Crystal Dawn Rios, Yoga, Bodywork and Coaching

Soothe the Body Relax the Soul

About the Practitioner

I began my career in the healing arts after receiving my first Reiki attunement in 1997. Since then I have become a Reiki master myself, and have graduated with honors from Texas massage Institute. I further built my range and skill-level by training in Thai massage with a private instructor in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I continue to study all modalities of healing touch, expanding my knowledge with training in Therapeutic Cupping, Craniosacral Balancing and Polarity Therapy. I also love to perform pregnancy and geriatric massage, finding the healing I inspire to be very rewarding.


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 knew from my own practice. While vacationing in Central America, I was invited to teach yoga at La Paz in San Marcos, Guatemala. I then knew 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 my training with Cloud Nine and attended the Bali Bliss Intensive teacher training with the intention of being a teacher trainer myself. After completing the Advanced 500 hour training with Cloud Nine, I began attending every 200 hour teacher training at the Long Beach Branch as an assistant. Eventually, after finding the perfect business partner, I started my own branch of Cloud Nine Yoga in Lakewood, now located at Free Spirit Yoga in Long Beach.

I teach Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Kids Yoga at Free Spirit Yoga, Hatha Yoga at Boeing Fitness Center. She offers Thai Massage and partner yoga workshops regularly and takes a hands on approach to teaching and enjoys incorporating healing touch in class. 

For the past eight years, I have been studying and practicing conscious loving. I attribute my ability to get married at all, to the book Conscious Loving written by Gay and Katie Hendricks. We took our first wedding vows from the 6 commitments in that book. Since our marriage in 2011, we have gotten married two more times. At our most recent vow renewal, we came up with new commitments. These agreements have created a deep connection.

As a Relationship Coach and a Big Leap Coach," trained by Katie and Gay Hendricks, I have found my calling to help people be more present in their lives. I spark a desire to be more authentic by inspiring breath, movement, play, and love.



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