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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 ✨Happy Wednesday Everyone! ✨ - - Be nice today. That is all. - - - - -  @lifeinanimage Outfit: @aloyoga  Water Handstands...always a challenge. - - Twinning with the beautiful @coffeeandrainbows in our @wildmovementspnw water legs. - - @wildmovementspnw is having a BIG summer sale right now! 35% off some of the organic cotton gear, 20% off the rest! - - This wonderful little company is run by my good friend @upsidedownmama and she does the whole thing out of the PNW. Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, American made. ✌️ - - - #THEBEGINNERSGUIDETOHANDSTAND @thebeginnersguidetoyoga
 Heeeey MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO, SEATTLE, and LOS ANGELES! - - @erinkellyart and I are headed your way in August to teach some workshops and have some fun! - - 8/12 - MKE @coreessenceyoga (Core Foundations - The Art of Crafting A Creative Home Practice) - 8/13 - CHI @ohmcultureyoga (Inversion Immersion) - - 8/14 - MKE @urbanommke (Inversion Immersion AND Backbends!) - - 8/20-21 - SEA @seattleyogalounge (Hips/Twists - An Intro to Lotus AND Inversion Immersion AND Backbends!) - - 8/28 - LA @erinkellyart studio (Inversion Immersion) - For our full schedule and sign up links, visit Casa-Colibri.com/workshops or just follow the link in my profile bio to the schedule page. - - Note: LA workshop hosted in @erinkellyart 's private yoga/art studio. Sign up via Casa-Colibri.com/cc . - Come laugh, play, sweat, and grow with us! - - Questions? info@casa-colibri.com  "It is easy to pay attention when moving quickly or applying alignment cues, but inquisitiveness and curiosity are much more refined skills. To cultivate them, our movements must be slow and deliberate in the sense that, very much on purpose, we don't follow a preconceived agenda but rather offer our movements completely to the wisdom in the body by following what it needs in that moment." - - - @ashleighsergeant - - - One of the things I'm most looking forward to about Costa Rica (let's not lie, there's a lot...) is getting to connect more with the amazing people and yogis already in the area. - - My #wcw goes out to @ashleighsergeant , a Costa Rican yogi with global reach who spends a great deal of time sharing her knowledge and love of yoga both in person and online. - - I love Instagram not just for its inspiring pictures, but often even more for the thoughtful words that accompany them. Little sprinkles of literary genius and light that break through the facade of colorful yoga pants, arguments about diet, and Friday night plans. - - This platform is the perfect opportunity to share something deeper than flippantly random motivational quotes, and I appreciate people like Ashleigh who aren't afraid to do just that. I don't think it's necessary to always have something profound to say, and it should never be forced, but allowing that channel to open and being brave enough to trust it is the first step. - - Check out her advanced teacher trainings, retreats, and online classes or just explore her worldly musing at @ashleighsergeant ✨ - - #costaricayoga #puravida
 So lovely to play with everyone today at @austinyogameetup . I treasure the friendships with those I connect with here on the 'gram. But almost a year and a half ago, I thought it might be fun to see if we could take our little online community here in Austin, and turn it into a real life adventure. So began #austinyogameetup , which was at first, just me posting on my personal account stating..."I'll be here in this public place at this date and time. Let's do some yoga and connect." The first time, about seven people showed up, including @lynzy_atx_yogi @yoga.dave and @heyalisia . It was amazing, but it became clear that with a little organization, it would be even more so! The next month, @inlovewithabeernerd led a mini warm up flow to make sure everyone was ready to play together. A few months after that, we started doing an optional raffle with donated prizes and 100% of the funds going to a local charity. Local teachers were featured each month, healthy snacks and food samples distributed, and all the fun was had. What started with just 7 people, grew to over 120 yogis at our one year anniversary event, and the best part is, each meet up seems to have at least 1/3-1/2 of the crowd made up of first timers. Why am I telling you this? Because I get asked all the time how to connect with and meet other yogis in your area. And the answer is simple. Reach out. Start something. It might be small at first, but don't be disappointed. Build on the small foundation and make it bigger. Make more connections. Cultivate more community. @austinyogameetup has since spread to @houstonyogameetup and @sanantonioyogameetup . Want one? Start your own. Big thanks to @inlovewithabeernerd and @lem0n.love for taking this crazy idea into the future. AYM is honored to have you two as leaders. Big thanks to all the teachers who have donated their time, assistants their loving touch, studios their spaces, sponsors their prizes, and companies their snacks and beverages. #Austin , it's been a pleasure, and I'll miss you.  @lifeinanimage Outfits: @aloyoga  BUNDLE SALE - Working on your inversion game? - - @thebeginnersguidetoyoga brings you our first two e-books, now in a nice convenient, discounted bundle! - - #thebeginnersguidetohandstand and #thebeginnersguidetohandstandpressing , both over 100 pages of color photos, drills, strengtheners, alignment breakdowns, and flows! - - Great by themselves, but even better together.  Available on Casa-Colibri.com/shop (check profile link) and visit @thebeginnersguidetoyoga for more details, as well as tips/tricks. - - Once purchased, you will need to download (wifi recommended) and then either save as a PDF (computer) or open in/copy to/save to iBooks/Kindle (phone/tablet). Having issues? Email info@casa-colibri.com - - Ps - Casa Colibri means Hummingbird House. A little bird told me that HUMMINGBIRD just might be a discount code... ✨
 I said to the the sun “Tell me about the big bang” The sun said “it hurts to become." - #andreagibson -  @lifeinanimage Outfit: @mikayogawear  ✨Weekend Vibes✨ - Happy 32nd Birthday to Miss Moonshine, Mama Teeki herself. - - To celebrate, @teekigram is doing 32% off SITE WIDE, today only. - - Get it while it's hot...outside. #hotyogawear #recycledbottles - -  @heyalisia