P1060399Avery Janeczek Kalapa is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). Also registered eRYT500, BFA  Avery has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2004. Avery has traveled around the US and to India to study yoga, both advanced practices and therapeutic applications. She is committed to and incredibly grateful for the Iyengar method. Her technique is inspired by the legacy and path laid out by BKS ​Iyengar and his family, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, experiential anatomy, and Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka​. She has over 3900 contact hours with teachers she is ever grateful for, and has studied extensively with Kim Schwartz, as well as with Abhijata Iyengar, Rajiv and Swati ChanchaniPatricia WaldenFrancois Raoult, Donna Farhi, Ramanand Patel, Carrie OwerkoJudith Hanson Lasater, Leslie Howard, Elise Miller, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Angela Farmer, Leslie Bradley, Craig Kurtz, and more.

​Avery is a sincere and adept student. She loves attention to detail, ​precision​ ​in both body and awareness, playful courage, and commitment to the embodied spiritual dimension. She understands how self discipline and stability are key in spiritual expansion, and is both rigorous and compassionate in her teaching.  She brings depth, clarity, and a nurturing, enthusiastic reverence to her classes. Avery finds joy in exploring just the right approach to help her students gain access to direct experience of yoga, as both a healing art and transformational path.

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 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 beloved community. She 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, and travels to teach yoga whenever the opportunity arises.

Yoga Certifications:

2018 Ceritified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory 1 &2 Level

Prior to Iyengar training, she earned several certifications, taught primarily by students of Ramanand Patel, a senior student and teacher of BKS Iyengar who left the Iyengar System (See list below).

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

Studio Experience
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.

2004-2008 YogaNow
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

Offsite Programs
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





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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.


    1. 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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