Gina de la Chesnaye is Director of Yoga at The Three Jewels (www.threejewel.org) as well as a teacher with The Lineage Project (www.lineageproject.org), which brings mindfulness based exercises such as yoga and meditation to at-risk and/or incarcerated youth and their support staff. Gina is also as a contributing writer and photographer to
The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com), NY Yoga + Life (www.nyyogalifemag.com) and YogaCityNYC (www.yogacitynyc.com) and has written numerous articles on yoga, meditation, martial arts and Buddhism. Through this work, she has had the opportunity to interview some of the most prominent teachers on
meditation in the West such as Sharon Salzberg, Robert Thurman, Dr. Jack Kornfield, and Dr. Zoran Josipovic. Gina is also a competitive kickboxer and boxer.
She is a member of 108Lives (www.108lives.org), which embodies the practice of compassion and service through its work in the orphanages, schools, refugee camps and monasteries around Nepal. In 2014, Gina traveled to Kathmandu and the Lower Mustang region to teach meditation, yoga and kickboxing to children, young adults, teachers and monks and to bring donated supplies of clothing, toys and books to the children there. In the fall of 2015, Gina returned with the 108 Lives Team to provide support to the earthquake victims in Phulping, near the border of Tibet, as well as to the Sherpa refugees living in Kathmandu and the orphanages and schools. She will be returning this October to continue her work there.
In 2014, Gina joined the staff of the International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights (www.icmhhr.org) and facilitates mindful movement, yoga and meditation as a component of the trauma and resilience protocol for refugees and the humanitarian aid workers assisting them. She is also an Associate Producer of Tibetan Stories (www.tibetanstories.org), a documentary film series on the Tibetan refugees living in exile in Dharamsala, India.
Gina and her two daughters live in Brooklyn, NY.
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VajraVinyasa / Diamond Flow Redux Yoga
Back by popular demand! Join the exploration of synchronized movement and breath as we move across the floor in this Diamond Flow. This is a walking chaturanga sequence in which we build up to multiple chaturangas and spin on the axis of our core, Diamond-like, opening the Side Channels and allowing energy to rise and flow through the Central Channel more efficiently and directly. Through this practice, we strengthen the physical body while becoming more attuned to the subtle one, increasing our awareness of the deep interconnectedness and brilliance of Indra’s Net – each of us a point of light, reflected through one another into infinity and beheld with Mindful Awareness. A carefully led “somatic release and neural integration” meditation will end the class during Savasana. Be your own Wisdom Sword.