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About Us

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

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.

Adam Morrow

Adam Morrow’s yoga journey began in 2010 with a restorative yoga class. Feeling blissed-out and renewed from this one class, he knew he wanted more.  His practice grew quickly and he soon pursued teacher training. Today he seeks a balance between the challenge and the ease in the yoga practice. Teaching alignment-infused flow in a supportive environment, he encourages his students to live with an open heart, greater focus and lots of laughter. Adam completed his teacher training at Bhava Yoga Studio and is a Yoga Alliance RYT200 teacher. He is inspired by Bhava’s great teachers, Greg Raudenbush, Nora Bacon, and many others.

Bonnie Claire

Bonnie Claire has been practicing and studying yoga since 2004. She has come to understand the transformative healing power of yoga and the wisdom of the body, and shares this with her students. From a belief that yoga is for everyone, she makes it accessible to all. Bonnie Claire cares deeply for her students. She helps them discover their greatness and connect with their authentic self. With training in Anusara Yoga, her classes focus on alignment, connecting to the heart and moving with grace. Bonnie Claire completed a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour teacher training in 2013 with Bea Doyle.

Easter Bonnifield

Easter is inspired to live life in truth, good health, compassion and joy through the practice and teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotisha. Her classes are created for you to strengthen your body, celebrate your heart space and clear the mind chatter. She has been qualified as a yoga teacher in the disciplines of Hatha Yoga, Ayurvedic Therapeutic Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Baby Yoga. She is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant in diet and lifestyle management and healing therapies. Easter works with clients in Jyotisha – Vedic Astrology – for guidance through life’s most difficult times and how best to manage the possibilities available. Breathe easy, breathe smooth, breathe free. 

Karen Byers

karen byers

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.

Kimberly Lewis

Kimberly Bruna-Lewis

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 Brito

Marisol Brito

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

Pamela Hong

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 Gorham

Sarah Gorham

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 Butler

Tim Butler

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 2001 with Tias Little in the Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions, and has completed 5 levels of Prajna Yoga teacher training. In addition, he has also studied chanting and philosophy of the Yoga Sutras with Sonia Nelson. Tim is a Licensed Massage Therapist and in 2012 graduated from the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute. Tim uses this ancient science to consult with clients about their diet and lifestyle.


Inspiration

Testimonials

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

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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

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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

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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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