Gina Skene

Gina has always loved to move. She studied ballet and modern dance for many years, earning degrees in modern dance and education. Everything came together when she discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga with Lisa Black in 2002. She immediately felt empowered by this practice that enlivened every part of her body, mind, and spirit. After realizing that yoga also helped her heal chronic injuries, Gina was excited to share these possibilities with others by teaching.

Gina is continually inspired by the freedom that she finds practicing yoga and that she sees students find in their own practices. After a practice she loves to see that look of sweat, smiles, and bright and shiny eyes in her students! She believes that finding physical challenge in a practice peels away layers of tension and connects us on a deeper level. Gina knows that although yoga initially seems like a self-practice, at its essence it connects us to each other and builds community.

Gina teaches regularly at Shakti East and West and is Director of Teachers for all three studios. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 with Baron Baptiste, teacher trainings with Lisa Black and Shiva Rea, anatomy intensives with Ellen Heed and has studied extensively with Troy Lucero and Richard Freeman. She also doesn’t mind the spontaneous inversions that her husband and 3 children do at home all the time.

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