Susan  Hakanson – Wellspring Yoga Owner and Teacher

Susan is a longtime practitioner of yoga and has been a teacher for over 12 years. 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.

Mikiala Spadaro


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.

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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 Carter


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

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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

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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 c

ommunity. She teaches classes, workshops, private sessions and retreats, and blogs about yoga at


Karen Bentrup



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.

Sharon Jonas

Certified Yoga Instructor and Professional Chef Sharon Jonas has shared her passion for healthy living


through yoga, fitness and food for over fifteen years. Specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Sharon studied nutrition, worked as a counselor for Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centres, and owned a restaurant here in Albuquerque. She practiced and studied yoga with numerous well-known teachers while working as Chef and Manager at Pura Vida Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Sharon integrates a variety of yoga styles into her Gentle Strength teaching, including Iyengar, Anusara, Astanga, Vinyasa and Restorative along with Pilates strength and core work, offering a rewarding practice that accommodates all levels of experience. Sharon is continually expanding her training and teaching repertoire with specialized workshops such as YogaFit®, Back Care Basics, and SilverSneakers® fitness and yoga. Through one-on-one coaching and creative classes, Sharon shares her knowledge and support with a practical and personalized approach.




Katja has katjawebcompleted advanced 500hr Certification in the Hatha and Iyengar styles. As well as 500+ hours in additional certification and workshops. She is also certified to teach Children’s and Teen Yoga.  In her classes she seeks to create a space to explore, listen to, and connect with ourselves, our bodies, and the bigger picture around us, through mindful, intentional movement, and inner awareness.

Katja holds a BA in Creative Writing and Art from the University of New Mexico.