Gina de la Chesnaye serves as key faculty for The Lineage Project and as yoga director for The Three Jewels in New York City, bringing mindfulness based exercises, yoga and meditation to at-risk and/or incarcerated youth, incarcerated women and their support staff. In 2014, Gina joined the staff of the International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights as the Trauma Resource Director where she facilitates mindful movement, yoga and meditation, a component of the Contemplative Based Trauma and Resilience Training. Gina is an Associate Producer of Tibetan Stories, a documentary film project under the wings of ICMHHR, focusing on Tibetan refugees living in exile in Dharamsala, India. Gina is a contributing writer and photographer to The Huffington Post, NY Yoga + Life and YogaCityNYC and has written numerous articles on yoga, meditation, martial arts and Buddhism. Dedicated to humanitarian relief, she has spent several years focusing on trauma and resiliency work with children in orphanages, schools, refugee camps and monasteries throughout Nepal with the volunteer organization 108 Lives and is also on the faculty of Second Response which tends to the emotional & psychological needs of people exposed to trauma, providing body-centered methods to relieve the harmful effects of stress, distress & trauma.
Gina traveled to Uganda in August 2016 to co-facilitate Contemplative Based Trauma and Resiliency Training at Makarere University to trauma therapists, humanitarian aid workers, children’s organizations, and others with The International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights. October 2016 marks the third year in a row of humanitarian aid work in Nepal. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two daughters.