Gioconda combines alignment and flow to empower students to grow in their practice, inviting challenge in a nurturing environment. She encourages playfulness and enjoyment while exploring the science and art that is yoga, and believes passionately in yoga’s ability to bring unity at an individual, community and global level. Yoga is a doorway to the greatest teacher, the wisdom that lies within and is reflected without. She seeks to study and learn from the natural world, and to inspire students to journey into their own deep wisdom. She has nurtured many students on the path from student to teacher through her trainings, and her Pay It Forward scholarships provide yoga outreach to a wide range of populations, from the homeless to troubled youth.
In 2008, she initiated and co-founded the Austin based community movement “One OM,” a seva project designed to unite yoga communities in practice and service. One Om events continue to bring people together locally to love, honor and share the practice. A continual student, Gioconda is currently enrolled in studies at Sofia University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and ongoing studies in Ayurveda and Somatics. She leads workshops, teacher trainings, personal development programs and retreats across the globe but makes her home in Austin. Gioconda is proud to be at the festival this year representing Wanderlust Yoga in Austin, Texas, a Wanderlust Festival Studio Partner.