Avery Janeczek Kalapa is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), ERYT500, BFA, Avery has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2004.
Avery teaches magical retreats, workshops, classes, and private sessions, both online and in person. She is a passionate healing justice advocate, and loves creating space for impactful inner transformation for beloved community too often left out of mainstream yoga.
Celebrated for her precision, enthusiasm, accessibility, personalized attention, somatic spirituality, and depth of technique, her teaching reflects reverence and gratitude for the profound lineage and practice of Iyengar Yoga.
Avery has traveled around the US and to India to study yoga, both advanced practices and therapeutic applications. Her practice and devotion is inspired by the legacy and profound path laid out by BKS Iyengar and his family. She is also grateful for the practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. She has over 10k contact hours with truly brilliant teachers including the Iyengar family: Prashantji, Geetaji, and Abhijata Iyengar; Patricia Walden, Leslie Bradley, Craig Kurtz, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, Faeq Beria, Ramanand Patel, Elise Miller, Francois Raoult, Carrie Owerko, as well as Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Leslie Howard, and Rama Jyoti Vernon. She has studied extensively with Kim Schwartz, Mahaswami in the Kriya Yoga lineage, and long time student of Ramanand Patel. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance as ERYT500, and can provide Continuing Education credits through Yoga Alliance.
Avery is a sincere student of Yog. She loves attention to detail, precision in body and awareness, courageous surrender, and commitment to embodied spiritual awakening. She understands how self discipline, stability and joy are keys to purify the mind and access spiritual intelligence, and is both rigorous and compassionate in her teaching. She brings depth, clarity, and a nurturing, enthusiastic reverence to her classes. Avery loves exploring just the right approach to help her students gain access to direct experience of yoga, as both a healing art and transformational path.
Avery is passionate about the intersections of yoga/ spiritual practice and social justice, and is interested in how we can collaboratively work to decolonize yoga culture, create access, heal ancestral wounds, and use yoga practice to emblazon the necessary inner and outer work of dismantling hetero-patriarchal capitalist 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 later, 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 resilient community.
Avery was a featured model and yoga teacher in the Adidas + Wanderlust Summer 2019 Collection, and received a grant from Adidas to produce Yoga for All: A Healing Justice Immersion.
She was invited to deliver a speech in tribute to Geeta Iyengar at the 2019 USA Iyengar Yoga Convention in Dallas, and also spoke at the 2018 Centenary Celebrations in Pune, India honoring BKS Iyengar. She painted a large artwork of Guruji that was signed by Geetaji and Prashantji that now hangs in the new Iyengar Yoga Center in Mumbai.
Since 2017 she has been a core organizer for ABQ Queer Trans Community Yoga.
(listed most recent first)
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory 1 &2 Level
300 RYT Yoga Certification from High Desert Yoga
Trauma Informed Yoga Certification with Mark Lilly, Street Yoga
Yoga for the Pelvic Floor Teacher Training with Leslie Howard
Pranayama Certification with Francois Raoult (still in process)
Prenatal Yoga Certification with Colette Crawford
200 RYT Hatha Yoga Certification from Temple of Kriya Yoga
Offsite Programs and Projects
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
Santo Domingo Pueblo
Queer Trans Community Yoga (free/ donation based monthly class) through partnership with NM Transgender Resource Center