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.


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.


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.


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.




8 thoughts on “Our Teachers

  • February 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    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…….?

    • October 23, 2020 at 11:46 am

      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

  • May 11, 2020 at 3:41 am

    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!

    • September 13, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      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,

    • October 23, 2020 at 11:44 am

      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?


      Gina Baldo

  • November 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    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!

  • December 7, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Gina, we are interested in returning. I heard that all of your instructors may not be qualified; is this true? I would hope that the whole family gets certified professional and not trainees. Please let us know so we can make the decision. Love and light.

    • December 31, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      100% inaccurate.


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