About the Teacher 

Virginia Williamson (Ginny)

CYT 2200

Ginny is a Kriya Yogi, in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda,

initiated by Roy Eugene Davis.

She has been practicing Yoga for 30 years; teaching in Southwest Florida for 21 years!!

She teaches traditional, 'old-school', Classical Yoga, with emphasis on meditative movements coordinated with the breath. Her instruction accentuates moving from one posture to another in a progressive manner that supports the nervous system while developing strength and relaxation in the rest of the body and calmness in the mind.

Ginny is committed to providing an environment wherein the students may learn from an internal perspective. Students are encouraged to practice according to their own physical, mental and emotional contexts, not by trying to replicate what works for someone else.

"I got my first glimpse of real Yoga from 83 year old Miss Frieda in

Port Charlotte, Florida in 1995. In January 1998, I asked her permission to teach and luckily, it was granted.

My first formal training and certification was with the inspirational Shivan Sarna, in Sarasota, Florida in September, 1998.

After much more training, I currently hold multiple certifications, including 'Teaching Yoga to People with Cancer' from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, Spanda Yoga by Jaime Stover Schmitt, Yoga for Golfers by Katherine Roberts and Yoga for Veterans by Connected Warriors. I have also received training with Char Grossman to teach Yoga for People with Parkinson's.

My specialties include Vinyasa Krama (the sensible, progressive sequencing of postures linked by the breath), Yoga Philosophy, Gentle Yoga, Deep Healing Relaxation, Guided Breathwork and Meditation, Yoga for Recovery, and Yoga for Veterans.

I extensively study and practice Yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda.

It is my fervent endeavor to practice and teach in accordance with the traditions of Kriya Yoga and the Yoga of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.

My studies are continued at home and under the guidance of various Yoga masters whenever possible. I am especially inspired by Roy Eugene Davis, Erich Schiffmann, David Williams, Tim Miller, Vasant Lad and David Frawley.

Many others with whom I have studied have been influential as well."

Ginny has been a pioneer in bringing high-quality Yoga instruction to Southwest Florida. Teaching in the area since January 1998, she opened Charlotte County's first Yoga studio in 2004.

She has been consistently committed to delivering authentic teachings to both students and instructors of Yoga by offering group asana classes, meditation classes, study sessions, supervision and teacher training through apprenticeship and mentorship.

She currently teaches at the Boca Grande Club, the Gasparilla Inn & Club, the Boca Bay Pass Club, Banyan Tree Pilates and Yoga and the Myakka River Motorcoach Resort.

She teaches nationally and internationally as well as privately for individuals, families and corporations in Charlotte, Lee and Sarasota counties.

Teaching Yoga runs in the family!

Ginny's sisters Peggy Koenitzer and

Elysabeth Williamson

are highly regarded teachers as well.


Center for Spiritual Awareness

Hands-On Trade Association

World Movement for Yoga and Ayurveda

Independent Yoga Educators of America

The Ayurvedic Institute

Accessible Yoga

"Ginny teacher, I can't thank you enough for your care and kindness since I met you. Thank you deeply. And I wish you many beautiful moments where you are and where you will be." H.K.

"Thank you for your work with my parents : ) It is so good for them on so many levels. Your reports are great, and I forward them on to my sibs - and also to the grandchildren". M.R.

"I really want to thank you for the opportunity and the space you provided me and many others to pursue yoga. It was a great experience and a good grounding force for me. You helped me learn a lot in a short amount of time and i appreciate it more than i can say... thank you". Mac

"Ginny - YOU are the wonderful, healing space - the four walls of your studio are merely moving.

The space surrounding you can never be confined in a lease....." Joyce

"Most importantly, I would like to thank you for…..so much. You have truly opened my eyes with Yoga. Never for one minute did I expect it to be such a spiritual journey. I learned above and beyond what I was expecting and I am going to continue my learning process." Karen

"I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful teacher training. I learned so much, not only about yoga, but about myself. The training was so much more than I ever could have expected. So thank you!!" Cathy