Classes and Workshops


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Avery Janeczek Kalapa currently offers group classes, workshops, and private therapeutic sessions at High Desert Yoga and Wellspring Yoga.  High Desert Yoga is located at 4600 Copper NE in Nob Hill, Albuquerque NM. Drop-Ins and “First Timers” Welcome. I also teach Prenatal Classes at Lovelace Hospital, which are free to all expectant moms under Lovelace’s care. See the link below, for more information.

Weekly Classes (located at High Desert Yoga unless otherwise noted):

Mondays at Wellspring Yoga Mixed Level/ Level 1 9:30-11am

Wednesdays Level 1 9:30-11:00am

Thursdays Prenatal Yoga 11:00am-12:30

Saturdays Level 2/3 Intermediate/Advanced Class 9:00-10:30am

Sundays Restorative Yoga/ Total Relaxation 11:15-12:45am

Private Sessions Available at High Desert Yoga and Dragonfly Yoga.

P1070646I offer private sessions to students who have a specific needs, or therapeutic inquiry. Some of my clients simply want to better understand certain actions or asanas in their yoga practice. Others are recovering from trauma, injury, or illness. I have helped students use yoga to understand their body/mind in the context of their condition, learn how they need to adjust their practice to be able to take care of themselves better in group classes, develop specific, simple practices to do at home in order to affect positive change, and to move in the direction of healing.

Issues we can address include sacroiliac pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, pelvic floor issues such as stress incontinence, urge incontinence, prolapse, and vulvodynia; knee pain, digestive issues, headaches, thyroid 1525037_920793204616853_4428550190901680229_nimbalance, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and more. If you have any questions about working privately, please feel free to contact me at 505 244 0570, (which I check most frequently). Yoga with Avery is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, or as an alternative treatment to medical care. Yoga can, however, be a wonderful compliment to other therapies, and I am happy to discuss your needs with your doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or other care provider so that you can receive the best support possible.



Body Mind Detox with Restorative Yoga
Explore Deep Release through the Koshas, with Pratyahara and Purifying Relaxation…

Saturday, January 30 2016, 2 PM – 5 PM

Vedic philosophy discusses 5 koshas, which are sheaths, or “layers” of our subjective being, and our yoga practice affects all of these layers. We will journey deep within during this afternoon workshop, re-establishing internal communication and ability to sense subtlety. From here we will explore, through the lens of the 5 koshas, supported, long held yoga poses combined with guided relaxation, journalling exercises, and breath work as a way to release toxins, nourish, and heal. We will restore ourselves physically, replenishing the vital organs, the nervous system, and hormonal balance. Emotional and mental detox will unfold as well, as we learn techniques for releasing patterns, and how to let go of destructive beliefs. Then from a centered space, we can create new reference points for being present, non-reactive, and vibrantly alive. 
Wonderful on its own, or as a supplement to your New Year’s cleansing/ health program, this workshop will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and freed up from burdens of the past. Appropriate for every body. Please wear warm, non-restrictive clothing, and if possible bring a glass/cup you like and a journal. Purified water with organic lemon, chloroxygen water, and blood purifying tea will be available throughout the workshop.

Price Options
$45.00 pre registered
$50.00 at the door 

Workshop located at at High Desert Yoga




Valentine’s Day Sensual Partner Yoga: An afternoon of Connection and Pleasure

Saturday Feb. 14, 2-5pm

With Avery Kalapa & Zhenya Novgorodskaya

Bring your sweetie or a close friend and enjoy a delicious, relaxing afternoon of partner assisted yoga poses, breathwork, and meditation geared to bring you into a calm, happy state of connection and intimacy. Relax and laugh together. These poses will be user friendly: all levels, genders, and body types welcome. Explore touch, trust, support, and deep surrender in a safe, nurturing environment. This is a great way to increase appreciation and connection in long term relationships!

Practice followed by a playful fruit and chocolate ritual .

Schedule Details

Feb. 14, Sunday

Price Options
$55 per pair preregistered, $60 day of the workshop + tax

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Yoga for Your Pelvic Floor:

Anatomy, Asana, Energetics, and Self Love

Join us for an empowering, embodied pelvic floor workshop, for all genders. 

What is your relationship with your pelvic floor? How does this special area reflect–and affect– what’s happening in the rest of the body, the mind, the emotions? “Pelvic floor” refers to the dynamic layers of muscle which span the inner pelvis. In this afternoon workshop we will explore pelvic anatomy, posture, pelvic breath, and yoga poses and self care techniques to increase health, wellness, and healing.

When our pelvic floor area isn’t able to be both strong and relaxed, mild to serious health issues such as pelvic pain, digestive trouble, infertility, urge incontinence, stress incontinence, and/ or prolapse can develop. Pop culture would have us believe that most women are too loose, (when that’s often not true !) and that it’s inappropriate for men to want to learn about their pelvic floor. Many people have too much gripping, and because of that tightness, the pelvic muscles are weak. Or, the muscles are lax and need tone… or, a combination of both! When trying to do Kegels people end up constricting the urethra, sometimes doing more harm than good. Mula Bandha is a hot topic, but often misunderstood. Let’s bring the light of awareness to the inner pelvis, and give this area the loving care it needs.

This hands-on workshop will help you learn to sense the 3 layers of muscle that make up your unique pelvic floor. Then, by exploring specific actions and structural alignment through yoga poses and breath work, you will learn what practices will best support you. Discover ways to optimize pelvic health, including good circulation, movement, relaxation, and stability.

An empowering afternoon of self care.
For all genders and levels.
Recommended for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, health care providers, and anyone with a pelvic floor!

Workshop counts towards Yoga Alliance CEUS.

Schedule Details

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Price Options
$55.00 pre registered $60.00 at the door + tax

Sirsasana and Sarvangasana: King and Queen of Asana

Saturday, Aug. 27 2-5pm

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Headstand and Shoulderstand are two of the most beneficial poses yoga offers, yet many students are intimidated by these fully inverted asanas, or unsure how they should be practiced safely. Join Avery Kalapa as we explore how to incrementally and intelligently build up to practicing these magical poses, including variations where there is no weight on the head and neck. We’ll break down their key components, to understand the building blocks of a stable inversion. These poses can nourish the vital systems, build stamina, strengthen the lungs, purify the blood, improve digestion, unload the spine, boost immunity, thyroid, and parathyroid function, increase the flow of blood to the brain, improve memory and other functions of the cerebrum, increase drainage of blood and lymph, and help to move stored fluids into the core for oxygenation, filtration and elimination of toxins. BKS Iyengar calls Sirsasana, headstand, one of the most important asanas, and that regular practice of this pose widens your spiritual horizons. “King” of asana, it “clears the mind and awakens a calm wakefulness,” while Sarvangasana, “queen, or Mother, of asana,” can be deeply quieting, restorative, relaxing, and rejuvenating.

Prerequisite: some yoga experience, and stability in basic standing poses and downward dog. Not recommended for women on their moon cycle.

About the teacher: Avery Kalapa LOVES to be upside down. She discovered yoga as a teenager, and holds advanced certifications in teaching yoga. She has over 1800 contact hours of study with senior teachers, and has been teaching since 2004. Her technique is inspired by the Iyengar approach, somatic exploration, experiential anatomy, and Vipassana meditation. She loves precise attention to detail, and brings a nurturing, creative reverence to her classes. She 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. Avery teaches classes, private sessions, workshops, and retreats, blogs about yoga at and you can find her on facebook at Yoga with Avery.

$50 pre registered. $55 day of. (plus tax)

Sign up with a friend, you’ll each get a $5 discount! Register at High Desert Yoga 505.232.9642

Reserve Your Spot at the studio, call 505.232.9642, or visit

(Studio is located at 4600 Copper NE in Albuquerque, NM.)  

Golden Glow

Relaxation and Deep Self Care

Yoga Retreat in Taos

with Avery and Zoreh!

Oct. 14, 15, 16 2016 at the historic San Geronimo Lodge

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Unveil your luminous Self at this deeply rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in magical Taos, NM. Let go of the burdens that prevent you from feeling fully present, alive, and joyful. Enjoy two nights at the gorgeous San Geronimo Lodge (, including a welcome feast Friday night, and gourmet breakfasts each morning. Expand your inner horizons with superb Yogasana sessions with Zoreh and Avery: practice both active and restorative yoga. Lavish in ample rest and quiet time, or partake in nurturing activities: journaling, stargazing, hiking and exploring Taos. Soak in the Black Rock Hot Springs; become enchanted on the shores of the Rio Grand River. We will close the retreat with a special ceremony. Emerge refreshed and renewed, ready to fully embrace your life.


Email or visit our studio to learn more and reserve your space.

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Special Ongoing Mini-Workshops

at Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center

Partner Yoga for Hot Sex, Relaxation for Pleasure and Orgasm, and more

Check the Self Serve Calendar for upcoming classes

Please bring 2 blankets! Pre-register through Self Serve.

Avery is a Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Lovelace Hospital’s Labor of Love Program.

Please visit High Desert Yoga for updates and more information, or email


3 thoughts on “Classes and Workshops

  1. I have a question about the Pelvic Floor workshop on May 5 before I register. I am 64 years old have a significant amount of post-surgical scar tissue in my lover abdomen and upper, inner right thigh and right glutes that makes it very difficult to do many yoga poses. I have worked for two years with Patti Lentz who uses a very modified therapeutic yoga-based physical therapy approach with me. But she did recommend the Pelvic Floor workshop for me and I just wondered if it would be worth it if many of the poses are outside my ability to do? I know I would benefit from the information but might have to sit out or greatly modify some of the poses and might require extra guidance as to how to adapt those. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Hello Susan! Thanks for writing me. You are most welcome to join us on Sunday. Much of what we will be doing is exploring (in restorative and supported postures) how to sense these areas, which will be a unique experience for each person, depending on their own body and awareness. We will have a fun slide show, and a relaxation a part of the day as well. If you are familiar with how Patti works you may even know some of the poses we are doing. The pace will be slow, and inquisitive. You can always ask for how to back up a pose more, or simply sit out and observe if an exploration feels too challenging. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can contact me here or email me at

  2. Pingback: Femur Grounding: Understanding More About This Key to Stability. | YOGA with avery

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