Meet Your Instructor: Gina Skene

Gina Skene


Gina started practicing yoga after having three kids and wondering what was next for her body. A former ballet and modern dancer, she’d always been body aware. Then, with the intention of reconnecting, she stepped into her first yoga class in 2002 and never looked back. As she began to challenge her body and find her breath, she felt like she had come home and realized that chronic injuries had healed.

Gina teaches with a gentle strength that allows her students to feel safe while moving to new mental and physical edges. She is fascinated by every opportunity to help individualize the practice for each student.

Gina teaches regularly at the Shakti studios in Ballard and Bellevue. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste, teacher trainings with Lisa Black and Shiva Rea, anatomy intensives with Ellen Heed, and has studied extensively with Troy Lucero. She also learns a lot from the spontaneous inversions that her husband and three teenagers do at home with her frequently!

When you aren’t at CFit, what do you do?
You can find me drinking coffee with my husband, hiking, going to a baseball game with my kids, or hunting for agates somewhere on a NW beach.

How did you discover yoga and what do you love most about it?
I initially decided to try yoga to help with chronic neck issues. I felt better almost immediately and was so intrigued to explore this practice that helped me rediscover physical and mental strength–especially after having three kids! I still love and practice yoga because it reminds me daily to be present, awake, and clear in my life!
What’s your favorite way to spend a day or night off?
I always love to explore the cool neighborhoods of Seattle and try a new restaurant or wander into a little shop. If they have vintage or handmade items, all the better.

What is something not many people know about you? 
Some people may be surprised to know that I get very loud when I watch a Seahawks game, consider this fair warning…

If you could instantly master any skill/superpower/talent/knowledge, what would it be?
I would definitely choose to speak Italian like a native.
What are you most passionate about in life?
Nothing gets me more excited than seeing someone who is living a life that is a true reflection of who they are; whether it’s directing a nonprofit, writing software code, or playing music. I love seeing people truly show up.
Any good movies/books/bands/foods/discoveries lately that you’d recommend?
I recently enjoyed a movie that was released a few years ago: Ex Machina; a thought provoking movie about what it means to be human and our relationship with technology. My favorite relatively new hangout space is the public space at KEXP, it’s so fun to just go sit and hear the music and feel the good vibes there!
What else would you want to share with people about you or your class?
I think it’s always a good reminder that you don’t have to be ‘good’ at yoga or ‘flexible’ to give it a try. The yoga practice isn’t about making your body fit into given shapes or getting anything right. For me, it’s all about building physical and therefore mental awareness from the inside out. It’s so amazing that we can use our bodies as tools to get to know ourselves better!
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