The first time I met Gina, we were sitting at a table at En Su Boca among mutual friends swapping stories how each of us was connected and how we got to that particular moment of meeting.  It was in this first conversation that I learned of Gina's love for hot power yoga.  Since moving to Richmond, Gina had yet to find a yoga home.  It was spring of 2015 and I was hunting for a potential space to open Humble Haven. When I shared the vision and offering for the studio, Gina was my first big supporter of a downtown location.  A downtown resident herself, she saw a need for a heated practice space.  Luckily, for us both, the stars aligned on Humble Haven's current location. 

When Humble Haven opened their doors, Gina jumped right in and became a part of our work exchange program, learning the ins and outs of the studio.  After strengthening her practice and presence in the community for the first year, Gina joined our first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Gina is a powerful presence in and out of the studio.  She has become an integral part of our Humble Haven family.  Practice with her on Tuesdays at 6pm while she steps in for Rachel North and read more about Gina below.   

What is your favorite style of class to teach and why?

Hot power.  Baptiste style is what my 200hr training was focused on.  Watching the fluctuation of energy from class to class is pretty cool.  The same power sequence could be taught in 10 different classes and the challenges, personal victories and the focus of the room will rarely be the same.  The fluidity and personal change going on inside one room is crazy to watch and feel, not to mention the heat of the room preparing the muscles to stretch is clutch.

What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching?

After seeing the benefits as well as the challenges yoga had on me both mentally and physically, I wanted more.  When the teacher training program was announced it just made sense to sign up, like the obvious next step.  I think the decision to not only do the training but wanting to teach had a lot to do with timing as well as Humble Haven being such a supportive/rad place filled with so many knowledgeable and down to earth teachers.

If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say?

Just be here.

What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Currently, Ragdoll – the tension release in the neck is incredible.

What do you like to do around Richmond?

Listen to live music, river activities, eat at all of the amazing restaurants and attend open houses.  Richmond has so many unique neighborhoods that open houses are a fun way to check out (and dream about) the different architecture and character that adds to why Richmond is so awesome. 

What’s your favorite food?

Caprese with balsamic.

Tea or Coffee?

Hot Chocolate, always.  Tea when I’m sick and coffee on hard days

Favorite quote?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”  – Plato

Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga?

Humble Haven has a such special place in my heart, the energy is electric and the feeling of happiness is contagious when you step inside the space.  I’m somewhat in shock and honored that I get to experience the studio not only as a forever student, but also as a teacher alongside so many individuals I admire. 

What’s your favorite song to practice to? 

Anything, Head and the Heart.