Practicing & Teaching INVERSIONS

50HR Training Module - Charleston, SC


Eligible for the AM 300HR (500 track) Modular Teacher Training Program

Are you interested in starting your own inversion practice?


Progressing your current work upside down?


Or maybe sequencing accessible, inversion-inspired classes for your business?



Register today and lock in early bird pricing!

This is a stand-alone training AND a part of our 300HR Hybrid Modular Program

Join Stevi Góngora (@casa_colibri), Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart), and Bianca Scalisé (@bianca.michelle.scalise) for a 5 day, 50HR INVERSION Training at the gorgeous and spacious Merchant’s Hall in Charleston, SC!

An energetic and community-building experience, the 50HR Module – Practicing & Teaching Inversions – can be a stand-alone training for those specifically looking to learn more about inversions, or part of the Authentic Movements Modular 500HR Program. See below for more details about the incoming re-launch of our new and improved modular 500HR.

Our five days together will be full, but gratifying with daily movement class, applied anatomy lab, practice teaching/sequencing, and afternoon recovery work. While the focus of the training is finding confidence upside down (arm balances, headstand, forearm stand, handstand, pressing), many of the full body activators and alignment drills can be sprinkled throughout your movement practice to help find fluidity in all transitions, on and off the mat.

The building of intelligence in the body for inversions stems from creative sequencing in flow format, so expect the non-traditional funky flows that Erin, Steph, and Bianca are known for, in addition to more structured and discussion-based workshop sections that will be tailored to the group’s personal needs.

More than anything, expect to take home a full toolbox for practicing and teaching accessible inversions, as well as a general understanding of the WHY behind the WAY from an applied anatomy and biomechanics standpoint. Attendees who meet the prerequisites and complete all hours + assignments will be eligible to apply the module toward the Authentic Movements Module 500HR Program.


 In-Person Training Participants Also Receive: Printed manuals to correspond with presented materials and to serve as a resource for personal notes and continual study.

Need a scholarship? Please apply HERE

We’ll Explore:


Deep Core Activation

Arm Balances


Forearm Stand



and MORE!


Can’t make it to Charleston, but still want to attend? We get it! While Authentic Movements is mainly offering this as an in-person event to gather and co-create, we also believe that you can do this from afar. And we understand that not everyone can make the trip. So we offer a live-stream option for the same dates and times as stated below.

Please note, this is LIVE-STREAM ONLY, meaning you won’t be getting a recording and only those who attend all hours will be eligible for the optional certificate. There will be dedicated live-stream personnel to help you feel connected to the group, and live-stream participants will frequently break into smaller Zoom “rooms” to create and play just like the in-person attendees. 

Training Details


7:30am November 14th, 2022 – 6pm November 18th, 2022 (5 days)




$500 Deposit to register + $700 Remaining Balance Payment Due Nov 1st 2022


Live Stream (CANCELLED) – $900 USD



Merchants Hall – 36 North Market Street, Second floor, Charleston, SC 29401


Training Fees Include:

  • All training content from 7:30am November 14th to 6:00pm November 18th, 2022
  • Morning movement practice and afternoon recovery classes all geared toward practicing and teaching accessible inversions.  
  • Daily afternoon workshops surrounding anatomy and sequencing in relation to our work upside down.
  • Printed Course Manual
  • Myo Fascial Release Balls

Additional Items (Not included):

  • Lodging in/around Charleston, SC
  • Meals + Snacks
  • Parking + Transport
  • Props – Please Bring a mat, 2 blocks, 1 strap, 1 blanket, 1 pair of socks (we will have some extras, but appreciate those who are able to bring their own!)


Register today and lock in early bird pricing!

Further Details

Who is this training for, sample schedule, and MORE!

Who is this training for?

This 50HR continued education movement module is for anyone wanting to integrate accessible inversion drills & sequencing into their personal practice and/or design effective movement classes surrounding getting upside down.  We believe that having a solid understanding of inversion mechanics, along with knowledge about common tendencies can help empower your teaching and practice of these tricky asanas.

This training is open to everyone although we highly recommend at least 1-2 years of regular, solid practice, as well as a serious interest in inversions. You do not have to be able to balance in handstand, forearm stand, or headstand to attend, but please understand that we will be spending many hours on the mat each day, and while you are never required to physically participate, prepping the body can be helpful. Already an inversion ninja? Come to pick up new tips/tricks and/or to cement your teaching practices to all-levels of audiences. Not sure if it’s right for you? Just ask! [email protected]

This 50HR module is offered as a stand alone continued education course for ANYONE, but is also a necessary component of our incoming relaunch of the Authentic Movements 500HR Modular Program. Whether you decide to join the program before or after your time in Charleston, we are confident that the time spent together, practicing and exploring in a community setting, will offer countless tips and tools to take home.

**You do NOT need a 200HR training to attend this event, just a regular movement practice.**

Sample Schedule

*7:30am – 8:00am – Introspective Work

*8:00am – 10:00am – Morning Movement Class

*10:00am – 11:00am – Morning Break

*11:00am – 2:00pm – Lecture + Workshop + Teaching Methodologies

*2:00pm – 3:30pm – Afternoon Break

*3:30pm – 4:30pm – Practice Teaching, Followup,

*4:30pm – 6:00pm – Recovery Work

This schedule may vary on a daily basis, and there may be a bit more free time on some days as well as some short and helpful homework assignments.

We ask that participants please be on time to avoid delays. While those looking to register with Yoga Alliance for the 500HR program will need to attend all sessions to accumulate the required hours, we ask that you honor your body and simply observe whenever needed. For those just attending for personal purposes, you may pick and choose sessions to attend as desired.


Register today and lock in early bird pricing!

Curious ABOUT OUR 300HR (500HR Track) Modular Program?

The full program is rolling out in 2023 but you can get a jump on the training by participating in this qualifying 50HR inversion module.

What to Expect

The Authentic Movements 50HR Practicing & Teaching Inversions Module will offer a brave community space to explore and implement effective techniques to build the strength and awareness to find balance upside down.

Days will be broken up into three distinct segments with each day focusing on specific inversions and/or movements to build toward inversions. Inversions covered include popular arm balances, headstand variations, forearm stand, handstand, and handstand pressing.

Mornings will consist of a brief introspective practice followed by morning movement. Here we will explore the basics surrounding the inversion(s) of the day including important warm ups, strengthening drills, and how to implement pieces of your upside work into standard flows and transitions.

There will be small workshop sections, limited partner work, and time for brief Q&As, although most of the morning is reserved for movement as we prepare our bodies for the rest of the day.

After the morning break, we will get into the details. Most days will include a small anatomy lecture to understand relevant mechanics and typical tendencies for a myriad of bodies. We will then discuss the use of props and partners to make the practice more accessible and/or progress our inversion work even further.

Time will be spent practicing these drills, as well as discussing the sequence from the morning to understand simple class structures that can lead to growth. Expect additional movement time as we add on to the morning information as a class, in small groups, and with partners.

Post afternoon break, we will revisit questions from the lecture section, introduce more practice teaching opportunities, and address any additional work related to the day’s specific topics. Finally, we will close with daily restorative practice and small homework assignments to help implement and digest the information.

Here are just SOME of the fun topics we will be covering!

  • History of Inversions
  • Common Inversion Myths
  • Harnessing the Deep Core as a Stabilizer, Not Just a Mover
  • Shoulder Anatomy and Relation to Inversions
  • Pelvic Anatomy and Relation to Inversions
  • Sequencing Basics for Arm Balances, Headstand, Forearm Stand, Handstand, Pressing
  • Recovery Work for Inversions
  • Arm Balances: Anatomy Of, Strength of the Arms/Core, Risk Factors, Crow, Side Crow, EPK Series, Elephant’s Trunk/Eight Angle
  • Headstand: Anatomy Of, Strength of the Neck, Proper Alignment, Risk Factors, Supported, Tripod, Funky, Transitions to/from, Arm Movements
  • Forearm Stand: Anatomy Of, Shoulder Strength vs Flexibility, Proper Alignment, Weight Distribution, Traditional, Funky, Hollow back, Transitions
  • Handstand: Anatomy Of, Shoulder Mobility, Pelvic Stability, Risk Factors, Free-Standing Drills, Partner Drills, Wall Drills, Falling, Leg Variations
  • Pressing: Anatomy Of, Soft Compression, TVA + Glute Med Activation, Building Up to Press, Straddle Press, Tuck Press, Pike Press, Crow Press, Partner Work, Wall Work, Props to Get us There

Instructor Details

Stevi Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a 500HR E-RYT yoga and aerial teacher based in Uvita, Costa Rica and Asheville, NC. 

An athlete her whole life, Stevi practiced gymnastics until high school, focused on biomechanics in college, and taught aerials shortly thereafter.  Yoga-inspired movement has been her preferred modality for the last decade and a half.

Stevi’s teaching style combines precise 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 two books in early 2016 – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand & The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing. She splits her time between NC and CR with her two furry children, toddler (Taos) and partner (Ben). 


Erin Kelly @erinkellyart is a Yoga and movement teacher based out of the east coast of the U.S. She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and grew up playing soccer, running track, and was a competitive swimmer. She became very passionate about the physical practice of yoga and has spent the better half the last two decades studying it. Inversions, arm balances and backbends are fun to learn, but most importantly it’s the process of connecting to an inner trust of our body’s movements that plants the biggest seed for growth and development. 

She is known for her personal grace and fluidity of movement in both practice and teaching, and can often be found upside down or cultivating creativity through unusual transitions. Her teaching style is refreshing and playful, while still incorporating precise cues and pose breakdowns to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth.

Currently, Erin is spending her time practicing and sinking into the community of the local yoga studios in NC and SC. Traveling teaching weekend intensives and workshops. Her passion is helping people grow and develop their practice by working closely one on one and  hosting small group development retreats.  

A true artist by nature, Erin received a BFA in Oil Painting with a minor in Art History from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is passionate about the idea that if we open our bodies up physically, we can tap into all sorts of creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Whether it’s with a paintbrush in hand or just through body movement, Erin is continuously creating her own form of art and expression and believes we all have this freedom of expression.

Bianca Scalise (Bianca.Michelle.Scalise) is a mindful movement teacher and online personal trainer. 

She is best known for restorative yoga classes that are creatively decorated in fresh techniques like MFR, FRC & expressive mindfulness & embodiment practices. 

Bianca has studied extensively with Dylan Werner, tiffany kirkshank (Yoga Medicine) and Anatomy trains.  She has completed 3 cadaver dissections, 2 personal training certifications & well over 500 hours of yoga teacher training. Bianca has been teaching mindful movement for around 10 years. She loves lifting, restorative movement, embodiment practices & inversions!




Charleston, SC | Downtown Historic District


36 North Market Street, Second Floor, Charleston, SC 29401

We are thrilled to be hosting this week long event at Merchants Hall in the magical downtown historic district of Charleston, SC.

“Historic bricks and wood columns provide glimpses into the circa 1856 building’s industrial past. Bespoke, luxurious interiors complement history to culminate a landmark venue. Merchants Hall is palpably exciting, while maintaining and emphasizing Charleston’s unique history and culture. Boasting spectacular views of the City Market, this is the location to experience Charleston’s finest.”


Downtown Charleston is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Charleston International Airport  There are a variety of transport options to and from the airport including buses and shuttles.

Nice Hotels near venue:
The Loutrel
Spectator Hotel
French Quarter Inn
Hotel Emeline
The Ryder Hotel – SUPER CUTE/FUN SPOT! 
Brand Hotels Nearby:
Holiday Inn Downtown
Hyatt House
Homewood Suites

Any airbnb in the French Quarter of Downtown Charleston will put you with in walking distance or a short uber ride to the venue.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that life happens and things change. We will do our best to be flexible, however, the closer the cancellation is to the actual start date, the less likely it is that we will be able to fill your space. We highly suggest you purchase travel insurance in case of any emergency change of plans, and are happy to answer any other questions that you might have! DEPOSITS ARE ALWAYS NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-TRANSFERABLE. Thanks for understanding.


More than 2 months prior to start date:

Deposit – Non-Refundable  & Non-transferable

Additional Payment after Desposit – Fully Refundable


Less than 2 months prior to start date

Deposit – Non-Refundable  & Non-transferable

Additional Payment after Desposit – Non-Refundable


Videography and Photo Release: There will be Photographs and video taken during training and used for promotional purposes. By signing up for this retreat, you are agreeing to allow any photographs taken of you to be used by Stevi Gongora, Erin Kelly, Bianca Scalisé, and/or Authentic Movements.


Register today and lock in early bird pricing!