Gina Ward, Founder
After spending eleven years teaching a variety of classes from spin to bootcamp, I came across yoga in 2010, due to a knee injury from running, 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 Educator and a graduate of the FIT-to LEAD (Faculty in Training) program with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. I have assisted three Baptiste Institute programs. 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.
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 Art of Assisting and Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute.
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 Art of Assisting and Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute.
"I am going to start yoga." This is what I said to myself for 10 years. Finally a friend encouraged me to try Moonshine Power Yoga in March of 2016. Since then, the practice has become my whole way of life. Prior to yoga, procrastination was fully in charge of the way I lived. From career goals, life decisions and simply trying something new, I had let it keep me from fully living the life that I wanted. Since starting yoga, I have and continue to learn new tools to use on my journey through life and to be a YES. Yoga is a life long commitment and has helped create balance in every aspect of my life, as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and self-care. I am empowered in my life by all that is possible by living intentionally. I am grateful for the teachers at Moonshine and the sense of belonging I have felt since first walking into the studio. I am now thrilled to be on the team and to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga with the community.
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Moonshine Power Yoga and have attended Art of Assisting and Level 1 with the Baptiste Institute. I have my teaching certificate in Kids Yoga. Erica is also the Karma Team Captain at Moonshine.
My first yoga experience was in high school as an alternative to gym class. It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I stepped back onto my mat and started to reap the benefits of yoga. Off and on for a few years I was using yoga to supplement other forms of exercise and to help keep me in awareness of my body ad mind. After settling down into the "adult world", I committed myself to the WORK of Baptiste Yoga. I learned that everything that happened on my mat was a perfect parallel to how everything happens in my life. Yoga is so much more than a workout. My mind has been blown by this practice which is why I decided to be a yes and take on teaching/leading yoga. I am grateful for this journey and am excited to share it with the Moonshine community!
Mary completed her 200hr teacher training at Moonshine Power Yoga.