About Gena

Gena is a Yoga, Aerial Hoop, and Pilates mat instructor. She began a vinyasa and Ashtanga practice in 2010 as a supplemental workout for her aerial arts training. This led her to love anatomy and the controlled movements that come from the human body, with that she found a deeper appreciation for herself and the world around her. In 2013 she started taking classes at Orlando Power Yoga, a Baptiste inspired studio in Florida, where she fell in love, she had never been a part of such a powerful and welcoming practice. Her first Baptiste class was filled with sweat, strength and a sense of community. This led her to continue her practice in the Baptiste method. Gena strives to bring acceptance, positivity and power into each of her classes.

Gena completed her 200 hour teacher training at Franklin Street Yoga, where she continues to train under her teacher, Lori Burgwyn. She teaches Power Yoga, Core Flow and Aerial Arts classes at various studios throughout the triangle.

Gena's goal is for each person to be comfortable in their skin, find balance in the body and learn to quiet the mind, whether on or off the mat. 


With the help of yoga we’re able to develop confidence in, and an understanding of, our own bodies and live a life filled with ease.
— Gena, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

when I’m anywhere with my husband.

My favorite view…

laying down outside looking up at the trees, the birds and the sky.

Morning ritual…

wake up and respond to emails then make myself some English Breakfast tea and breakfast.

One activity you do everyday without fail…

Eat! I love food! I love to cook, bake, eat and share in the joy of fresh homemade food.

A good day is…

when I have students that accomplish skills and poses that they never thought they would get. 

What 3 things are vital to your day…

cooking dinner before I leave to teach for the evening, bugging my husband with random questions while he's at work, and my personal practice.

Your most overused phrase…

"I can't live that life" my unserious reaction to something that's bothersome or slightly upsetting. 

How do you unwind…

sitting on my couch and watching an episode of Rosewood or Friends. Feet up, pajamas on.

What was your dream job as a child…

pediatrician, child counselor. Anything to do with helping children in need.

Who is your greatest mentor…

Lori Burgwyn, I've never had a real mentor before her. She's the first person that I have felt could honestly guide me in being a better person and teacher. 

What one meeting changed your life…

My first meeting with the owners of Trapeze Federation for a job as a board instructor (Flying Trapeze). They saw talent in me, trained and trusted me, they gave me confidence in teaching others. From them I learned that it doesn't matter how many years are under your belt, or what certifications or degrees you might have, if you're willing to work hard and inspire others the right people will take notice. 

Biggest risk that has paid off…

Getting married! Agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone is a huge risk, and one that I am so glad I took.