studio teachers

Abby

Abby is an ACSM certified personal trainer and in the spring of 2015 completes the fitness professional program at Central New Mexico Community College. She first fell in love with yoga in 2009. Her passion for the practice began to grow and in the summer of 2011, Abby completed a 200HR teacher training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She went on to complete her level II Barkan training the following year in Costa Rica.

She enjoys many different forms of exercise but yoga is her every day wellness. “It continues to save my life. Together we are healing our own bodies and hearts through conscious breath, and movement. ” Her classes will recharge and challenge you at the same time, offering a focus on opening and strengthening different regions of the body.

Andrew

Andrew is a recent graduate of the HYDT teacher training and has practiced yoga for over 10 years. His yoga practice compliments his other activities of cycling and running that all work together for a balanced mind, body and spirit. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Health Communication at the University of New Mexico. His class focuses on foundational alignment and  postures that support any level of practice. 

Ashley

I have been teaching yoga for over 15 years. I have been trained in Iyengar, Kundalini, Pre-Natal, Restorative, Bikram, and Hot Yoga practices. Currently I teach and practice at the Hot Yoga Downtown Albuquerque Yoga studio. I am thrilled to be part of such a caring and inspirational yoga community. I began my yoga practice in my teens and was trained and instructing classes by the late 90’s. I have worked in various studios and health clubs during this time. On Halloween 2001 I was in a near-fatal car accident. I was left with a broken body and was in a coma for 9 days. I strongly believe that yoga helped to save my life. In the dark coma, the process of coming back, and the slow months of recovery to follow the teachings and physical training of yoga would help to aid me again and again in the healing process. 

Flexibility and strength that the body and mind gain through the yoga practice is immense. The practice is designed to be individual so there are modifications for almost every level of practitioner. Beyond healing from the accident, I practiced the hot yoga series throughout my pregnancy with my son and believe it was a contributing factor to a healthy pregnancy and ideal labor and birth experience. The practice of yoga is traditionally a therapeutic one. Taught from a long line of Guru’s and choreographed into the best format to help us, Yoga has been designed to heal our bodies, help us quiet the mind, strengthen the connection between the two via the breath and in turn become stronger (more conscious) beings. I seek to share the teachings and methods of Yoga I have been trained in and personally practice with others so that they too can enjoy the tremendous benefits that Yoga can provide. See you on the mat!

Avery 

Avery Janeczek Kalapa​​ eRYT500​​, ​BFA, is delighted to have found the playful, vigorous, welcoming community of Hot Yoga Downtown. She ​​has been practicing since 1997, teaching since 2004, and h​as traveled around the US and to India to study yoga, both advanced practices and therapeutic applications. She completed her 200 hr with the Temple of Kriya Yoga, 300 hr at High Desert Yoga, and holds special certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for the Pelvic Floor, Yoga for Kids, Trauma Informed Street Yoga, 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 2500 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 the myriad of ways we can gain access to the empowering expansion of this practice, and in ​applying yoga as a tool for both 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. ​

Brian

Brian brings a world of experience to his teachings. he began his journey with Siddha Yoga at the early age of 7 years old. His first  formal training was in Vinyasa  with Jimmy Barkan, he soon after started guiding classes in Puerto Rico. Through his own struggles with Adrenal Fatigue and PTSD  he found Kundalini Yoga. Brian says Kundalini Yoga has been a big factor in healing his whole system, leading to a full state of ease in his life and a stronger connection with the divine which then led him to start guiding healing retreats in New Mexico and around the world. Brian's ability to bring you into your own capacity to heal and ground is magnificent.

He also leads students through the healing modality of TRE or Trauma Releasing Exercises to heal PTSD, Tension and Trauma. One of the most significant tools that he brings his students is the ability to self heal with his one on one sessions of Clear Light Energy Healing that enables the student to heal Body, Mind and Soul.

Brian's classes bring you to a total state of being that you possess. The methods that he uses connect you deeper with your spirit  and heart. Let Brian  help you dive deeper into that ocean of bliss. goodvibingretreats.com

Bruce

Bruce, E-RYT, began teaching yoga in 2003 after being certified in Bikram Choudhury’s intensive nine-week training in Los Angeles. He taught the Bikram method and continued to work as a landscape architect before opening Hot Yoga Downtown with Molly Krause in 2006. Bruce later completed Jimmy Barkan’s Level II and Level III teacher trainings in Fort Lauderdale and Costa Rica and has assisted Jimmy with his Costa Rica trainings for several years.Bruce, known as a nurturing and compassionate teacher with a playful style, has overcome physical obstacles in his personal practice and offers empathy and experience to those students with injuries. As such, he has introduced a new class at HYDT — Gentle Warm Yoga. 

Bruce is now certified as a therapeutic yoga instructor for seniors, through the Duke University Integrative Medicine program in North Carolina. Taught by Duke medical school physicians, physical therapists and psychologists, he learned the latest research and techniques for teaching yoga to people facing various ailments, from heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, joint issues and replacements, breathing disorders, dementia, cancer and pain.Bruce knows that walking into a new yoga class isn’t always easy. If it’s your first time, he will spot you and go out of his way to make you feel comfortable. If you are a seasoned yogi, the beauty is in the details. Bruce teaches the subtleties and will take your practice to a new level, places you never thought you could get to before. Experiencing the tremendous healing power of yoga in his own body and spirit, it is with great joy that he shares the process with others. Bruce and his wife Anne have two daughters, and live in Cedar Crest with their cat, dogs, chickens and horse, Biscochito.

Dani

Danielle DeLuca, RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. My passion for hot yoga began in 2010 at Hot Yoga Downtown Albuquerque, and I've never looked back. While yoga has provided me with an invigorating physical practice, I come back to the mat time and time again for the mental and spiritual aspects that ground me. After experiencing a major injury, I discovered that perhaps most importantly, this practice heals and saves. It does so through a strong yoga community that provides support, love and light. It is the best medicine, and I hope to share all the yoga magic with you on the mat!

Damon

Damon Scott, 200-HR RYT, found Hot Yoga Downtown Albuquerque in 2008 when a friend dragged him into the studio on a crisp March afternoon. Wearing a long sleeved shirt and not knowing what to expect, that first class was a memorable one as it is for most. A journalist by trade and an avid runner and weight lifter at the time, Damon soon realized the benefits of a hot yoga practice — less stress, more flexibility, increased strength and circulation, less injury and a greater sense of overall well-being. 

The studio has been his second home ever since. Damon completed his 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Grassroots Yoga in 2014, in addition to training with Molly and Bruce. “One of the many amazing effects of a hot yoga practice is that it truly is for anyone. Overweight, underweight, fit, out of shape, athlete, injured, large frame, small frame and everything in-between — it doesn’t matter. It will drastically improve the quality of your life and thus the lives of those around you.ou.

Emilie 

Emilie Porter-Rand, E-RYT 500, discovered yoga on a date. “What I remember most about the first class I took was the graceful Gumby-spawn practicing next to me. I was stiff as a board, but I knew I had stumbled upon my passion.” Emilie approaches her life with a voracious appetite for learning and growth. A yogini with a well developed sense of humor, Emilie finds inspiration in laughter. She is an energetic and playful instructor whose classes challenge and nurture the body and spirit and encourage positive self-reflection. In 2009, Emilie received her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Sunstone Yoga. “Each posture is an opportunity to explore your truth. When someone is focused and aware, they connect to the divinity within. When I teach, I’m surrounded by the palpable energy generated by an entire room forging that connection. It’s awe inspiring. It’s humbling.”

James

James has completed teacher trainings with Bikram Choudhury and Bryan Kest, having extensive experience not only in the Bishnu Ghosh, and the Power Yoga lineages, but also many other forms from traditional Ashtanga to playful vinyasa flow. He brings years of enthusiasm and energy to the practice room. Challenging, fun and no judgement - classes structured to allow us to explore and grow.

Jenni

I began my yoga practice in 2011. With a background in both classical and modern dance, I am always on the lookout for new hobbies and activities that challenge me physically. Having tried every sport from snowboarding to rock climbing, I finally found a discipline that incorporated the flow, movement, creativity, and expressiveness that inspired me as a dancer when I discovered yoga. What I didn’t realize was that I was beginning a journey of self-study that would permeate my daily life by way of mindfulness, gratitude, stillness, peace, and love. 

The flow, breath, and structural alignment enable you to come closer to your personal edge each time you return to the mat. I continue to hone my skills and expand my yogic knowledge by engaging in multiple classes in different disciplines and under diverse tutelage, as well as maintaining an open mind and striving always to broaden my knowledge and experiences both in and out of the yoga studio. My intention as an instructor is to create a space for students to get in touch with their creativity and passion; from this place, all things are possible.

Jordyn

Having been a lifelong athlete, Jordyn was first drawn to yoga simply as a new and challenging kind of physical exercise. What she did not anticipate were the remarkable psychological benefits and spiritual avenues that soon overshadowed the workout that initially caught her attention.

After receiving a 200-hour teaching certification in 2011, Jordyn quit her job as a lawyer, a decision she credits her yoga experience for helping her make, and has been teaching ever since. Jordyn has continued to deepen her study of yoga, including advanced-level yoga teacher training and study at The Ayurvedic Institute.

Jordyn seeks to offer students a clear understanding of alignment principles and familiarity with basic Yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy, all while encouraging awareness of inner states of being by returning her students to a focus on the breath. Her teaching style is challenging, yet gentle. She believes that pranayama (breathwork) is the most powerful tool of transformation for modern yogis and, as such, seeks to incorporate various pranayama techniques into each class. When not at the yoga studio, Jordyn can be found playing mom to her daughter and chocolate lab.

Kat

Kat Page, 200 hr RYT, fell in love with hot yoga when she was 21 years old. Since then she has continued her study of yoga. She loves to take it slow in her classes and is deeply inspired by Bryan Kest who combines challenge and grace with gentleness and strength. When she's not teaching yoga, she's writing, teaching high school English or hanging out with her daughter, husband and dogs. She has been teaching yoga since February 2013.

Kristina

Kristina is a native New Mexican, mother of four, an artist and an educator. She recently completed the RYT 200hr training here at HYDT. Introduced to yoga as a child she returned to it many times as an adult. And began practicing Ashtanga following a serious injury that left her hospitalized and immobile for months.

"Yoga was the most effective medicine to process the trauma, regain movement and to reconnect with my mind, body and spirit."

Lindy

My yoga practice began at Baptiste Power Yoga in Boston. Every class provided a new sense of whole body strength and health. I was hooked. 

The HYDT teacher training reinforced the fundamentals and explored specific details of asanas. Equally important, however, we studied yoga philosophy and the benefits of continually building upon the mind-body connection.

We are all students.  I encourage you to come and explore your practice. Just be present in every moment and your breath will guide you from there.

"Atha Yoganushasanam" (and now begins the practice of yoga)
Master Pantanjali, The Yoga Sutras

Mel

Melody found her love for yoga in 2009 while visiting her home town of Boise, ID. Her first class was Hot Yoga and she was hooked! After returning to Albuquerque Melody had a mission to find a Hot Yoga Studio. She soon found her home at Hot Yoga Downtown. With the love and support of the staff she was able to blossom in her daily practice. After 4 years of practice Melody was finally able to take her 200 hour teacher training at Grassroots Yoga Albuquerque. With love and humor Melody shares her passion to be in touch with your body, breath, and mind, while gently guiding you through a hard core workout! If you can breathe you should do yoga it's for life!!!!!

"I love yoga because it's like life, it's a practice that can never be mastered! It's constantly changing and we are always the student."

Mericka

Mericka Lehman has spent a life exploring the world, finding knowledge and beauty in all of her experiences. This joy of life and adventurous spirit is passed on to everyone she meets. A life-long athlete Mericka grew up a gymnast and ran college cross country at Duquesne University in Pittsburg PA. In 2005 she was awarded her degree in Biochemistry and returned home to New Mexico to begin a career. In 2006 she began yoga to find relief from a serious back injury. Yoga provided her the relief she was looking for, and so much more that she was not. 

Her passion and love for yoga and the personal enrichment it provided for her inspired Mericka to change her life. In 2010 she left her job at a laboratory and completed the Barkan method training certification in Ft. Lauderdale, thus fulfilling a dream and opening a new chapter in her life. Mericka focuses on the total yoga experience, embracing individual uniqueness, she is always providing encouragement and assistance to those in her classes. In addition to her life as a yogi, she also operates a business with her family where the focus is on non-invasive whole body healing solutions.

Molly

Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Molly began her career in 2001 at UNMH performing nuclear studies on cancer patients and others in various disease processes. It was there that she decided she belonged on the prevention side of things, and attended Bikram Choudhury’s 9 week training in 2003. Since then she has trained with Jimmy Barkan and Gurmukh Khalsa, broadening her knowledge of modern asana technique and philosophy. 

Molly and and her business partner, Bruce Sher, founded Hot Yoga Downtown in 2006 in the spirit of fully embracing the variance in Hot Yoga in the west. The studio is home to several teachers and thousands of students who are currently exploring the practice in all it’s nuanced beauty. A driven teacher and constant student of yoga, Molly invites her students to take their practice to the next level with open hearts and inquisitive minds. When not on the mat or chasing after her little girls, she can usually be found elbow deep in some kind of dough.

Russel

Russel White started practicing yoga in 2007 at the University of New Mexico while studying history. After graduating, he continued his yoga practice and eventually found hot yoga in 2011. He believes that yoga is for everyone and that everyone can enjoy its benefits for body and mind. In addition, Russel has many years of experience as a Jiu Jitsu practitioner and certified instructor. He continues to compete in Jiu Jitsu on the international circuit.

Tim

Like so many other yogis, I began practicing bikram’s yoga for the physical workout and the therapeutic efficacy. Soon, however, the focus of my practice evolved and centered in the mind and the spirit. In the summer of 2010 I attended teacher training in Florida, studying the Barkan Method under Jimmy Barkan. My motivation was two-fold, 1) to acquire greater knowledge of the history, philosophy, and the practice of asana, and 2) to return a small portion of the gift that has so freely been given to me in my practice. Yoga has become the perfect meditative vehicle to expand and improve my relationship and conscious contact with a power greater than myself. I strive to create an environment in my classes where the individual has an opportunity to push limits, explore personal boundaries, and grow within the safety of the community energy.

Val

Valerie received her 200 hour yoga certification at the age of 50! After retiring from a 25 year career with CYFD (Juvenile Probation) where she created  programs to help families work through traumatic situations and get their lives back on track. She now volunteers with formerly homeless mothers to bring the benefits of yoga into their lives. Living by the belief that no matter our background, most of us carry physical or emotional trauma, and yoga helps maintain a healthy mind and body she has practiced yoga for over a decade. She discovered Hot Yoga Downtown six years ago and has been hooked ever since doing two 50-classes-in-50-days challenges back to back. Then she attended the 6:30a.m. class every day before work. For her, receiving a teaching certification at HYDT seemed like the right move to take her practice to the next level. So happy to share asana with you, whether it's teaching or practicing alongside you, Valerie's enthusiasm is apparent.

Come work out your trauma and have a little fun. Her classes are designed for all levels and ages, set to music. Valerie's husband, Chris, just got hooked on hot yoga, and you can usually find them practicing side by side. When not on the mat, Valerie travels, works in a flower shop, rides her bike along the Bosque, or reads The Walking Dead comics.