Casa Colibri | Pole, Yoga, & Aerials with Steph Gongora

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Yoga is a powerful and transcendental journey that awaits everyone with open arms. It provides a cleansing release through physical practice that expands our hearts, minds, and spirits, ultimately leading to individual, and therefore, collective growth. Yoga is the impossibly intricate, yet surprisingly simple web that is woven with every thought, movement, motion, intention, and deep inner summoning.

And we are all weavers.

About Steph

Steph Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a certified yoga and aerial teacher currently based in Austin, TX. She completed her first formal 200hr training with Meghan Currie, and continued to pursue an additional 300hr training with Christina Sell at The San Macros School of Yoga. In Austin, she regularly attends additional training with Erinn Lewis of Sukha Yoga, and recently started another online 200hr study with Alanna Kaivalya.

An athlete her whole life, Steph practiced gymnastics until high school, taught pole fitness during college (where she studied Biology and Chemistry), and started a serious daily yoga practice over three years ago. Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movements practices. She has developed a deep love and respect for inversions of all kinds, which is what promoted her to write her first E-Book in early 2016 – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand.

Steph is happily married with three furry children and has plans to move down to Costa Rica in the fall of 2016 to start construction on a Functional Medicine/Yoga retreat center on the South Pacific coast. When she isn’t doing yoga, she enjoys reading, writing, anything outdoors, writing more E-Books (probably about more Yoga) and spending time with her little family.

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 So. Very. Close. To. The. Jungle. #AustinToCostaRica #MovingDateSep29 #HoldingMyBreath  Happy Wednesday! At the police station getting a "letter of clearance" to prove that @dr_ben_house and I are halfway decent people and can apply for residency in Costa Rica.  . Winner of the recent e-book giveaway is.... @nessaluckywinn ! Congrats chica! DM me for details. . . If you're interested in my handstand or press e-book, check out the link in my profile bio or visit Casa-Colibri.com! . . Next two books: Beginners Guide to Starting a Yoga Practice and Beginners Guide to Backbends coming soon! . . Ps: A little bird told me that code HUMMINGBIRD will give you a discount at check out. ✌️
 Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it. #HoraceMann . .  @lifeinanimage  Tuesday #vibez . Still my fav pic. . .  and edit by @theglasszipper for @teekigram
 Saying goodbye to my Austin yoga friends like...  . Great times today at @austinyogameetup . . . Thank you @krystin_yogagirl for teaching and @inlovewithabeernerd & @lem0n.love for working hard to continue this monthly tradition. . . I look forward to visiting another one when I'm back in TX. . . Want your own yoga meet up? Just. Start. One. They are small at first, but it's amazing how they grow. ✌️   WIN AN E-BOOK  . It's not #toetaptuesday yet, but who cares? . . . How about a GIVEAWAY?! Want to win a copy of my second e-book, all about HANDSTAND PRESSING?? . . . Just follow @thebeginnersguidetoyoga and tag 2 friends below. . . Winner chosen tomorrow! ✨ . E-Books available on Casa-Colibri.com (link in profile). . . .  @lifeinanimage Pants: @buddha_pants
 I thought these past three months were busy. ...They were. But they were also a vacation compared to the last seven days or so here. . . After a 24 hour road trip from upper Wisco to Austin, we've packed up the entire house, studio, and gym in 6 days, with every item logged and listed for shipment. . . Container comes at 9am tomorrow and there will be a loading frenzy and then a "lull" for about 5 days while we just pick up the things that are left and get ready to move to the jungle a week from today. . . #allthethings #imsotired #butalsohappy . . Outfit: @aloyoga  @lifeinanimage  All these people lately whining about fitness vs movement vs skill vs useless trick. Don't you have better things to do? . You can pull out your text books & articles or spout fancy words all day. You can belittle the passions of others & scoff at hard earned "party tricks." I'll just be over here enjoying my life & the simple things that make me happy. . . . Yeah...I'm talking about Handstands. . . Getting upside down might not be for everyone. I think that's completely fair. Sometimes the limitations are physical, & sometimes those physical aspects can't or shouldn't be messed with, whether it's natural joint mobility or because it would detract from another area of "fitness" in that person's life. . . That should probably be looked at on a case by case basis & based on personal goals, background, & current health. And if you're not interested in handstands, don't do them. #Derp. . But handstands are what got me back into a regular fitness practice, & I don't think anyone could argue that I'm worse off because of it. Do I do other things besides inversions? Fuck yeah. But I sure enjoy my upside down time. Handstands make me feel playful, alive, focused, & in tune with my body and its movements. I've found that awareness translates to other asana & off the mat as well. Do I have a study showing that? Sorry, no. Just my life. I'm careful, I focus on form (always), do warm ups, strengtheners, & restoratives. Anyone who has taken my classes/workshops knows I'm a stickler for alignment, progression, & consistent work the Right way. So I'll keep doing them....often. & teaching them to dedicated, willing individuals who have the patience to learn them right & don't have an impassable physical limitation. Inversions are in no way a measure of Your awesomeness. They are just something that I'm passionate about & give ME pleasure. If getting upside down ever starts to detract from MY "fitness" or turn into something unhealthy for me, then I trust that I know my body well enough to go in another direction. I wish only the same for any of my students/friends/peers/teachers. And that's that. #DontYuckMyYum #ActuallyGoAhead #ImTooBusyBeingHappyToGiveAnyMoreFucks