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The Body is my temple; and Asanas are my prayers.
- BKS Iyengar

We offer beginning and advanced classes along with an array of specialty classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats at our Albuquerque studio in Nob Hill. We truly offer yoga for everyone. To learn more, view our Schedule  Also, sign up for our newsletter and keep up to date on class offerings.

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Camps   

HDY Youth Camps: The High Desert Yoga Kids camps teach kids and tween/teens valuable life lessons while having a great time!  Campers learn how to take  care of and listen to their bodies and selves through yoga, games, mindfulness techniques, and learning to make their own healthy snacks.  All games and activities are noncompetitive and inclusive, teaching the value of working together and supporting each other. Learn more and register

On-going Classes

Yoga Basics: For complete newcomers to the art and science of yoga or those who want to reaffirm basic alignment and poses. Vocabulary, alignment concepts, and relevant anatomy are introduced. Students will explore pre-asana and beginning yoga poses with a focus on initiating a balance between strength and flexibility.

Yoga Basics/Level 1: A Yoga Basics class which introduces concepts and poses from Level 1.

Gentle Level 1: A Level 1 class with an emphasis on floor and seated poses, breath, and inner focus.

Level 1: For students who have some understanding of the alignment concepts, relevant anatomy, and basic vocabulary, Level 1 classes expand the exploration of pre-asana and classical yoga asanas, introducing some intermediate asana and refinement of alignment. Continued development of the balance between strength and flexibility, muscular engagement and relaxation is emphasized.

Level 1-2: A Level 1 class which introduces concepts and poses from Level 2.  

Level 2: For the intermediate student who has an understanding of alignment in basic yoga asana. At the discretion of the instructor, students will experiment with more advanced poses that could include backbends, inversions, or vinyasa flow. Poses are typically held for longer time and more variations of postures are introduced. 

Level 2-3: For intermediate level students who have a solid understanding of foundational poses and alignment principles, who practice regularly, and who are ready to expand their practice to include poses which require greater organization, range of motion, stability, and focus. This class may introduce full backbends and inversions.

Level 3-4: For intermediate or advanced practitioners and teachers who have a regular practice of the main categories of asana, including standing and seated postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, inversions, and vinyasa. Emphasis on subtle alignment, endurance and stability.

On-going Specialty Yoga Classes

Back Care: For students with pain or injuries in the back, neck and shoulders, “Back Care Yoga” is a slower paced class using the support of props. Students are introduced to movements and poses that encourage improved postural alignment and freedom from pain. This class is also ideal for beginning students in search of a more gentle introduction to yoga.  If you rate your level of back pain between a pain scale of 5-10 (on a scale of 1-10), please contact us so that you may speak to the teacher prior to class.

Chair Yoga for Chronic Conditions: No matter what your health challenges are, you can still practice yoga. This chair-based yoga class focuses on cultivating breathwork and relaxation practices, in addition to exploring range of motion and muscular stability. Connecting breath with movement can help to relieve pain and fatigue, while cultivating neuroplasticity. Participants are encouraged to tailor the practice to their individual needs, either remaining seated for the entire practice, or coming out of the chair for portions of the class as appropriate. This class is appropriate for students using wheelchairs or any other mobility aids. The practice is especially designed for students with neurological or autoimmune issues, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, Parkinson's, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Caregivers are always welcome at no additional charge. If you have questions about the class, please call the teacher Abby Foster at 505-433-8685.

Community Class: Appropriate for new to Level 1 students, this one-hour class will focus on warm-ups, preparatory poses, classic yoga postures and resting poses, with an emphasis on alignment and body awareness. The class is taught by recent graduates of High Desert Yoga’s teacher training program. There is no fee, but a minimum $5 cash donation is required. All donations benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico.

De-Stress Yoga: These gentle classes combine mindfully-aligned postures and body-awareness with calming breathing techniques. We sometimes use props to support the postures, while gently stretching and strengthening the body.  De-Stress Yoga gives you time to unwind and return to your center of balance. It is a slow, deep practice where particular attention is paid to areas that we typically hold tension, including the neck, shoulders, and hips. Postures are suitable and adaptable for all levels. 

Family & Kid's Yoga: Artfully designed to engage all ages Family Yoga incorporates group games, partner yoga, meditation and more for a class that the whole family can enjoy. Bring your kids, grandparents, parents and friends and enjoy some tea after class. ALL AGES

Kid's Yoga: Kids learn the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga in a safe and fun way. Each one-hour class begins with a seated meditation and ends with Savasana (corpse pose). In between, we practice for 30 minutes with attention to alignment and the breath. Halfway through class we break for herbal tea and cookies and a board game as most kids are coming right from school. Every student will have the opportunity to lead the class through their favorite poses. Students will also develop the skills to help their peers with proper alignment. 

Kundalini Yoga with Ayurveda: Deva teaches Kundalini Yoga with Ayurvedic principles woven throughout the class. Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences that strive to help a person reconnect to their true nature through direct experiences. Together they encompass a complete approach to wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Kundalini Yoga combines postures (asanas), movement, sound current (mantra), breath (pranayam) and meditation into powerful sets called kriyas. It is designed to provide you with an experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini.

Mindful Yoga and Meditation class combines gentle Level 1 yoga postures with breath and body awareness, guided meditation instruction and sitting practice. We focus on the present moment and develop skill in concentrating and steadying the mind so that we can be more attentive, more aware and more centered.This way of practice can help us see our bodies, hearts and minds more clearly, while cultivating kindness and compassion within.

Mom & Baby Yoga: A bonding and soothing practice for mothers and their for infants approximately 6 weeks to 18 months old. Networking with other mothers is an additional gift of this class.

Morning Cup o'Yoga: Kick start your day with an early morning hour of yoga. Awaken strength, energy and flexibility in a fun atmosphere to set the tone for the week.

Prenatal Yoga: Women are guided through poses that create stability and awareness of their changing bodies to enhance a healthy pregnancy and birthing experience. A supportive community of expectant mothers is nurtured in this class.

Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing, passive practice in which the body is fully and comfortably supported. Each pose is typically held for five to ten minutes or longer so that accumulated stress and tension is gently released. The parasympathetic nervous system becomes dominant, facilitating the body's relaxation and self-healing processes.

Restorative and Ropes:  This class is designed to flush the stress of daily life from your body and mind. With the use of the props we open the body, allowing surrender so the breath may become healing for the organic body. The mind becomes quiet and we are taken into a meditative state. The use of yoga ropes makes effortless inversions accessible, bringing new vitality to the body. If you need a restful, energizing vacation but have only an hour and half, join us!

Senior Yoga is the perfect class for the 50+ student in search of a mindful and gentle yoga practice. Three levels of Senior Yoga class are offered: 1. Senior Yoga, appropriate for the active senior student with some yoga experience, includes standing, strengthening and balance poses. 2. Gentle Senior Yoga is for those who are new to yoga or negotiating health issues, and includes floor, chair and supported standing poses. 3. Chair-based Senior Yoga is an extra-gentle class for those with health and mobility issues where getting down to and up from the floor is difficult or painful. To discuss which class is appropriate for you, please contact Nishtha at (505) 238-8845.

Timed Asana: In this class, asanas are held for longer periods of time with varying degrees of support. This allows access into the deeper layers of the muscles, connective tissue and consciousness. The student is guided into subtle internal actions, creating an opportunity for the body to sort out long-term and deeply-seated imbalances in the musculature, joints, breathing patterns and nervous system. The class also includes basic pranayama and savasana.

Yoga Body in Emotion is a safe and mindful class for those who feel as though they have lost “touch” with their bodies and are wishing to reconnect. When we face the most difficult of the human experiences, such as grief, fear, tragedy, illness, or loneliness, it is common to lose awareness and sensitivity in our physical beings. The result of this is often a sense of numbness, both physically and emotionally. This class is designed to provide tender exploration to reawaken body and spirit. Additionally, we will be working with movements and poses designed to regulate the nervous system so that we are able to feel more alive, happy, content and grounded both on and off the yoga mat. We will work with emotions and sensations as important messengers in the process of coming home to ourselves. The class is appropriate for both beginning and advanced students.

Yoga for Cancer Care provides a safe and nurturing practice for students in any stage of cancer treatment. In a supportive environment, students are guided to build stamina and relieve stress through breathing, movement and relaxation. This class is taught by a licensed physical therapist, Patti Lentz. Patti offers this class for no charge to all cancer patients undergoing treatment or in recovery.

Yoga for Caregivers & Healthcare Providers focuses on self-care practices for those who serve others. In this class you will learn yoga poses (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditative techniques to reinvigorate you for your life and work.

Yoga for Healing: A class open to all levels designed to use the art of yoga and the science of Ayurveda to bring balance and peace to one’s body and mind. We’ll practice particular movements, certain breathing exercises and subtle therapies to allow the student to have their own deep and safe experience of healing. Come join us on Saturday mornings for 1 hour to help heal and prevent future disease.

Yoga for Lunch is a mixed-level class which combines strength and flexibility training to help you continue the day with power and calm. Niki combines Hatha Yoga with a variety of core strengthening techniques and restorative yoga. Music adds great energy to this one-hour class.

Yoga for Scoliosis: This class is taught by Patti Lentz, PT and yoga therapist. Specific attention is given to alignment issues, pain, and weaknesses unique to individuals with scoliosis. Each class is geared to the capacity and skill of the students present.

Yoga Therapeutics: This class is taught by Patti Lentz, a licensed physical therapist and yoga instructor. Geared towards newcomers to yoga and experienced yoga students with specific issues which are affecting your practice. Hands-on and individual attention is offered.