Gemma has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2012. She fell deeply in love with the practice of yoga because of the balance, tranquility, and bliss she experienced in each yoga class. The deep healing she found through Yoga caused Gemma to strike out and receive her 200-hour yoga teacher training (YTT) certification in 2020, and her She 300-hour YTT with Samadhi Yoga Ashram in 2023. Gemma's passion for understanding and navigating the choppy waters of C-PTSD and PTSD led her to getting her Trauma Informed certification in 2022. She is also enrolled in Susanna Barkataki's online course Embracing Yoga's Roots, which sparked her interest in Yoga from a social justice perspective.
Gemma understands that Yoga is widely colonized in the West and seeks to aid in the reconstruction of Yoga's roots. She practices yoga activism by embracing all 8 Limbs of Yoga, with an emphasis on the Yama (yoga ethic) of ahimsa (non-violence). Her application ahimsa in the classroom is driven by cross-cultural competence and creating accessible practices for all ages, body types, and ability levels. She is still refining these aspects of her classes and is always open to feedback on how to better people's experiences.