Susan Hakanson – Wellspring Yoga Owner and Teacher
Susan is a longtime practitioner of yoga and has been a teacher for over 14 years. Susan has practiced and studied with many teachers in different disciplines and styles. She found Viniyoga in 2003 and found a practice that changed her life. She completed her 500-hour training with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute.
For many years Susan has taught regular classes in Durango, Colorado and now in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her well-loved classes include the early morning basics class, strengthening and therapeutic classes for folks training for the Iron Horse Bike classic, classes aimed at keeping aging athletes in their sports, and deep relaxation classes for the end of a busy work week. She also teaches specific Pranayama classes, Mindfulness and Meditation classes, Change Management workshops and she offers study groups to discuss the Yoga Sutra.
Susan first came to yoga 35+ years ago to find relief from a severe scoliosis, aggravated by an injury. Realizing the amazing difference in her quality of life between times when she was dedicated to her practice and times when she let it drift, Susan committed to a daily practice and lifelong study. As many have learned, the physical practice leads to the understanding that Yoga offers so much more. Yoga is the “union” or link between the source of energy and the materiality – the mind and body; an ancient philosophy that can lead to greater health, vitality and peace of mind – if you practice!
Please feel free to contact Susan with any of your thoughts or questions.
Over the past 20 years, Mikiala has found yoga to be the most powerful way to develop and maintain physical vitality, mental clarity and a joyful engagement with life. Searching for a way to deepen her own practice and a desire to share the many benefits of yoga with others, Mikiala completed the teacher-training program at YogaWorks and holds a professional certification with Yoga Alliance.
Mikiala’s teachings are strongly influenced by those of B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga yoga. Her yoga classes generally feature gentle flowing sequences, attention to alignment, and an appreciation for community and connection.
Mikiala is devoted to providing excellent yoga to all.
Please feel free to contact her with any of your thoughts or questions.
Herb established Wellspring Yoga in 1985 and while he stepped down as the owner he continues to teach regularly at Wellspring. He is a graduate of the Igenyar Yoga Institute and has studied with Geeta and B.K.S. Iyengar in India and the United States.
His emphasis is both enhancing health and well-being. He uses yoga as a tool for self-discovery and understanding. He encourages students to integrate the principles of yoga into daily life. Herb blends humor with insight to create a relaxed and challenging atmosphere.
Jo is certified through the Yoga Institute of Miami. She holds certificates of completion with Rodney Yee, Joan White, David Swenson, and John Friend. She is also certified to teach pre-natal yoga and restorative yoga.
She concentrates her study on Iyengar yoga, however, she also includes modifications and/or assists from Anusara yoga and Patabi Jois Ashtanga yoga. Her main teachers are Kevin Gardner, Patricia Walden, Bobbi Golden, Dean Lerner, Dr. Edwin Bryant and Rodney Yee.
Margaret Lopez has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since she experienced Kundalini Yoga ‘love at first class’ in 1998. KRI instructor certified in 2013, she welcomes you to fully experience breath, movement and connection to self through Kundalini Yoga.
Avery Janeczek Kalapa
Avery Janeczek Kalapa e-RYT500, BFA has been practicing yoga since her for over 17 years, and teaching regularly since 2004. She completed her 500 hour teacher trainings through the Temple of Kriya Yoga, and High Desert Yoga, and also holds special certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Teen Yoga, and Kid’s Yoga, and is currently working towards completion of Leslie Howard’s Certification in Yoga for the Pelvic Floor, and Pranayama Certification with Francois Raoult.
Inspired by BKS Iyengar’s approach, and the teachings of his students, as well as experiential anatomy, and Vipassana Meditation, Avery’s teaching style focuses on subtle awareness, attention to physical and pranic alignment, stability, fine-tuned organization, and finding full access to our key source of vital energy, the breath. She is a committed, versatile and creative teacher who approaches this in-depth work with reverence, patience, and joy.
Avery lives in Albuquerque with her wife and their son, and loves art, gardening, and community. She teaches classes, workshops, private sessions and retreats, and blogs about yoga at averykalapa.com.
Karen Bentrup has been teaching physical movement for 30 years in the fitness, sports and dance areas; and yoga for 16 years. She is certified as a Kripalu Yoga Instructor and by the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors (Iyengar-certified faculty), and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level with the national Yoga Alliance.
Studying yoga primarily with Iyengar instructors and also in Anusara, Astanga and vinyasa traditions, Karen infuses an intensity, clarity and compassion into her yoga classes. Weaving in elegant alignment principles and a heart centered philosophy, she brings an intelligent enthusiasm to her classes and encourages self-discovery in all her students. Karen is also a longtime community gardener, farmer/grower and loves local food.
Certified Yoga Instructor Sharon Jonas has shared her passion for yoga and fitness for over sixteen years. She practiced and studied yoga with numerous renowned teachers while working at Pura Vida Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Inspired by Iyengar, Anusara and Vinyasa traditions, as well as Pilates strength and core work, Sharon integrates a wide range of yoga styles into her Gentle Strength Yoga. She offers a rewarding practice that accommodates all levels of experience, with special attention to individual exploration and modifications. Sharon is continually expanding her training and teaching repertoire with workshops such as YogaFit®, Back Care Basics, Therapeutic Yoga and SilverSneakers® yoga and fitness. She also offers healthy living and nutrition counseling, specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Through creative classes and one-on-one coaching, Sharon shares her knowledge and support with a practical and personalized approach.
Deva Khalsa is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Clinical Herbalist and a 26 year veteran of teaching Kundalini Yoga. She teaches weekly yoga classes in Albuquerque and is running the first ever Kundalini Yoga teacher training in the fall of 2018. Sher has a detox/cleansing and Ayurvedic business in Albuquerque and Sante Fe. Deva began practicing yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992 and she moved to New Mexico in 1996 to study personally with Yogi Bhajan.
Lena Armstrong-Strober RYT (Narayan Sita Kaur) has been teaching Hatha yoga for the past 14 years. She began teaching in NY for an artist residency program, as her background includes being a professional dancer, actress and singer. Currently, she holds speciality certifications in: chair, prenatal, senior and is finishing up her Kundalini training. She is blessed to travel to Shakti and Bhakti Yoga festivals every year to coordinate and teach at Kids Land. When she isn’t teaching or practicing, she is helping her husband produce local festivals and spending time with her two beautiful daughters. Sat Nam.