- Darcy Cooke
- Karen Byers
- Ilene Dunn
- Jesilyn Peterson
- Kara Volpe
- Avery Kalapa
- Kendra Rickert
- Kimberly Stark
- Linda Brody
- Lisa Mardel Smith
- Marisol Brito
- Mimi Ludden
- Pamela Hong
- Raquel Burt
- Randy Olguin
- Sarah Silverman
- Tim Butler
- Esther Delpilarr
- Alli Costello
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.
Sarah, co-director of Bhava Yoga Studio, was first opened up to yoga when she read Siddhartha in her late teens. That book awakened in her an appreciation for our deeper aspects and a thirst to learn more about the wisdom of nature and of being. She loves exploring the practice of yoga as medicine. Sarah began a near-daily practice of yoga in 2003 and began teaching yoga in 2008 after completing her first 300 hours of teacher training from Dharma Yoga in Austin. She completed a teacher training at Bhava in 2010 and continues her asana studies with teachers Christina Sell, Tias and Surya Little, and Linda Spackman – with whom she studies Vedic chanting of Patanajali’s Yoga Sutras. She has been teaching and training in prenatal and postpartum yoga since 2011 and is a certified labor doula. Sarah is a long-time student of Christina Sell’s and will be completing her Advanced 300 hour training in 2017. As a native of the Piney Woods of East Texas, Sarah is humbled and quieted by the splendor of the outdoors. She teaches flow and form classes that are infused with a strong emphasis on alignment, precision, and cultivating subtlety in practice. She became Anusara Inspired™ in 2012 and is E-RYT 200.
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.
Dalila Baied has been practicing yoga since 2009 and began to gain a deeper and more authentic appreciation and devotion for her practice as she completed her 300 hour Teacher Training at Sani Yoga in 2014/15. Through this training, Dalila found that yoga is not only a ‘workout’ or a time for relaxation, but also a way of life that is practiced on and off the mat.
Dalila has a BFA in Dance and Psychology from the University of New Mexico and incorporates her passion for movement and the mind in her classes by promoting self and bodily awareness. In 2016, Dalila completed 300hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica.
As a teacher, Dalila hopes to guide students seeking physical control, strength, and flexibility while at the same time inspiring a holistic approach to mental and physical well being. Currently, Dalila teaches at various yoga studios around town including Sani Yoga, Bhava Yoga and Hot Yoga Downtown. She also works in administration for Elevate: Performance, Health, Wellness.
Karen has a Broadway and National Tour performing background as well as a BFA in Performing Arts. She came to yoga as a therapy tool during treatment for brain cancer; originally diagnosed in 1996, she just celebrated the 20th anniversary of her surgery!!! Discovering Anusara Yoga at a Los Angeles gym, she was instantly hooked and dove in headfirst. Karen completed her trainings and began teaching in 2005. She believes yoga is an implement for negotiating life’s turbulence in addition to a lifelong fitness system. Her sense of humor about the absurdity in life never leaves her flummoxed and Karen does what she can to impart this to her students. Join her in class and celebrate life’s never ending chaos.
Linda teaches 1st-3rd grades and children’s and family yoga classes at Little Earth School in Santa Fe, where she has taught since 1993. Her experiences with cancer and scoliosis have enabled her to embrace the transformative power of yoga. She loves teaching yoga to children who model joyful playful exploration. In her classes children experience grounding, strengthening and calming in an atmosphere that is engaging and fun. Linda holds a 95-hour Yoga Alliance-recognized specialty certification in Children’s Yoga and a 50-hour certification in Therapeutic Yoga for Children from Global Family Yoga™ and has completed training for teaching yoga to toddlers.
Raquel’s yoga exploration began in 2008 as an addition to her regular exercise routine. Sparked by her nature to seek out intensity in workouts, she found hot yoga and developed a regular practice and the confidence to explore other styles of yoga. This came at a transitional healing time bringing to surface that the struggles we face in this life, in our past, are also our blessings that carry us to where we are today. She believes that each one of us deserves to know what it’s like to love and be kind to ourselves inside and out. Raquel’s intention is to offer an opportunity for her students to take the generous tools that yoga offers to guide the body, breathe, and mind to retreat from everyday life stressors. Raquel makes an effort to balance her own life and full-time career as a Financial Analyst by enjoying time with family, friends, traveling, anything outdoors in nature, and studying, teaching and practicing yoga regularly. Her go to happy place is next to the river doing yoga with her fur babies. In her classes she aims to make space to heal and reconnect to a more love-filled relationship with the life and the bodies that we live in right here right now. Let’s get Zen!
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 all 6 levels of Prajna Yoga teacher training. In addition, he has also studied chanting and philosophy of the Yoga Sutras with Sonia Nelson at the Vedic Chant Center. Tim is a Licensed Massage Therapist and in May of 2012 graduated from the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute. Ayurveda is an ancient traditional medicine native to India, literally translating to “the science and/or knowledge of life.” Tim uses this ancient science to consult with clients about their diet and lifestyle.
Darcy began practicing yoga in 2003 as she completed her training as a physician assistant. Drawn initially to the relatively intense practices of Ashtanga and Bikram yoga, her practice and teaching have both evolved and slowed down significantly over time, most recently seeking training with Tias and Surya Little in Santa Fe. She takes joy in creating a balanced and personalized practice for her students. Her restorative classes take students through a series of gentle, supported postures designed to create space and ease in both the body and mind. Darcy has experience working with students with various limitations, and loves helping students find an accessible yoga practice.
Alli was drawn to yoga 10 years ago as a means to heal long-distance running injuries. Through a regular yoga practice with knowledgeable teachers at Bhava, she was able to maintain an active lifestyle. She’s now an avid road & mountain bike cyclist. Alli became a teacher to work with people who want to keep moving no matter their age or physical condition. Her classes are interactive and playful, with the main focus on keeping poses accessible to all body types. Alli received her teaching certification at Bhava with Bea Doyle in 2015.
Esther started practicing yoga in 2007 for the physical aspects and when she started nursing school in 2011 she realized that her yoga practice could help with overcoming test anxiety and other types of emotional anguish. In 2014 she started the teacher training program at Bhava with Bea Doyle and found the Divine within herself. Each class she teaches combines breath, posture, music, aromatherapy and meditation. She is also committed to making yoga enjoyable and accessible to everyone regardless of body type, physical or mental challenges.
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.
Avery Janeczek Kalapa eRYT500, BFA, has been practicing since 1997 and teaching since 2004. She has traveled around the US and to India to study yoga, both advanced practices and therapeutic applications, and holds special certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for the Pelvic Floor, and Pranayama. 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 2000 contact hours with senior teachers, including Abhijata Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Ramanand Patel, Elise Miller, Leslie Howard, Judith Lasseter, Francois Raoult, Bobbie Fultz, and her primary teacher, Kim Schwartz. 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, as well as applying yoga as a tool for social justice and inner liberation. Avery teaches classes, private sessions, workshops, and retreats, writes about yoga at averykalapa.com and you can find her on facebook at Yoga with Avery. She is also a queer mom, community organizer, artist, aerialist, and organic gardener.
Marcia Ludden invites students to the joy and strength of yoga that she experienced when beginning her practice in 2001. Thinking that yoga would be a wonderful cross-training exercise for tennis, she gradually learned the benefits reach far beyond just adding another physical activity to stay healthy! Back fusion with two Harrington Rods to correct a 90 degree right thoraco-lumbar curve provided some challenges along the yoga journey, but the pain relief from over-stretched, tight muscles was worth the effort.
Marcia is a graduate of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Asana Studio in Golden, Colorado, and has completed the 20 hour training and practicum with Elise B. MIller to obtain Certification in Yoga for Scoliosis. She has taught Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga classes in Colorado, as well as giving workshops and private instruction to persons with scoliosis. Having an M.A. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling plus 30 years experience in the field, provides insight and knowledge of how to overcome the impact of physical and emotional challenges when practicing yoga and other activities.
A recent retiree to Albuquerque, Marcia looks forward to continuing to help students with scoliosis discover their practice potential, reduce back pain, and develop the subtle body/mind connection. Her own yoga practice is essential for her active lifestyle which includes hiking, snowshoeing, tennis, golf and gardening.
Mimi believes yoga is for everyone, and helps students become more present and joyful on and off the mat. With her holistic approach to teaching, she speaks to the physical, mental, and spiritual qualities of the student. She has been practicing and studying yoga since 2003, and was trained in Hatha Yoga at Bhava yoga studio under Bea Doyle. Drawing from her background of counseling, mindfulness, her work around behavior change, herbalism, and farming, she believes all are capable of positive transformation and enjoys helping people achieve their true potential.
Randy began his yoga practice in 2010 and found his calling in the spacious breathing explorations of Astanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. He brings a playful light-hearted approach to his classes while encouraging strong emphasis on breath and safe alignment. A firm believer in the therapeutic and healing powers of yoga, Randy hopes to share and pass on to his students the same passionate wisdom, encouragement and discipline for practice his teachers have passed onto him. Randy completed Levels I and II teacher trainings with Wendy Kiess of 3B Yoga NM.
Jesilyn began practicing yoga in 2007 in response to health issues from years of competitive running and academic rigor. She has practiced yoga in many forms, with many teachers. She completed her first teacher training in 2015 with Josh Shrei. She is also pursuing a certification in massage and natural therapeutics. For Jesilyn, yoga is about bringing awareness to movement and being. Her teaching aims to inspire curiosity and continual reevaluation through asana. The practice always begins with observation. Within a cultural tendency to compartmentalize, yoga can bring us into a deeper experience of the interconnectedness of all things. As we release blockages and develop clearer, more fluid, aligned, and integrated movement patterns in the body, we do the same in the spirit. Yoga is a practice, a discipline, a process. It calls for a continual commitment to come to the mat again and again, with both persistence and patience, starting each time anew, from where you are, right now.
Kendra empowers her students to find inspiration in their own strength and ability, and lovingly guides them beyond their perceived limitations. Drawing from the blessing of having studied for years at the feet of many masters, including Bikram Choudhury, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Geshe Michael Roach, her asana classes incorporate an in-depth knowledge of precise inner and outer body alignment, coupled with deep devotion to practice. She teaches internationally on yoga, meditation, and ancient scriptural traditions. In April 2014 she and her husband completed a 3 year silent meditation retreat in the Arizona desert.
Raphael Sierra E-RYT200. Su pasión es la Yoga Restaurativa, el Yin Yoga y el Reiki. Su pericia es en los hispanos de la tercera edad con problemas de espalda baja, cuello y hombros. Su dicho es “todo estará bien”. Raphael comenzó su pasión por el yoga restaurativa en el 2009,
debido a una lesión que tuvo de espalda. Obtuvo su primera certificación de maestro en el 2013 con Samadhi Yoga & Ayurveda Institute bajo el Samadhi Method en Puerto Rico. Luego en el 2014 se certificó como maestro de Yin Yoga y Yoga Restaurativa en New York y Florida
Ha tomado diversos cursos con Lizelle Arzuaga, Gary Kratfsow, Baron Baptist, Cristina Sell, Desirée Rumbaugh, y Ross Rayburn. Ha estudiado arduamente a través de la práctica, la meditación y buena alimentación puedes crear una dinámica extraordinaria de mente, cuerpo y espíritu. Actualmente Raphael se encuentra en New Mexico ofreciendo clases privadas y creando nuevos talleres de manejo del stress, yoga gentil y restaurativa.
Raphael’s passion is the Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Reiki. His main focus is the Hispanic community with lower back, neck and shoulders issues. He started practicing restorative yoga back in 2009 after a lower back injury. His famous phrase is “Everything will be fine”. Raphael did his first yoga certification at Samadhi Yoga & Ayurveda Institute under Samadhi Method in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2014. He received his Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga certification in New York and Florida respectively. Rapahel has taken intensive courses with Lizelle Arzuaga, Gary Kratfsow, Baron Baptist, Cristina Sell, Desirée Rumbaugh, and Ross Rayburn. Throughout the years, Raphael has learned that with meditation and healthy diet we can create an extraordinary dynamic mind, body and spirit.
Lisa started practicing yoga during college in 2001. Her practice started as a means to relieve stress, gain flexibility, and maintain healthy movement. Over the years, her yoga and meditation practice have evolved into a way of life. Lisa completed her 200/hr Teacher Training in humble NE Ohio at The Yoga Place in Canton. There, she was trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Theraputic yoga, while also studying Iyengar and Asthanga Yoga. Her training also involved weekly philosophy classes and Sanskrit workshops. She has taken 60 hours of advanced 300-hr trainings including, Yoga and the Brain – Neuroscience and Asana Practice, and a Hatha Alignment Series. Lisa has also been studying Buddhism and has attended workshops with international teacher Michael Stone. She finds great synchronicity with the two and interweaves Buddhist philosophy with Asana practice to create a beautiful depth of practice for her students. Her classes are designed to maintain a slower pace, providing space for a deeper embodiment of the practice, yet do not lack challenge or room for advancement.
Kimberly Stark 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.
Kara encourages students to bring all levels of practice and wellness to the mat. With a background in running, rock climbing, hiking and martial arts, she loves the depth and focus that yoga brings to other physical activities. By using breath and movement to balance out the mind, body and spirit, she believes that the calming effects of yoga have a benefit for everyone. Kara found her way to regular practice by using yoga to recover from injury and create a healthier more balanced lifestyle for herself. Through her daily practice she has been able to become a more aware distance runner and a calmer rock climber. Students can expect either enthusiastic flow classes with high energy transitions or a relaxing, healing practice with focus on opening up the body. The classes will always include an emphasis on linking the breathe to movement. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training under Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga in Baltimore, MD. She has gone on to take a special interest in restorative yoga and Vinyasa flow classes.
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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