B-Team

Meet our team...

Instructors

Amanda Pritchard

Amanda Pritchard


With yoga, I feel like I am always a student, sometimes a teacher. I have practiced yoga for about eight years—five of those at 3B. I discovered yoga classes in college at my campus gym. Later, when I moved to Albuquerque in 2010, I found 3B, Ashtanga Yoga, and then Mysore style practice. I love Mysore style practice which has helped me find discipline in my yoga practice and in my life off the mat.

Yoga makes me feel alive and energized like nothing else. At the same time, yoga also grounds me and calms my mind. It forces me to step away from the day-to-day drama and gives me a larger perspective of life. Recently, my yoga practice helped me find strength and sanity during the most difficult period of my life. I knew that regardless of what was going on off the mat, I could always find solace and stability in my practice.

I have completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 Teacher Training with Wendy Kiess at 3B. I finished my first Teacher Training in November 2013 and started interning at 3B after that. Since August 2014, I have been teaching a variety of classes at 3B Yoga.

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. 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.

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. 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).

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 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).

I currently teach the Short Primary series, Gentle, and Spanish Yoga.  Namaste!

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.  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.

Margaret Davidson

Margaret Davidson


Sometimes we arrive at the most important things in our life by way of a very crooked road—such is my history with yoga. I took a yoga class at UNM in 1986. At some point in 2008, I started taking Ashtanga yoga classes from Wendy. When she opened 3B Yoga New Mexico in 2010, I began regularly practicing Ashtanga yoga several times a week. I completed the Level 1 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 (the first 3B New Mexico teacher training class!), and Levels 2 and 3, Primary Series Intensive Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 (also at 3B New Mexico) for a total of 260 hours. Other training includes workshops given at 3B, as well as workshops out of town (most recently, a workshop with David Garriques in Arizona). Gradually over the years with many fits and starts as life intervened, I have seen my yoga practice change as it has become a daily Mysore practice and I have seen how that practice influences my life outside of yoga.

Having received many benefits from yoga (physical, mental, and spiritual), I have become passionate about sharing Ashtanga with others. Currently, I assist in the Saturday morning beginners’ class and the Friday morning B-gentle class, as well as substituting for those classes when needed. The wonderful thing about teaching beginners is that you are always reminded about the basics of practicing Primary Series. Students come to learn asanas, but along the way they also learn about breathing (pranayama), bandhas, and drishti.

MJ Vargas

MJ Vargas


I started practicing yoga in 2007 after my physical therapist gave me a DVD to try at home. My life (and body) changed before my eyes as I used that DVD to practice yoga. I was recovering from an intense back/neck injury so I learned the gentle way—it was new and welcome to be so nice to myself. Since then, I have not stopped practicing yoga. Although things change in my life (even my practice), the one thing that remains constant is the fact that I always return to my mat. Yoga is my health and the way I choose to stay sane through all the adventures of life.

Every time I teach or take a class, I learn something new about my breath, my body, or simply about life. It is incredible to feel the effects of asana on the rest of my life. After nine years of practicing yoga, I now notice calmness where I used to be stressed and a shift to compassion in place of anger.

I’ve been teaching since 2010. In 2012, I completed a prenatal yoga training with Sue Elkind, an instructor in Philadelphia. I also completed the Level One 200-Hour Training at 3B with Wendy Kiess in 2013 and since have completed Levels Two and Three as well with 3B Yoga in Albuquerque and Provo, Utah.

I teach several B Gentle classes during the week and a prenatal yoga class on Tuesdays at 5:30 and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. I also teach a Mom and Baby yoga group once a month.

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.  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.

Pamela Hong

Pamela Hong


I started attending kundalini yoga classes shortly after my first son was born, 22 years ago, because I needed a connection to other adults/parents and a short break from mommyhood! As a teacher and practitioner, yoga has given me a grounding tether when faced with any challenge. My practice is the first thing I turn to when stressed. it also supports and enhances daily mindfulness, clarity, focus and creativity.

I have trained with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, Jimmy Cardinale, Linda Spackman (pre-natal yoga) and Manju Jois. I continue my studies in Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. I have 12 years of teaching experience, training and apprenticeship. I have been teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga for 12 years at various studios, health clubs and corporate venues in the Albuquerque area. At 3B, I teach a combined Short Primary (option for Full Primary) class on Thursdays at 9:30am. I co-facilitate (with Misa Romero) the Nature of Yoga retreats at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez Springs in the spring and fall.

Randy Olguin

Randy Olguin


I first stepped onto a yoga mat as a complete non-believer in 2010. Four years later, I am a firm believer and an excellent example of the transformative, therapeutic, and healing powers of yoga. Experiencing great personal benefits from yoga has led me to explore many forms of Hatha yoga. Eventually, I found my niche in the spacious breathing practices of Ashtanga vinyasa, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga.

Much of my passion and enthusiasm for asana and yogic philosophy has been fueled and encouraged by practicing with several experienced teachers in the Albuquerque yoga community.  I have completed Levels I-II teacher trainings with Wendy Kiess of 3B Yoga NM. My hope is to bring a playful, light-hearted approach to my classes and practice, while still encouraging a strong emphasis on breathing and safe alignment. I am eager to share the same passionate wisdom, encouragement, and discipline to practice that my teachers have passed on to me. Currently I am co teaching the led Primary on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.

Madisol Esparza

Madisol Esparza


For me, yoga was a gift from God. I literally woke up one morning and knew I needed yoga in my daily life—not just the asana practice of yoga but the spiritual path of yoga. It was as if a seed planted a long time ago had finally blossomed. While I had practiced many kinds of yoga off and on since I was about 18, I never took it seriously. One morning, when my daughter was about eight months old, I woke up, sat up in bed, and thought to myself, “I need yoga!” From that point, my yoga practice unfolded so fluidly as if it was meant to be. With every step I took, I was reminded why I was doing yoga. I try and live yoga—the physical, asana, and the spiritual path. Every day it is reflected back to me in such an incredible way, from the way I think and the way my body feels, to the people that have come into my life. I am sure yoga was a gift from God and I thank God every day for it and that is why yoga.

Yoga has affected me in more ways than I could ever convey. Yoga has changed my life. There is a saying that “yoga ruins your life” and it’s so true. It ruined the life I had before and made it so much better. It has challenged me to look at life differently. Yoga has the ability to turn thoughts inside out and force introspection. Yoga creates in oneself the ability to find happiness in oneself—it’s a tool. Yoga has affected the way I eat and sleep. It has affected my relationships. The beautiful thing about yoga is that it never ends. Yoga continues to change and evolve in my life. Overall, I feel that yoga challenges me in all the best ways physically, mentally, and spiritually. I have practiced yoga pretty much my entire adult life but have been a dedicated Ashtanga student going on three years.

I have over 280 hours of training in Ashtanga asana and Yoga Sutras. I have studied under: Amy Williams, Wendy Kiess, Jen Rene, David Garrigues and senior level teachers at Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in San Diego, 2014.

I have been teaching yoga for about three years. I teach mainly Ashtanga classes including short and full primary. I am currently learning to teach both yin yoga and the Rocket sequence by Larry Shultz.

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.  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. 

Wendy Kiess


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.

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.