Hello there! My name is Gina and my current homebase is Zurich. I grew up between Switzerland and Italy, soaking up the carachteristics of both dualities, making out of me a planner, but also a big hugger. I have a passion for roaming the world, photography, plant based cooking and techno music. Some of these things may or may not go hand in hand with a yoga and meditation practice, it’s all a matter of perspective and how you look at it. I love being a multipotentialite, since it opens up doors to different worlds, all beautiful in their own way.
I came across yoga nidra in 2015. At the time, I was desperately looking for a tool to shut my overthinking mind, and prepare myself for a good nights sleep. You know, I thought I was this kickass person who can do it all at once, until I almost collapsed at some point. I had zero approach to meditation, despite some irregular visits to yoga classes, so for me it was the best introduction to this world, since yoga nidra is not practiced by sitting cross legged, something that can be uncomfortable in the very beginning, but by laying down on the floor. I was amazed about how I became calmer, how my general thinking and worries about the future were suddently little to non existent. I was able to listen to my intuition and tune in with the present moment, something that should be one’s number one priority. Let’s say it turned over my life, it improved it dramatically, and I practice this form of meditation, along with some sitting down visualisations and yoga, up to 6 times a week. This was my personal introduction to yoga – a practice that evolved and expanded overtime, with asanas and meditation.
In 2019, I was finally able to take my practice to the next level, deepen it, and certify myself as a teacher in Goa, India. I enjoy guiding people into these little resting journeys, every single one of them is unique and different for each individual, this often comes out on a client’s feedback after a session. I believe this is a practice for everybody: no matter if you practice any form of yoga or are a complete beginner, no matter your age or career, the benefits of yoga nidra suit every human being at where they are in life, right here right now.
The very same year, I was the first facilitator in Switzerland who introduced CBD in my yoga classes with my own brand Malie. I wanted to share the soothing benefits of plant medicine with others, especially those who were hesitant to try, and I am doing so ever since – online and offline.
In 2020 I decided to deepen my studies and returned to India. I leveled up my practice and got certified in shamanic sound healing to integrate the power of music and vibrations into my classes, as as well as a 200h Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga teacher. After that, I completed my Yin Yoga Teacher Certification. One of the most valuable things I took away from this training is a deeper understanding for our anatomy, how asanas should be adapted to the body and not the other way around, since we are built differently and ranges of motion may vary. Functional teaching, so to speak.
In 2021 I completed an advanced yoga nidra training in order to guide my students into the deeper layers of their body, mind, and soul even more. Finally, I expanded my knowledge about tuning forks, by taking part in a training about their use in yoga classes, and as well as a massage tool.
I hope this little introduction will motivate you to gift yourself a moment to move, rest, revive and relax your soul. You deserve it, especially in today’s busy, spinning world. If you’re looking to slow down, reawaken your inner world, gain clarity and tune in with yourself, I’m your girl.
*** my group classes are held in English. I speak German, English, Italian and some basic Spanish.