Gina discovered yoga more than 12 years ago, when a scheduled step aerobics class was switched to a beginning yoga class. She enjoyed the class, but fell in love with the practice 4 years later, while attending a Baron Baptiste workshop. For the first time in her life, she “let go.” Completely. All of the walls she had created in her life disappeared, and she was left with a heart filled with love.
Baron’s powerful yoga class led Gina on a journey that has connected her to this 5-thousand year old practice on a much deeper level. What she knows is that yoga makes her happy, and that practicing yoga opens her heart to a world of joy, love and compassion. Gina’s wish is to share yoga with as many people as possible. She spent a large part of her life sharing the news of the day as a journalist, for KCRA-TV in Sacramento, and as the Capitol Correspondent for KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. Not long after giving birth to her third son, she decided to choose a path that would allow her to bring more grace to her family life, and to those she crosses paths with every day. Gina is a certified Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, and continues to train with Baron and assist him at various retreats and workshops.
She recently launched “Yoga Across America (YAA),” a non-profit corporation that teaches FREE yoga and wellness educational programs to communities who might not have access to yoga, and to diverse communities who want to practice yoga, but can’t afford it. YAA is currently working with Dr. Oz’s “HealthCorps” program, teaching weekly classes to students throughout the U.S. Gina also teaches kids’ yoga-art camps in the summer.
During the spring, summer and early fall months, every Saturday morning you can find Gina behind the McKinley Park Rose garden in Sacramento, teaching FREE Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga classes to hundreds of students. She created “Yoga in the Park,” Sacramento’s largest weekly class, in the spring of 2009. You might also see her around town, enjoying time with her three sons, Vincent, Carlo and Luca. Or perhaps at a CAKE concert, enjoying her husband Vince’s trumpet playing. Gina is grateful to be able to do something she loves so deeply – teaching yoga. She believes that anything is possible, and that each and every moment in her life is truly a miracle.