Gioconda began practicing in the Hatha Yoga tradition with Murti of Healing Yoga in Austin, Texas in 1996. Murti began his training with Billy Porter (Urban Yoga), Peggy Kelley and Devon Deitrich (Iyengar Training), and now trains with Rodney Yee, who has the biggest influence on his teaching. In 1997, after her first year of practice, she entered a three-year teacher training and apprenticeship with Murti.
During this time she also studied and practiced Pattabhi Jois’s ashtanga yoga, and attended workshops and seminars with Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer, Anna Forrest, John Friend, T.K.V. Desikachar, David Life and Shiva Rea. In 2002, she began studying regularly with Mary Keator. Mary and Murti have both gone on to share yoga with other communities, and since then Gioconda has continued to study with many different teachers. She is currently working to complete a 300 Hour Ayurveda Studies program.
"I have so much gratitude and appreciation for all of my teachers. They have influenced my practice, helped me develop qualities inside of me I wasn’t aware of and was sometimes afraid of. They challenge me to examine what I do and why, and to continually uncover the true nature of yoga practice. Every class I teach reflects guidance, inspiration, and perspiration they were willing to invest in me…to each I am eternally grateful".