Gina Garcia let go, completely. All of the walls she had created in her life disappeared, and she was left with a heart filled with love. It was 14 years ago, and Gina had stumbled upon a 5 thousand year old practice when a scheduled step aerobics class was switched to a beginning yoga class.
Gina 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. She knew that yoga made her happy, and that practicing yoga opened her heart to a world of joy, love, and compassion. Gina’s focus shifted from sharing the news to sharing the gifts of yoga with as many people as possible.
She 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. YAA also offers yoga to military members and their families throughout the United States. On Saturday mornings, you can find Gina in 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.
Gina is a 500-hour certified Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, and continues to train with Baron and assist him at various retreats and workshops. Gina is an inspiring force with a vision of yoga being available to everyone – everywhere, and she is well on her way. www.YogaAcrossAmerica.org