E-RYT 500, RCYT
Crystal McCreary is a lead yoga, mindfulness and health educator & teacher trainer with 14+ years of experience in instructing yoga and mindfulness to people of all ages. She is a coach & mentor with a passion for implementing comprehensive wellness programs within schools and organizations to foster compassionate and equitable communities and sustainable work environments. Crystal’s expertise is derived from a lifetime of harnessing powerful embodied, contemplative tools necessary to navigate the overwhelming challenges of living as a Black woman in an inequitable world. Her work enhances the health and wellness initiatives of schools, organizations and corporations through professional development and conference workshops, webinars, trainings, yoga and mindfulness classes, and lovingly curated pre-pandemic wellness retreats internationally.
Crystal’s programs emphasize the importance of self-care as the gateway to social justice and collective healing in the world. She has facilitated trainings for many organizations that aim to support the social and emotional wellbeing of youth and adults including New York Department of Education, CUNY-Hunter Public Health Department, Mindful Schools, Little Flower Yoga, Lineage Project, and she currently works full-time in the Health Department at a K-12 independent school in New York City.
Crystal has been featured in such publications as Yoga Bodies Book, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, Wanderlust, 21Ninety, Blavity, Shondaland.com blog, academic journals such as Race & Yoga (UC Berkeley), and numerous other blogs and podcasts. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies, completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting and moonlights as an actor on film and television when the stars align. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and RCYT. Crystal is the author of the Little Yogi Deck: Simple Practices to Help Kids Move Through Big Emotions On & Off the Mat (Shambhala Publications, of the Penguin Random House publishing group). Learn more about her at http://www.crystalmccreary.com