"I know the way that you teach will be different from the way I teach...we all have different experiences, different backgrounds, different perspectives on yoga and why it is important to us. Even in our own yoga institution different teachers will teach in different ways according to their own perspective and priorities and interests in yoga. The Yoga Sutras says that each person gets different things from the same teaching based on his or her own perspective. There is nothing wrong with this. This is how it is." ~T. K. V. Desikachar
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Michele Annette

Michele is the founder and director of Dragonfly Yoga, Albuquerque. She offers a precise and energetic yoga practice imbued with compassion, intuition, and a peaceful sense of fun. Michele has been a devoted yoga practitioner since 2006, when she limped into her first yoga class with back and knee pain and heart palpitations. Since then she has cultivated health and ease in both body and mind through the transformative practice of yoga. She also credits her yoga practice with bringing her to a new, fulfilling, and heart-centered spiritual path. She has training in Bikram-style hot yoga and more recently completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training under the tutelage of Kim Schwartz and Zoreh Afsar. She invites you to experience the healing practice of yoga for yourself!

Lori Smith

Lori Smith

Lori draws from her medical background and the healing modalities of the Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions to formulate a practice consisting of a unique blend of tools which support the well being of each practitioner. Lori is particularly competent in refining these tools to be therapeutic for clients working with diminished mobility, physiological or mental conditions, as well as those with terminal situations. She has taught yoga across the Albuquerque area for 7 years to students in the studio setting as well as designed and implemented several specific group classes for elementary students, underprivileged youth, cardiovascular clients, Veterans, elderly students and Post Traumatic Stress.

Lori completed the 800 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2015. She has also completed specialized trainings in Functional Yoga Therapy, is a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, and a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor.

 

 

 

 

Sonia

Sonia Arellano

Sonia grew up in Albuquerque and enjoys walks along the beautiful Bosque, loves going for hikes in the Jemez Mountains as well as indulging in local New Mexican food and culture. She comes from a strong background in dance. She has completed her RTY 200 Yoga Training at Grass Roots .Which was to her an eye opening experience, an awaking and enlightenment. Her first encounter with yoga was with her sister on Valentine’s Day. It was a Yoga workshop at Dragonfly Studio three years ago. Grateful for the experience it was a kind reminder to how her and her sister were as kids growing up- without a care in the world. Living life with love. This workshop opened the door to a whole new world, Yoga. At this particular time Sonia was working over 50 hours a week in a high stress corporate world and struggling to find a balance being a mother, provider and spiritual being. Yoga presented itself as a sanctuary. Although, she entered yoga as many do to find a method of physical activity, she quickly found that yoga is so much more. It also challenged her mind and spirit. Yoga has helped her heal from past losses, life’s heartaches, She says it has helped her to find balance and self love. Her teaching style is both strengthening and playful; she welcomes all ages to attend her classes, as she will encourage us to find the “Art of Happiness” our inner yogi. As her teacher said, “The meaning of life, Is to love your life”.

 

 

Sandra

Sandra Arellano

Sandra is a trained Health Educator & Advocate. She feels passionate about self care and feels we all should do more of it!! Dancing is an accessible avenue to help shed layers of pressure or stressors that a typical day can bring on.

 

 

 

 

Kelly

Kelly Seibert

Kelly's classes are inviting, powerful, and rejuvenating for all levels. She creates a unique experience for each student in her vinyasa flow and yin classes by breaking down the alignment and feelings of each pose, and giving nurturing hands-on assists so students can open more fully to unlock new potential. Kelly encourages her students to feel connected to their bodies and to explore the beautiful balance between self-challenge and self-compassion. Students feel supported by Kelly's gentle yet powerful guidance as she invites them to continually grow as yogis on and off the mat.

Kelly is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she took her first yoga class at the University of New Mexico in 2006. She immediately fell in love with the sense of calm, balance, and empowerment she got from the practice. After some time in Washington, DC, she moved to Houston in 2011 to become a middle school teacher, and rediscovered the amazing physical and emotional benefits that yoga has to offer. She has been growing her practice ever since, using the lessons from yoga to become a more balanced, connected, and whole-hearted person. She was inspired to become a certified yoga teacher after seeing her life and yoga practice transform in wonderful ways.  Kelly completed her RYT 200 teacher training in April 2014 as well as a Yin Certification in 2015, and pulls inspiration from Vinyasa Flow, Baptiste Power Flow, Yin, and Forrest Yoga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sage Harrington

Sage Harrington

I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, honored to have both the opportunity and responsibility of carrying forth the tradition of yoga sādhana (practice) in the lineage of BKS Iyengar.

Once I came to yoga, there was no going back. The benefits are too real to pass up this life-changing practice. Sure, there are physical benefits, but as my yoga sādhana deepens and the eight petals of yoga open before me, I become more aware of how much comfort the philosophical aspects of yoga can provide, and how much the practice overall calms the mind and spirit, and eliminates suffering bit by bit.

In 2016, I traveled to India to study yoga with the Chanchanis, who have studied yoga with the Iyengars for decades. Afterwards I completed a 500-hour teacher training at Albuquerque, NM’s most established yoga studio—High Desert Yoga—and continue to study weekly with my teacher Kim Schwartz. I also hold special certifications (outside of the Iyengar Yoga system) in Prenatal Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth, and Senior Yoga.

In 2018, I received my certification as a CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher), after traveling to the Denver, Colorado area regularly to work with Leslie Bradley and Craig Kurtz, who teach weekly classes and Iyengar Yoga teachers in the Iyengar tradition.

I have studied with many teachers who have spent time with BKS Iyengar himself, including Rajiv Chanchani, Patricia Walden, Francois Raoult, and Ramanand Patel. I look forward to one day traveling to Pune, India to study with the Iyengars in person.

I am also a singer, ukulele player, and ukulele teacher, and share a home with a plethora of pets, plants, poultry, and a few of my favorite humans. Follow my yoga Instagram: @yogawithsage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Oliveira

Rebecca Oliveira

Originally from the UK, Rebecca relocated to NYC in 2006. Attracted first to yoga by the physical exercise, she quickly noticed how her practice on the mat began to inform the rest of her life, welcoming both the balance and steadiness it brought in the hectic and transient city. Rebecca started teaching in 2012 and holds a 500 hour certification from ISHTA Yoga. She continues to be a student of the practice and her teaching is influenced by additional study in specialities including restorative and prenatal yoga as well as mat pilates. She moved to Albuquerque in 2017 and is honored to be part of the Dragonfly Yoga community. In her classes, Rebecca encourages her students to explore their own individual practice by cultivating an awareness of the body and breath so as to connect with the present moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Tokarowski

Julie Tokarowski

Julie is a dedicated young woman exploring her interests in yoga, social work, and counseling. Her classes consist of beginner level flows and poses, in order to create a consistent at home practice. An east coaster turned New Mexican, she channels the serenity of a calm ocean combined with the fire of an arid desert. Students can expect a welcoming, positive environment to guide their yoga journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachaelle Ceniceros

Rachaelle Ceniceros

Rachaelle is a 500 hour E-RYT who received her training through the masterful teachers at High Desert Yoga. Her experience with high schoolers, elementary aged children, and infants as a professional nanny allowed her to flow naturally into teaching primarily children/teens in her Yoga career. She also loves working with college students, encouraging a yoga practice for the enormously potent effect it has on mental clarity and stress relief.

Rachaelle's teaching also includes a proficiency in the immensely beneficial Restorative practice. Her artful engagement of a calm voice and grounding demeanor give students a sense of profound relaxation and ease.

Rachaelle is passionate about bringing Yoga to people of all interests, fitness backgrounds, and ages in her community. Her playful attitude and humor engages students, creating a light hearted, open environment for growth and learning. Rachaelle also aims to incorporate the principles of alignment and structure in her guidance through a yoga practice. Her goal is to create a safe space in which all can grow, learn and have fun in the spirit of Yoga.

Rachaelle's expertise includes: meditation, breath work, kid's yoga, teen yoga, vinyasa and restorative practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathalie Martin

Nathalie Martin

Nathalie Martin typically teaches Vinyasa flow yoga, restorative yoga, and many forms of meditation. She has taught yoga and meditation in a wide variety of settings including traditional yoga studios, professional workplace conferences, wellness resorts, colleges, high schools, and even law schools. Her biggest joy is sharing the transformative power of yoga with students who have never practiced before. Nathalie truly believes that yoga benefits every body, every mind, and every soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elise Espat

Elise Espat

Elise is New Mexico's only KPJAYI authorized ashtanga yoga teacher. She has taught yoga since 2005. Elise began a daily practice as a teenager, started practicing with the Jois family in 2006, and after making many trips to India received authorization in 2010. Continuing her studies in India to this day, Elise is a direct student of Sharath Jois and is dedicated to sharing the magic of the traditional practice with all who have the willingness to learn. Elise taught Ashtanga yoga almost exclusively for the last 10 years. Before that, she grew up on the New York City yoga scene. Her classes weave together inspiration from the best of the old and the new.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supriti

Supriti

Supriti is a lifelong devotee of Yoga and has been teaching for over40 years. In 1978, she traveled to India and took public classes at the BKS Iyengar Institute with the Iyengar family. She continues to study primarily in the Iyengar tradition with visiting senior instructors. She practiced Therapeutic Massage for 25 years. Supriti is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a ERYT, 500 hours. She is a lover of poetry and inspires her students with readings from the masters of many wisdom cultures. Supriti is deeply gratified by the explosion of interest in Yoga and the growth of so many of her students into teachers in their own right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan

Joan Sberro

Joan has been practicing yoga and meditation for many years and is a RYT 200 having completed her 200 hour teacher training with Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ. She has additionally completed the 100 hour Yoga of the Heart training in yoga for cardiac and cancer care with Nischala Joy Devi. Joan's practice embraces all eight limbs of yoga and she is passionate about sharing the depth and breadth of yoga with her students. She has experienced the power of yoga to shift energies and patterns in life on and off the mat and is excited to spread that understanding to others. Joan has found yoga and meditation to be the perfect counterpoint to a professional life in finance. Aside from yoga, Joan is passionate about the local arts community, is an opera fanatic and loves exploring the lands and culture of the desert southwest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison

Allison Chamberlin

Allison has had an interest in service and helping others since she decided to join the U.S. Air Force in 2005. Allison served 7 years Active Duty, including four deployments, before choosing to become a Yoga Therapist full time. Allison made this jump because she has experienced first hand how the principles of yoga can reduce stress, improve clarity, provide balance, and provide personal freedom in the stressful world we live in today.

Allison became certified yoga teacher in 2014 and is now an Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga with the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). She continues her training with IYT as she pursues her Professional Yoga Therapist certification. Finally, Allison is an iRest Yoga Nidra Level II teacher in training, studying under James Reeves and Dr. Richard Miller.

Class with Allison will leave you feeling strong, relaxed, and balanced. She will guide you with yogic techniques that you can use off your yoga mat to help you become your best self. While the responsibility of inner work always lies within each person, Allison's knowledge and understanding will support and lead you toward the path you want to be on. She is able to weave elements of therapeutics and strength into her yoga class, while bringing students to a higher level of relaxation by the time you step off the mat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Keizan Titus O'Brien

Rev. Keizan Titus O'Brien

Rev. Keizan Titus O'Brien has been investigating Zen and other contemplative disciplines for over 20 years. He was ordained as a Soto priest in 2011. He brings extensive yoga, Qi Gong, and martial arts training to his understanding of Zen. A professional artist, he enjoys zazen (zen practice) as the ultimate medium of (no-) self expression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Taisan Joe Galewsky

Rev. Taisan Joe Galewsky

Rev. Taisan Joe Galewsky has been practicing Soto Zen in the lineage of Suzuki-Roshi for over 20 years and was ordained as a priest by Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2010. He lived at San Francisco Zen Center's City Center for 6 years and completed two 90-day monastic training periods at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is a climate scientist at the University of New Mexico.