Avery 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.
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 Walden, Francois 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.