- Bea Doyle
- Karen Byers
- Katja Lauterstein
- Kimberly Lewis
- Marisol Brito
- Pamela Hong
- Sarah Gorham
- Tim Butler
Bhava |bah va| noun
1 the deepest feeling from your heart that inspires what you love to do.
2 a special place in Albuquerque, NM where magic seemingly happens.
3 a place for finding inspiration, connection and for feeling good.
Bhava Yoga Studio’s vision is to provide the greater Albuquerque area with a vibrant center for practicing and studying yoga. As a Yoga Alliance registered school, Bhava trains and certifies highly skilled and passionate teachers, who in turn guide students to feel better, smile more and connect with others wanting to cultivate a truly radiant life. We welcome you to join us in this uplifting practice, and in doing so, transform the world around us, one yogi at a time.
Bea Doyle has always been adventurous, but her first yoga experience in 1983 captured her attention like none other. More than thirty years later she still loves yoga’s transformative ride. Equally passionate about connecting with the hearts of others, she began teaching yoga in 2000. Today, the wisdom and clarity with which she teaches inspires her students on and off the mat. Bea is a certified Anusara Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist, the creator of Dynamic Yoga Therapeutics™ and founder of Bhava Yoga Studio in Albuquerque, NM. Teaching yoga in all of its formats, she is recognized for her compelling yoga retreats, her skill as a teacher’s teacher and as a gifted yoga therapist.
Karen originally came to yoga as part of her treatment for brain cancer nearly two decades ago. Trained in the Anusara style, she loves the duality of freedom within boundaries. A former actress, singer and dancer she has survived cancer, show business and widowhood. Karen believes yoga is a tool for negotiating life’s turbulence in addition to a fitness system. By knowing there is always light inside the darkness, her sense of humor about the absurdity in life eases each situation. She relishes guiding students through discovery, laughter and enjoyment during class. Join Karen and celebrate life’s never ending chaos.
Katja believes movement and Yoga are a powerful way to access our own inner wisdom, and connect to ourselves and our world more fully. She has advanced certification in Hatha style yoga and has studied African and Latin dance. Katja is also certified to teach children’s and teen yoga, and has worked with children of all ages, as well as at-risk youth. Practicing Yoga for 15 years and teaching since 2009, Katja is deeply grateful to her teachers, and seeks to always be a student. In her classes she encourages students to voice any questions and to listen to their body’s own wisdom above all else.
Kimberly Lewis is an educator, yogini and healer who believes in the power of yoga to transform and heal the body, mind and spirit. Kimberly loves to help students become embodied through breath, sound, posture and collective movement. She creates classes where students can stoke their internal fire of transformation through challenging yet accessible sequences that open the heart and root the Self. Having practiced yoga for 10 years, Kimberly’s training includes Prana Flow ® Energetic Vinyasa and Ayur-Yoga Therapy. An avid seeker, she is always continuing her studies in the healing arts with various yoga teachers, herbalists and healers.
Marisol has a dance background and 20 years experience as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. She began practicing yoga in 2002 after looking for a way to understand and create a true mind-body connection. She has practiced Ashtanga, Anusara and other forms of hatha yoga, and in 2010 completed the Anusara Yoga Immersion at Bhava. She brings enthusiasm and a sense of humor to her yoga classes, creating an atmosphere that helps students try something new. To Marisol, beyond exercise, yoga is a vehicle for realizing an incredible life that is satisfying and surprising.
Pamela Hong has been studying and practicing various styles of yoga since 1993, and teaching since 2002. Her flow-based classes are infused with imaginative sequencing, blending fluid movement with precise postural alignment and spacious breathing. Students are encouraged to journey through their practice with compassion, attention, enthusiasm and grace. Pam has completed Levels I-III teacher training with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga/Santa Fe and has studied with Richard Freeman, Linda Spackman and Manju Jois.
Sarah began a regular asana practice in 2003. She is deeply moved by the power of asana and strongly believes it as a means to connect with Spirit and fine-tune the senses. Sarah is honored to share her enthusiasm for yoga. Her classes will keep you moving and exploring the body in hopefully new ways, and are infused with key alignment principles. She has learned from many great teachers including Christina Sell, her teachers at Dharma Yoga in Austin, Shiva Rae, Ana Forrest, Desiree Rumbaugh, Ross Rayburn, and continues to learn so much from Bea Doyle, whom she completed a 200hr. teacher training with in 2010. She became Anusara-inspired in 2012.
Tim has taught private and group classes since 2004. His classes focus on helping students to have their own deep experience in a safe and sacred space. He began his yoga training in 2000 with Tias Little in the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions, and has completed the first three levels of Prajna Yoga teacher training. In addition, he has also studied the chanting and philosophy of the Yoga Sutras with Sonia Nelson at the Vedic Chant Center. Tim is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has completed the first year of study at the Ayurvedic Institute. In September of 2010, he completed a month-long training, “The Heart of Yoga,” at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India.
Having worked in the field of public health, I find that yoga is the best and most affordable public health available. The teachers and classes at Bhava are an incredible anchor to deepening the connection and health on this planet.
- Janet Mason
While I have become more flexible through my practice, one of the most positive changes for me is greater balance in my mental and emotional outlook. No easy feat for a cynic and skeptic! Yoga has also given me integrated physical strength not achieved through other athletic endeavors. Using the alignment principles of Anusara Yoga is beneficial, even in mundane situations such as standing in line at a museum.
- Roger Kennett
Your studio has a heart and soul. I am touched.
- Melinda Elliot
OMG. I had the best run today! 12 miles, no pain in my s-I joint! So thrilled. THANKS! I will keep doing the exercises.
- Lara Patriquin
Thank you for your professional and thorough approach to my knee pain problem. The results are beyond dramatic, and the changes in my sense of my body, my stance and my overall posture are equally dramatic. Though I still have to be mindful, the symptoms that occur when I’m NOT working in a pose properly are almost immediate now that I am so much more aware. Because I now know what to do, it only takes a moment to correct the problem and the symptoms go away immediately.
- Barbara Boulanger
I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for my yoga practice and Bhava Yoga Studio. As you know, in July 2006 I suffered from two herniated discs in my neck. I was in excruciating pain and the medical community didn’t have any solutions other than drugs. A friend suggested I see you for a private yoga therapy session. I was skeptical but desperate. During two private sessions you taught me some simple exercises to relieve my pain and strengthen my muscles. After a few weeks doing these exercises on my own I had gained enough strength and flexibility to begin taking the fundamentals classes. I know that my neck would have healed eventually on its own but without yoga I believe it would have taken longer and I wouldn’t have learned the things I needed to do to avoid the chronic neck and shoulder pain I had been experiencing for years. Bhava Yoga Studio and its instructors saved me when I was in severe pain. My practice not only helps relieve aches and stiffness from sitting at a desk all day, but also keeps my life sane!
- Heidi Snow
The Immersion was simply wonderful. While I expected the improvements in my physical practice, I had no idea how much my emotional and spiritual understanding would grow. I’ve also been amazed at how increased physical strength has translated into increased inner/emotional strength. Bea is a wonderful person to guide you on that journey. She is knowledgeable, loving, fun, and inspiring teacher.
- Sandra Ortsman
The Immersion is therapeutic for the mind, body and spirit–a holistic approach. I have learned so much about myself during this time and it was amazing to have the support of the community. Connecting with people on the same path is a necessary part of spiritual growth and something I was lacking before the Immersion. I couldn’t have spent my time and money on anything better.
- Nora Bacon
Yoga saved my life—twice. Bea’s teaching is so incredibly heartfelt that it’s difficult to bring anything other than 100% to her classes. The past six months have been about so much more than refining my asana practice. I am learning how to better trust myself, how to let the world around me work for me and how to see the highest in every person and thing. Thank You!
- Clint Murphy
That handstand made me feel like a superstar! Thanks for supporting me in busting through my fear and all sorts of stories I was telling myself about things I would never be able to do. The weekend retreat at Sunrise Springs was life changing for me.
- Sarah Couch
My experience at Haramara was one of pure happiness. The incredible ocean views, the vibrant food, the full-on Anusara practice and skillful instruction, plus the magic and beauty of Haramara gave me a spontaneous presence of warmth and joy. The radiance of the group and the practice allowed me the space that I had been craving–to go deeper and bigger.
- Carolina Mead
Thanks again for the weekend. I hope you chose to do another retreat in T or C…the place rocks! I am inspired to pay close attention to any small movements, openings in my poses and, heck, in life…as I approach my 40′s… but, besides that, I also understand that the magic is really in the detail and I continue to learn how to notice and appreciate when small things happen! I also enjoyed the pranayama where we paused before and after the breath…I think that is where the magic lives as well!
- Mindy Grossberg
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