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Visting Teachers and Their Yoga Studios
Open Sky Yoga
A visually stunning site for info on the workshop locations of the internationally renowned Yoga instructor Francois Raoult.
Elise Browning Miller Yoga
Elise has successfully used yoga to minimize the effects of her own scoliosis and sees clients privately with scoliosis and other back related problems. She has published numerous articles on scoliosis and other yoga related subjects in Yoga Journal and other national magazines. Elise has studied on numerous occasions with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in India. She has recently produced the Yoga for Scoliosis DVD and booklet, the Yoga for Backcarebooklet, Intermediate Yoga in Fiji DVD, and a new edition of her book, Yoga, Anytime, Anywhere. Elise's joyous personality and ease of communication endear her to students with a teaching style that is down-to-earth, precise, and nurturing
Judith Hanson Lasater
Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Judith is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and has been an advisor on three NIH studies on yoga and health.
Her yoga training includes study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra in the San Francisco Bay Area. Judith also gives workshops throughout the United States, and has taught in Canada, England, France, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and Russia.
Erich Schiffman is a yoga master who studied at the Krishnamurti School in England, with TKV Desikachar in India and with Joel Kramer in the US. Erich teaches regular classes at the Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, California and workshops at various locations around the US.
Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten
Angela and Victor are world-renowned Yoga teachers, having influenced many of the leading Yoga teachers in the West today. They inspire students to reflect inward and reconnect with deep springs of wisdom, energy and creativity that lie within. They invite students to go beyond prescribed techniques of structural movement to allow the creative and intuitive spirit to emerge. Their classes are an oasis for those seeking a more internal and meditative approach and offer a wealth of poetic imager, playful exploration and creative movement... all geared to help students find their way back to their own inner substance, guidance and wisdom.
Rama Jyoti Vernon began her interest in metaphysics and mysticism as a child. Ultimately, she became one of America's first Yoga teachers, and was instrumental in bringing many great teachers from India to the U.S., co-founding the Yoga Journal and developing organizations such as Unity in Yoga, to unite all lineages of Yoga. As a housewife, mother and Yoga teacher, Rama found herself applying Yoga philosophy in a whole new arena, international peacemaking. During the 1980s she made dozens of trips to the U.S.S.R, and founded the Center for International Dialogue, based on the idea that people can join together to initiate solutions for political, economic, ecological,humanitarian and cultural conflicts.
Hacienda Eden is on Troncones Beach near Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Beachfront Bed and Breakfast with beach casitas and room rentals and a popular garden restaurant overlooking beautiful Manzanillo bay and enjoys one of the best beaches in the area, and sunsets every evening! High Desert Yoga hosts several Mexico yoga retreats at the Hacienda Eden.
Yoga del Pacifico
YOGA DEL PACIFIO is your dream vacation home and yoga retreat space that is available for rent several months a year. The architecture was carefully designed to compliment the local environment and most of the building materials came from the local area. It is carefully placed among the palm trees and indigenous trees with a variety of flowers and fruit trees.
The complex consist of three structures located on the Pacific Ocean and the highest beach front on Manzanillo Bay, which offers both seclusion and expansive vistas.
High Desert Yoga Community Partners and local links
Autumn Oglesby Photographer
Autumn took many of the beautiful photographs for our website. Autumn has been a freelance photographer in the Albuquerque area since 2002. The people, architecture and landscape of New Mexico, rich in earth textures and desert light, have made this region a natural home for me, my family and my work. Contact Autumn for more information.
Kristina "Tina" Kachele designs many of the beautiful flyers that you link to from our workshop and retreats pages. She specializes in fine art and photography books, illustrated books, scholarly monographs, and trade fiction and non-fiction. She is fortunate to be able to combine my two creative passions, design and photography, in the art of bookmaking. Contact Tina for more information
Albuquerque's one-stop resource for Yoga Studios, Classes, Events, and Community.
The Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS)
The Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) is the first school to be chartered by the state of New Mexico. The school is committed to using 21st century digital media and information technology to engage students and foster creative thinking and media literacy while focusing on project based learning, thematic units, student presentations and exhibitions.
An inspiring website that offers beautiful poetry written by a fellow Yogini.
Savor Italian stype espresso, European pastries, organic gelato. Voted Best of the City! Support the local bike club and racing team!
Duke City Wheelmen
We ride our bicycles as much as we can. Some of us race as much as we can. Most of us like long rides. It is a pleasure to be outdoors and moving under our own power. Safe cycling is also important to us. We work to bring cycling to the attention of the general public
Farfesha Dance Studios
Under the direction of Michelle Morrison, Farfesha Belly Dance is a professional belly dancing company and instructional studio. Michelle offers Belly Dancing class series at our nob hill studio seasonly.
Albuquerque High School Band and Colorguard
The bulldogs band plays at a variety of local public high school events in Albuquerque. High Desert Yoga has volunteer taught yoga classes to band and colorguard members during summer band camp.
International professional organization provides support services and yoga teacher and yoga school registration.
International Yoga College
For more than 15 years, the International Yoga College (IYC), previously named the American Yoga College, has offered courses and curriculum designed to preserve the integrity of the timeless teachings from all traditions and lineages of yoga, while encouraging students to explore and trust their own inner resources.
Meditation, Philosophy and Yogic schools
A beautiful and encyclopedic site on the Siddha tradition, full of information on the origins, teachings and current community activities of this organization. On- line store. Essential for those interested in this auspicious lineage.
This is a seminal site for all interested in the life and work of BKS Iyengar, perhaps the most well-known name associated with Yoga in the West. Learn of the history, development and proliferation of the teaching style developed by this great Yogi. Contact to all certified teachers and associations around the world.
A fascinating site on the lineage brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda, famed yoga of the well-known book, Autobiography of a Yogi. This tradition is carried forward at the Kriya Temple. Extensive teacher training courses, including by correspondence.
Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, and is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Clinical psychologist, Tara is author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha and the upcoming book,True Refuge-Three Gateways to a Fearless Heart (Bantam, 2011).Tara is nationally known for her skill in weaving western psychological wisdom with a range of meditative practices. Her approach emphasizes compassion for oneself and others; mindful presence and the direct realization and embodiment of natural awareness.
The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây), our spiritual teacher, founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School for Youths of Social Services in Vietnam. When not travelling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, he teaches, writes, and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people.
The Unified Buddhist Church established Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975, Plum Village in 1982, the Dharma Cloud Temple and the Dharma Nectar Temple in 1988, and the Adornment of Loving Kindness Temple in 1995. Thich Nhat Hanh’s sangha (community of practice) in France is usually referred to as the Plum Village Sangha.
Started in 1996 and in Albuquerque, based on the dream of creating a company that would provide the best in Auyrvedic herbs and products.
The Ayurvedic Institute
The Ayurvedic Institute, recognized as a leading Ayurvedic school and Ayurveda health spa outside of India, was established in 1984 to teach the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and to provide these ancient therapies. Ayurvedic healing includes herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, Yoga, Sanskrit, and Jyotish (Vedic astrology).