Avery Janeczek Kalapa eRYT500, BFA currently offers private sessions, workshops, retreats, and a variety of group yoga classes at High Desert Yoga Wellspring Yoga, Bhava, and other locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been practicing since 1997 and teaching since 2004. Avery has traveled around the US and to India to study yoga, both advanced practices and therapeutic applications, and holds special certifications in several topics. (See list below) She is working towards Iyengar Certification. Her technique is inspired by the method of BKS Iyengar, somatic exploration, experiential anatomy, and Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. She has over 2500 contact hours with teachers she is ever grateful for, and has studied extensively with Kim Schwartz, as well as with Abhijata Iyengar, Rajiv Chanchani, Patricia Walden, Francois Raoult, Donna Farhi, Ramanand Patel, Carrie Owerko, Judith Hanson Lasater, Leslie Howard, Elise Miller, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Angela Farmer, and more.
Avery loves attention to detail, precision in both body and awareness, playful courage, and commitment to the spiritual dimension; she brings a nurturing, creative reverence to her classes. Avery finds joy in exploring just the right approach to help her students gain access to both the therapeutic subtly and empowering expansion of this work. She is passionate in exploring the intersections of yoga/ spiritual practice and social justice, and is interested in how we can collaboratively work to decolonize yoga culture, create access, and use yoga practice to emblazon the necessary work of dismantling white supremacy. She understands the work of inner liberation to be inseparable and a key part of dismantling systems of oppression, and collective liberation.
Avery was raised wild and magical, off the grid in rural West Virginia and New Mexico, and holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Art in New Zealand. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, she is raising two gorgeous children, gardens, makes art, and is a champion of self care/ caring for each other within beloved community.
2004-2007 200 hr Hatha Yoga Certification from Temple of Kriya Yoga
2008-2009 300 hr Yoga Certification from High Desert Yoga
2010 Prenatal Yoga Certification
2011 YogaKids Certification
2013 Yoga for the Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard
2014 Pranayama Certification with Francois Raoult (still working towards completion)
2015 Trauma Informed Yoga Certification with Mark Lilly, Street Yoga
Currently working towards Iyengar Yoga Certification
Including retreats, workshops, and classes for beginner through advanced level classes, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Scoliosis, Back Care Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Women’s yoga.
2005 UNM Johnson Gym
2007-current High Desert Yoga
2011-2013 Dragonfly Yoga
2010-current UNM Continuing Education
2015-current Wellspring Yoga
2017-current Bhava Yoga
in Albuquerque and surrounding areas
Media Arts Charter School: Yoga Asana and Philosophy classes for freshman class
Kid’s Yoga at Montessori of the Rio Grabde Charter School Yoga for Autism at John Adams Elementary
Yoga at MATS Detox/Rehabilitation Center
Crossroads for Women: 8 week yoga program for CFW clients transitioning out of incarceration.
Lovelace Labor of Love: Prenatal yoga taught at Lovelace Hospital
Milagro: Prenatal Yoga for women in recovery from narcotics addiction.
Arts in Medicine: Chair yoga in hospital waiting rooms as part of the AIM program. To’hajiilee/ Canoncito Band of Navajos 8 week Senior Chair Yoga Program, through the CBN Diabetes Department
Queer Trans Community Yoga (free/ donation based monthly class) through partnership with NM Transgender Resource Center