Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher (RYT 500 Yoga Alliance)
Originally from small-town Iowa, Gina has taught, studied and performed in the United States, Guatemala, Wales, Belgium and England. Her professional experience as a contemporary dancer shapes her application of yoga technique, anatomy, and flow through the lens of yoga as injury prevention & rehabilitation. A strong proponent of the physical and mental benefits of yoga education, Gina furthered her teaching technique as adjunct faculty professor of yoga at Temple University’s Dance Department and also currently teaches on the Dhyana Yoga Teacher Training Program while leading workshops, trainings and weekly classes in Philadelphia PA.
While training to be a professional dancer, Gina herniated two discs in her lower back. Encouraged to stop dancing and find a new career path, Gina incorporated her physical therapy with a deep commitment to Yoga and her body became stronger and more flexible than before her injury! She then went on to complete two dance degrees, work as a graduate assistant in a dance conservatory, secondary school dance teacher, guest movement lecturer and professional dancer/choreographer in the UK.
Gina is a grateful student of Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny, Justica Friese DeClue, Zhenja La Rosa and Ellen Saltonstall. Since 2006 she has been blessed to enhance her studies with Martin Kirk, Desiree Raumbaugh, Elena Brower, Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dhyana Vitteralli. Gina is honored to be a part of this supportive community of teachers sharing yoga.
With a commitment to share the transformative power of Yoga, Gina annually travels to La Limonada, Guatemala City to volunteer and teach Yoga in the largest urban slum in Central America. It is with much gratitude that she thanks the following amazing partnerships she has made with Lemonade International, Vidas Plenas and Om Yoga Guatemala. Please read more about how YOGA moves GINA here.
Teacher Trainings and Degrees
*Yoga Anatomy/Therapeutics (Ellen Saltonstall 2011/Naime Jezzeny-Martin Kirk 2012)
*Pre-Natal Anusara Yoga 20 Hours & 20 Hours assisting (Sue Elkind 2011)
*Anusara Yoga 200 Hours (Sue Elkind & Naime Jezzeny, 2009)
*Vinyasa Yoga 200 Hours & 200 Hours Audit (Dhyana Yoga 2007 & 2008)
*Youth Yoga Teacher Trainings (Street Yoga 2009 & Go Grounded 2011)
*Bachelor of Fine Arts/Dance (Temple University 2005)
*Post Graduate Diploma Dance Studies (Laban Dance Conservatory 2004)