P1060399Avery 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 ChanchaniPatricia WaldenFrancois Raoult, Donna Farhi, Ramanand Patel, Carrie OwerkoJudith 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.

Yoga Certifications:
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

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
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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