Our Teachers

Meet the Studio Manager of Down To Earth Yoga…

Gina’s dream is to grow the yoga community on the Treasure Coast and beyond, by seeking the most beautiful souls to help her teach many different styles of yoga, meditation, and other ways to find greater stillness and healing. They say it takes a village,  and the fostering of that idea to become a reality for all those she meets is her life’s work.

So, come be part of the love, growth and light in our studio space. We want you to make it YOUR studio space. We have Classes are 7 days a week and are working hard to add even more classes for our students! We look forward to seeing you on the mat.                                                                            The love and light in me, honors the love and light in you.                                                                                                                                        

Gina Baldo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Gina Baldo

After practicing at home off and on for a few years, Gina’s public class was in 2015. Though she had long been drawn to both the physical practice and the philosophy, She had gained a lot of weight in the four years she had been in Florida from NYC and felt awkward and ungainly-certain that she would stick out among all of the “beautiful Yogis”. Her experience was completely the opposite and was hooked from the first Practice. A few months later a major and traumatic life event led her to the studio daily where she met and was blessed to be led by many amazing teachers. The profound change she experienced emotionally, spiritually and physically was so immense that she knew had to share what had been given to her. Gina believes yoga is truly for every BODY and seeks to make it accessible to everyone no matter the age, experience or physical limitations. Her first love is hot Vinyassa as she likes to challenge students AND herself to grow, however there will always be modifications or advancements. You can expect a mind/body/breath experience where you are encouraged to stay on your own mat and listen to your body. She has been blessed to study with many amazing teachers and has received RYT200 certification with Joanna Izzo and her E-RYT 500. Since completing a sequencing immersion, Gina has become Barre certified, two hands on adjustment trainings, studied trauma informed Yoga (both physical and otherwise) as well as Classical Yin. It is her intention and sincere desire to always be expanding her knowledge along the Yogic path by continuing to train and grow to bring this gift to her students as much as possible.     

 

Cathy Nevin

Cathy  is a Kundalini yoga instructor who earned her KRI 200 hour certification in Plantation Florida. Cathy spent nearly 20 years working in executive, administrative, and director operational roles within the health care and legal fields. After practicing with her husband for almost 10 years she began a
year-long yoga teacher training course, with the goal of learning yoga first-hand. Since then, Cathy has started her own painting company and works with local Drug Rehabilitations/Detox Facilities teaching yoga and doing what she loves -helping others discover their peace and joy.

 

Molly Raby

Molly started practicing yoga about 10 years ago, she  anticipated becoming flexible, toning her body, and maybe learning an arm balance or two. As things have progressed she has found that this practice of yoga has gifted her with much more than just those initial goals. While her body has gotten stronger and more flexible so has her spirit. Taking the practice with her off my mat and in all aspects of her life. She found that it truly is a practice in that she will never stop learning and growing from. She feels she will forever be a student!  Her teaching style is one where, she believes, anyone can enjoy! She pays close attention to who is taking class and offer many options for beginners all while adding challenges throughout for the more experienced in class . Her hope is that you will leave her class feeling better than when you came in, more connected with self and the world around you. 

Gina Buse

Gina has been practicing yoga since 2013. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, Florida in 2019. Gina is passionate about breathwork in yoga as well as the styles of restorative and yin yoga. The mind body connection of yoga integrates well with her professional background as a licensed psychologist since 2007.

 

 

Liz Lung

 

Liz, originally from Indiana, began practicing yoga in college during a sorority sisterhood retreat. Her interest in yoga grew as she moved to Florida and took her first in studio class diving head first with a 4:30a.m. Aquarian Sadhana. Liz’s passion for yoga quickly grew, and she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, Florida.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance. Her yoga journey has been one of continuous exploration through taking different classes of varying styles, exploring ecstatic dance, and taking meditation classes. She is excited to continue her journey through teaching and helping others through the art of yoga. Liz is a Board Certified Music Therapist and loves incorporating music into her practice. She loves going to Disney World, exploring local coffee shops, spending time with her best friend, and reading.

 

Danielle Vardakas 

E1DBC0D9-C41E-4725-9D13-352DB1B24001Danielle began dancing at age 3 in Philadelphia. She continued to study dance and art at the Philadelphia Creative & Performing Arts High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University and the Tyler School of Art in 2001. Danielle fell in love with yoga in 1994 while dancing with a junior ballet company and began teaching yoga in 2000. Her practice continued to create balance in her body and mind through her professional dance career which included mainly Hip Hop and Breakin with a bit of Contemporary Modern. She was mentored by Cara Bradley of Verge Yoga. She is also strongly influenced by her teachers Dharma Mittra , John Friend and Kausthub Desikachar. Danielle is continuously training and has completed over 4000 hours of teacher training programs all over the globe. She is a registered 1000 hour Advanced Teacher with Dharma Yoga. Her programs are registered with Yoga Alliance as Garnet Heart Yoga. Danielle & her family moved from Philadelphia to Vermont in winter 2009 where she directed a yoga center for almost 10 years. She currently lives in West Palm beach and teaching retreats in Mexico. She has taught Yoga Teacher Trainings, retreats and festivals throughout the country and beyond. Danielle’s vinyasa style incorporates principles of alignment with power flows and bliss energy. She themes each practice so the student can evolve spiritually as well as physically. A teacher to teachers, Danielle created 200 & 500 hour teacher trainings as well as Hop Hop & Children’s Yoga teacher programs and has lead over 50 teacher training groups. Additionally, her yoga classes are featured on www.udemy.com She taught 6 years in a row at Sedona Yoga Festival, and has taught for Liberate and Wanderlust Festivals. Danielle is certified Reiki master. Danielle is a vegan, Tao cultivator and proud mama to an amazing little yogi, Garnet! Danielle is thrilled to share her passion for the magic of yoga with your community!

 
 

Julie Sanchez

IMG_3168 Julie has been teaching Yin and Gentle Yoga since 2017. In 2020 she started teaching Barre classes. Julie has been practicing yoga for about 12 years. Julie was inspired by Leslie Greinstein who introduced her to Yin Yoga. Janay Zukerman who not not only did her teacher training but inspired her to keep learning more to improve her ability to help others in their practice. Others who influence Julie in her teachings are Sarah Powers, Bernie Clarke, Rodney Yee, Kassandra Reinhardt and Spiritually Thich Nhat Hanh. Julie graduated from 200 Hours TT in 2016. She has certificates in Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga training. Julie teaches classes in Yin, Gentle, Chair Yoga and Barre. The yoga classes will be slow pace but beneficial to overall well being. The music will fit the tempo of the class and the meditation will give a sense of connecting with yourself.

 

Taylor Mazza

Taylor came across the path of yoga as a newfound college freshman, walking into her first class only expecting to sweat, and nothing more. In the five years since then, Taylor‘s practice has grown as a guide to find harmony between the searching mind and the moving body, reinforcing the ebb and flow of perfect order that resides within chaos. As an instructor, Taylor hopes to encourage students release the expectations thrust upon them in daily life and honor themselves exactly as they show up in class. In her classes, you can expect foundational sequencing coupled with meditation and mindful breath work, with elemental themes of either Water, Air, Earth or Fire. When not on her mat, you can find Taylor scheming on her next adventure – whether that’s camping across the country or moving her mat overseas. As long as her cat, Nema, can come along.

 

 

Lori Boettger

Lori has been teaching Yoga for over 20 years, and takes great joy in teaching. She received her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hours under Joy Wolfe in Port Saint Lucie Florida. Lori started out her journey with yoga when she was a personal trainer at a gym in Ocean City New Jersey back in 1995. She began taking classes and eventually got certified and started teaching.  When she moved to Florida in 2012 she began teaching Vinyasa Flow classes at the community center and at Down to Earth Yoga Studio. She describes her classes as “an eclectic combination of Vinyasa flow, balancing postures and mindful meditation.”  The playful aspect of yoga is just as important as its disciplined aspect. It is the balance between the two that makes yoga…yoga. If anything else, yoga helps to bring awareness to one’s own body. This awareness is the balance of the body and mind.  Lori’s goal is to help her fellow yogis bridge the gap between the two.

 

Mike V.

Michael first walked into a class and found yoga in 2011 through unconventional means, listening to Joe Rogan’s Podcast. Driven toward yoga as a voyage of self-discovery and in search of his Dharma, true calling in life. Engrossed by the philosophies and way of life that is Yoga. It has guided him to practice and to live in a way which is gentle, balanced, giving, of nourishment and Freedom. Leading him to complete his teacher training at Sutra Yoga to pass on the love and acceptance he has found in the yoga community. His goal is to inspire those of you who are standing on the edge of the unknown, to take that leap of faith, to follow your true calling, trust and let a greater force carry you into the unknown. In that place of not knowing, in complete surrender, the colors of life a brighter and more beautiful than you can ever imagine. Michael leads a vinyasa practice.

Joanna Chapman

Joanna (E-RYT 200, YACEP)  found her personal yoga practice in 1995 and deepened her study with Janay Zuckerman in Port St. Lucie and Sadie Nardini in New York City.  Teaching yoga has been her passion since 2010.  Joanna’s classes blend physical alignment and core strength in a fluid rhythm. She emphasizes breath awareness and conscious intention to promote ease and stability in each pose. Joanna’s goal is to help her students find and maintain a peaceful mind and body.

Lauren Mezera

Lauren has been practicing Yoga since she was a young woman, taking her first class in middle school with some girlfriends. She instantly fell in love with the joy and childlike play it invoked in her soul. She loved the blending of breath, body, and movement, and how it all flowed together like a graceful dance that just felt right to her human experience. In 2019 Lauren got her 200HR Teacher Training Certification at Core Power through Yoga Alliance. Since this time she has continued to study Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and Kids Yoga. Lauren loved practicing Yoga with her preschool students during her years in the classroom. And continues to bring that youthful curiosity and lightheartedness into her practice today. Lauren is currently going to school to become a Health and Wellness Counselor, working to open her own juice business, and practicing daily to become a Reiki Master Teacher. She one day hopes to open up an all encompassing wellness practice to help people heal through the same modalities that have healed her soul over the span of her life.

Nicole Ortega

Nicole started practicing Yoga around 3 years ago. She stumbled upon yoga looking for modalities that could help her body heal after struggling with health issues for such a long period of time. After starting her practice and seeing all the amazing benefits that come from pranayama and asanas she discovered her purpose: to share this amazing lifestyle with others so they could also benefit and change their life. Nicole is a registered yoga teacher Reiki Master, practicing energy healing adding a special healing touch to her Yin classes. She also continues her education and is currently training to become a meditation teacher and yin yoga certified. Nicole continues her spiritual journey and believes that yoga is a great part that helps us obtain heart and mind coherence. She teaches Yin Yoga and believes that it helps create the perfect balance to our hectic lifestyles.

Cassi Brooks

Kassie Brooks began her journey in 2016 and has recently completed her RYT-200 Hr training with Garnet Heart Yoga. Cassi practices yoga consistently to remain open and loving in the face of all of life’s changes both large and small. Cassi has found her voice and will help you explore your hearts and minds through alignment and breath-work.

 

 

 

Heidi has been studying Ashtanga yoga for 14 years. In 2009 she attended her first yoga training at Yandara in Mexico and then in Bali in 2012. Heidi has lived in 4 ashrams as a karma yogi around the world including Shivananda in the Bahamas where she practiced mauna (silence) for three months and in Belize. She is a vowed disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda since 2013 who authored Autobiography of a Yogi and founded Self- Realization Fellowship. Her classes at Down to Earth yoga are described by her as movement with peace and includes chanting, the study of the yamas and niyamas from the 8 limb path of yoga, affirmations and traditional devotional sanskrit music.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Our Teachers

  • February 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm
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    Moving to Port Saint Lucie April 2021. I am a fellow yogi and practice right. Down to earth sounds wonderful! I look forward to visiting and taking classes from your wonderful instructors. Good luck and I hope to see you next year…….🙌

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    • October 23, 2020 at 11:46 am
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      Hi Nancy! What a YEAR it has been. We are here, open and are holding space for you.
      We hope to see you in studio soon.

      Love and Light,
      Gina Baldo

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  • May 11, 2020 at 3:41 am
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    Hello DTE yoga!
    It seems all my yoga studios are no longer in Business. I am interested in some private lessons to get back to regular classes. I’m not a member yet but I would like some info on virtual and privates. I would love to hear from your studio!
    Thanks
    Cundi

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    • September 13, 2020 at 3:35 pm
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      Hi Cindi,

      We are in fact open and offer private lessons, and are workin on having our classes live streamed.
      We do take every possible precaution with Covid-19 best practice in place.
      Please contact me at 772-486-8387 for more information or stop by the studio for a class on us!

      Best Regards,
      Gina

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    • October 23, 2020 at 11:44 am
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      Hi Cindi,

      How are you today? I have recently taken over running the studio and am not sure if anyone ever reached out to you! My apologies if not. Have you found a studio or can i be of assistance?

      Blessings,

      Gina Baldo

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  • November 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    Have been out of the studio for quite some time… ptlracticing at home but have been looking forward to getting back. Found the studio in Natural Awakenings magazine and it was tight around the corner so I went… today… Gina Baldor was my instructor and she was awesome 💗 the class flowed well.. she gave modifications and suggestions throughout the class flowing with ease.. no pressure AND easy to find my edge. Thanks! Signed up today and excited to get back in there!

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