"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 Arrellano

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”.

 

 

 

 

Melanie Lynne

Melanie Lynne

Melanie is eternally grateful for the myriad of gifts that Yoga offers freely to humankind. Yoga influences all aspects of her life and she finds it quite a high honor to have the opportunity to facilitate and hold space for others to practice. She is an ayurvedic practitioner and 500hr RYT with 300 hours in the Ayuryoga® system. She teaches a blend of hatha and vinyasa styles, always emphasizing breath, and especially enjoys planning sequences specific to the seasons or individual health goals. She is delighted to see students experience their fullness through the magic of yoga in a fun and supportive environment.

 

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.

 

 

 

Giuditta Paci

Giuditta Paci

A loving mother, a devoted wife, and a friend that goes the distance to help one in need are only a small portion of the many ways that Giuditta Paci-Fortune could best be described.

This is a woman with a heroic nature mixed with a delicate earthiness. Giuditta seeks out the most effective and natural ways to deepen her knowledge in the healing arts. She is a healer by nature.

Giuditta has been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into her life since she moved to New York in 2002 from the U.K. She has completed a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in Vinyasa yoga in Magical Taos NM, as well as an Integrative Yoga Therapy 200-hour Therapeutic Yoga teacher training with Serena Aurora and Lori Smith. After working in the health and wellness industry for many years, Giuditta discovered that a key asset in helping people staying healthy was yoga, due to all of the many benefits that she realized from her own practice. Her classes are a blend of Vinyasa flow sequences with added somatic movements, and some therapeutic touches to create a more comprehensive approach for students to experience in her classes. She believes yoga is a practice that allows us to go deeper to see our uniqueness, and to learn to accept where we are, and who we are. She believes that’s why we continue to practice.

 

 

 

 

Kira Harrison

Kira Rose Harrison

Kira Rose Harrison's interest in therapeutic work began in 2014 when she attended the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. Kira has an Albuquerque-based bodywork practice where she focusses on working with adults 60+. In 2016, she began a Master of Arts in Mind-Body Integrative Studies at the University of Natural Medicine. Within this study, she found a deeper intellectual understanding of the mind-body connection, but she felt that the tools for practical application of what she was learning were missing. During her 200-hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training, she found the integrative, therapeutic approach to yoga provided those tools. Kira strives through her offering to empower, guide, and inform students to explore and experience how the practice of yoga can be personalized to be most nourishing and whole for them wherever they are.

 

 

 

 

Sage Harrington

Sage Harrington

Sage Harrington came to yoga as an adult and was continues to be deeply affected by the numerous benefits the practice has to offer. It can dramatically change not only physical carriage but also soothe negative emotions such as anxiety and restlessness while increasing feelings of calm, contentment, confidence, and well-being. Inspired by her teachers, she focuses in her classes on developing body awareness and literacy, allowing for organization and maximization of vital breath. She completed High Desert Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training program and holds certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth, and Senior Yoga.

Sage is also a singer and ukulele player, and shares a home with a plethora of pets, plants, poultry, and a few of her favorite humans.e.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie began her personal yoga journey in 2008. She quickly discovered how powerful yoga can be, both on and off the mat. She has a M.S. in Human Nutrition and while working with clients realized many were missing the mind-body connection that yoga provides. She felt as though clients weren’t taking better care of themselves because they weren’t living in their bodies and listening to what their bodies needed. After moving to Albuquerque in 2016, she searched for a yoga teacher training that would enable her to help people find the connection to their true selves. Stephanie is a graduate of Integrative Yoga’s 200-hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program with Well Within Yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance. Stephanie spends her class time focusing on the way yoga feels to the individual. She believes that the goal of yoga is not to master the pose, but to use the pose to learn to master the self.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.