Gina Ward, Founder
After spending eleven years teaching a variety of classes from spin to bootcamp, I came across yoga in 2010 and fell in love with it. I found something that both my mind and body had been missing, a real CONNECTION. For me, yoga is not just an exercise routine, but a lifestyle that has taught me to be a better wife, parent, daughter and friend. I became overwhelmed with the feeling of needing to share what I had found, thus Moonshine Power Yoga was born. I am so very grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to share the gift of yoga with each of you.
I completed my first 200hr training in 2013 and a second one with Grace & Glory Yoga in 2015. I am a tier 2 500hr Certified Baptiste Teacher and am currently enrolled in the FIT-to LEAD (Faculty in Training) program with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. I have assisted two Baptiste Institute programs in 2017. 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 have since completed 40 hours of Power Yoga sequencing training with Piera Meil of Yogi Power Yoga and the 200-hour training program at Moonshine Power Yoga. I'm a certified YOD™ instructor and I have attended Art of Assisting and Level 1 training with the Baptiste Institute.
My yoga journey began with my very first yoga class at a local gym, shortly after I came to this country from Russia in 2002. The feeling of peace and serenity I got after the class, was something I have never experienced before. I have practiced yoga through my pregnancy, and it helped me a lot with the delivery of my baby girl. Over the past 10 years I've tried different styles of yoga and found that each of them have their own beauty. It wasn’t until I found Baptiste™ Yoga that I really started to see how yoga can transform people’s lives, and how it transformed mine. I have been on a journey, a Journey into Power, ever since!
I graduated from Grace and Glory Yoga's Teacher Training Program in January of 2016 and attended Level 1 and the Art of Assisting with Baron Baptiste. I am a certified YOD™ instructor.
It was more than 12 years ago that I set foot on my mat for the frist time. In 2016, while struggling to reconnect with a regular pratice, I found my way to Moonshine and from the first class never looked back. I discovered physicality as a gateway to transformtion and authentic living. I discovered joy through deep connection and service. I am inspired, energized and humbled to be able to share my love for this practice with the Moonshine community.
I have shared my love of yoga with the children of Camden City, persons living with AIDS and HIV, person with mental illness and chemical addition. I graduated from Dream Field's 200-hr training and Moonshine Power Yoga's 200-hr Personal Transformation and Teacher Training Program. I hold a Master's degree in Religion/Spirituality and am a Rehabilitation counselor, Reiki Practiononer and interfaith spiritual director. I have attended Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute. Michael is the Manager of Studio Assistants at Moonshine.
Fourteen years after I had first practiced and fell in love with ashtanga yoga, I wandered into Moonshine looking for a daily diversion after losing my high-profile job in fashion - which at the time felt like I had lost my identity. Out of touch with who I was at my core, those first few practices produced many puddles of sweat.....and tears. It was like nothing I had felt before: a combination of feeling both empty and complete, vulnerable and empowered, challenged and yet enough. I was hooked and knew I just had to share this life-changing practice with others. Fast forward one year later and here I am, grateful to be giving back to the community that welcomed me with opens arms during a time when I could not embrace myself.
I completed my 200-hours teacher training with Moonshine Power Yoga in spring 2017. I have attended Art of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute.
Alyssa Di Christofaro
When I was 10 years old, I remember telling my friends and family, "when I grow up I am going to live in Hawaii and teach yoga." When I was 22 I moved to Ocean City NJ and was invited to attend a yoga class, a class that completely transformed my life. I was hooked from the start. I needed to know more about this Baptiste Yoga thing that left me feeling empowered and inspired, so I kept showing up. For me, Baptiste Yoga has helped me break down the barriers that I had created so that I can allow others to see me for who I am, as I am. I have learned how powerful it is to be of service and to connect with other.
I completed my 200hr-teacher training at Grace and Glory Power Yoga. I have attended Level 1, 2, and 3 as well as Art of Assisting and Art of True North Alignment with the Baptiste Institue.
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 Moonshine's Personal Transformation & Teacher Training 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 Moonshine 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 practice can offer, on and off the mat.
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Moonshine Power Yoga. I have attended Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute.
I had my first experience with yoga in 2015 as I was preparing to enter a bodybuilding competition. I started in my house with privates as a means to keep my body stretched and to keep me straight mentally. After competing I realized that I needed a change and spent more time in my yoga practice. I soon decided, bye bye weights and hello yoga! I came to Moonshine and the freedom and joy I felt and sense of family is what kept me coming back. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, bring able to take my shirt off, stand up and practice as I am with no judgements and lack of shame was the most empowering feeling I have experienced. The "why do I teach" is to share that with others. I am forever grateful for the Moonshine community and excited to now be a leader to all who walk through the doors.
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Moonshine Power Yoga. I have attended Art of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute.