Abby Flammang began her practice ten years ago and very shortly after that she found the amazing community here at Hot Yoga Downtown. She is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and completed the fitness professional program at Central New Mexico Community College. In 2011 she traveled to Ft Lauderdale and trained with Jimmy Barkan receiving her 200 RYT in hot vinyasa. She went on to complete a level II training the following year in Costa Rica. Abby is passionate about yoga, the mysteries of the human body and exercise science and this love has led her into a new educational journey. She is pursuing a nursing degree currently and at the same time continues to learn, teach, play, and explore more deeply into her yoga practice. Abby’s classes are put together mindfully using her knowledge of anatomy, and designed to challenge, strengthen and heal the body.
A yoga practitioner since 1999, Allisun has been teaching Yoga and leading Yoga retreats in the US and beyond since 2006, and opened Orange Yoga in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque in 2011. Allisun is deeply inspired by nature, music, and everyday glimpses of magic. Allisun’s practice is a flowing, dynamic, spiritual and devotional expression of mind, body, and breath; tapping into the creativity, fluidity, sensuality, and movement within every living being. Allisun believes we are ONE with each other, with this earth, the stars above, past and future… united by passion, spirit, and love.
Allisun believes in Yoga as a means of connection to divine intelligence, connection to the beyond.
Allisun believes in meaningful, sustainable mind, body, and emotional health through intentional practice, how we move through the world on AND off the mat.
As an International Board of Hypnotherapy certified Hypnotherapist and a graduate of Hypnotherapy Academy of America, Allisun practices Integral Hypnotherapy, empowering clients to achieve goals large and small through collaborative healing. Allisun strongly believes in the power of harnessing and embodying one's highest self through hypnosis.
Andrew is a recent graduate of the HYDT teacher training and has practiced yoga for over 10 years. His yoga practice compliments his other activities of cycling and running that all work together for a balanced mind, body and spirit. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Health Communication at the University of New Mexico. His class focuses on foundational alignment and postures that support any level of practice.
I have been teaching yoga for over 15 years. I have been trained in Iyengar, Kundalini, Pre-Natal, Restorative, Bikram, and Hot Yoga practices. Currently I teach and practice at the Hot Yoga Downtown Albuquerque Yoga studio. I am thrilled to be part of such a caring and inspirational yoga community. I began my yoga practice in my teens and was trained and instructing classes by the late 90’s. I have worked in various studios and health clubs during this time. On Halloween 2001 I was in a near-fatal car accident. I was left with a broken body and was in a coma for 9 days. I strongly believe that yoga helped to save my life. In the dark coma, the process of coming back, and the slow months of recovery to follow the teachings and physical training of yoga would help to aid me again and again in the healing process.
Flexibility and strength that the body and mind gain through the yoga practice is immense. The practice is designed to be individual so there are modifications for almost every level of practitioner. Beyond healing from the accident, I practiced the hot yoga series throughout my pregnancy with my son and believe it was a contributing factor to a healthy pregnancy and ideal labor and birth experience. The practice of yoga is traditionally a therapeutic one. Taught from a long line of Guru’s and choreographed into the best format to help us, Yoga has been designed to heal our bodies, help us quiet the mind, strengthen the connection between the two via the breath and in turn become stronger (more conscious) beings. I seek to share the teachings and methods of Yoga I have been trained in and personally practice with others so that they too can enjoy the tremendous benefits that Yoga can provide. See you on the mat!
Bruce, E-RYT, began teaching yoga in 2003 after being certified in Bikram Choudhury’s intensive nine-week training in Los Angeles. He taught the Bikram method and continued to work as a landscape architect before opening Hot Yoga Downtown with Molly Krause in 2006. Bruce later completed Jimmy Barkan’s Level II and Level III teacher trainings in Fort Lauderdale and Costa Rica and has assisted Jimmy with his Costa Rica trainings for several years.Bruce, known as a nurturing and compassionate teacher with a playful style, has overcome physical obstacles in his personal practice and offers empathy and experience to those students with injuries. As such, he has introduced a new class at HYDT — Gentle Warm Yoga.
Bruce is now certified as a therapeutic yoga instructor for seniors, through the Duke University Integrative Medicine program in North Carolina. Taught by Duke medical school physicians, physical therapists and psychologists, he learned the latest research and techniques for teaching yoga to people facing various ailments, from heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, joint issues and replacements, breathing disorders, dementia, cancer and pain.Bruce knows that walking into a new yoga class isn’t always easy. If it’s your first time, he will spot you and go out of his way to make you feel comfortable. If you are a seasoned yogi, the beauty is in the details. Bruce teaches the subtleties and will take your practice to a new level, places you never thought you could get to before. Experiencing the tremendous healing power of yoga in his own body and spirit, it is with great joy that he shares the process with others. Bruce and his wife Anne have two daughters, and live in Cedar Crest with their cat, dogs, chickens and horse, Biscochito.
Danielle DeLuca, RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. My passion for hot yoga began in 2010 at Hot Yoga Downtown Albuquerque, and I've never looked back. While yoga has provided me with an invigorating physical practice, I come back to the mat time and time again for the mental and spiritual aspects that ground me. After experiencing a major injury, I discovered that perhaps most importantly, this practice heals and saves. It does so through a strong yoga community that provides support, love and light. It is the best medicine, and I hope to share all the yoga magic with you on the mat!
As an avid dancer from age 2, I found yoga for the first time at my gym at the University of Rhode Island in 2011. Soon after I began a regular hot yoga practice while continuing to teach dance throughout college. I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Hot Yoga Downtown in 2018. The teacher training changed my life and I seek to incorporate yoga philosophy into all of my classes as well as knowledge from my outside interests as a pharmacist and nutrition/wellness coach. My goal is to inspire students to reach their greatest potential while maintaining a sustainable practice and to find an ease in their practice
Hazel's journey has been guided by the belief that "health is freedom of movement." In order to be a better functioning, happy and healthy human, one must thoroughly understand mind, body, energy, and emotions. Hazel's curiosity for understanding the optimal psycho-physiological function of the human form has inspired a lifelong exploration of movement, health, and medicinal practices. Hazel has travel to Seoul, South Korea to study Buddhism and Vipassana meditation under the instruction of Venerable Congdok, where she learned practices in. Zen meditation (Chamseon), chanting (yebul) and Zen philosophy. Hazel recognizes the necessity of meditation as a medium crucial to one's experience of equanimity, prosperity, and, ultimately, happiness.
In hopes of enhancing a meditation practice, Hazel came across the Bikram yoga practice in 2009, while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages at the University of New Mexico. In August 2014, Hazel journey to Rishikesh, India, where she resided in an asharam to study the Hatha Yoga practice and philosophy.
Currently, Hazel works as a licensed Thai massage therapist, to offer versatile holistic healing modalities to all populations in her community and is in the process of pursuing credentials in teaching Transcendental Meditation to enhance her knowledge of focused introspection and meditation.
Hazel's classes are uniquely challenging and restorative. The diversity of her vinyasa yoga classes is inspired by the myriad of athletes that she teaches weekly from strong powerlifters to graceful rock climbers. Hazel hopes to impart in all beings the desire to function optimally so as to be able to appreciate the beauty in all of life's adventures!
James has completed teacher trainings with Bikram Choudhury and Bryan Kest, having extensive experience not only in the Bishnu Ghosh, and the Power Yoga lineages, but also many other forms from traditional Ashtanga to playful vinyasa flow. He brings years of enthusiasm and energy to the practice room. Challenging, fun and no judgement - classes structured to allow us to explore and grow.
I began my yoga practice in 2011. With a background in both classical and modern dance, I am always on the lookout for new hobbies and activities that challenge me physically. Having tried every sport from snowboarding to rock climbing, I finally found a discipline that incorporated the flow, movement, creativity, and expressiveness that inspired me as a dancer when I discovered yoga. What I didn’t realize was that I was beginning a journey of self-study that would permeate my daily life by way of mindfulness, gratitude, stillness, peace, and love.
The flow, breath, and structural alignment enable you to come closer to your personal edge each time you return to the mat. I continue to hone my skills and expand my yogic knowledge by engaging in multiple classes in different disciplines and under diverse tutelage, as well as maintaining an open mind and striving always to broaden my knowledge and experiences both in and out of the yoga studio. My intention as an instructor is to create a space for students to get in touch with their creativity and passion; from this place, all things are possible.
Kat Page, 200 hr RYT, fell in love with hot yoga when she was 21 years old. Since then she has continued her study of yoga. She loves to take it slow in her classes and is deeply inspired by Bryan Kest who combines challenge and grace with gentleness and strength. When she's not teaching yoga, she's writing, teaching high school English or hanging out with her daughter, husband and dogs. She has been teaching yoga since February 2013.
Kristina is a native New Mexican, mother of four, an artist and an educator. She recently completed the RYT 200hr training here at HYDT. Introduced to yoga as a child she returned to it many times as an adult. And began practicing Ashtanga following a serious injury that left her hospitalized and immobile for months.
"Yoga was the most effective medicine to process the trauma, regain movement and to reconnect with my mind, body and spirit."
In 2006, a back injury brought me to the yoga mat. Although I had dabbled in yoga before, the heat is what drew me in to stay. I still remember my first Hot Yoga class—it was the first time in years that I finished an exercise and didn't leave in excruciating pain. I was instantly hooked on the movement. But what started as a physical practice blossomed into so much more. The yoga mat has turned into a sacred space that challenges me, humbles me, and pushes me to be a better, more evolved human.
After four years of consistent practice as a student, I decided to deepen my commitment to yoga from the other side of the mat. In 2010, I earned my 200-hour Level I Teacher Training with Jimmy Barkan. Then I studied with him again in 2012, completing my Level II Teacher Training. Through participation in workshops and retreats, I have continued to advance my education in various modalities of yoga including: therapeutic, restorative, meditation, and breathing techniques. I am currently engaged in my 300-hour Teacher Training with Erin Hansbrough.
As a lifelong athlete, I have always been attuned to the powerful relationship between the action of the body and a person’s psychological and emotional wellbeing. Having experienced the holistic benefits of yoga for myself, it is my passion to help others achieve the same appreciation for the mind-body connection. Through my teaching, I strive to help people learn how to tune into their own bodies, empowering them in their journey of self-discovery.
My teaching style is rooted in alignment principles, which I tailor to fit the anatomy of each individual student. I am a firm believer that there are as many ways to do a yoga pose as there are bodies on this Earth. To me, yoga is much more than an asana practice. It is a life practice that can transform your body and mind, and can serve as a constant guide as you navigate through your experiences both on and off of the mat.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Molly began her career in 2001 at UNMH performing nuclear studies on cancer patients and others in various disease processes. It was there that she decided she belonged on the prevention side of things, and attended Bikram Choudhury’s 9 week training in 2003. Since then she has trained with Jimmy Barkan and Gurmukh Khalsa, broadening her knowledge of modern asana technique and philosophy.
Molly and and her business partner, Bruce Sher, founded Hot Yoga Downtown in 2006 in the spirit of fully embracing the variance in Hot Yoga in the west. The studio is home to several teachers and thousands of students who are currently exploring the practice in all it’s nuanced beauty. A driven teacher and constant student of yoga, Molly invites her students to take their practice to the next level with open hearts and inquisitive minds. When not on the mat or chasing after her little girls, she can usually be found elbow deep in some kind of dough.
Nicole has been practicing yoga since 2010 where she fell in love with the practice during her time living in Costa Rica for a semester study abroad. She has received her 500 hour certification as well her Yin-Yoga certification. Nicole started teaching a vinyasa style class in 2011 at the University of North Texas for their group fitness program. Since then she’s taught at the Santa Fe Community Yoga Center in Santa Fe, Grassroots Yoga and Orange Yoga in Albuquerque. One of Nicole’s passions is bringing yoga to the equestrian world here in New Mexico. She specialized in working with the horse and rider by teaching yoga basics, breath and the power of a mind body connection through a class called Rider Fit: Stretch and Strength for the Saddle.
Although, Nicole took a short pause from her work with horses and moved to Kansas City, MO in 2016. Upon returning to Albuquerque in 2019 Nicole immediately jumped back into a work trade position at HYDT. She’s honored and thrilled to be teaching a vinyasa class for the beautiful Hot Yoga Downtown community. When she’s not taking yoga classes she’s working at APS and studying to become an elementary school teacher through the CNM Alternative Teacher Licensure program.
Ravenna was first introduced to yoga by her parents when she was three, but she didn't fall in love with the practice until many years later, while studying acting at The Juilliard School. At first, Yoga was just a way for Ravenna get a good workout, and burn off some stress from living in the fast paced world of NYC. But after about 6 months, she began to notice that the benefits of the practice were so much more far reaching than just a way to 'get her sweat on'. Yoga is Ravenna's church, her chiropractor, her shrink ---when she steps on to the mat, no matter what kind of a day she has had, she is home. She felt inspired to help other people find and feel a similar sense of connection and belonging, through the power of Yoga. In 2013, she completed a 200-hour training from the Yandara Yoga Institute, and was lucky enough to continue to study with amazing teachers from around the world. Since graduating from Yandara, Ravenna has had the privilege of teaching classes at numerous studios throughout the US and Mexico. She offers her classes with the hope that Yoga will have a positive impact in your life, and help you to live in a balanced, healthy, and peaceful way---both on and off the mat.
When she's not teaching or taking class, Ravenna loves to cook, read, dance, hike, write, make art, see shows, and travel.
Tiffany Jo has been inspiring people on their mats for the last decade. She’s logged well over 500 hours with her primary teacher, Shiva Rea. Her classes are a fluid dance exploring all of the intricacies of breath, movement, and mindfulness. She’s known for her thoughtful preparation and her ability to break down complex poses, rendering them possible. Expect to leave glowing, centered, and refreshed.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Tiffany Jo is a new transplant to Albuquerque and has fallen in love with the desert’s quiet beauty. She looks forward to meeting you and discovering all that the city has to offer. And if music is your jam, you know her life was saved by rock’n’roll!
Tyrus walked into a yoga studio six years ago because he needed a way to increase his mobility and flexibility after years of playing sports and lifting weights, and he never looked back. He has been practicing regularly since that first yoga class, and decided to broaden his practice with the HYDT 200 hour teacher training in 2017. He is an active duty pilot in the Air Force, and uses yoga as a compliment to his intensive exercise program. In addition to the physical benefits, Tyrus continues to return to his mat for the grounding and centering aspects of the practice. He has practiced a variety of Vinyasa flow and power fusion styles, and his classes are very upbeat and full of energy.
Like so many other yogis, I began practicing bikram’s yoga for the physical workout and the therapeutic efficacy. Soon, however, the focus of my practice evolved and centered in the mind and the spirit. In the summer of 2010 I attended teacher training in Florida, studying the Barkan Method under Jimmy Barkan. My motivation was two-fold, 1) to acquire greater knowledge of the history, philosophy, and the practice of asana, and 2) to return a small portion of the gift that has so freely been given to me in my practice. Yoga has become the perfect meditative vehicle to expand and improve my relationship and conscious contact with a power greater than myself. I strive to create an environment in my classes where the individual has an opportunity to push limits, explore personal boundaries, and grow within the safety of the community energy.