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Our Approach

Our mission is to make yoga affordable and accessible to all.

Our Hatha-Raja studio teaches beginning to advanced yoga classes
and specialty classes like Yogilates, Nadi Yoga, and Breathing & Meditation.

We offer $5 classes seven days a week at times that suit every schedule.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat soon. Om shanti shanti shanti.

Meet the Team

Check out what our talented instructors have to offer!

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Maggie

Director


Maggie has been living, practicing, and teaching yoga under the crisp pink of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque since 2004.  She is the director of Sani Yoga Studio and leads the teacher training program.  She has taught yoga as a part-time faculty member of the University of New Mexico, and with many diverse populations from the Albuquerque Women's Domestic Violence Shelter to sharing yoga with dancers in Senegal. Maggie holds a Masters degree in Community Health Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Communication.Her style is playful, challenging, and yet unpredictable. She enjoys finding new approaches to challenge advanced students, and breaking down harder postures to make them accessible for beginning students.  She teaches yoga fundamentals, all-levels, and the advanced class at Sani Yoga and looks forward to seeing you on the mat soon!!


Shannon originally tried yoga to shake up her exercise routine, and she has never looked back. A lifelong sports enthusiast, she sought an exercise program for enjoyment, but it had to challenge her and provide positive physical and mental results. Yoga has done just that. Studying at Sani Yoga under Georg & Maggie since 2009, Shannon found her challenge. Practice energized her and she became a certified instructor. She has taught regularly at Sani Yoga, substituted at BODY of Santa Fe, and instructed academic, corporate, and social organization sessions. Shannon loves the diverse possibilities with yoga practice, and feels that anyone, at any level of fitness, can benefit from it.

Shannon’s enthusiasm for yoga is infectious.  Her passion for incorporating her knowledge of anatomy and physiology helps her students achieve a sense of fitness and well-being through their practice. Foremost is her emphasis on ensuring proper alignment and balance for safe execution of postures, and communicating this to her students in clear and effective ways.  As a scholar of Western medicine, Shannon strives to mesh her knowledge of the body and its processes with the tremendous benefits that the practice of yoga is capable of bringing to each of us.

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Assistant Director

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Dave

Teacher Training Assistant Director


David Yoss is a Yoga teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner. He has has attended the Ayurvedic Institute 1, 2, and Pune programs and also currently teaches at the Ayurvedic Institute. He is also an avid student of Sanskrit, Sri Vidya, and Jyotish. David teaches Nadi Yoga, a system of Yoga developed by Matt Huish which focuses on using physical practice to unlock the subtle energy of the body, building strength and flexibility while refining the mind, cleansing the senses, and rejuvenating all of the body’s processes. His aim is to adapt each class to the students who present themselves and address the needs of each individual.


Crista has been teaching in Albuquerque since 2010. Her teaching background is a combination of raja yoga, vinyasa, restorative, yin yoga, yogalatis and pranayama. Crista’s style is playful and gentle while encouraging students to find new edges in the extension of their asana. Crista’s wish is to guide students through yoga to stay healthy, limber, strong and young both inside and out.

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Dalila


Dalila Baied has been practicing yoga since 2009 and began to gain a deeper and more authentic appreciation and devotion for her practice as she completed her 300 hour Teacher Training at Sani Yoga in 2014/15. Through this training, Dalila found that yoga is not only a ‘workout’ or a time for relaxation, but also a way of life that is practiced on and off the mat.

Dalila has a BFA in Dance and Psychology from the University of New Mexico and incorporates her passion for movement and the mind in her classes by promoting self and bodily awareness. In 2016, Dalila completed 300hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica.

As a teacher, Dalila hopes to guide students seeking physical control, strength, and flexibility while at the same time inspiring a holistic approach to mental and physical well being. Currently, Dalila teaches at various yoga studios around town including Sani Yoga, Bhava Yoga and Hot Yoga Downtown. She also works in administration for Elevate: Performance, Health, Wellness.


Julie was first introduced to yoga in 2002 in the shadow of Mount Sentinel in Missoula, Montana. Since then she has lived and practiced on the shores of the Pacific in Santa Cruz, California and now in the cool shade of the Sandias in Albuquerque since 2010. She completed Sani’s 300 hour teacher training in 2015 after experiencing physical, mental, and emotional growth in her own life when practicing yoga regularly. She is committed to creating a nurturing and playful environment where all are welcome, and her classes focus on exploring the ways that yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques build strength and flexibility of both the body and the mind.

Julie has an MA in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation focuses on health and embodiment in the American West and how stories about a range of bodily experiences in the world open up space for all of us to experience and enjoy our own uniqueness. Her nine years of teaching experience at the university level help her assist students in exploring their goals both on and off the mat.

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Hadley


Hadley has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2010. She began practicing yoga in an effort to heal a back injury. In addition to exploring yoga’s effectiveness in healing physical pain, she discovered its enormous potential to assuage grief and soothe emotional trauma and anxiety. The aspect she appreciates most about yoga is the way it cultivates a balance between strength and empowerment in the body as well as a sense of ease and relaxation. Her restorative class focuses on developing greater body awareness, calming the nervous system, releasing tension, and relaxing deeply.  Hadley graduated from the 2016 class of Sani’s 200-hour yoga teacher training and remains a dedicated student.


Meagan first experienced the healing and uplifting powers of yoga in 2010. Ever since, she has been dedicated to learning and growing her yoga practice and sharing it with others. She understands that yoga not only improves your physical health, but aids the body in healing from the inside out.  Meagan loves that yoga can help any person, no matter their body type or skill level, to tap into their inner strength, balance, and grace. Through her yoga practice, Meagan has discovered the power of meditation and pranayama and their use in calming chronic anxiety and stress. She believes that strength does not come solely from the muscles, but from the expansion of prana, or life force, and focuses on building and nourishing the student’s relationship to the breath. Meagan graduated from Sani Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training in 2016 and remains a dedicated practitioner. She is currently working towards completing her BSED in Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico.

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Jacqueline


Jacqueline has been practicing yoga since 2000 and recently graduated from Sani Yoga’s Spring 2017 teacher training. As a junior Olympian and collegiate athlete, yoga has been the most fully enjoyable form of movement Jacqueline has found. Her teaching style is approachable, introspective, loving, and playful. Jacqueline is passionate about yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda. She hopes that her classes are informative and that students are given key takeaways in order to live their lives fully.


Kell is a graduate of the 2017 Sani Yoga Teacher Training program. Her love of yoga surfaced in 2009 in partnership with her movement and dance studies offered in her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Her yoga practice deepened and blossomed during a time of personal transformation, where she found solace at the Sivanada Ashram in Kerala, India. At the ashram, singing kirtana paired with a strict daily practice helped Kell to discover the healing power of yoga. She also studied meditation and dynamic movement at a Sunmundo Buddhist Temple in South Korea. Her teaching style is connective, inventive and usually awkwardly graceful. She wants you to leave her yoga classes feeling aware of the physical body and the delicate somatic connection between the breath, the body and the soul. Kell is also a student of ballet and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Educational Theory and Sociocultural Studies at UNM.

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Eli


Eli is a local artist, teacher, and yoga instructor. After becoming disenchanted with the traditional teaching system, she moved back to México to focus on painting, meditation, and yoga practices. After her adventure in México, she completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2016 in Rishikesh, India. After spending half a year in India deepening her practice, she traveled to Bali and Thailand to study with different teachers.

Eli is currently singing and teaching around New Mexico. She mixes art, music, and mindfulness in all her endeavors. Being able to mix in these elements with breath work, asanas and prayer is a privilege to share with the community.

Deidre believes yoga is a healing practice. Nurturing her ability to help herself and others since graduating from Sani in 2017, she has continued to deepen her knowledge in both health and leadership by becoming Mental Health First Aid certified, a  Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Natural Therapeutic Specialist. Focusing on the healing power of yoga in her classes, she empowers her students through strength building asana and pranayama. Deidre focuses on anatomical alignment and enabling a holistic sense of self and life. She is dedicated to making yoga approachable and beneficial, but still challenging and fun for all students: her classes offer an experience of coming together for people of any familiarity.

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Alyssa


Born in NM and raised in Albuquerque, Alyssa spent many of her formative years in ballet, jazz, and tap at Fishback’s Studio of Dance. Alyssa recently received her 200-Hr teaching certificate from 3B in May 2018 and is excited to share the power of yoga.  As a teacher, Alyssa loves to focus on the breath and synchronizing it with movement.  Her classes focus on proper alignment and vinyasa techniques.  Previously, she has led classes at Yoga Studio Blue, 3B, and donation-based organizations such as Endorphin Power Company. 

Alyssa began her Ashtanga Yoga practice in 2011 and made one trip to the Shala in Mysore, in the winter of 2014, to study with Sharath R. Jois and plans to return.  She has attended several workshops focusing on the Ashtanga lineage including Sharath’s visit to Los Angeles in 2016.  She also attended the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence giving her opportunities to study with authorized teachers like Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, and Krista Shirley.


Teacher, father, yogi, dancer, bartender, cyclist, Acro-yogi, acrobat, and aspiring clown, Jesse has been studying movement and healing his whole life. He began teaching yoga in 2012, works with students of all ages and capabilities, and specializes in teaching children and those with developmental delays. Jesse uses yoga asana to bring balance and energy to the rest of his busy life, and hopes to help you do the same.

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Cynthia


Cynthia Casas, Ph.D. is committed to supporting community-based yoga and making the practice and its techniques accessible to all populations, targeting youth, special/high needs, and disadvantaged communities. From a holistic perspective, she is dedicated to ongoing development as a life-long learner and teacher of yoga as a process, a way of life, and as a means to heal the mind, body, and heart. In turn, as an option, yoga can heal individuals and empower communities, and she believes strongly in the practice as a gift and pathway to fulfilling our higher potentials in the local and global community.

    She teaches beginning and intermediate yoga levels in English, Spanish, French (and/or in bilingual capacity), in addition to having earned her 500-Hour Teacher Training Certification at High Desert Yoga and Grassroots Yoga in Albuquerque NM. Her background in education, teaching, traditional healing, as well as dance and literary studies, inform her instruction, vocation, and practice as a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline.


Among being a yoga instructor, Lisa has many other talents and interests. She is also an artist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and is certified in Plant Based Nutrition. She started her own business incorporating all of it, with the intention of helping people to adapt a holistic lifestyle that is not only effective, but also gratifying and uplifting. Lisa started practicing yoga during college in 2001 at the University of New Mexico. Her practice started as a means to relieve stress, gain flexibility, and maintain healthy movement. Over the years, her yoga and meditation practice have evolved into a way of life. Lisa completed her 200/hr Teacher Training in humble NE Ohio at The Yoga Place in Canton. There, she was trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Theraputic yoga, while also studying Iyengar and Asthanga Yoga. Her training also involved weekly philosophy classes and Sanskrit workshops. She has taken 60 hours of advanced 300-hr trainings including, Yoga and the Brain – Neuroscience and Asana Practice, and a Hatha Alignment Series. Lisa is also very drawn to Buddhism and has attended workshops with international teacher Michael Stone. She finds great synchronicity with the two and interweaves Buddhist philosophy with Asana practice to create a beautiful depth of practice for her students. Her classes are designed to maintain a slower pace, providing space for a deeper embodiment of the practice; yet do not lack challenge or room for play and individual advancement. Outside of the studio you are likely to find her riding her bike around town, drinking coffee at Zendo, enjoying company with friends, cooking elaborate plant based meals, brewing kombucha, creating art, or studying varied subjects of interest.

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