We created this Spotlight as a place for you to get to know the beautiful teachers that make up our awesome team! Our May teacher feature is Gina Cibella.
You haven't had the chance to take class with Gina, you're missing out. This radiant new momma has been part of the HARVEST community from the start. Currently you can catch her teaching Organic Flow on Thursday's.
Learn more about Gina and her journey with yoga + teaching below.
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
After deciding to leave college I was wondering what my next step in life was going to be. I had some more time on my hands now that my schedule cleared up. At the time I was working at the YMCA here in the falls and saw they had yoga listed on the fitness class schedule. I bought a $5 dollar mat and decided to go and try a class. After that first class, I was hooked. I knew this was something I just had to teach. I was never more interested in learning about something. After practicing for a few months on my own, I decided to enroll in yoga teacher training in 2014. As I continued my training, it made me realize that yoga was so much more than movement. The way it made me feel internally and spiritually, the way I saw it help people beyond the physical aspect of the practice I knew that that was something I needed to incorporate in my classes. To come in as you are and to feel your feelings. Also to know that when i’m in front of the class, I am simply a guide and I always welcome my students to feel open and move through what they may have been going through personally in their lives. I always want them to know that I would be there to help guide them not only on the mat but off as well. That is my WHY.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
Mindfulness. Mindfulness is key. Whether I’m going for a walk, journaling, cleaning my house, drinking my morning coffee, through conversation or even snuggling my fur babies I make sure to do each of those things being fully present and mindfully.
What is one piece of advice you would give to any students?
You are worthy to feel your feelings. I think sometimes we look at yoga as this practice where we have to feel positive and peaceful everytime we step on our mats. When at the end of the day we are all humans moving through the constant wave of emotions that life throws our way. When you step on your mat, treat that as your escape. Knowing there is nowhere else you have to be at thatPitbulls and Parolees is currently my favorite show. Anyone who knows me knows how much of an animal lover I am. So seeing dogs get rescued warms my heart. As for books I don’t have a specific favorite, but I love a good drama or mystery fiction book. moment. Whatever you may be going through in your daily life, you are allowed to feel your emotions. Weather that includes smiling, laughing, crying or even letting out some frustration. Your practice is for YOU. Move through your emotions and let yourself feel.
Tell us your favorite book or T.V. show (or both) right now?
Pitbulls and Parolees is currently my favorite show. Anyone who knows me knows how much of an animal lover I am. So seeing dogs get rescued warms my heart. As for books I don’t have a specific favorite, but I love a good drama or mystery fiction book.