ME IN A NUTSHELL
I have been teaching yoga and leading teacher trainings for over a decade. With more than 20 trainings in 200 and 300 hour mentorship formats under my belt, it’s been a good run. Traveling around the US, Mexico, Japan, and Australia has granted me an opportunity to share what I love with curious students around the globe. No exaggeration when I say that I’ve learned something from every single student I’ve met along the way. If you’re reading this, and you’ve taken a training with me, thank you.
If you’re a student who enjoys movement but feels like the yoga mold doesn’t fit your body, mindset, or lifestyle—I’m with you. Maybe you’re a yoga teacher who’s identified that the practice isn’t serving you or your students in all the ways it could—I’ve been there, and I’ve got your back with tools honed over several years of transition away from yoga asana.
Since adding strength training and other functional movement modalities to my repertoire, my practice and priorities have shifted. The past several years have brought me to a method of teaching that places the student in the driver’s seat and champions inquiry.
Now, as I pursue my Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy, my aim is to make movement more accessible to the general population. I strive to educate about the science of the human body, while embracing the mystery of it all.
I teach multidisciplinary movement inspired by yoga, physical therapy, strength training, Feldenkrais, Functional Range Conditioning, meditation, and conscious relaxation.
Cross-Fade was built for yoga teachers, but it's not a yoga training or a method of teaching.
The principles you'll learn apply to any movement system, will help you better communicate with other professionals in the field, and will grow your confidence and creativity to teach what truly lights you up.
The course is called Cross-Fade because you'll be at the helm of your own mixing desk. Turn up the volume on the practices you embrace, and gradually fade out the things that are no longer serving you. The way you teach is a dynamic dance between deep understanding, rationale, and creativity that allows you to be yourself.
If you’re a movement specialist and lifelong student of the human body looking to expand your horizons by stepping outside your current bubble, you’ve found your people.
Let's face it. Teaching can be an isolating experience, especially while pushing back against the status quo. Practicing for too long in an echo chamber deprives our minds of creative growth and our bodies of essential variability. The Cross-Fade mentorship is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, remix your mindset, and find your voice within a supportive network of outside the box thinkers and movers.
You’ll get 12 weeks of direct access to me and my skill set, honed over a decade of mentoring teachers, guiding group classes and one-on-one sessions, exploring practice across a wide array of modalities, and building clinical understanding as I work toward my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Through the lens of Physical Therapy, I bring together strength training, mobility principles from Functional Range Conditioning, neuromuscular rehabilitation, motor relearning, and somatic practices like Feldenkrais and Body-Mind Centering. I also happen to be a big advocate for meditation and conscious relaxation because playing hard requires time for reflection and quality rest. All of these practices offer a beautiful compliment to any movement modality—it’s up to you how far you push the balance.
Registration for Cross-Fade 2020 opens on Friday, November 1st. The next course runs from January 23rd - April 16th
My feature on The Mentor Sessions Podcast
I was recently featured as a guest on Francesca Cervero’s podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support + Strategy for Yoga Teachers.
Francesca is a dear friend and I’m honored to share this episode with you. We discuss why I stopped referring to myself as a yoga teacher, some of the roadblocks we see other teachers run into as they try to make their teaching safer or more thoughtful when it comes to optimal musculoskeletal function, and the advice we can offer them from our experience!
I had fun recording this conversation and I’m confident you’ll enjoy it.
Practice Human Podcast
Multidisciplinary movement, therapy, and contemplative practices for modern life. If you are a body nerd who embraces movement across a wide array of disciplines, or a movement teacher looking to shake things up, you’ve come to the right place. Below are a few listener faves. Click here to see all episodes and follow us on Instagram @practicehuman
My favorite space for sharing my thoughts and weird anatomy tidbits, questioning the yoga status quo, and basking in innovative movement across a variety of modalities. Follow me @caitlincasella