Gina Newlin took her first yoga class in 1995, dabbling in Iyengar, diving into Ashtanga, and immersing in Kripalu and Vinyasa Yoga until the spark to teach was ignited in 2006. A 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher/200-hour E-Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified AcroYoga Teacher, she combines traditional roots with creative, vinyasa wings to create an evolving offering which balances precision with freedom, and strength with fluid grace. These elements have proved to be transformational on many levels, healing her knees and changing her relationship with herself and her experience of the world. Profound gratitude is offered each time she steps onto her mat for the loving guidance and inspiration she’s received from many gifted teachers, including Steven Valloney, Jason Nemer, Jenny Sauer-Klein, Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Chris Loebsack, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Ally Hamilton.
We asked Gina:
Why do you practice yoga?
The answer to that varies on any given day, and like everything, changes over time. What has remained constant is the call of the mat (Gina? Oh Gina? Over here!), the joy of movement (it just FEELS GOOD!), and the sweet silent space which opens up for me to hear that inner voice and feel like I'm home.
What fuels you?
Yoga, of course! But also lots of things: my long-term friendships; new, wonderful friends who appear like gems on my path; my children’s hugs; sunshine on my face; swimming under water; being upside down, being in community and being one-on-one fully present with another; watching the lightbulb come on for someone else; and students who are teachers (which means everyone!).
Gina’s favorite piece of wisdom:
"My heart holds within it every form,
it contains a pasture for gazelles,
a monastery for Christian monks.
There is a temple for idol-worshippers,
a holy shrine for pilgrims;
There is the table of the Torah,
and the Book of the Koran.
I follow the religion of Love
and go whichever way His camel leads me.
This is the true faith;
This is the true religion"