Q: So, Gina, what do you like about yoga?
Gina: Yoga is a way of finding our essence, finding a connection to movement, the body, the heart, and the breath; it’s about finding the grace and elegance of the human being, who we really can be.
That then can be expressed not only through physical movement but on the inner planes through the journey to our truth or true being.
Q: And what attracted you to teaching yoga?
Gina: What I deeply love is to be able to help people connect, to help them to experience who they really are so they walk away able to connect with something other than pain.
So yoga is really about remembering essence, remembering who we really are, away from traumas, false beliefs, twisted conceptions and coming back to that flow that connects everything.
Yoga is not just about being in a class and following some instructions; it’s also about walking the dog in the morning and feeling into that universal oneness, stopping at a cliffrose and letting that scent come into the body. That, too, is yoga.
Q: Do you think of yoga as belonging to a particular spiritual tradition?
Gina: Yoga embodies the awareness that all spiritual traditions are longing to experience, remember and connect to the same thing. They’re all looking for the same truth. And truth can be the universe, God, Allah, Higher Power, whatever reminds us of other-than-the heaviness of the physical domain.
I guess because it involves the body, as well as the heart and mind it becomes a fun journey, a fun adventure to find out all the pieces of these three things, like a puzzle that we get to put together.
It’s really finding the potential that a human has—the full potential. The full potential in the physical, mental and spiritual realms, and that makes it a very complete experience.
Q: What is it in your past that brought you to want to teach yoga?
Gina: Pain. The pain of twisted memories in my body—physical and emotional memories. And athletic training that really reinforced that pain, instead of releasing it. Yoga has the potential to unwind those memories, to realign the inner works of my being.
I’ve always loved teaching since I was a teenager, to pass on creative ideas and see how much fun people have using those ideas. When I teach someone and suddenly they have an experience of success and release and can put their own ideas into it it’s a lot of fun!
It’s almost like the classroom is a blank canvas that’s waiting to be created with the people who show up, with their energies and their gifts.
Q: And finally, what is important for you to remember as a teacher?
Gina: I guess that as a teacher I never want to forget that students are a gift and that it’s an honor to have people show up for what I would like to give. It’s definitely an honor. Every student who walks in the door becomes my teacher, for sure, every single time. That’s fun!
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