Gina Mandella

When and where was your first yoga class?  I've been a dance instructor for 18 years, but I only took my first yoga class in February 2015, at Yoga Works in San Francisco. I do not remember the instructors name, but I do remember falling in love with yoga within the first 5 minutes. When I returned home I researched yoga studios and knew immediately Metrowest was home. Miss Lily C. was the instructor.

What inspires you? My daughter, music, nature, creative humans, survivors, and authentic yoga teachers. I'm easily inspired.

What do you love the most about yoga?  I love the heightened sense of awareness it has given me, the space and clarity it creates within my body, mind, and spirit...but above all the practice of self-love and the ability it gives me to appreciate every part of myself. I wish to share it with every soul I can.

What can you not live without?  My daughter, she reminds me to be present at all times. Also...sunshine.

What might people not know about you? I was a professional dancer at Hersherypark for five years, and I was dancer in the movie "School Ties".

What was the best advice you ever received? "just breathe" from a dance teacher in high school.

What is your favorite book? I love books. I never turn on the television. I love "The alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and anything pertaining to yoga of course.

What is your favorite word? Serendipity 

Favorite local escape? Any beach in New England, and Metrowest Yoga of course.

What is your favorite thing to do? Watch an approaching storm. The way the wind blows, the trees sway, how it intensifies, and the rain that follows always mesmerizes me, and soothes my soul. Also, hanging with my daughter, taking an amazing yoga class, dancing, listening to the ocean, laying in the sunshine, and long bike rides.

Gina Mandella is currently not instructing any classes.