Welcome to Essential Wellness And Lifestyle


Lyn Russell Essential Wellness and Lifestyle


The culmination of many journeys and life experiences spanning many decades has led to the creation of Essential Wellness and Lifestyle. From Lyn's time as a student nurse at Westmead Hospital in 1981, to majoring in Health Studies at University when completing her Teaching qualifications from 1982-1985, Lyn has had a lifelong passion for Wellness and Lifestyle. Lyn is definitely no health food or fitness junkie, but rather seeks alternative and holistic approaches to health and wellness that are easily accessible and attainable for everyone. 

With a number of health issues over the years, Western Medicine has been largely unable to help Lyn, so her journey to find solutions for her worsening health over the past decade led her to explore Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chakra Balancing and Crystal Healing. 

All of these wellness modalities have elements that can aid wellness and provide support in helping the body heal itself. Lyn is not against allopathic medicine at all, and has been fortunate enough to have some amazing General Practitioners, Health Practitioners and Specialists in her life. It is fair to say that without some of them, Lyn would not be here today if it were not for their support and their ongoing commitment to try and find solutions. They will, however, be the first to acknowledge that Western Medicine does have its limitations and that a combination of Western and Alternative modalities can be very helpful.

Noticing benefits and potential benefits from Lyn's area of wellness interests, she embarked on learning more and more about them. This education journey is definitely ongoing and spans many years. Workshops, formal classes and courses, online workshops and trainings along with results from trial and error experiences has led Lyn to where she is today.

Apart from Lyn's Bachelor of Education, Lyn is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (Level 1 350 HR) with Yoga Australia. With keen interests in Yin, Restorative, Trauma Aware, Women's Health, Yoga Therapy, Pre + Postnatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Aroma Yoga, Lyn has personally experienced the benefits of yoga and meditation for chronic pain and is keen to share this with her students. 

Lyn also has a passion to share the benefits of yoga for children (3-18 years) and is a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher having completed 125 Hours Teacher Training with Loraine Rushton from Zenergy Yoga, which brings her back to her role as a teacher for many years.

Lyn's passion for holistic wellness and ongoing learning allows her to combine her love of yoga and aromatherapy. Lyn is currently completing her Master Aromatherapist and Natural Therapist Diploma where she will specialise in Ayurvedic Health. Lyn is also a Certified Chakra Balancing Practitioner and Advanced Certified Crystal Healer and Certified Animal Crystal Healer.

Lyn is currently based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, after returning from Asia with her husband, where she lived for a total of over 15 years. When not on her mat, studying or sharing her passion with others, Lyn enjoys spending time with her family, her rescue dog from her time in Singapore, and all things Traveling, Baking and Creating. One of Lyn's other passions is baking and cooking classes as she loves learning new techniques, improving her existing skills as well as the social aspect of learning to cook great food with amazing chefs.

For Lyn, yoga is the perfect union of the body and mind and combines her love of Essential Oils, Chakras, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda perfectly; the perfect way to an Essential Wellness and Lifestyle. She looks forward to sharing this passion with you through workshops, small group or private classes in person and online.

Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Training:

October 2019: 25 HR Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (Byron Yoga Centre)

February 2020: 50 HR Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Byron Yoga Centre)

July 2020: 40 HR Aroma Yoga Teacher Training (Aroma Yoga US)

July 2020: 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga and Ayruvedic Centre US)

July 2020: Ayurvedic Specialist Certificate (Yoga and Ayurvedic Centre US)

July 2020: 25 HR Chair Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga and Ayurvedic Centre US)

July 2020: 25 HR Foundation Kids Yoga Training (Zenergy Yoga NSW)

July 2020: 25 HR Advanced Kids Yoga Training (Zenergy Yoga NSW)

August 2020: 5 HR Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga Medicine)

August 2020: First Aid: provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Provide basic emergency life support; Provide first aid (St John Ambulance Australia)

September 2020: 14 HR Peaceful Kids Facilitator Training (Wellbeing For Kids)

October 2020: Working With Grief (Yoga Medicine)

October 2020: 150 HR Certified Chakra Sutra Practitioner (Raindrop Australia)

November 2020: 25 HR Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training (Byron Yoga Centre)

November 2020: 20 HR Yoga Therapy 1 Teacher Training (Zenergy Yoga)

November 2020: 20 HR Yoga Therapy 2 Teacher Training (Zenergy Yoga)

November 2020: Conducting a Comprehensive Evaluation in a Therapeutic Setting (Yoga Medicine)

November 2020: 32 HR Zenergy Yoga Business Program (Zenergy Yoga)

February 2021: 24 HR Women's Health Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Medicine)

March 2021: 50 HR Pre + Post Natal Yoga (Santosha Yoga Institute)

March 2021: Vagus Nerve Workshop, Sunshine Coast (Jessica Maguire)

April 2021: 50 HR Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (Santosha Yoga Institute)

June 2021: 30 HR Kid's Mastery Yoga Training (Zenergy Yoga)

 Yoga Australia 350 HR Level 1 Registered Teacher Aroma Yoga Certified Instructor Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Registered Children's Yoga Teacher


Yoga / Meditation Workshops:

2010: Shoulder Openers for Yoga (Kate Porter Yoga)

2010: Arm Balances for Yoga (Kate Porter Yoga)

2010: Foundational Alignment For Yoga (Kate Porter Yoga)

2011: Meditation and Relaxation (Kate Porter Yoga)

2011: Targeted Opening For Yoga (Kate Porter Yoga)

2011: Chakra Balancing (Kate Porter Yoga)

2012: Yin Yoga and Chinese Meridian Theory (Kate Porter Yoga)

2012: Foot Focus (Kate Porter Yoga)

2012: Using Yoga to Bring Balance To Your Body (Kate Porter Yoga)

2012: Moving Resonance  (Kate Porter Yoga)

2012: Workshop with Don Peers (Como Shambhala Singapore)

2012: Meditation Made Simple (Soul Centre Singapore with Vikas Malkani)

2012: Meditation In Action (Soul Centre Singapore with Vikas Malkani)

Educational Training:

1982-1984: Diploma of Teaching Kuring-Gai College of Advanced Education (Major: Health Studies)

1985: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Major: Media Studies) Canberra College of Advanced Education

Other Health and Wellness Training and Workshops:

1981: Stage 1 Student Nurse (Westmead Hospital)

2020: Aromatherapy for Pets Certificate (Australian College of Aromatherapy)

2020: Introduction to Aromatherapy (Jade Shutes - The School For Aromatic Studies)

2020: Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Masterclass (Formula Botanica)

2020: Mini Botanical Formulation Course (Formula Botanica)

2020: Ayurveda Diploma (Centre of Excellence)

2020: Chakra and Aura Healing Diploma (Centre of Excellence)

2020: Crystal Healing for Animals Diploma (Centre of Excellence)

2020: Basic Crystal Healing: Science, Arts and Grids (Allie Phillips, Manifested Harmony)

2020: Crystal Healing For Animals: Science, Arts and Grids (Allie Phillips, Manifested Harmony)

2021: Certified Animal Crystal Healer (Allie Phillips, Manifested Harmony)

2021: Certified Crystal Healer (Allie Phillips, Manifested Harmony)

2021: Advanced Certified Crystal Healer (Allie Phillips, Manifested Harmony)

2021: Diet and Nutritional Advisor Diploma (Centre of Excellence)

Educational Workshops:

1989: All About Computers (Minchinbury Public School)

1993: Perceptual Motor Programs by Jack Capon and Jack Evans (Toddler Kindy Gymbaroo)

1993: Nutrition and Allergies: It's Effect on Movement and Learning by Dr M.L. Shiel (Toddler Kindy Gymbaroo)

2000: Support-A-Reader (Sunshine Coast Grammar School)

2002: The Magic Caterpillar's Building Blocks to Literacy Programme ( BMB Educational Consultancy (AUST))

2004: The Letterland Programme (Lara Stiller QLD Letterland Consultant)

2005: Learning Brain From Birth to Five (Focus Education Australia)

2005: Learning To Move: Moving To Learn; Perceptual Motor Programming (BMB Educational Consultancy (AUST))

2005: An Introduction to the Preparatory Year (The Association of Independent Schools of Queensland Inc.)

2005: Learning To Read Is Easy (Mem Fox)


1980: Queen's Award (Girl's Brigade)

1997: Guider's Warrant Card (The Guide Association (UK)

1999: Assistant Brownie Guider: Singapore (The Guide Association (UK)

1999: Brownie Guider: Singapore (The Guide Association (UK)

1999: Brownie Holiday Licence (Camping): (The Guide Association (UK)

2000: Guiding Awareness (Guides Australia)

2000: Leadership Qualification (Guides Australia)

2001: Maroochydore Guides District Leader (Guides Australia)

2008-2009: President and Treasurer: Grammar Football Club (Sunshine Coast Grammar School)

Photography Training and Workshops:

2006: Photoshop Revealed - Wilson's Promontory, Victoria (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2006: Alpine Photography  - Mount Buffalo, Victoria (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2006: Advanced Photoshop - Blue Mountains, NSW (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2007: Digital Landscape Photography - Great Ocean Road (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2007: Autumn Colours Workshop - Cradle Mountain, Tasmania (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2007:Advanced Photoshop Techniques - Wilson's Promontory, Victoria (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2008: Photoshop from Ordinary to Extraordinary, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2008: Red Centre Workshop - Uluru and Kings Canyon, Northern Territory (Tom Putt Photographic Workshops)

2008: Photographing Children (BetterPhoto)

2008: Studio Portrait Lighting (BetterPhoto)

2009: Diploma of Photography (Professional Photography) (Australian College QBD)

Web Training and Workshops:

2003: FrontPage Web Design (About Tech)

2008: Introduction to HTML (Dynamic Web Training)

2008: Dreamweaver 8: Website Development (Dynamic Web Training)

2008: Flash Rich Content Creation (Dynamic Web Training)

2008: Advanced Website Design Using CSS  (Dynamic Web Training)

2008: Build a Website Using CMS (Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE)

2008: Fireworks 8: Web Graphic Creation  (Dynamic Web Training)

2008: Dreamweaver MX 2004: Dynamic Application Development  (Dynamic Web Training)


1975: Elementary Certificate (The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia)

1976: Intermediate Certificate (The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia)

1977: Bronze Medallion (The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia)

1978: Trainee Instructor's Certificate (The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia)

1983: Netball Umpire Certificate (N.S.W. Netball Association)

1984: Introductory "Halliwick Method" Course (James McMillan Workshops)

1985: Senior Resuscitation Certificate (The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia)

1985: Austswim Certificate (The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia)