About Avery

IMG_4725 - Version 2Avery Janeczek Kalapa eRYT500, BFA currently offers private therapeutic sessions, workshops, retreats, and a variety of group yoga classes at High Desert Yoga and at Dragonfly Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is the primary Prenatal Yoga Teacher at Lovelace Hospital’s Labour of Love Program. She also assists at High Desert Yoga’s Comprehensive 500 Hour Teacher Training.

Avery has been practicing yoga since her teenage years, and teaching regularly since 2004. She completed her 500 RYT teacher trainings through through the Temple of Kriya Yoga, and High Desert Yoga, and also holds special certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Teen Yoga, and Kid’s Yoga, and is currently working towards completion of Leslie Howard’s Certification in Yoga for the Pelvic Floor, and Pranayama Teacher Certification with Francois Raoult.DSC_2996

Inspired by BKS Iyengar’s approach, and the teachings of his students, as well as experiential anatomy, and Vipassana Meditation, Avery’s teaching style focuses on subtle awareness, attention to physical and pranic alignment, stability, fine-tuned organization, and finding full access to our key source of vital energy, the breath. She is a committed, versatile and creative teacher, who approaches this in-depth work with reverence, patience, and joy. She has studied extensively with Kim Schwartz, as well as Patricia WaldenFrancois Raoult, Donna Farhi, Ramanand Patel, Judith Hanson Lasater, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Angela Farmer, and more. 


Enlivened by her practice, and encouraged by our human capacity for happiness, healing, compassion, and transformation, she works to help students find just the right approach for letting the gifts of yoga benefit their lives. She is guided by her earnest intention for all beings to gain access to their own center, power, and inherit wisdom, adapting to our modern world with grace and longevity, and ultimately living their soul’s dream, thereby restoring balance to our world.

Avery was raised wild and magical in rural West Virginia and New Mexico, and holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Art in New Zealand. In addition to teaching yoga, she creates visual art & animation, writes stories, and creates circus based performance art that explores integrative humanity, organic form and the structure of movement, gender, queer culture, and social justice. She is a mother, gardener, aerialist, community organizer, and currently lives with her wife Danika and their son in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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2 thoughts on “About Avery

  1. I am also interested in your teacher training. Can you send me more information on price for 500 hour training? Thank you.


    • Dear Grace!
      Sorry to reply so late. I check in with the comment feed on this site somewhat sporadically. Please contact High Desert Yoga directly to learn about the 500 hr Teacher Training. The 300 Hour starts this coming weekend…! Email yogainfo@highdesertyoga.com or call the studio at 505.232.9642. You can also get more info at highdeseetyoga.com. I highly recommend this training… it is by far the most comprehensive and in depth teacher training offered in the state. Maybe by now you’ve already signed up… if not, check it out. The 300 hour is for folks who have already completed a 200 hour training… so this coming 9 months is the advanced course, then another 200 hour will be offered in the fall.
      You may also be interested in my upcoming workshop on releasing the pelvic floor. It’s on Sat. Feb. 7, 2;30-5:30. It’s listed on the high desert website as well, “Yoga for Your Pelvic Floor Part 2A: Relaxing, Receiving. A special Practice for Hypertonicity.” It will be a lot of fun! If you have any questions, email me at averyasana@gmail.com.
      Take care! thanks, Avery Kalapa

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