yoga • Pilates Mat • Pilates Barre • Thai Massage Level 1 & 2 • Philosophy Immersion

“I live and breathe my vocation as it resonates with every cell of my body. I truly love what I do and do what I love. I want to share my passion with the world around me and hope to create a happier, healthier world with those willing to change and grow with me.” –

Oceans of love,
Michelle Cassidy