Yoga for All

Healing Justice Immersion Weekend

May 10, 11 & 12, 2019

A FREE weekend event in Albuquerque exploring Yoga Access, Culture Shift, Solidarity, Representation, and Transformative Practice!

Come connect, practice yoga, expand your horizon! For all levels, all folks.

Never tried yoga? Come! Want to practice more, but have second thoughts about showing up, like, yoga is too white, too expensive, etc? Do you want to explore the overlap of yoga practice and social justice? This event is for you!

This is a collaborative exploration of what a yoga community and practice can look like that is truly "Yoga for All." Rather than assimilation into mainstream "yoga" culture, how can the space be re-centered to embrace the experience, needs and wisdom of our whole Albuquerque community? This weekend is the start of a conversation, exploration, and transformation, within ourselves and in the world.

Yoga is an ancient embodied spiritual practice from the Indu Valley of India, and while its practice has become far reaching and brought real and profound benefit to many, systemic racism, settler colonialism, heteropatriarchy, and consumer capitalism have had a huge effect on who feels welcome and has access to yoga, and how yoga is defined and consumed. Ahimsa (non-violence), deconditioning the mind, and liberation are foundational to yoga. Healing and justice go hand in hand.

Featuring an amazing array of collaborators:

This event seeks to center queer, trans, black, brown, poor, big-bodied, and disabled folks in the yoga environment, while helping all attendees discover new terrain and inspiration for locating themselves within the conversation of privilege, systemic oppression, healing, and embodied transformation.


Registering will get you a chance to win a $25.00 cash! Preregistration is not required but will help us get more funding to do cool stuff in the future!

A fundraiser for Yoga for People of Color for Healing and Empowerment and Queer+Trans Community Yoga.

Free for queer trans low income BIPOC and big bodied folks. For those who can, please donate generously!

Donations: Bring cash or a check payable to Avery Kalapa, or send to PayPal (friend and family) with a note that it's for YFA. Suggested donation for the weekend for those who can afford: $50-150, for individual classes: $10-25.

THANKS for helping us spread the word!

ALL REGULAR CLASSES during the 3 days of the Event at High Desert Yoga are FREE to Queer, Trans, BIPOC, low income, and big-bodied folks! Check the schedule to see which will suit your needs best.

All events are open to everyone except for POC Meditation on Friday and POC Yoga on Sunday, which are only open to self-identified People of Color.


Friday May 10

3:30pm Opening Circle and Land Acknowledgment. Location: High Desert Yoga

4:30-5:30pm Yoga Class with Haley Laughter of Hozho Total Wellness, open to all. Location: High Desert Yoga

5:30-8pm Meditation Gathering and Potluck for POC only. Location: Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center

5:45-8pm Ahimsa in Action: Community Session on Spiritual Bypassing and Decentering Whiteness in the Yoga Space, facilitated by Jen Tucker. For all community, especially Teachers/ Studio Owners and those who already feel comfortable in yoga spaces. Snacks provided. Location: High Desert Yoga

See below for access information for all venues.

Saturday May 11

11:30am-12:30pm Yoga Flow Healing class en Español with Raphael Sierra. Location: High Desert Yoga

1-2:45pm Trans 101 with Adrien Lawyer from Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico - open to all; yoga teachers, don't miss this great opportunity! Location: High Desert Yoga

3-3:30pm Big Body yoga mini-class with Abby Foster (open to all genders). Location: High Desert Yoga

3:45-4:15pm YOGA DEMO: inspiring and artistic! Highlighting our featured collaborators: come wash your preconceptions of what yoga "looks" like. Location: High Desert Yoga

4:30-6:30pm SPEAKER PANEL - Don't miss this highlight of the weekend -- hear from essential voices on crucial issues. Live streamed! Location: High Desert Yoga

6:30-8pm FEAST! Blue corn Indian tacos, handmade tamales with all the fixings -meat, veg, vegan, and gluten free options...provided by Cleo's Blue Corn Kitchen. Location: High Desert Yoga

Sunday May 12

9-10:30am MogaDao Class co-taught by Nikesha Breeze and Zhen Dao - Open to all! Location: High Desert Yoga

11:15am-12:45pm Restorative Yoga (super accessible, for all) with Yoga with Avery. Location: High Desert Yoga

3-6pm SNAP Tea Dance - A special celebration of guided and free form dance, inclusive, body positive, freaky and fresh; kids welcome when a parents is in attendance! Location: Sister Bar.

6:30-8pm Yoga for People of Color for Healing and Empowerment weekly gathering. For self-identified POC only. Location: Bhava Yoga Studio


All events located at High Desert Yoga unless otherwise noted. See below for access info.

Questions, requests, or concerns?

Access Information

General Information

High Desert Yoga - 4600 Copper Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

  • HDY is street-level and wheelchair-accessible including front-door.
  • Doors and restrooms don’t have automatic push-button open; crew members are available to assist as needed.
  • Free accessible parking is available.
  • Restrooms are permanently gender-neutral.
  • Close to bus lines # 66, 140, 141, 766, and 777.

Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center - 200 Rosemont Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

  • AIMC is street-level and wheelchair-accessible including front-door.
  • Doors and restrooms don’t have automatic push-button open; crew members are available to assist as needed.
  • Free parking is available. Parking lot is unpaved (dirt lot).
  • Restrooms are permanently gender-neutral.
  • Close to bus lines # 5, 6, and 16.

Bhava Yoga Studio - 520 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

  • BYS has free parking in the parking lot and along.
  • Front door has steps. There is a street-level, wheelchair accessible entrance around the corner along Central Avenue.
  • Restrooms are permanently gender-neutral.
  • Close to bus lines # 66, 766, and 777.

Sister Bar - 407 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

  • Sister Bar is street-level and wheelchair-accessible including front-door.
  • Alcoholic beverages are served at this venue.
  • Restrooms are gender segregated.
  • Close to bus lines # 66, 766, 777.
  • Parking is free on Sunday and available along Central Avenue and side streets. There is one accessible parking spot almost in front of the front door.