Here’s the official 411 on Gina:
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. An ERYT-200/RYT 500 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 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. For the full story, visit www.greenlotusyoga.org
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 feels like 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 lighbulb 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