Charleen is “The Mama” of Happy Buddha.
Charleen has a deep spiritual practice that transcends into her teaching style. Happy Buddha’s, Mama Char, has been practicing yoga and meditation in many forms for well over a decade. After a medical emergency in 2009, and realizing that it was the Yoga that saved and helped to heal her, she became even more devoted to her practice and to sharing her knowledge, love and devotion with the yoga community.
She completed her 200hr Teacher Training Program with Kelly Kamm at Happy Buddha, completed her Rasa Restorative Teacher Training Program with Jamie Lyn Skolnik, and continues with her studies with amazing teachers like Dana Flynn, Mary Dana Abbott, Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Joshua Greene and many others.
As the mother of three, and now the grandmother of one, she understands the constant fluctuations of modern life and incorporates a strong yoga practice in an effort to maintain, balance, strength, serenity, and humor. Expect a fun, energetic, and nurturing class.
Charleen also has a strong energy connection with her students, that has allowed her to works with those unable to attend classes in the studio due to health issues. Her healing touch has helped dozens find the peace an ease through yoga, that otherwise would not have been able to do so.
If you hang out with Kelly too much, you’re at risk of catching a severe case of YOGAMANIA. Kelly is the original owner of Happy Buddha as well as the director of the Happy Buddha Teacher Training program. She has been devoted to her practice for over a decade and is amazed at how she still continues to learn, grow, and find fresh perspective. She has done numerous trainings, most recently another 200 hours at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC. To her, yoga is not about how much of a pretzel you can twist yourself into, it’s learning about yourself on your mat and taking that into your daily life so that you live up to your full potential as a human being.
Kelly teaches a creative vinyasa flow practiced rooted in the ancient mythology of India. Her classes are musical, poetic, and deeply spiritual. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. Expect a challenging and creative flow, plenty of great music, a dose of philosophy, a bit of chanting, and definitely some laughter! She is honored to study with and be influenced by many great teachers including Dana Flynn, Cyndi Lee, Kathryn Budig and Douglas Brooks. She also draws inspiration from The Work of Byron Katie, the teachings of Pema Chodron, the poetry of Rumi, and the endless wisdom of her 6 year old guru Milo.
It is often said that our yoga practice doesn’t really begin until life gets hard, and she has experienced that first hand. Her goal is to help people see that our greatest struggles can actually be our greatest strengths. Kelly combines the power of movement, music, and myth to help others move through life transitions with grace and ease. She hopes that through her strong classes you will learn how to step into your challenges and recognize that this life is so much more wonderful and magical than you could possibly even imagine!
Lori’s first yoga class was Gentle Yoga at Happy Buddha nearly three years ago, and she has never looked back.
Lori completed her 200 hour teacher training certification at Happy Buddha and is currently working toward her 500 hour certification. She is also a Certified Level Two Reiki practitioner. She truly believes yoga is open to anyone who is willing to learn more about themselves: any fitness level, any age, and any type of body.
Her classes are intimidation-free and accessible to all. Expect an engaging and gently-paced vinyasa flow class. Perfect for beginners or those who want to become more rooted in their yoga practice.
Troy was first introduced to yoga in 1999. He was initially drawn to it as complimentary training for his martial arts training. Thinking that his boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would improve from the increased flexibility he started taking classes regularly.
Very quickly it became apparent that yoga offered much more than flexibility. Breath control, body awareness, range of motion & the ability to be in the moment with heightened awareness are a few of the benefits he shares with others thinking about trying it out. Initially practicing in Denville NJ he moved to NY and lost focus on yoga for a while until he found Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen. Right away he recognized the great atmosphere of the school and recently completed his teacher training there in 2013.
He’s currently a Renzo Gracie Team black belt under Karel Pravec and teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Saddlebrook NJ. For a day job, his company is a consultant and inspector of Energy Star Homes. In his spare time, he and his wife are into hiking and pretty much any other outdoor activities.
Staci also known as Anastasia, took her first yoga class in college and was immediately drawn to the calming energy and the challenging physical aspect of the practice. Yoga for her quickly became a healthy way of coping with stress and a more exciting substitute for the gym. Staci believes, “my life is forever changed after taking my yoga teacher training. It has opened up areas of my mind and spirit that had been hidden, and has allowed me to grow into a more loving and grateful person. I am constantly learning from this beautiful practice and it continuously provides my life with happiness and peace.” Staci’s style of teaching consist of her pushing her students so they can find their edge and become stronger with both their bodies and minds. Moving slower, focusing in on your breath, really feeling your body, and turning inward are the main goals of her classes.
In the winter of 2014, Staci received her 200-hour teaching certification from Happy Buddha. Taking a few years to practice teaching and developing her style she then received her 500-hour teaching certification from Spanda yoga, as well as certification through Spanda yoga in vibrant aging and back care in April of 2018. Staci is currently studying to become a 1000-hour certified yoga therapist through Spanda yoga. She believes that she is a forever student and that there is no end to the content that she wants to learn.
When Staci isn’t practicing yoga, she enjoys playing with her dog Basil, gardening, hiking, running, and pretty much anything outside. She recently got a harmonium that she is eager to learn, and loves to paint, draw, and learn new skills.
Jon’s passion for movement, adventure, flying, and the outdoors started at a young age as a competitive snowboarder and mountain biker and continues to this day as a husband, father, teacher, student, yogi, and adventurer.
This passion has led him away from his job in the corporate world towards a more simple and rewarding life of studying and teaching yoga. Jon draws inspiration from his teachers including Kelly Kamm, Ram Dass, Raghunath, Neem Karoli Baba, and Radhanath Swami. In his high energy classes students are lead through dynamic Vinyasa sequences that focus on alignment, breath, yoga philosophy, exploration, and fun. Ram Ram.
Theresa found rescue in yoga about 3 years ago and has a passion for spreading the love and light to others. She received her 200hr certification at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY. Her background consists of dance and fitness which she weaves into a graceful strength building flow. She plans on furthering her education into the world yoga and weight training to create innovative vinyasa flows. She feels it’s very important to get connected with yourself very deeply through meditation and chanting for any athlete or performer. She loves to be outside most days running and playing in the sunshine on a hike, kayaking or just exploring for magical spaces.
Riley is a passionate & spiritual yogi and artist. She is The Director of Children’s Programs here at Happy Buddha and absolutely adores being able to share this practice with such open and pure little souls. She began practicing as a necessity to help and heal herself and was enamored with the many healing benefits yoga provided.She is now devoted to a life of healing, service & truly believes in making yoga available and accessible for people of all ages and walks of life. Her classes are heavily influenced by the practice of Bhakti as well as the use of chanting and vibrational work to heal.Riley completed her 200hr teacher training at Happy Buddha with Kelly Kamm & Charleen Predmore as well as the 50hr Rasa Restorative training with Jamie Lyn Skolnick at Laughing Lotus in NYC. She is Reiki 2 certified and is currently working on her 500hr certification. Riley looks forward to a long journey ahead of learning and growth & furthering her offerings for this wonderful community!
Valerie walked into Happy Buddha in January 2014 for a beginner yoga series and never left. In the past, yoga was all about the shapes, many of which seemed unattainable. “Practice, and all is coming,” she kept hearing at Happy Buddha. So she did. And it is. In 2016 she completed her 200 hour teacher training under the guidance of Charleen Predmore and Kelly Kamm. An eternal beginner, she knows how daunting it can be to walk into a studio, imagining that everyone is better than you . . . . . at yoga . . . at life . . . As a nurse, Valerie is conscious of the importance of a practice that is challenging while being safe. Breath and body are the soul’s companions in this life and she encourages her students to treat them with reverence and love. Her interests include mental health advocacy, maternal child health and eliminating the stigma felt by survivors of suicide. Come as you are, but be prepared to be transformed. That is the yoga.
Kaitlyn started practicing yoga at Happy Buddha during the beginning of high school and hasn’t looked back. She fell in love with the asanas, meditation, and mantras. She is a 200hr certified instructor and has a passion for sharing the beautiful gift of Yoga with anyone willing to try! She loves working with beginners and the elderly population. To Kaitlyn, Yoga is more about clearing the mind and learning self love than being able to do crazy poses. Kaitlyn’s other passions include hiking, canoeing, reading, and most all outdoor activities with her family and friends!
Char O’Connor is a Certified Yoga Instructor, as well as a practicing Professional Registered Nurse. She is also trained in Body, Mind, and Spirit coaching.
She is a breast cancer survivor and Warrior! Her strength and fight stems from her deep faith and belief in God. Her daily mantra is: “I can (and will) do all things through Christ who strengthens me”… Philippians 4:13 Char believes the presence and power of God in her life is love. She encourages all of you to Believe that you are a unique and beautiful creation.
Liza was first drawn to yoga in High School and has been practicing ever since. Building an eclectic Hatha Yoga practice with the foundation in Jivamukti, Iyengar, Power Yoga and Ashtanga, Liza believes yoga comes from within and begins with the breath.
She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Michael Stein at Ashtanga of New Paltz in 2006. She is also certified in Ashtanga Yoga by David Swenson.
Ashley has been practicing yoga for ten years now and completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Laughing Lotus in NYC. Growing up as a dancer Ashley found movement in the vinyasa flow.
Ashley believes that a strong body and mind are both equally important. She is crossfit level 1 certified and bootcamp certified. As an avid runner she understands how the mind and body need to be able connect to adapt to new situations.
Ashley just finished school for physical therapy and looks forward to bringing movement and strength within a flow accompanied with the breath for easeful transitions taken throughout the class and through life.
Brian’s interest in Eastern sciences and philosophy began while still in high school. After moving into NYC to attend the School of Visual Arts to study photography, his passion for yoga came alive after September 11th. Brian discovered for himself the powerful healing benefits of yoga, and meditation. Soon after, yoga and meditation quickly became an integral part of his daily life, and has remained a staple throughout the years. He is always reading and learning about the many different facets including; Ayurveda, Tantra, Yin and Restorative yoga, as well as meditation techniques. He has studied with many traditions, and views his own style as eclectic, with a focus on meditation.
Brian is a certified RYT-500, ERYT-200 through Yoga Alliance, and has certifications in Thai Yoga Bodywork and Aromatherapy. Brian is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness, and holds workshops demonstrating the healing properties of yoga for Anxiety and PTSD, as well as Yoga for Men workshops.
Debbie completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program with Kelly Kamm and her sister Charleen Predmore at Happy Buddha Yoga.
She is the founder of Pure Symmetry Wellness, the first holistic wellness center in upper Orange County. She is a Personal Trainer, Life Coach, Wellness Mastery Coach, Nutritional Counselor, Class instructor, and Fitness columnist. After the sale of her business, she immersed herself in the yoga world and found a new passion.
Debbie’s interest in serving people developed from her own struggles with her health. She has been faced with several autoimmune diseases, and discovered that in addition to a healthy lifestyle, helping others attain wellness was part of her healing process.
She has had love for working in all levels of wellness in the mind, body, spirit connection with both men and women since age 15.
Debbie has trained many of the areas fitness experts who currently serve local communities and she holds degrees and certifications in the Holistic Health field, including Life Mastery Coaching, Yoga, and Personal Training.
Her practice is geared towards working with the special population including the elderly, the physically and/or mentally disabled.
Devin began her yoga practice at Happy Buddha in 2013 shortly after the birth of her daughter. She found the physical practice of yoga helped to quiet her mind and better handle the everyday stresses of being a new mother. When the mind is quiet, the journey to self-discovery can begin. Devin’s passion for yoga compelled her to complete her 200-hour teacher training at Happy Buddha in 2017. She continues to learn through patience, practice and finding the teacher in everything. She loves sharing what she has learned in her vinyasa style classes that are designed to stretch and strengthen your entire body. Be prepared to sweat while creating space in both body and mind while listening to a fun mix of music.
Marina Caceres received her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY.
She began her yoga journey soon after graduating from cosmetology school in New York City at the Aveda Institute. Her love for yoga stems from the passionate teachings of Kelly Kamm and loving mentors at Happy Buddha. She fell in love with the poetic language, mantras, asana, stories and most of all chanting. She discovered her voice through yoga, as well as her joy to teach.
She teaches a sweet flowing class inspired by the creative teachings from Happy Buddha. Marina wishes to continue her education and attend another teacher training within coming year. She is captivated by the unity of the yoga community and is truly grateful to be apart of such beauty.
Nikki is a Hudson Valley Native who loves Yoga, Khaleesi (her dog), animals, nature, photography, food, laughing, music, fun and anything that brings happiness to life. She was first introduced to yoga while living in the state of Florida during the recession. Being at one her lowest points in life, she was introduced to yoga classes that were included in a gym membership that she only had for a few weeks prior to financially not affording it any more. Although it was only a dozen classes taught by rotating instructors, the seed was planted. After three years of Florida residency, Nikki returned back to the Hudson Valley region, but did not return to the mat until over a half a decade later. In 2015 she was reunited with her mat and her path has become more clear since then. Being a daily practitioner of yoga, fueled her curiosity to explore the system and personally reflect on What is Yoga and Why does it work?!? Nikki completed her 200hr YTT at Happy Buddha Yoga under Charleen Predmore and Kelly Kamm and her 300hr YTT with nOMad Always at OM under Phoebe Miller, Samantha Fulton, Corinna Ricard-Farzan and Juan-Carlos Pineiro and is excited to share her knowledge and experiences with others. Nikki believes with being mindful and listening to your internal body, spirit, and mind, in addition to the physical body, one will be better equipped to handle the obstacles of life.
Nikki’s teaching style ranges from slow/gentle paced flows to challenging practices that test the body as well as the mind using plenty of modifications and centering breathwork suitable for every body at any stage of life. She’s a big advocate for listening to your body and mind to recognize what you need in the present and be accepting of it. Nikki aspires to incorporate her talents and passion in photography, videography and music with her classes to assist individuals in documenting their journey/transformation. She believes by seeing the stages of growth and reflecting of what obstacles one overcame will create positive reinforcement to just keep showing up!
Honey completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher-training certification program as well as numerous continuing education workshops and courses and has been practicing for close to 10 years.
She first enrolled in the intensive training program to understand how her practice on the mat was transforming her personal interactions and sense of heightened tranquility off the mat. She is still learning how the practice of Yoga seems to effortlessly affect all facets of her life, including nutrition, physical well-being, heightened insight, equanimity, compassion and greater tolerance for others and for herself,
Honey’s classes are a combination of Vinyasa flow and relaxing restorative poses. Her gentle assists and hands-on alignment corrections help her students internalize the postures.
Honey’s goal for each of her classes is that her students will be more at ease, internally and externally, physically and emotionally, and that they will leave each session feeling more open and rejuvenated than when they first arrived.
Mary Skrobola BSN, RN, RYT
Mary finds her yoga practice to be very rewarding and continually evolving; always transporting her to different levels of self-awareness. She earned her 200 hour yoga certification and is a Reiki master. Mary loves working with people and feels that yoga has something to offer everybody. Her classes are accessible to yogis of all abilities, ages and interests.
Always a student of yoga, she attends spiritual and yoga retreats and workshops and continues to study with incredible people, to deepen her personal practice and expand upon the knowledge that she can share with others on their yoga journey.
I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY. I began my yoga journey about eight years ago in the music room of the elementary school in which I currently teach. My life has not been the same since. My love for yoga stems from the feeling that I get when I step off of my mat…deep inhale followed by an exhale, feet firm and grounded, smile radiating with peace, calm, compassion, and connection.
I am both teacher and student. Life is my classroom, in which I am continually learning about myself and the world around me. I am inspired by words and admire the wisdom and strength of trees. My classes tend to reflect these qualities, weaving the threads of rooting down firmly while branching out and growing tall towards the sky.
Ally began to dive more deeply into her yoga practice just after college, when she discovered that yoga could be a tool for calming her mind as well as a vigorous physical practice.
She has studied with Dana Flynn and Mary Dana Abott at Laughing Lotus, and Gurmukh at Golden Bridge Yoga – both in NYC.
Ally enjoys working with beginners and making the initially confusing aspects of yoga a bit more understanding (chanting? Really? YES. And here’s why.) She encourages her students to have a sense of play when approaching yoga and to let go of their preconceived notions.
She teaches pre/post natal women how to move in their ever changing bodies and to learn to ride the magnificent and terrifying waves of motherhood. During and after her pregnancies, yoga was a way to reconnect with her body as well as a tool for deeper understanding and connection with it. The transformation a woman undergoes during and after pregnancy is astounding and she helps her students understand how their yoga practice will translate into their lives with children.
Due to her background in personal training, she teaches a strong and grounded Vinyasa class, encouraging her students to first find their roots so they can build the strength needed to take flight. In her classes you can expect a couple of laughs, to work up a sweat, to take the deepest breaths you will take all day, and to develop the ability to take some of the truths that you’ve learned off of the mat and into the world.
I began my yoga journey at Happy Buddha in 2008, starting with beginner’s classes. This is where I absolutely fell in love with my practice. The beautiful flow of yoga was what made me feel so complete. When practicing steady breathing with meditation, yoga provides me with a clear mind and stability during my busy work day. I love to indoor cycle and weight train which is why I know yoga is so important for my muscles. Understanding the proper alignments for my own body enables me to maintain a safe practice. This is the core of my practice to provide a safe class while getting a great workout. This is what I love and incorporate in my teachings.
Yoga is and always will be a part of my daily practice. I recently completed the 200 hour Happy Buddha training which is helping me structure an overall balanced and stronger practice for all yogi types. I have also taken several accredited workshops throughout the years which has helped balance my practice. I am so excited to continue with my journey here at Happy Buddha where I truly know I am part of a welcoming family.
Janet first turned to yoga in September 2009 at the suggestion of her sister, Edna, as a means to cope with the challenges life can gift us from time to time. That initial class was at Happy Buddha Yoga, a place of comfort and home to so many, and one that Janet gives so much thanks to for giving her joy, clarity, and inspiration throughout the years, as well as treasured friendships. Through the loving guidance and encouragement from her teachers, Charleen Predmore and Kelly Kamm, Janet completed her 200 hour teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga alongside her classmates, now family, with utter gratitude. She hopes to empower yogis through a light-hearted and fun flow for any level of experience to express. Yoga can help open us up to joy and connectedness to ourselves and the world around us. Let’s get there together!
Mary is a certified 500hr RYT, Yoga Therapist and Level II Reiki practitioner. She is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist trained under Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. Urban Zen was founded by Donna Karan to bring multiple holistic therapies into patient care including caregivers and staff.
Mary firmly believes that yoga is for everybody and works with her students to help them find the benefits of focusing breath with movement. No matter the daily challenges you face, Mary’s class will serve as a sweet reminder to be in the moment and will give you the tools to balance & relax both body and mind.
Cecilia Castro is a yoga practitioner of 5 years and is now completing her 200hr Teacher Training Program with Charlene Predmore and Kelly Kamm at Happy Buddha Yoga. Although she has had and ongoing relationship with yoga for the past 16 years, thru her husband, she didn’t begin to truly dedicate herself to the art of yoga until she became pregnant with her fourth child 5 years ago. With a desire to maintain a healthy mind and body, as well as a passion to pass on to her children a spiritual way of living, she decided to devote herself to a daily routine of Hatha Yoga, the yoga of balance, with both a prenatal and postnatal observation of it.
For Cecilia yoga is not only about the asana aspect but more about the union of ones’ self with the goodness of heart and soul. It’s more about walking a path of benevolence. She believes by doing good for others you benefit yourself. And so, began her journey to teach and encourage others to become more positive and healthier people both mentally and physically thru the yoga she likes to call The Healing Heart. Cecilia will be offering the Healing Heart yoga class to the Spanish community, at the Happy Buddha Yoga studio, in her native language of Spanish.
The wonderful health benefits of practicing Yoga were made quickly clear to me during my third year in college. I showed up to a Yoga class one evening feeling run down with a cold and upon completion of the hour-long asana practice I no longer felt sick! From that point on I knew there was something to the ancient practice of Yoga and continued my pursuit of knowledge as my life would allow it. After graduating college in 2013 I attended a month-long Living Yoga Training program Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Buckingham County, Virginia. The program, which focused deeply on the philosophy of Yoga, meditation multiple times a day, and deliberate movement of the body with focused awareness expanded my knowledge by leaps and bounds.
Following this experience I saved up enough money to attend my 200-hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu Institute of Yoga and Health. The Kripalu lineage, whose philosophy is that of “self-observation without judgement”, helped to fortify the path to deep understanding of the core teachings of Yoga that I had already embarked on. I spent an intensive month studying asanas, proper alignment, sequencing, and how to create an intentional space conducive to inner exploration of the self.
I then stayed on at Kripalu for another year as a volunteer in the Karma Yoga program. Karma is a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘action’ and the essence of the program was to provide service to all those visiting Kriplau in hopes to deepen their connection with self. I learned the benefits of living in an intentional community and again came to a greater understanding of how to live Yoga every moment of every day.
Since then I have been deepening my personal practice through asana, meditation, and study of various Yogic texts. I have found my own personal style of practice centered around acute awareness, curiosity, and a playfulness that helps to create ease in my life. My aim as a Yoga teacher is to guide my students deeper into themselves, discover a new relationship with body and mind, and to have a blast while doing so! I try my darndest not to take myself too seriously and you’ll often find me laughing my way through class as I create a map for my students to navigate the juxtaposition of the inner and outer worlds.
After several difficult life events in a very short period of time, yoga found me just when I needed it most. Through the practice of yoga I found peace, healing, understanding, self-awareness, clarity, and self-love. For me, Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. I realized that everyone deserves the wonderful benefits of yoga, so my goal is to bring yoga, in its many forms, to anyone who may need it in their life. There are so many wonderful avenues to practice yoga, and I feel I will always be a student. I received my 200 hour certification in 2015 and continued on to receive my 500 hour certification in 2016 from the Body Art Barn. I am currently enrolled in another 500 hour certification program here at Happy Buddha. I enjoy taking classes and workshops, constantly wanting to learn more, so I can offer more to my students. I have recently become very interested in meditation and the different ways it can benefit people in this very stressful environment we live in these days. Creating workshops to help people find a simple way into the wonderful world of meditation has become another passion. My goal is to allow people to feel the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. I truly believe in the healing abilities of a consistent practice of yoga. I create a fun, comfortable, judgement-free class suited for all levels and all bodies with lots of alignment cues and a relaxing ending infused with hands on assists and essential oils.
Beth was first introduced to yoga in college. After a long hiatus, filled with balancing family and career, she rededicated herself to the practice of yoga until it was, again, interrupted by a serious medical condition. Her path back to the mat became clear after undergoing two reconstructive foot surgeries. Determined to return to the practice, Beth began to explore yoga beyond asana. She fully committed to developing a meditation practice, slowly incorporating asana back into her daily life. This path allowed her to cultivate a deep appreciation for the healing powers of stillness and a focus on the breath. Beth approached Charleen and asked, given her physical limitations, if she would be able to participate in the teacher training program. Charleen’s response was “My opinion is this-sometimes limitations actually make us better teachers. You will be fine mama…we are all working on balance.”
Subsequently, Beth completed her 200 hour training at Happy Buddha in June 2017 and is currently working on her 300 hour certification. Additionally, she has trained with Judith Lasater in “Rest and Renew” restorative yoga. Beth strongly believes in the healing power of yoga and enjoys guiding students towards a deep sense of peace and relaxation.
Susan came to yoga later in life but once she started, she never looked back. As a wife, mother of three grown children and grandmother to three, she is grateful for her deepening understanding of yoga that allows her to be thankful for the smallest gifts in her life. She has been a practicing physical therapist for almost 40 years and has specialized almost exclusively in pediatrics throughout her career. She has worked with hundreds of families and their children through the early intervention program, using her extensive knowledge and background as a pediatric physical therapist to help families understand typical development as well as atypical development. Ten years ago, her passion for helping families led her to become a certified educator of infant massage. Recently, semi-retired as the owner of a large Early Intervention agency in Orange County, Susan decided to further deepen her knowledge of yoga and is currently completing her 200 hour teacher training certification at Happy Buddha. As an athlete, she originally came to yoga as a form of physical exercise, but has found much deeper meaning in the breathing practice and teachings of yoga. With our world seemingly in chaos around us, she has found the peace and calm she was looking for on the mat. Always a teacher, Susan takes deep satisfaction in helping her students come to a deeper understanding of themselves and finding a balance in their lives through yoga. She is adept at providing accommodations for those with special needs or physical challenges. Susan is also an expert in early childhood development and is excited to share her knowledge and give guidance to parents of new babies through Happy Buddha’s Baby Sense classes.
I’m young at heart, truly love all animals, very involved mother of two, utterly in love with my husband, close to my family, avid reader, sun worshiper, and yoga practitioner/ teacher.
Several months before my first actual yoga class I had broken my foot training for my black belt in Tang-Soo-Do, at which time I realized I needed a new path to better care for my body.
I came to Happy Buddha in 2012 on a whim with a friend for something to do. Never did I think that first class would put me on the path of my never ending journey. As I started practicing asanas daily I craved more and more of the other parts of yoga, studying under the teachers at Happy Buddha, I’ve never been without the knowledge and guidance I needed to immerse myself into my practice. My desire to learn more, and with a little nudge of support, I’ve found myself in Happy Buddha’s 200hr teacher training under Charleen and Kelly, and already looking forward to going for my 500hr. As a young adult I had mostly disassociated with organized religion and found myself loving that yoga accepts all types of people and allows individuality while also being part of something bigger.
I really enjoy teaching a Level 3 class, which is designed for students looking to work towards challenging complex poses, arm balances, inversions and a sprinkling of stories, mantras and mudras.
Marybeth completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Charleen Predmore at Kelly Kamm at Happy Buddha Yoga and continues her studies in Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Therapy and Reiki. Fitness training and yoga became part of her healing and stress managing process. Compelled to deepen her yoga practice, to bring yet another modality to helping her clients, Marybeth was drawn to the strong community based studio of Happy Buddha Yoga and gratefully became a student, embracing the energy of learning that surrounds Charleen Predmore.
Marybeth has been a Personal Trainer for over 20 years serving Ulster, Sullivan and Orange Counties. Marybeth of Body Solid Fitness, AS., RYT200 is a NCSF Certified Personal Trainer, certified Spin, TRX, Fitness and Seniors Instructor and Nutrition Coach.
Her students can expect to gain the tools and guidance they need to deepen their practice, building physical and spiritual strength. Marybeth feels truly blessed for all that she receives from her practice and honored with as much joy and intensity giving back and sharing as a teacher.