Our Mission

Welcome to SWEAT Yoga Studio - A place to practice, breathe, love, and SWEAT.

We strive to create and maintain a vibrant yoga community that is open and welcoming to all students.  Whether you are young or old, skinny or curvy, a new yogi or a seasoned practitioner, we welcome you as part of our yoga tribe.

Above all, the studio's purpose is to enrich the lives of others through yoga.  We will consistently help our students to improve their physical and mental health in a safe, friendly, comfortable and knowledgeable environment. Yoga is for everyBODY.  Come SWEAT with us!


Meet David & Marisa

Husband-and-wife team David and Marisa Johnson are native New Mexicans, yoga lovers and meditation practitioners. They have each come to yoga via different paths, but together they have cultivated the dream of teaching yoga. They are the new owners of Sweat Yoga Studio.

David has been a top athlete all his life, participating in varsity sports, long distance races, triathlons, crossfit and cycling. He was first introduced to yoga in 2013 by Marisa, while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico at a resort where yoga was offered in an outdoor palapa at the beach. That was the first time David had ever taken a yoga class, and he was immediately hooked. He returned from that trip and dove head first into his home yoga practice. He taught himself in his Placitas garage studio for a year before venturing out to the best commercial hot yoga studio in Albuquerque- SWEAT!

Marisa was raised by parents who practiced yoga and meditation daily throughout her childhood. When she was young, her father, a psychologist and professor at UNM, taught her how to 'time travel.' In his study, a cozy room set on the second floor of a 200 year-old adobe hacienda in Placitas, New Mexico, she would lay down on giant floor pillows, surrounded by hundreds of old books and crystal globes. As she closed her eyes he would ring a bell and tell her to use her mind to travel out into the world, focusing energy and breath on where she wanted to go. After a few minutes passed, he would ring the bell again and tell her to journey back. Little did she know that this was her first introduction to meditation. After 'time traveling' they would do a little Asana practice that always included plow, shoulder stand and the counter stretch, fish pose. Being surrounded by these healthy habits her entire life, she always maintained a love of yoga and holistic living, but it wasn’t until she became an adult and found SWEAT Yoga Studio that Marisa cultivated a daily commitment to yoga.

David and Marisa's first hot yoga class was in the SWEAT studio and ever since that day, the hot room was dubbed their 'happy place.' They both received their RYT 200 training from SWEAT Yoga School and are currently studying to receive their RYT 300 certifications. Practicing yoga together at SWEAT over the years has not only brought mental and physical stability to them but has also provided a loving and supportive community from which to learn and grow. You can catch them on the mat with their two sons Avery 21, 'the bendy one' and Ethan 17, 'the entrepreneurial one.'

We would love you to come SWEAT with us!