Avery Janeczek Kalapa is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), ERYT500, YACEP, BFA. Avery has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching full time since 2004.
Avery believes you shouldn’t have to assimilate into mainstream yoga culture in order to practice. Some of our greatest joy, vitality, strength and wisdom is rooted in reclaiming the parts of us systemic oppression has tried to conquer, and dismantling the ways we perpetuate inherited patterns of harm – and committed yoga practice can empower this integration.
Yoga, a healing practice rooted in liberation, fortifies our ability to not only survive, but thrive amidst systemic oppression. All people, especially folks who have been marginalized, should have access to yoga that goes beyond fitness. Yoga’s powerful framework and practices are truly transformational, and nurture the root level body-mind healing and spiritual integration we need to sustain revolutionary change, a life grounded in embodied purpose, community resilience and collective liberation.
Avery teaches magical retreats, workshops, classes, and private sessions, both online and in person. Celebrated for their precision, enthusiasm, accessibility, personalized attention, somatic spirituality, and depth of technique, Avery’s teaching reflects her reverence and gratitude for the profound lineage and practice of Iyengar Yoga.
Avery is a sincere student of Yog. They love attention to detail, precision in body and awareness, courageous surrender, and commitment to embodied spiritual awakening. They understand how self discipline, stability and joy are keys to purify the mind and access spiritual intelligence, and are both rigorous and compassionate in their teaching.
The intersections of yoga/ spiritual practice and social justice provide vital inspiration. Avery is interested in how we can collaboratively work to decolonize yoga culture, create access, heal ancestral trauma, and use yoga practice to emblazon the necessary inner and outer work of dismantling hetero-patriarchal capitalist white supremacy. The work of inner healing, awakening, and compassion to be inseparable and a key part of dismantling systems of oppression, and building towards collective liberation. Anti-oppression work can be a spiritual path that allows us to reclaim our connection, within and with others. And yoga can help us stay on the path of solidarity and showing up.
Avery has traveled around the US and to India to study yoga, both advanced practices and therapeutic applications. Their practice and devotion is inspired by the legacy and profound path laid out by BKS Iyengar and his family. They are also grateful for the practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Avery 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. They have studied extensively with Kim Schwartz, Mahaswami in the Kriya Yoga lineage, and long time student of Ramanand Patel. They are very grateful for the teachings and life work of Gwi Seok Hong and the Iyengar Yoga Center of Detroit. Avery is also registered with Yoga Alliance as ERYT500, YACEP and can provide Continuing Education credits through Yoga Alliance.
Avery brings depth, clarity, and a nurturing, enthusiastic reverence to thier classes. They love 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 a white settler, non binary, queer, who 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, they’re raising two marvelous children, tend an organic garden (which tends them, in turn), 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 in May of 2019.
They were 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. They 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 they have been a core organizer for ABQ Queer Trans Community Yoga.
(listed most recent first)
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory 1 &2 Level
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)
500 RYT Yoga Certification from High Desert Yoga (2008)
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