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Melanie St. Georges

Co Founder 

Melanie Began her Yoga practice in her mid forties and became a Yoga teacher 13 years ago. She took her first four trainings with Jimmy Barkan, and received her 500 Hour ERYT in  Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. Over the years she has also followed Kelly Green with the Empower Movement Shift Series and has taken 4 of her trainings, plus many of her workshops. Although, like many Americans, she was mainly interested in Vinyasa, but when she discovered Yin Yoga in 2012, she realized that she absolutely needed the balance it provided her. She took two additional Yin Trainings, and that has become her main focus while teaching. She now teaches Yin and Yin Yang classes, but continues to honor her lineage once a week by teaching Barkan Method at her Albuquerque studio. She has taught over 5000 classes at Blissful Spirits since she opened the Albuquerque Studio in 2009. In 2012 She also opened her Rio Rancho Studio and enjoys teaching there as well. In 2017 she partnered with Denise Gonzales and began Blissful Spirits Teacher Training, and together they have trained many of Blissful Spirits, and Albuquerque’s Yoga teachers. As she enters into her sixties Melanie has slowed down her teaching style, and tries to make classes that work for everyBODY and every age. When Melanie opened Blissful Spirits, she simply wanted to help change other peoples lives the way hers was changed when she discovered Yoga. The strength  of community created by the beautiful Blissful  teachers and students inspires her gratitude and commitment every day.

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Denise Gonzales

Co Founder 

Denise found pranayama and meditation at the age of 16 but truly fell in love with the practice and discipline of Asana in 2010 after realizing the need to heal her own life. When she took her first class at Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga she recalls that she thought halfway through the class “i am going to do this for the rest of my life”. Since then Denise became an instructor in 2011 and has dedicated herself 

to studying various styles of the practice. Today, after a decade of instructing, Denise enjoys teaching her group mat classes and has been hosting Yoga Teacher Trainings with her partner Melanie St Georges since 2017. Denise enjoys the presence and creative spaces yoga takes her and encourages her students to communicate with their bodies through breath so they are able to learn more about their bodies needs and potential strengths every time they come to practice at Bliss.

Guest Instructors


Kyle Linzer

Philosophy Guide


Lynette Satriani

Anatomy & Physiology


Donna Marlow

Hot Yoga Sculpt


Pamela Hong

Hands On Adjustments


Laura Buckley

Hands on Adjustments

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