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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

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 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.

Katja Lauterstein

Katja Lauterstein

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

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.

Lori Allison

Lori Allison

Lori is passionate about yoga. She completed her first 200 hour teacher training in 2008.  In 2011, she completed her second 200 hour Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training at Bhava. Lori enjoys teaching all styles of yoga including flow, vinyasa, restorative, yin and yoga in chairs. Yoga has been transformational in Lori’s life and as she seeks a greater understanding of herself and this life experience.  It gives her great pleasure to guide others to explore themselves more deeply on the mat and in their lives. Lori’s teaching is constantly growing, changing and evolving as she is inspired everyday from so many dynamic sources. Lori honors all her teachers, both off and on the mat.

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 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.