Get ready to start your backbending journey! Today we'll focus on back chain activation. Go ahead and grab a couple of blankets, and strap, and a partner if you'd like. See you on the mat!
Steph Gongora is a traveling yoga, aerials, and movement teacher based in Uvita, Costa Rica. Her teaching is unique and unexpected, combining precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movements practices. An athlete her whole life, Steph was a gymnast and dancer throughout her childhood, and in college, she studied Biology with an emphasis in Human Anatomy. Practicing and teaching yoga allows Steph to embrace her scientific knowledge, as well as share her background in artistic expression through movement.
Steph trains in a variety of lineages and has spent many hours under the tutelage of master teachers including Meghan Currie, Christina Sell, and Erinn Lewis. During her exploration and self-practice, she developed a deep love and respect for inversions, which prompted her to write her first two books: The Beginner's Guide to Handstand and The Beginner's Guide to Handstand Pressing. She has been featured in and contributed to Yoga Journal, Mantra Magazine, Livestrong, People, Cosmopolitan, and more for her work on and off the mat. When she isn’t practicing yoga, Steph enjoys reading, writing, and building her dream life in Costa Rica with her five furry children and supportive husband, Ben.