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Gina de la Chesnaye

Please join Gina in a VajraVinyasa / Diamond Flow. This mindful, power flow embodies the qualities of the Sanskrit term Vajra or diamond for it’s pure indestructible force and in Tibetan, a Dorje, which signifies enlightenment and the absolute nature of reality or “emptiness.”

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.

Gina de la Chesnaye is 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 and a meditation instructor at The Three Jewels (www.threejewels.org) She partake in the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training with Alison West of Yoga Union (www.yogaunion.com) and taught “Liquid Steel” a strength conditioning asana class from 2012-15. She is a competitive kickboxer and boxer and teaches Yoga for Fighters and Athletes at C1 MMA (www.c1mma.com).
Gina is also as a contributing writer and photographer to The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com), NY Yoga + Life (www.yogamagproductions.com/project/new-york-yoga-life-magazine/) and YogaCityNYC (www.yogacitynyc.com) and has written numerous articles on yoga, meditation, mindfulness, 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.

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 May of 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 and will be returning this fall to continue with relief efforts from the 2015 earthquake.

In 2014 Gina joined the staff of the International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights (www.icmhhr.org) and will be facilitating 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.

 

 

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