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.

 it feels like church unrolling the mat unfurling myself long and liquid offering opening up to the idea of something higher . it feels like church stepping into the space incense burning limbs waving in fluid motion the sweet sweet notes of mantra humming thrumming pulsing a sermon to self and yet more so much more . it feels like church but the only tithes I pay are the ones long overdue to my body the effort the energy I pulse into each posture balancing the scales paying myself whole with the slow currency of breath . it feels like church except the time I put in is a prayer to no god in particular an offering no an honoring of divinity much more primal much more present than any words in a scripture any statue in the garden . . it feels like church only the lessons can be carried off the mat only every sermon centers around kindness around acceptance around the raw naked truth of Being . it feels like church only my skin is no longer sinful only everyone is always welcome only it no longer matters if I'm into She's or He's or Someone In Between . it feels like church it feels like church it feels like church ...only Holy . #selfpractice  @bodhiimaging  Missing you ❤ @drbenhouse
 Please stop...trying to normalize yourself...whatever that even means . Stop watering down each little of piece Every intricate part That makes you different That makes you unique . . Society so often screams at us to blanket anything that stands out. Iron down the wrinkles, balance out both sides. . No hair out of place, no mar on the skin. You better not be flat where they want rolling hills or mountainous where the magazines show expansive plains. . . But I for one find more beauty in the unusual, my gaze is lovingly drawn to the odd. Why would I want a face like his or hers, yours or theirs? . . This is not to say that you can't change yourself, no. Not at all. . . But, but, but... . . Fix that crooked tooth because you finally have the money to do something nice for yourself. Because every time you look in the mirror it reminds you of poor decisions in back alleys, and you're just not that person anymore. You've moved past that life, you've grown. . . Don't straighten your smile just to please an intangible ideal. Don't water down your personality, don't mute your character just to prove that you belong in some undefinable herd of sheep. . It's true that your body is YOUR temple Yours to decorate Yours to adorn Yours to burn . But regardless of whether you're hanging up gaudy tapestries or white washing the walls, Make sure you're really doing it for YOU. . . . .  @lifeinanimage
 "The ghosts of all the women you used to be are all so proud of who you have become, Storm Child, made of wild and flame." . . @nikita_gill #nikitagill . . . .  @bodhiimaging