Albuquerque Hot Yoga Trainers
Melanie St. Georges — Owner
Melanie first began practicing Bikram Yoga but after almost a year wanted more. She than discovered The Barkan Method Of Hot Yoga and she knew that she wanted to share this style of Yoga with the World. She became a Certified Instructor and opened Blissful Spirits Yoga Studio.email@example.com
Denise Gonzales — Manager
Denise was able to heal many aspects of her life through her yoga practice. During her 200hr Hot Yoga training in 2011, she decided to take a leap of faith and leave the career path she had been on to pursue her teaching, in hopes of spreading the positive message yoga carries. Because she had begun her yoga journey at Blissful Spirits she was pleased to receive a position teaching for Melanie St. Georges. Since then she has been trained in Level II/III asana by both The Barkan Method and The Yoga Joints Empowermovement Advanced Yoga teacher trainings.
After patiently spending several years growing her knowledge as a student and an instructor, while expanding her family, Denise was ready to take her teaching career to the next place. In 2017 Denise and Melanie ventured into co creating their own teaching style. Blissful Spirits Teacher Training was created in hopes of encompassing the many different styles and approaches to yoga that Blissful Spirits Hot yoga has to offer. Denise also desired tocontinue her dream of being a traveling yoga instructor and decided to begin her venture into hosting yoga retreats beginning in Costa Rica.
Denise also values the ability to give back to her community through yoga. Through her relationship with Blissful Spirits she has been able to partner with many teachers and studios in the Albuquerque area coordinating yoga festivals and yogathons to help raise awareness and funds for many organizations aiding both children and adults in need.
Recently Denise was named Abq the Magazines 2017’s “Best Yoga Instructor”. Although Denise is still just as much a student today as she was the moment she began her journey as an instructor she is eager to share the knowledge she does have with her students at Blissful Spirits both in her group classes and Teacher Trainings. While she enjoys many styles of yoga, you can catch her practicing and teaching hot vinyasa any given day of the week. Feel free to join her for a fun filled flow.
Danny has been practicing yoga regularly at Blissful Spirits since 2013. He has been the Kids Yoga instructor at Blissful Spirits Albuquerque since May 2015. His kid’s yoga class won best Kids Class in Albuquerque the Magazine in 2017. His class has been nominated twice. In 2017 Danny completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training through Blissful Spirits.
Danny has worked for Albuquerque Public Schools since 2004. He started as a physical education teacher and currently teaches 2nd grade. Danny is an ambassador for the annual International Kids Yoga Day. He also teaches yoga at the Sandia Prep Summer program and at the annual Isotopes Fitness day. When Danny is not teaching he can be found spending time with his wonderful daughter Scarlett who is always at his side.
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 .Which was to her an eye opening experience, an awaking and enlightenment. 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, and 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”.
I started practicing yoga in 2012, when I was looking for an addition to my regular workout routine. I started with Bikram Yoga, and I immediately fell in love with yoga and the benefits I felt in my mind and body. However, I wanted more. I started taking different yoga classes in the city, and I found Blissful Spirits and I fell in love with the studio, the classes, and the instructors. I found myself craving yoga, especially vinyasa classes. I immediately knew that style of yoga was for me, and it was exactly what I was looking for.
In 2015, I completed a level two teacher training at Blissful Spirits, where I learned how to incorporate inversions into my practice. And in 2017, I completed a 200 hour teacher training at Blissful Spirits, where I became certified in Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga.
I truly believe that yoga is healing and it allows us to recognize where we are limiting ourselves in our habits and beliefs, and it ultimately helps us find true freedom and happiness.
Fiona Breslin has always lived a very active lifestyle. Between track, gymnastics, cross country, and cheer she finally began to wear down her body. In 2014 she was taken to a hot yoga class and instantly fell in love with the practice of asana and how it made her feel.
After constantly practicing for awhile she began to want to branch out and learn more about the practice. The opportunity came up to take the Barkan Method teacher training, finishing her certification in August 2015. Planning on many more teacher trainings, loving the invigorating feeling she gets teaching and learning about the beautiful practice of asana. From hot yoga all the way to elderly chair yoga, Fiona feels honored to get the chance to give people the opportunity to have the same wonderful experience yoga has given her. She enjoys working with all types of people, offering modifications but also extending help to work advance postures. Fiona is an arm balance junkie and your normally find her on her hands more then her feet.
Laura is and always has been allergic to exercise. But when she finally gave yoga a REAL chance she found that, while it might kick your a$$ from time to time, it's much more of a work IN than a work OUT. Then she was hooked.
As a teacher, Laura strives to create a lighthearted environment devoid of competition, judgement, expecation, etc...so that students have a safe place to explore their bodies, their practices and their personal spiritual identities, to breath and to FEEL whatever they need to in any given moment. Whether it's a super gentle yin class or a more challenging 90 min hot one, all levels are welcome and EVERYTHING is optional. Laura uses music, lots of breath and alightment cues, hands-on adjustments and her authentic (somewhat non-traditional) point of view to encourage students to empower themselves to take each step at their own pace, to feel safe, supported and loved, to dig deep and be willing to embrace their full potential on and off the mat.
Marci began practicing yoga in 2007. She completed her first Teacher Training in 2012 in the Anusara/Hatha Yoga Style. She continued studying various yoga styles and completed Level II/III Hot Vinyasa Training in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. In Fort Lauderdale with Jimmy Barkan in 2014. Marci is also certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga and trained with Tim Miller in Encinitas, California in 2016. She loves working with beginners and offers many variations for those desiring to learn inversions & arm balances!
Kelly Carpenter has been involved in the fitness industry for over 18 years. Her long term love of exercise began in 1994 when she began teaching a fun filled Jazzercise routine. Kelly fell in love with the ability to move a room and it instantly began to shape her career in the fitness field. At the time, she was living in Orlando and raising two beautiful daughters. Shortly after she found Jazzercise, Kelly began to expand her talents and became a personal trainer. It was during this time that she was exposed to her first Pilates class and the rest is history. She began studying the art of Pilates through Physical Mind Institute in Tampa, FL with Charlotte Adinton-Weikel as her mentor. Through Pilates, her understanding and passion of the body ignited something deep in Kelly she had not experienced yet in the fitness field. She would come to find out that was her pelvic floor! She infused the fun loving Jazzercise foundation with the core principles of Pilates to create an extraordinarily unique way of training to all fitness levels. Kelly moved to NM in 2001, where she took on the task of becoming a first time studio owner (Body Wisdom Pilates in Rio Rancho, NM) and was simultaneously working for Physical Mind Institute as a training teacher and a test out instructor. Through the years, Kelly has taken the unique core control system to new levels, keeping the fundamentals of Pilates intact while remaining modern and enjoyable. Pilates Caliente is her brand of Pilates that utilizes the benefits of a heated room and combines it with the intense core work that awakens your body and lifts your spirits. The contagious exercise combined with the fun filled atmosphere will keep you coming back for more. Whether you do private sessions, group sessions, or Pilates Caliente mat classes you are in for a one of a kind experience that will change your body forever. Kelly’s goal is to shape up Albuquerque one pelvic floor at a time. Along with her passion for sculpting bodies, Kelly loves to stay involved in the community. Her love for helping others is absolutely infectious. She has a strong involvement in Operation Smile and St. Jude's Children’s Hospital. Kelly has also recently become involved with A Light in the Night Foundation, helping meet the immediate needs of the homeless right here in Albuquerque. Kelly loves being a part of something bigger than her and is determined to truly make a difference. To experience true love you must serve others.... Lovelovelove
Kristen was first introduced to yoga her freshman year of high school and was amazed by how positively this practice impacted her life. She found that in yoga there are no toxic ideas of winning or losing, it is all a personal journey. Where you are in your practice is exactly where you are supposed to be. She learned to respect the journey and be proud every step of the way. After a couple of years of doing yoga at her school she craved a daily practice and ventured out to find a local studio. This is when she found Blissful Spirits. This studio gave her the opportunity to make yoga a part of her everyday life and connect with the amazing community that over the years have become like family to her. When Blissful Spirits announced they were hosting a one month intensive teacher training the summer after she graduated high school, she felt like it was fate. This training was truly the best month of her life and she misses this experience every single day. After graduating from teacher training in July of 2017 she has had the honor of teaching at Blissful Spirits alongside her best friends and mentors. She loves sharing her passion for yoga with her students and hopes they too will fall in love with their own yoga journeys just as she did years ago! Kristen is currently studying business at the University of New Mexico and when she is not at school or on the mat she loves spending time with her friends, family and her dog Sandy!
Heather loves yoga and wants to share the health benefits (mind, body & soul) with the world. She graduated from Barkan Method Hot Yoga teacher training in August 2015 and recently completed Empower Movement’s intermediate/advanced hot fusion training in February 2016. In her classes, using essential oils, Heather focuses on integrating mind, body and soul.
Heather loves to run. Heather ran competitively in high school and college in both cross country and track and field. She practiced ballet for 9 years when she was 5 years old. She has been running for 37 years (both competitively and non-competitively. She realized that in order to be able to run for the rest of her life, she needed yoga. She has been a triathlete/cyclist and yogi for 6 years.
Heather received her Bachelor’s in Economics from University of California at San Diego, with a minor in Law & Society. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Tax Accounting from University of New Mexico. She currently works full-time at Sandia National Laboratories as corporate tax program leader.
In 2010, Heather received her Doctorate in Business Administration from the University Of Phoenix School Of Advanced Studies; the subject of her dissertation is spiritual intelligence and transformational leadership. She presented the results of her dissertation at Toward a Science of Consciousness 2011 conference in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been invited to attend the World Congress on Excellence in Sports and Life in Kosovo. She has been invited to study at the Oxford Academy for Total Intelligence with Danah Zohar.
Her research interests include expanding the research on spiritual intelligence/transformational leadership and mind-body-spirit health and wellness. She is particularly interested in the role of the mind in performance at all levels and ages (in the business world, athletics, and at a personal level).
She believes that yoga assists in the development of spiritual intelligence (another passion of hers).
Christina first discovered yoga in 2009 when faced with an injury. Not only did she find healing but she also found it helped her with depression and in managing weight gain. Wanting to encourage others to find their own healing in mind, body and soul, Christina became a certified 225 hour teacher in 2012 through Holy Yoga and teaches faith based classes using affirmations from the Bible. She is certified to teach yogalates and trauma-sensitive yoga classes, and in 2014 she became a certified Revelation Wellness group fitness instructor. Passionate about fitness, Christina’s style is filled with energy and she combines cardio, strength and stretching to create yoga fusion classes.
Krista Garcia first found yoga after a life changing knee injury in 2011. As a former competitive runner, swimmer, and spin instructor Krista was skeptical at first but after her first hot yoga class at Blissful Spirits she was hooked.
Throughout her years of practice she has watched the physical benefits of yoga. She has seen the healing in her own body but also in her fellow students and friends. What she did not expect is how effective yoga is at healing and managing stress, anxiety, and just decompressing from our busy lifestyle. For the past seven years Krista continued to travel the world working in politics and the legal profession, informally sharing her yoga practice along the way. In 2016 Krista decided to settle down in Albuquerque and in 2017 she finally took a formal 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Blissful Spirits (and is so grateful she did!!).
Krista believes yoga is a powerful tool to heal your body, heal your mind, and find balance in life that usually encourages you to overwork and not take care yourself.
Blissful Spirits' wide variety of classes allows her to grow her practice and connect with many different students. Her favorites to teach are Hot Vinyasa, Power Flow, and Sculpt. She would love for you to join her on your mat!
Joy’s yoga journey began in a skeptical way when she was in her early 20s. At that age, yoga sounded a little too “new age-ish” and “soft” —in comparison to running and snowboarding. However, the very first yoga class had her hooked. There was a kindness in the notion that yoga is a practice, not a perfect endeavor—something different from the competitiveness of daily life. Yoga quickly became not just a part of life, but a way of life. She has since held a dedicated practice for over 18 years, trying and practicing different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Kundilini, Iyengar, and Hot Yoga. Yoga is certainly a physical practice, but what she considers more important is what one hopefully takes with them off of their mat. Blissful Spirits became her home away from home in 2012, and she gratefully completed her yoga teacher training through Blissful Spirits in July 2017.
Om shanti shanti shanti, namaste. ‘Om’ is considered to be the primeval sound, the sound of the universe, the sound from which all other sounds are formed. ‘Shanti’ simply means peace. ‘Namaste’ represents the belief that there is a divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra, an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
Stephanie found hot yoga after a car accident in 2008 left her with a bolt in her hip and an intramedullary rod in her femur. She found the perfect balance of mental/physical challenge and rehabilitation when she began practicing hot yoga. After her first Blissful Spirits class on April 11, 2011, she was addicted. She practiced at Blissful for years before attaining her own certification, and is thrilled to be teaching at her yoga home. Stephanie received her 200-hour training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Although she doesn’t teach the traditional Ashtanga series, she was deeply influenced by the precision that practicing Ashtanga yoga instilled in her. Her yoga classes feature creative yoga sequences and transitions, an injection of fresh poses, lots of variation, with optional hands-on adjustments and incorporation of essential oils. Her sculpt classes incorporate personal attunement to bhandas and breathing with a challenging strength training, cardiovascular and interval training exercises that can be modified and amplified, making every class tailored to each individual person’s needs and level of practice. Stephanie is eager to share her passion for yoga with her practitioners.
Aubrey found yoga while she was finishing her doctorate in Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. She discovered that bringing peace into her life through yoga helped her overcome challenging situations, think more clearly, and achieve her goals. After she finished her PhD, Aubrey realized that she wanted to help others discover how yoga can improve their lives in the way she did, so she decided to become a yoga instructor. In the summer of 2017, she completed her hot yoga and yin yoga training through Blissful Spirits 200 RYT Teacher Training. Aubrey’s yoga style reflects her pursuit of balance in life. Her favorite style is yin-yang, which is made up of a slow-paced, cool stretching portion and a fast- paced, hot vinyasa portion, bringing the body and mind into harmony.
Kathy has always been active in sports but running was what she enjoyed the most. As her body began to get the best of her she searched to find something new, Blissful Spirits was it. She walked into the studio, tried a class and was hooked! While continuing her yoga practice, Kathy’s daughter introduced her to the world of CrossFit, and the two fitness routines clicked. Yoga is a great complement to CrossFit as it helps athletes with mobility, balance and state of mind. Moving forward with both fitness routines, it became important to Kathy to share the physical benefits of yoga. Yoga has the ability to enhance any activity you choose, from helping you get your overhead squat, touching your toes, or just calming your mind.
One of the best decisions she made was investing in herself by becoming certified in the Barkan Method, and choosing to always advance her yoga education. Kathy now has the pleasure of sharing with confidence the joy and benefits of yoga. Yoga is investing in yourself, "one mat one you". Just let that inner light shine through with every breath!
Katie began her yoga journey in 2009. She was hooked. After practicing for a few years, she decided to become an instructor and attended the Barkan Method Hot Yoga training in Florida in the summer of 2012. She has a background in elementary education, teaches yoga to children, and she is an organizer and running coach for USA Fit RIO.
Katie feels that yoga is life changing! It has helped her in so many ways; she is more confident, calmer, and has become a stronger person both mentally and physically. Katie’s yoga classes offer a great blend of flexibility and strength with a focus on breathing and calming the mind. It is perfect for all abilities. She encourages you to expand your practice by attending all of the wonderful classes that Blissful Spirits offers.
~Namaste~ “The light in me, honors the light in you.”
Brittany found yoga about 10 years ago and was immediately hooked! After practicing for about 7 years, she knew it was time for her to become a teacher herself. She spent 31 days in an Ashram in the Bahamas to study Sivinanda yoga. That month was quite possibly the most challenging time of her life, both mentally and physically; but she is forever grateful for all it taught her. Being able to share the gift of yoga with her students at Blissful Spirits, CrossFit Albuquerque, the community at Hyder Park, and now Casa Rondena Winery, has brought so much happiness and energy to her life. As the manager of Lululemon Athletica ABQ Uptown, she makes it her goal to talk about the benefits of yoga with her guests on a daily basis. "I love teaching yoga. I love sharing yoga. I love yoga."
Michelle began taking hot yoga classes at Blissful Spirits in 2011. When the studio later added TRX suspension training to the class schedule, it was a welcome addition to her weekly workout routine. Michelle later decided to become certified in TRX suspension training in order to share this fun, yet challenging workout with others. Suspension training workouts can be tailored to any level of fitness, rendering them an exciting and viable option for all.
I owe my success and balanced life style to the practice of yoga." Dana Koller has been a successful entrepeneur for many years with his most recent success being Kaktus Brewing Co. in New Mexico. Dana has been practicing the art or yoga for roughly 10 years and started teaching mid 2017. "Knowing flexibility is nothing without strength I try to implement a balance in every class that includes flexibility, strength, and mindfulness." Dana started teaching yoga with the goal of sharing the practice that changed his life for the better and is encouraged to show others how it can do the same for them.
Gena has always had a passion for personal fitness and has trained in numerous styles for over 25 years. After years of long distance running and high impact exercise, her body began to feel the effects. She began practicing yoga consistently in 2013. She was amazed at how yoga not only healed her physical ailments, but also increased balance in all areas of her life. Hooked on yoga and excited to share the benefits of practice with others, she completed the Level 1 Barkan Method of Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Jimmy Barkan in 2015. Since then she has completed two additional Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa Level II/III Teacher Trainings with Jimmy in both Costa Rica and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has also trained with Kelly Green and Paige Held of The Yoga Joint of South Florida. Gena teaches a variety of hot, warm, and room temperature classes. Additionally, Gena is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor, and she is also a qualified TRX suspension trainer instructor. Gena has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and incorporates her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to create dynamic, balanced strength and flexibility classes for all levels.
Nicole Laws was first introduced to hot yoga in May 2009. Immediately, yoga became a big part of her life and her livelihood. Prior to practicing yoga, Nicole was a pilates student for four years and an avid runner. However, she had not yet found her true passion until she found yoga. After attending a workshop by Jimmy Barkan in January 2010 Nicole was inspired to pursue her passion even further by signing up for the 2010 Barkan Method Hot Yoga Teacher Training. Nicole has a background in education and enjoys the teaching aspect just as much as the practice of yoga. She is excited to continue learning and growing as both a yoga teacher as well as a yoga student. Yoga started as a physical practice for Nicole but through time has become more spiritual and meditative. “Yoga has opened my mind and heart to infinite possibilities.” Nicole is eager to share her love of yoga and devotion for the practice with her students and hopes to sweat with all of you soon!
Kyle began his study of yoga as a freshman in college and has now been teaching both the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga for more than 20 years. His formal training includes a 200 hour teacher certification in the Vinyasa style through White Lotus Yoga. He also holds a Masters Degree in Eastern Classics from St. Johns College, and attended UC Berkeley in a Ph. D. program in comparative Hindu/Buddhist studies. He has taught yoga and Eastern Religions for the University of New Mexico and TVI/CNMCC. He started the yoga/Pilates program for Rio Rancho High School, and then the dance, yoga, and Pilates programs at Cleveland High School, also in Rio Rancho. He currently teaches over 35 dance, yoga, and Pilates classes a week at Cleveland High School, Defined Fitness, the Placitas Fire station, and Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga. He also guest teaches for various resorts in Jamaica. As a dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company and Festival Ballet Albuquerque as well as a yoga practitioner, Kyle is able to address the needs of dancers, athletes, and any others needing to work on developing core strength, balance, and flexibility.
A lifelong lover of sports and physical activity, Donna found her way to a mat in 2006. She was immediately addicted to the physical and mental challenges yoga brought to her life. She continued to practice and eventually gave in to the voice within her telling her to become a teacher. Donna received her 200 hour CYT certification and began teaching in early 2014. Donna brings her high-energy and fun-loving spirit to all her classes. She loves her ability to share her love and passion for yoga with students of all ages and levels. She especially loves to challenge her students to go beyond what they think they are physically capable of doing. Donna teaches a variety of classes at varying levels from warm and gentle to hot yoga sculpt. No matter what class you take, you are guaranteed to get your blood pumping and body moving.
From running, bike touring/racing, biathlons, triathlons, and quadrathlons, Dave has tested himself from minutes to days. All the miles took their toll and he gave up most things for over ten years. Starting with Bikram and now certified through Jimmy Barkan, hot yoga has allowed him to get back to his "normal" life. Always believing the mind and body are far more powerful that we give it credit, he encourages all of us to test ourselves both mentally and physically.
Discouraging “No” as a response to a question of ability, Dave prefers, "Not today"
Victoria Perez is an Albuqurque native, born and raised. She has spent most of her years in the 505 before accpeting an opporutnity at ENMU. Victoria has been on her fitness journey for many year now. Graduating with a bachlors in Health and Physical Eduation and a masters in Sports, Victoria's entire life revolves around fitness.
In 2016 Victoria decided to take the journey to Rishikesh, India to pursue a 200hr Yoga immersive teacher training at Vinyasa School of Yoga. Since returning, she tries to find any and every opportunity to share her passion for fitness with the community. Victoria's lively and upbeat energy is infused in all her classes, as she challenges you to take things up a notch but guides and supports you along the way.
Victoria’s believes Yoga is a powerful tool for not only our physical journey, but the enteral experience as well - and she hopes for the opportunity to share it with you!
Leslie first began her practice in college and still remembers the very first Virabhadrasana II(Warrior II) that she held for over 2 minutes. "It was both easy and challenging at the same time. I knew at that point that yoga would change my life, I just didn’t know how much." After being introduced to hot yoga in 2011 she found her true passion in her practice. She recently completed her RYT 200hr training at HYDT and plans to become certified in Yin Yoga spring 2017. Yoga has been a grounding force within her life and she believes anyone can benefit from practicing yoga – body, mind and spirit. Leslie is also a mother of 3 and works full time at a local nonprofit.
Breeze Sansom has been a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance since January 2012, completing the Sacred Hot Yoga Method teacher training in December 2011. Her personal practice began over 6 years ago and what started as a new workout quickly became a healthy habit.
She specializes in the fundamentals of yoga, focusing on the physical and emotional benefits of each pose. As the body and environment are constantly changing, she encourages each student to be accepting of how they’re feeling and what their body is capable of in this moment.
Physically, she focuses on proper alignment in postures and likes to offer modifications as stepping stones to achieving the full expression of each pose. Breeze hopes to help others connect with their inner strength, and find peace of mind and healing through their yoga practice.