B-Team

Meet our team...

Instructors

Wendy Kiess - 3B Coach

Wendy Kiess - 3B Coach


I have found that writing a bio is incredibly hard as I find it very difficult to capture words that express my need and love for this practice and for sharing it with others.  I feel like I stumbled upon yoga without much thought and soon it became such a crucial part of my life. It wasn’t until I decided to do a teacher training with Amy Williams at “It’s Yoga” that I found a passion and a path in Ashtanga Yoga. …

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I owe so much gratitude to my teacher, Amy, for leading me on this path and for also being a constant mentor in opening and maintaining 3B Yoga in New Mexico.  3B was her idea and doing and she allowed me to share this beautiful philosophy here in Albuquerque.  My entire journey from beginning to end, including owning and running a studio, has shown me that it can only be done with a caring and compassionate community and much patience and understand from a loving family.  I believe in this practice and try to live and embrace it daily.  I know it has made me a better version of myself and I find it so important to share this practice with anyone that is willing.  If I didn’t have the support from my practice I’m not sure I could be the person that I want to be to my family, community and myself.

I have worked with so many incredible teachers from the Ashtanga lineage that continually guide me in my practice and in my teaching.   Some of my most influential teachers are David Keil, Jen Rene, David Swenson, David Garrigues, and Taylor Hunt. I will always be a student of Ashtanga and sharing it with others is something I will continue to work on.  I am so grateful for this community in allowing me to share what I love.

Ximena Araya Fischel

Ximena Araya Fischel


Thanks to my father, I discovered yoga at the age of nine.  Yoga, meditation, and, eventually, Tango dance became activities we enjoyed learning and sharing together.  Yet, my conscious and deep commitment to the practice did not take place until the age of 18, when the immense benefits of yoga …

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unveiled themselves for me, influencing not only my professional dance training, but also my mind, actions, soul, and relationships.

Yoga has shaped every aspect of my universe as I journey through life.  As a lightning bug lights the way, my yoga practice continually guides my path to self-growth and healing.  It also guides my connection to others, to Mother Nature, to the Creator, and to my own heart.

As an instructor, my inspiration comes from sharing with others all the beautiful gifts yoga has brought to my life—and sharing those gifts in a way that is natural and accessible to everyone.  Humility and devotion toward the practice are constant reminders that nurture my teaching discipline.  I have been actively practicing yoga for more than ten years.

I completed my 300-YTT in Vinyasa Yoga in April 2016 at Mysore, India; and my 200-YTT in Ashtanga Yoga at 3B Yoga New Mexico in June 2014.  Additionally, I have trained in Prenatal Yoga at High Desert Yoga New Mexico; Advanced Yoga Training in Asanas and Sutras at 3B, New Mexico (40 hours); Basic Acroyoga Immersion at Yoga Mandir, Costa Rica (40 hours).


 

Joanna Darlington

Joanna Darlington


Joanna started with yoga in 2004. Though she has studied various styles, including Iyengar and restorative, she has maintained a primary focus in Ashtanga yoga and the lineage of David Garrigues. Through her teaching she supports this lineage and the lineage of her teachers teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. …

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She has continued to learn and benefit from the depths of her practice and study as it has been presented to her through the guidance of her teacher and dedication to daily practice.

As senior apprentice to David, she often travels with and assists him when sharing his knowledge both in the US and India.

Sarah Flores

Sarah Flores


Born in El Paso, and raised in Albuquerque; I have been blessed and fortunate enough to experience an array of experiences through my travels. My practice began ten years ago, in a Yoga class, which I took my freshman year of college at UNM. My teacher Maggie, was passionate about safety, alignment, and staying true to the origins of Yoga. …

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 These impressions remain with me, still, to this day.

I received my 200HR at the Himilaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa, India; and studied under Lalit Kumar. I found 3B upon returning home from a year abroad. I am forever grateful for Wendy Kiess, who has taken me under her wing; and for the rest of the 3B team who have cultivated something truly authentic and fantastic.

My passion(s) lie in accessibility and inclusivity in Yoga, while also remaining true to the origins of this wonderful science. Teaching mindfulness and Yoga to children, is also incredibly important to me. It is important to remember that nobody is “born bad” or with malice in their heart. I am currently teaching the Short Primary Series, and working with the wonderful Ms. MJ on becoming a Prenatal Yoga instructor (she is great and the class is fantastic!) I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you! “Peace begins with me.” Namaste. 

Regina Gordon

Regina Gordon


So I thought yoga was for wimps.  And then I tried my first ashtanga class.  I changed my mind and I was hooked.  One thing I have learned and love about practicing yoga is the yoga community.  I have meet many wonderful people.  In a yoga community we are all different yet for one hour or two hours we come together to do this practice. …

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 It is a beautiful thing.

 So enter phase two of the yoga journey….never leaving the community so… learn to teach.  I took both level 1 and 2 at 3b.  Now I don’t so much teach as I observe and learn from other practitioners.  I am inspired by their own dedication to the practice.  Enter phase three injury and how do I keep doing yoga.  I discovered yin.  A beautiful practice and very complimentary to ashtanga.  So I decided to do a teacher training with Bernie Clark.  So now I am hooked in all the way and will NEVER leave the yoga community.  And by the way there is no such thing as a wimpy yoga class.   

Madison Jensen

Madison Jensen


I knew after my first yoga class years ago that I wanted to be a yoga instructor. After moving to Albuquerque, I had the privilege to become certified at 3B Yoga in 2017. Dedicated to the study and practice of Ashtanga Yoga, I feel like I am giving back to the body that keeps on giving. After each practice I am grateful for the empowerment and balance I feel. …

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Teaching is a humbling experience where I am able to assist and support others through their yoga practice. 

Dr. Barbara Maddoux

Dr. Barbara Maddoux


My Yoga journey began 25 years ago. After recovering from cancer, and a divorce, a friend invited me to what I thought was a “Ladies’ Stretch Class”. I loved the experience and soon attended a class most days. I also attended workshops here in Albuquerque and teacher’s training at the Yoga Journal Conferences held annually at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. I was trained by many teachers: Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee, …

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Roger Cole, Julie Gumstead, Richard Freeman, Tim Mc Call, Donna Farhi, Elise Browning Miller, Gary Kraftsow, Gurmukh, Shiva Rae, Seane Corn, Amy Impoliti, Tias Little, Adhil, Baron Baptiste, and Judith Lasater. She teaches Experiential Anatomy and Restorative Yoga and compiled a collection of Restorative Yoga poses which she learned from Mr. Iyengar.   Yoga changed my life and Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture saved my life.  In late 2010 I found 3B and began Ashtanga Yoga, which I thoroughly enjoy. And now, I love sharing my insight and knowledge with my patients and students. I look forward to sharing Restorative Yoga with the 3B Community.

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson


Coming from an athletic family, I started swimming and playing water polo at a very young age.  I moved on to baseball, basketball, football, track, tennis, soccer, softball, mountain bike racing, horseback riding—just joking, you could never get me on a horse.   I wandered into 3B Yoga about six years ago with the hope that some core and flexibility training could extend my body one more season for my then passion of mountain bike racing. …

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My first yoga class was wonderful.  I slept like a baby that night—I woke every two hours screaming at the top of my lungs.   Armed with a weak core and board-like flexibility, I decided it was time to take teacher training.  “What the . . . were you thinking?” became my constant mantra for the next month.  In forward folds my toes looked like dim objects on the distant seashore.  All around me people were touching their toes—what the . . . there is no justice in this world!

            Armed with a slightly stronger core and no appreciable increase in flexibility, I decided it was time to go to India.  My first inkling that things were going horribly wrong was the realization that there are no Starbucks in Mysore.  My second was when I was given my card to practice at the shala.  What the . . . I’m paying you four hundred a month and you want me to practice at 5:00 a.m.?  At 4:30 the next morning, barely conscious, with dogs barking and cows mooing, I staggered into the shala.  I love Sarawathi—she reminds me of my football coaches:   “Peterson, drop and give ten.”   Nothing but fond memories remains from my time in India.  I feel very fortunate to have found a wonderful instructor and role model in Wendy, and I am grateful to the teachers at 3B whose passion and dedication to their craft I can only hope to match.  I still practice at 5:00 a.m.  What the . . . is wrong with you?!  If Mysore style yoga is something you would like to pursue, please feel free to join us (you can start as late as 7:00).

Sarah Rhodes

Sarah Rhodes


I woke up one January morning several years ago and decided to attend my first yoga class. I had done yoga at home for many years, and was pretty nervous, but knew I needed to go to a studio. I will forever be thankful that the studio I chose out of so many was 3B and my first class was with Wendy. I was instantly hooked. …

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The more I attended, the more I knew that I needed it. After only 6 months of attending regularly, I signed up for the Level One 200 hour teacher training and later my Level Two 65 Hour teacher training.

In my other work, I am a violinist and have played professionally and had a private studio for almost 20 years. Currently, I am back in school at UNM and writing a program in Intergenerational Therapy. I am a mother of four, enjoy cooking soups, tasting wine, and spending time in my mud hut in Corrales.

Monika Roberts

Monika Roberts


I began practicing yoga sporadically in college but, finally, in my second year of grad school, I fully committed myself to a serious practice of yoga.  I was constantly stressed out and busy and wanted to find something that would help calm my nerves but also ease stress.  I started out practicing once a week, gradually bumping it up to two, three, four times a week. …

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Yoga has become such an important part of my life and I hope to bring it to others, specifically to college athletes and CrossFitters.

I have been practicing for a little over four years, and ashtanga specifically for three.  I used to be very high-strung and stressed out most of the time, and, since practicing yoga consistently, I found a sense of calm and ease—something that I had always had a hard time controlling.

I have completed both the Level 1 200 Hour 3B Ashtanga Teacher Training and the Level 2 Ashtanga Teacher Training in New Mexico with Wendy Kiess at 3B Yoga.

I have been teaching for a little over two years (interning at 3B right after I finished teacher training and then officially teaching Spring 2014).  I teach short primary series on Mondays at noon.

Andrea Rodgers

Andrea Rodgers


My mom gave me a yoga DVD back in high school, because “it seemed like my kinda’ thing.” Although now, I mostly think it was because she was worried about me always being locked up in my room, working on all of my paintings, drawings, and doodles. It wasn’t until my last semester in college that yoga “clicked,” and I finally had some idea of what I wanted to do. …

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It was then that I resolved that yoga would be a part of my life always, and that I needed to be a yoga teacher. Yoga seemed to fit beautifully and seamlessly into the life I aim for, the life I am creating, and the life I live now.

I have practiced on and off for about 10 years—but only since teacher training has it been more consistent and driven. Yoga has affected my life tremendously. It has taught me a great deal about patience. I feel more open, and I can speak more clearly and with confidence. Before teacher training, speaking in front of groups was one of the most terrifying things you could ask me to do. I am fine with that now. Yoga has made me confront so many fears and given me strength and courage to do things I’d only ever dreamed of. As a result, I feel as though I connect more deeply to others and to myself. …

I have completed the 200 hour level one teacher training and the level three training at 3B with Wendy Kiess. I also completed a short Senior Yoga Teacher Training at High Desert Yoga with Judy Mortellaro. I have been teaching for more than a year now at 3B—Wednesdays at 9 a.m., B-fun, and more recently a Yin Yoga class at noon. I love teaching challenging vinyasa flow classes, beginners, and gentle/restorative yoga.

Lisa Shima

Lisa Shima


Recently, it became clear to me that my own struggles with health, chronic pain, and a multitude of injuries have made my yoga practice a necessity rather than simply an option.  Although I have been practicing yoga off and on for about 20 years, I now practice regularly because it has been and continues to be my path toward being healthy. …

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I am passionate about the benefits of yoga and I love to share my knowledge with others.

My journey with yoga began with an intense interest in and practice of Bikram’s yoga.  I spent several years studying at Hall Street Yoga in Portland, Oregon.  I have dabbled in many different styles of yoga over the years.  After moving to Albuquerque 10 years ago, I started practicing Bikram’s again and even completed a 60-day challenge.

Becoming a yoga instructor seemed like the best way to immerse myself in yoga culture, expand my knowledge, and deepen my own practice.  In June of 2013, I completed a 200-hour Teacher Training program with Wendy Kiess at 3B New Mexico.  When I signed up for this training, I didn’t know much about Ashtanga Yoga but, as I practiced Ashtanga, I fell in love with it.  In the spring of 2014 I went to 3B Utah to do my Level 2 training.  Currently, my focus is Ashtanga Yoga and studying Yin Yoga.  I have also completed teacher training in Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett at Grass Roots Yoga.

After another recent injury that temporarily prevented me from practicing vinyasa forms of yoga, I explored Yin yoga and the healing qualities it offers.  Yin is a perfect complement to more active forms of yoga and has helped me immensely on my journey towards health.  I believe that yoga is for everyone.  My personal experience with yoga has taught me a great deal of compassion and knowledge about overcoming obstacles.  I try to share that with others through my teaching, especially the in Yin class I teach on Monday evenings.