300-HR Teacher Training - Taos, NM - Nov 2020

Led by Steph Góngora, Erin Kelly, and Bianca Scalise with guest teachers/speakers

Sequencing, Inversions, Anatomy, Assists, Creative Restorative, S&C

Looking for a way to take your practice & teaching to the next level? Prefer rigorous and rewarding trainings to events that feel more like retreats and leave you wondering if you learned anything new? Interested in joining a community of dedicated, passionate movement makers who are constantly striving for growth on and off the mat? We get it! Join Steph Góngora (@casa_colibri), Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart), and Bianca Scalisé (@bianca.scalise.yoga) for a 30 day, 31 night 300HR Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at the historic Blue Sky Retreat Center in the beautiful, artistic, and quaint mountain town of Taos, New Mexico. 

The 300HR, month-long intensive is overall the most in-depth training currently offered by the Authentic Movements team and is the perfect setting for those wishing to continue and expand upon their yoga journey, both from a teaching standpoint and a personal practice perspective. Upon completion, graduates who have previously completed and registered for a 200HR Yoga Alliance approved teacher training program will be eligible for the 500HR Yoga Teacher Registry since AM is a Yoga Alliance Registered School at the 200 & 300HR Level. This is entirely optional, and Authentic Movements recognizes and acknowledges the many issues with the current system in place through Yoga Alliance. We welcome students from non-registered 200HR trainings as well, since continued education should be about just that – continuing our education, and never about initials after a name.

Read below for an overview of our training pillars, the various staff involved, and what makes the AM trainings really stand out. Training days will be full, but gratifying, and we ask that only serious candidates consider this event so that together we can challenge ourselves, dive deep, and push the boundaries in more ways than one. 

Training Basics

Training Dates: 7:00am Sunday November 8th, 2020 – 9:00pm Monday December 7th, 2020

It is highly recommended that you arrive at Blue Sky Retreat on Saturday November 7th, 2020 (after 2pm) to give yourself time to check into your room and prepare. Your lodging for the night of 11/7/20 is included in each package below. Similarly, lodging is covered the final night of the training (Dec 7th), and all trainees must be checked out by 11am on Tuesday Dec 8th, unless other arrangements are made for a longer stay.



Private Rooms: $7,500 USD per person via payment plan OR $7,000 paid in full – SOLD OUT SORRY! <3

Shared Rooms: $6,500 USD per person  via payment plan OR $6,000 paid in full (still space!)

Shared King Bed: $5,500 per person via payment plan OR $5,000 paid in full – SOLD OUT SORRY! <3

Limited numbers available for each room type. See below for details on payment plan, cancelation policy, and rooming details



  • Lodging @ Blue Sky Retreat Center – Check in Nov 7th, 2020 (after 2pm), check out Dec 8th, 2020 (before 11am)
  • 30-Day Intensive-Style 300-Hour Teacher Training
  • 600+ pg Course Book w/ Syllabus
  • THREE Freshly Prepared Meals Each Day (Vegan, Veggie, Omnivore Options – Dinner Provided Nov 7th, Breakfast Dec 8th)
  • Daily Coffee/Tea/Fruit
  • Daily Flow Classes in a Variety of Styles
  • Courses/Discussions on Alignment, Adjustments, Teaching, Sequencing, History, Anatomy, Philosophy
  • Workshops on Business Ethics, Social Media, Marketing, Public Speaking, and MORE!
  • Advanced In-Person Teaching Experience
  • FOUR workshop bundles on AuthenticMovements.com – Inversions Level 1/2, Arm Balance Level 1/2
  • 15HR Online Pre-work course to prep you for anatomy & sequencing
  • Free Authentic Movements Swag Bag (AM Keychain, apparel, and MFR balls)
  • Room Service Charge & Tax
  • Ability to Register as an RYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance Upon Completion (Assuming previous 200HR RYT Registration)

Additional Items (Not included):

  • Round trip airfare (suggested airport -ABQ).
  • Transfer to/from airport (we can assist with booking this via shared shuttles on suggested days/times)
  • Snacks
  • Optional Excursions including taxi/uber trips to downtown Taos


We welcome those currently teaching, interested in teaching, and practitioners simply looking to deepen their personal movement practice. Due to the intense physical demands, at least two years of yoga or a similar movement modality are recommended. While students are not required to practice advanced asana such as arm balances and inversions to attend this training, they can expect to leave with a more complete understanding of strength building progressions and how to incorporate unique and complex movements into an efficient yoga flow. We firmly encourage attendees to respect their physical limitations during this long month together, but do require that all hours are attended, even if there is not physical participation.

In order to be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for the 500HR Yoga Teacher Registration, students must have a previous 200HR Yoga Alliance approved training and registration, as well as complete the required attendance and teaching hours, in accordance with Yoga Alliance guidelines. This is entirely optional, and Authentic Movements will at times accept students without an initial 200HR training, as long as they have a passionate personal yoga practice and some kind of teaching experience in another similar modality. Not sure if you’re the right fit? Email us! [email protected]

Sample Daily Schedule

*6:00am – 7:00am – Coffee/Tea + Fruit

*7:00am – 7:30am – Meditation/Mantra/Journaling/Pranayama

*7:30am – 9:30am – Morning Flow Class

*9:30am – 10:30am – Breakfast + Break

*10:30am – 2:00pm – Lecture + Workshop + Teaching Methodologies

*2:00pm – 3:00pm – Lunch + Break

*3:00pm – 5:00pm – Lecture + Workshop + Teaching Methodologies

*5:00pm – 6:00pm – FREE TIME

*6:00pm – 7:30pm – Restorative/Yin/Slow Flow

*7:30pm – 8:30pm – Dinner

This schedule may vary on a daily basis, and there will likely be more free time on some days (either morning/afternoon) to allow for rest and relaxation, as well as short and helpful homework assignments. Once a week there is a partial free day, where after morning class, the attendees are free to relax on-site or explore the quaint nearby town of Taos.

We ask that students do not bring cell phones to class and please be on time to avoid delays. Some morning or evening studio time will be silent time to allow those with a meditation practice to create a calm and comfortable space.

Note: This is a 100% SOBER training. No drugs or alcohol will be permitted, even during free days. Authentic Movements attracts many teachers who are on some kind of sober journey, and it is highly important that they feel safe and respected in this space, especially during a challenging month (physical, mental, emotional). We encourage you to use this month to get in touch with your raw, sober self.

What to Expect

Training Pillars & Further Details

Taught in Steph, Erin, and Bianca’s signature style, the Authentic Movements 300HR training will offer a safe community space to explore personal and professional growth, both on and off the mat. Expect high-level alignment breakdowns on hundreds of postures and intense focus on the transitions and space between asanas in order to cultivate a graceful strength for a fluid flow. This is much less about RIGHT vs WRONG, and much more about understanding the WHY behind the WAY.

A balance between flow and form, Authentic Movements asks us to first learn the nitty gritty details so that we can then break free and mold them to our own needs or the needs of our students.Training days will be packed with complex, but efficient and effective practices, sequencing breakdowns to analyze the morning flow, hands on lectures, and restorative or cross-training work to keep the body supple and strong. Our full time Strength and Conditioning coach will be working with students on an individual and group basis to encourage stability, postural awareness, and bringing the weight room onto the yoga mat in creative ways for a more well-rounded practice.

Whether you’re looking to deepen your personal practice or further expand your teaching toolbox, this training will give you a chance to develop and hone your personal creative language on the yoga mat.




Explorations in Logical Creativity:

Sequencing is an art that can take so many forms on the mat. Attendees of the Authentic Movements Advanced 300HR Training will delve into creatively and effectively sequencing in a variety of methods and for a variety of purposes. Learn to build and teach highly intricate sequences that help students better prepare for peak postures, open up specific areas of the body, add more stability or mobility to their practice, and MORE. The focus at AM is never on the right or wrong way of doing things, but instead on the most efficient and effective method for a particular situation. Prepare to get a little weird, push the boundaries of modern yoga by incorporating outside modalities, do some self exploratory work to craft creative transitions, and then learn to cue the complex movements through pose mimics and modifications that make even the most challenging postures more accessible. 

In-depth Inversion Immersions:

In case it isn’t obvious, we love to get upside down. And so do lots of people including you or your students. Inversions can bring a great deal of joy to your practice, but also a lot of frustration if there isn’t a well-outlined path or immersive toolbox you can draw from. This month-long intensive will dive deep into the playful art-form that is life upside down including many arm balances, headstands and variations, forearm stands and variations, handstands and variations, and pressing. Learn to teach, spot, modify, and sequence in a way that makes inverting about bringing out your inner child, strengthening proprioceptive qualities, and just building better balance overall. 

Applied Anatomy in Practice: 

Authentic Movements is all about the WHY behind the WAY. Or maybe it’s better to say “A” way, instead of “THE” way since we don’t really believe movement or yoga in general is a one-size-fits-all practice. A great deal of the WHY or the intent in a posture, alignment cue, or entire sequence boils down to understanding the basics of anatomy, biomechanics, postural tendencies, compensations, and more. Attendees of the 300HR Intensive receive access to the AM 15HR Anatomy and Sequencing course to ensure that no matter your background or previous trainings, you arrive with a solid foundation. Anatomy is sprinkled daily into the training through review segments and sequencing lectures, and near the midpoint, we are graced with a visiting expert for 7 days to dive in even deeper and explore application of that knowledge in action.

Confidence in Manual Assists: 

Manual Assisting can take many forms, and it is our goal during the AM300 to showcase and practice many of these so that you can feel confident using your hands to assist students when needed. From talks about trauma and the responsibilities of touching to assisting beginners to advanced yogis, we’ve got you covered! Learn teacher-passive assists that encourage the students to find activation in their own bodies, deepening assists to safely help practitioners progress, inversion spots, feel-good assists, and MORE. While we 100% respect that manual assisting is not for everyone, and also respect your right to pass on any specific assist that does not feel or seem right for your body/practice/teaching, we do ask that you only consider this training if you’re interested in trying some of the manual assisting work since it is a large portion of the curriculum and an important player in the accumulation of your hours. 

Re-working Restorative Yoga: 

Think restorative yoga is boring? Not sure of the difference between things like Yin & Slow-Flow? The AM300 hopes to re-work the idea of “restorative” yoga being limited to certain strict methods or tools. The same aspects of logical creativity, dynamic movement sequencing, and applied anatomy can utilized to craft a wide array of restorative style classes and workshops to meet the need of an ever-expanding audience. Spend your evenings (and some afternoons) delving into unique prop usage, myofascial release seminars, pranayama workshops, meditation clinics, and even peak pose restorative work to bring the spark back to your restorative practice and teaching. 

Strength & Conditioning on Your Mat: 

Authentic Movements is proud to offer a dedicated Strength and Conditioning coach for our 200 & 300HR trainings. Yoga is a wonderful movement and mindfulness practice, but we believe that incorporating some methods and practices from the lifting world can highly benefit the hyper-mobile crowd that tends to be drawn toward yoga. Our coach offers introduction to lifting circuits to help recruit pulling muscles and loaded leg strength, helps incorporate props into yoga classes for additional stability work, and leads lectures on position and breathing mechanics. He also offers private sessions for those looking to achieve a certain goal, re-frame an injury, or just explore what the world of strength can give you, both on and off the mat. 

Additional Topics

Alignment Mechanics, Advanced Cueing, Props and Modifications, Introspective Practices (Journaling/Mantra/Pranayama/Mandala), Yoga Philosophy and Asana History, Myofascial & Meridian Work, Exploring Meditation Techniques, Breath Work Breakthroughs, Yoga for Injuries, Yoga for Athletes, Workshops/Retreat/Training/Festival Development, Integration of Other Movement Modalities, Business Development, Social Media Workshops, and MORE!

Instructor Details

Meet the Lead Teachers & Team


Focus Topics: Sequencing, Anatomy, Inversions

Steph Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a certified yoga and aerial teacher currently based in Uvita, Costa Rica. She completed her first formal 200-HR training with Meghan Currie, and continued to pursue an additional 300-HR training with Christina Sell at The San Macros School of Yoga. During her many years in Austin, TX, she regularly attended additional training and continued education with Erinn Lewis of Sukha Yoga, and recently started another online 200-HR 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 two books in early 2016 – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand & The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing. She later added The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Yoga Practice for those looking to deepen their personal asana exploration.



Focus Topics: Sequencing, Philosophy, Inversions

Erin Kelly @erinkellyart 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. Erin has studied under Megan Currie and has also spent many hours training with Tearson Bickmore, as well as received extended hours in Dharma and Rocket under a Yancy Schwartz mentorship.

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.



Focus Topics: Sequencing, Manual Assists, Re-Working Restorative

Bianca Scalise (@bianca.scalise.yoga) has a heart on fire to share the healing and soul enriching practices of Yoga and meditation as well as make a positive impact in the world. 

Bianca is the creator of Amor en Acción, a Yoga and Seva project that combines self love & selfless service into week long Yoga retreats/ Humanitarian Trips. On our trips we collaborate with non- profits to positively impact communities in need in the areas of education, child nutrition, women’s empowerment and wildlife care. Join our next Amor en Acción trip here.

Bianca studies Yoga and mediation all over the world. She recently completed a 500 hour certification program with Dylan Werner, with whom she also toured internationally to assist intensives and workshops. She is currently pursuing an additional 500 hour program with Yoga Medicine. Dynamic and tantric Meditations are sprinkled into her classes as well as her love for anatomy and understanding the body.   www.biancascalise.com

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Anthony Difiglio (@anthonydifiglio)has been working intimately with people for 10 years- integrating perspectives across the domains of performance, health, and healing. His humility to the human organism keeps him constantly learning and adapting to better guide others through their internal and educational experiences. Anthony’s work is thoughtful and thorough, an intuitive effort to restore and deepen the connections of the body and mind through awareness, connection and genuine care. Alongside his post-graduate education and specialized work in exercise and physiology, his array of experiences broadens the lens of how we see learning and life.

Anthony regularly works with the Authentic Movements team for all 200 and 300HR trainings, as well as some advanced teaching modules.  His amalgamation of knowledge, along with his attentive listening skills and experience coaching all types of movement artists, athletes, and individuals with injuries make him an invaluable asset to these intensive events. Anthony lectures on breathing mechanics, postural awareness, variability in movement/life, and also leads both group and private circuit sessions to help incorporate some leg load, pulling, and solid exhales into the world of yoga. In addition, he works with the lead teachers to creatively incorporate props and position into morning and evening sequences and also assists with overuse injuries during the training itself. 

Nutrition + “Goal” Setting

Ben House PhD, CISSN (@drbenhouse) has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutritionist since 2006. He is currently lifting, teaching, and researching after finishing his PhD and a multi-year metabolic health study within the Nutritional Sciences Department at UT-Austin. dr. House has numerous publications in peer reviewed scientific journals such as The International Journal of Obesity, has presented his work at multiple international conferences, and his passion is researching, writing, and teaching. Ben offers multiple lectures throughout the 300HR training starting with the “Case for Muscle” and how yogis may need to incorporate some additional modalities if they want to keep doing yoga for the long haul with minimal risk factors. He also offers lectures on general nutrition, and goal setting/habit establishment. 


Zazen Meditation Teacher

Kim House or “Mr.Kim”has been an ordained Zen Buddhist Teacher since 2008.  When not leading meditation and guiding students with their mindfulness practice, he works as an information technology consultant specializing in helping non-profits.  Kim lives in Wisconsin in the warmer months with his wife Amy Haines.  In the winter months Kim is often at his son and daughter-in-law’s retreat center (floretreatcenter.org) in Uvita, Costa Rica.  Kim helps with meditation at the many yoga and wellness retreats held at Flō and elsewhere. <3

Guest Anatomy Expert

Authentic Movements believes in providing a well-rounded view of anatomy, both through the lead teachers and S&C coach, as well as a visiting expert. The selected individual is typically in the Physiotherapy field with experience in the yoga world or a similar modality so that they are able to successfully share and apply their wealth of knowledge with the attending teachers. This expert will be lecturing and leading hands-on group activities for 7 days during the training and may be available for discounted individual sessions as well. The team at AM loves to work with a wide variety of anatomical experts to provide a deeper glimpse into the ever-changing and evolving world of applied anatomy and biomechanics. More info to be announce…. <3

Accommodation Details

Blue Sky Retreat @ San Geronimo Lodge - A Historic Taos Treat

Blue Sky Retreat Center at the Historic San Geronimo Lodge is a historic property that was built in 1925. It is a signature New Mexico style adobe construction with a chili pepper-shaped swimming pool (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day so sadly we will miss that part!), a hot tub (open year-round so we will get to use that!), a meditation path, a garden, and a labyrinth. It has been a farm house, a sanatorium, a boarding school and now a bed & breakfast and a retreat center that can host yoga, meditation, art retreats, company gatherings, weddings and family reunions.

Private Room (SOLD OUT)

  • $7500 per person payment plan or $7000 paid in full
  • King or Queen bed
  • Private bathroom 
  • Some rooms have fireplaces!

Shared Room (spaces still open!)

  • $6500 per person payment plan or $6000 paid in full
  • 2-3 people per room (each in separate bed)
  • Beds vary (king/queen/full/twin – assigned first come first serve)
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Some rooms have fireplaces!


  • $5500 per person payment plan or $5000 paid in full
  • 2 people in a King bed
  • You do NOT have to book with someone. We can assign you.
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Some rooms have fireplaces!

Lodging for Authentic Movements Events is typically co-ed without issue. If you are uncomfortable for any reason with co-ed shared lodging, please alert us when you apply, and we will do our best to accommodate so that everyone can have the best experience possible! Note: For those sharing king beds and applying without a friend they want to share with, assume the person placed in the bed with you will be the same sex unless notified. Yes, we recognize that this may still make some people uncomfortable. If you prefer to know who your bedmate is, apply with a friend or choose another option and have your own bed!


...And Claim Your Spot in Taos!

THIS IS A TRAINING, NOT A RETREAT, SO AN APPLICATION AND DEPOSIT ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION. Those who have already been approved for our 500HR Module-Based Training and received an acceptance email do not need to apply again.

Upon acceptance, attendees have the choice to either pay in full for a discount or utilize our payment plan.



$1000 USD non-refundable/non-transferable deposit

$1000 USD due April 1st, 2020

$1000 USD due July 1st, 2020

BALANCE due Sep 1st, 2020


Make your deposit or payment in full via the payment button below. Your spot will only be secured once we have received both a completed (accepted) application AND the deposit or payment. If you would prefer another method of deposit and payment, please email <[email protected]> to discuss.

  • The deposit goes toward the total cost of the training. 
  • We apologize but all deposits are non-refundable/non-transferable. Please see the Full Cancellation Policy below and ask pertinent questions BEFORE booking.
  • Travel Insurance on flights is highly recommended for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • In order to be eligible for your Yoga Alliance Certificate, you must complete all required hours, both in person, and privately (homework) for this teacher training. Erin, Bianca, and Steph have no responsibility or obligation to provide a certificate to those with missing hours or whom them feel have not put in the necessary effort and attention. Extended hours missed (due to illness or other unforeseen causes) can be made up, but will be at the cost of the student at $50/hour missed. Certificates are earned, not bought and no refund will be given on the training if the certificate is not earned due to missed sessions or lack of effort.

Questions? Shoots Us An Email At <[email protected]>



Need a scholarship? We offer both need-based and diversity based (for BIPOC) scholarships. These are all partial scholarships with varying amounts off. If interested, please fill out our standard application AND email the questions below to [email protected] We will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss solutions!


  • Why are you interested in this particular opportunity?
  • How do you see yourself using the information/teachings from this training?
  • What would make this training accessible/affordable for you?


Authentic Movements requires a thorough application for all 300HR hopefuls. Please take your time with the application, and we will try to get back to you within 48 hours of receipt. 


All deposits (unless the training is full) are considered non-refundable and non-transferable. Because of this, we highly suggest you ask any and all pertinent questions BEFORE submitting your deposit. If you are paying in full, see our cancellation policy below, but $1000 is always non-refundable/non-transferable. Thank you for understanding! 

Cancellation Policy & Legal Fun

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. Since we have already paid for the training venue, we are committed, and late cancelled rooms would mean payments out of our pockets. 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!
Date of Cancellation Payments Made Deposit
6 months (180 days prior) to the start date Fully Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable
Between 120-180 days prior to the start date 50% Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable
Less than 120 days prior to the start date Non-Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable

***Once the program begins, there are no refunds of fees, no exceptions.***

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 Steph Gongora, Erin Kelly, Bianca Scalise, Casa Colibri,  and/or Authentic Movements.


Authentic Movements requires a thorough application for all 300HR hopefuls. Please take your time with the application, and we will try to get back to you within 48 hours of receipt. 


All deposits (unless the training is full) are considered non-refundable and non-transferable. Because of this, we highly suggest you ask any and all pertinent questions BEFORE submitting your deposit. If you are paying in full, see our cancellation policy below, but $1000 is always non-refundable/non-transferable. Thank you for understanding!