Gina Ward, Founder
In 2014, my father committed suicide. This was after losing all four grandparents over the course of 2 years prior and losing my mom when I was 19. And lost is what I felt. Lost, hopeless, angry and full of resentment. And then I discovered yoga.
I had been practicing yoga for a while but had never committed to anything above an “exercise routine.” It was an addition to my packed workout schedule of teaching spin, bootcamp, step and any other form of gym class possible. After my father’s death, I wanted to both distract and fix myself, soI decided to sign up for a Yoga Teacher Training at a Baptiste Affiliate Studio. I had only taken a handful of Baptiste style classes. The lightbulb moment occurred for me when I was standing in front of the group, blaming my family for my problems, complaining about what they had done and holding tightly onto what had happened to me in the past, when my teacher said; “but Gina, you are not 13 years old anymore!” You see, I was living my life as the 13-year-old little girl whose dad had left her and who’s mom had wronged her……and so much more. This looked like being angry all the time, not connecting with people, refusing to get close and running when someone did get close. I did this for 23 years.
Baptiste Power Yoga and its methodology showed me that I have the power to create what I want, most importantly to create who I am being. To take responsibility for what is happening, clean it up if need be and move through so that I can live in the present moment and really be with myself and others. Because of this, I quite my corporate job and opened HEART & GRIT Power Yoga (formerly Moonshine Power Yoga). Before Baptiste Yoga, I did not have a community, I had very little joy in my life and I rarely told anyone that I loved them. Now, my community spans internationally, I choose to live in joy and I say I love you to so many people on a daily basis.
This practice is about possibility, about discovering what is available to you that has always been available, you just have to look. This practice is about transforming how you see and think so that you can live a life fully awake, present and full of aliveness. This practice is about freedom.
I completed my first 200hr training in 2013 and a second one with Grace & Glory Yoga in 2015. I am a tier 3 1200hr Certified Baptiste Influencer and a graduate of the FIT-to LEAD (Faculty in Training) program with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. I have assisted three Baptiste Institute programs and am an Ambassador for the Baptiste Foundation. I have a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and am a certified fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise. I have been instructing fitness classes since 2001.
I have been practicing yoga since 2008, after the birth of my first son. I practiced yoga for "me" time and its stress-reducing, relaxing qualities. A few months after the birth of my second son, in 2011, I attended my first vinyasa class. Although it was very challenging, I found it exhilarating and I was quickly hooked to the power classes. My practice makes me feel ALIVE and FREE!!! I constantly want to learn more and I'm eager to share with everyone. I am grateful for my teachers who have led me with patience and acceptance. I have learned to unleash my inner warrior and I hope to do the same for others.
I completed my first 250-hour teacher training with Dhyana Yoga in February 2013. I completed my 500-hour training program at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga. I have attended Level 1, Level 2, Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting training with the Baptiste Institute.
I had my first experience with yoga in 2007 where I went to unwind and reset. Over the next few years, I had wanted to learn more and deepen my practice, but I took a different path. After a messy break up and a battle with addition, I moved to south jersey to find inner peace. I finally made my way back onto my mat and was granted the gift of HEART & GRIT's Level Up Yoga Teacher Training & Leadership Program. Here I learned how to take what I discovered on my mat into my daily life. I now no longer hope to reach my goals, but live each day with intention. I am grateful to share my passion for this practice with the HEART & GRIT community. It is a place where I feel at home and able to share my authentic self with the world and inspire others to dig deeper into what the Baptiste Power Yoga practice can offer, on and off the mat.
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga. I have attended Art of Assisting and Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute. I am currently enrolled in the 300hr training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga.
"I am going to start yoga." This is what I said to myself for 10 years. Finally a friend encouraged me to try HEART & GRIT Power Yoga in March of 2016. Since then, the practice has become my whole way of life. Prior to yoga, procrastination was fully in charge of the way I lived. From career goals, life decisions and simply trying something new, I had let it keep me from fully living the life that I wanted. Since starting yoga, I have and continue to learn new tools to use on my journey through life and to be a YES. Yoga is a life long commitment and has helped create balance in every aspect of my life, as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and self-care. I am empowered in my life by all that is possible by living intentionally. I am grateful for the teachers at HEART & GRIT and the sense of belonging I have felt since first walking into the studio. I am now thrilled to be on the team and to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga with the community.
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga and have attended Art of Assisting and Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute. I have my teaching certificate in Kids Yoga.
My first yoga experience was in high school as an alternative to gym class. It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I stepped back on my mat and started to reap the benefits of yoga. Off and on for years I was using yoga to supplement other forms of exercise and to help keep me in awareness of my body and mind. I finally committed myself to the work of Baptiste Power Yoga and learned that everything that happened on my mat was a perfect parallel to how everything happens in my life. Yoga is so much more than a workout. My mind has been blown by this practice which is why I decided to be a yes and take on a teacher-leader role at HEART & GRIT. I am grateful for this journey and am excited to share it with the HEART & GRIT community.
I completed my 200hr teacher training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga in January 2018.
After practicing yoga on my own for years, I decided to take a class at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga. I was instantly hooked by how the practice made me feel physically stung, mentally focused and clear and empowered to take on anything. I signed up for the Level Up Teacher Training the first month of membership. I love discovering the meaning of how you show up on your mat is how you show up in life. The more I learn from Baptiste Power Yoga, the more I want to share and inspire others to make a difference. I have a passion for this practice and I am excited to watch my students and myself grow and transform.
I completed my 200hr teacher training at HEART & GRIT in January 2017 and have attended Level 1 and the Art of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute. I have a Master degree in Wellness and Lifestyle Management.
I took my first yoga class in 2014 at a gym, when being and looking fit were my main priorities. I threw myself into working out and getting as strong as possible to avoid facing anything I deemed to be a problem. I decided to try studio yoga at HEART & GRIT and as luck and the universe would have it, I realized it was exactly what I had been missing my life. I felt alive and seen during an activity I originally used as something to escape the present moment. I signed up for all the programs they offered and embraced what I learned and decided to enroll in the Level Up Teacher Training. I let go of all the reasons as to why I thought I could not be a teacher-leader and went for it. This practice has taught me how to not only put in the work to make my vision of life a reality, but also to lead others to discovering what else is possible for them.
Brittany completed her 200hr Teacher Training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga in January 2017 and attended Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute.
I first started practicing yoga in 2015 as a means to loosen up my tight legs for running, but then I discovered so much more! I practiced on and off for nearly two years and then signed up for the 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program and it completely changed my way of thinking, both on and off the mat. The practice has given me so much more than I could have imaged 3 years ago when I started. I am thrilled to be able to share this practice now as a HEART & GRIT teacher-leader of this community.
I completed my 200hr teacher training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga in January 2018 and I have attended the Art of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute.
My yoga journey began in college, during a desperate search to discover true and authentic connections. Before yoga, I struggled to find a place where I would “fit in”. I found myself asking the deeper questions to myself and others, as I was becoming overwhelmingly bored with conversations about the weather. I discovered that yoga quickly aligned me with like-minded people and stripped my fear of getting “real”. This practice has awakened my fullest expression in everything I do from teaching yoga to creating art. It has given me the confidence to be vulnerable as access to connection not only in the studio, but everywhere in my life.
I completed my 200-hour teacher training in June 2016 with Grow Yoga and was the co-owner of a yoga studio in south jersey for nearly 2 years. I have successfully completed Baptiste Level 1 and Advanced Art of Assisting. Additionally, I am Reiki Level One certified and an active Essential Oil Advocate / Mentor.
After undergoing chemotherapy, surgery and radiation for breast cancer in 2016, I was looking for a way to increase my flexibility and strength and sweat out the “bad” from my body. I took my first Baptiste Power Yoga class in October 2017 and immediately fell in love with the practice, the methodology and the connection with the people. The more often I practiced, the better I felt- physically and emotionally. Within a few months I was eager to sign up for teacher training. I knew there was something I needed and that I would get it through the training, even though I didn’t know what it was. And that’s how I found HEART & GRIT Power Yoga. When I began my training, I was hiding behind so many masks- long sleeves, hats and wigs, false eyelashes- through the inquiries and work in teacher/leader training, I discovered that I was playing the role of victim, people pleasing, taking things personally, viewing my life and making my decisions from past experience, and only seeing things as right or wrong. By getting clear in these areas and being willing to get messy and vulnerable, I took personal responsibility for my actions, shifted my vision to see opportunities and am now completely comfortable in my own skin and my relationships are authentic and rewarding. I am showing up and allowing myself to be seen. I am so grateful for the growth and freedom I’ve gained from the Baptiste Methodology and this practice and especially thankful to the HEART & GRIT Power Yoga family for the support, community and love!
I completed my 200 hour teacher training at HEART & GRIT Power Yoga in August 2018 as well as their Teacher-Leader Mentor Program.