studio teachers

Allisun

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.

Ashley

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

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.

Dani

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!

Emilee

Emilee is an Albuquerque native who began practicing yoga in 2012. She completed her 200h yoga teacher training in 2015. Emilee found the Hot Yoga Downtown Albuquerque community at a young age and considers it an integral part of her upbringing and growth as a person. She believes that yoga builds confidence and supports balance in both the body and in life. She hopes to help her students build a sustainable practice that facilitates all other pursuits.

Erin

Erin's classes are built on a foundation of alignment, breath, anatomical exploration and an overall joyful appreciation of human experience. Her lifelong love of movement inspired her to become a yoga teacher in 2001, and to open her own yoga studio, which she directed from 2011-2020. She has trained and certified over 120 yoga teachers, and loves being part of the Albuquerque teaching community.

Over the course of her teaching career, Erin observed a real need for improved functional strength amongst her yoga students, and so she began studying kettlebells and other forms of strength training in 2016. She ultimately earned certifications in both Personal Training and Corrective Exercise, which allowed her to more fully realize her passion of teaching movement in ways that are highly personalized,  and capable of honoring the needs and goals of a broad diversity of students.

When she's not teaching some kind of movement, Erin can be found spending time with her kids, singing in the garden, or scrambling up a mountain trail with friends. She looks forward to meeting you!

Gina

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

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

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.

Katelyn

Katelyn began practicing yoga in 2013 after finding a hot yoga studio behind her childhood ballet studio. A lover of all things movement, she was drawn to the intuitive and free-flowing practice on the mat. Over the years, yoga has become something that she returns to in order to find peace and unity within, time and time again. Katelyn believes that movement enables us to learn more about ourselves and dive deep into the mind-body connection that we all share.

She is also a special education teacher and believes that yoga classes should be inclusive and welcoming to all. Outside of work and yoga, Katelyn loves to rock climb, create art, eat yummy food, laugh with friends, and enjoy time outside. Katelyn teaches a vinyasa style class that is powerful, playful, and sweet.

Kelly

Yoga allows me to learn, grow, and cultivate a relationship with my body.  My practice is constantly evolving and yoga gives me the opportunity to explore. I want to make sure my classes give you a sense of agency and freedom.

I try to incorporate elements of pilates, dance, and martial arts into my classes. I ride bikes and I keep cyclists and runners in mind when stretching and strengthening muscles. I have fallen in love with yoga and this studio. I am so happy to be a part of this beautiful community as a teacher.

Kristina

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."

Mericka

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.

Molly

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

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.

Tiffany Jo

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!

Tim

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.