Susan Buckmaster, is the owner of Body Mind & Sol and 200-Hour YA Certified Instructor. Susan has practiced yoga for over 15 years and became certified not long after purchasing the studio. In 2008, after 20+ years in the business world, she went back to school and got a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in School Social Work. She was a school counselor for 3 years before moving to Berea. Today, she works full time for Berea College – whose mission to give people an opportunity to obtain a college education is in total alignment with her reasons to go back to school and become a social worker. In addition to her full-time job and running the studio, Susan teaches Yin Yoga twice a week. She says she is right where she is supposed to be, doing exactly what she was meant to be doing. “When I hear the stories of the students at BMS – how yoga has helped them get over a physical injury or long-term pain, or how it helps keep them centered in this crazy, hectic, stressful world we live in, I realize how lucky I am to be part of their story.”
Carrie Mahoney is a board-certified massage therapist and 200-hour certified yoga instructor. She trained under the guidance of Amanda McMaine. Her passion for yoga began in Columbus, Ohio and has only grown and expanded since moving to Berea. Carrie believes in the human body’s ability to heal if we only allow it. Her hope is that through massage and yoga she can show people how movement and self-care can allow you to live more fully and focus on what matters instead of what ails you.
Stephanie Clark finds joy in sharing yoga to the uninitiated, the seasoned practitioner, and any student who is curious about the ancient practice of yoga and how it fits into our modern world. She teaches in the “flow” style where breath leads the yogi through a slow and sustaining practice. Stephanie received her training at The Om Place with Erin Smith. Berea has been her home for 18 years and Stephanie has taught yoga for more than 15.
Judy Flavell embodies a passion to create safe spaces for people to discover and celebrate who they are right now. Through teaching yoga, she supports students in developing a compassionate relationship with their bodies that allows their spirits to shine through. She is committed to teaching in a way that makes yoga accessible to everyone and builds strength and flexibility. Judy’s professional training includes “Integrative Yoga for Seniors” at Duke University’s Center for Integrative Medicine, “Yoga for the Rest of Us” with Peggy Cappy, and “Yoga for Scoliosis” with Elise Browning Miller at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She began her yoga journey in earnest as a student of Zoe MacLaren (Sacred Living Yoga) and completed advanced training as a Registered Yoga Teacher with Amanda McMaine, E-RYT 500. Judy also has guided wilderness vision quests, trained with the School of Lost Borders, worked for 30 years in public broadcasting, and served as Executive Director for the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Madison & Clark Counties in Kentucky.
Robin Ramsay Hi, I’m Robin Ramsay. While I have been practicing yoga for over 9 years, I just recently started regularly practicing with other human beings. I have spent most of my yoga time at home, alone, with YouTube. I thought I was fine. I had NO IDEA how much connection I was missing! Being in the room with other yogis and with a teacher has taught me things about myself and my yoga practice I had no idea I didn’t know. It has given me not only a greater insight into deepening my practice, but it has also allowed me to extend so much more grace and compassion to myself on my mat. Instead of always pushing to do the most, I now find serenity and joy in asking just what my body actually needs…today. Come join me on the journey into self-discovery and joy!
Sue Reimondo has been practicing yoga and Pilates for over ten years. As a mental health therapist, Sue recognizes the many ways that yoga helps us manage stress, deepen spiritual practices regardless of faith tradition, take loving care of our bodies, and live with gratitude in the present moment. She studied with yogi Erin Smith at The Om Place. Sue is also certified in and teaches Pilates. She is excited to share her love of yoga with beginners and advanced students alike. The best thing about yoga is that it is not competitive. It is a gift we give ourselves and a wonderful way to celebrate the awesomeness of our individual bodies.
I’m Kelly Liddell and I’m super excited to be teaching yoga at Body Mind & Sol. As a college teacher, I began to experience pain in my neck and shoulders several years ago, mainly due to the sedentary nature of my work. Skeptically, I sought relief in yoga, listening to my mom (for once!), who was finding comfort in her own practice. To my surprise and pleasure, yoga worked to alleviate my discomfort and started to improve my posture and tone my body. Now convinced of its power, I committed to a home practice until, a few years later, I enrolled at The Om Place in Winchester, where I studied yoga under Erin Skinner. Yoga really has changed my life for the better and I am grateful when I find time to practice either on my own or, and especially, with the supportive people I meet in the studio.
Santosh David Smith – Swami Santoshananda Saraswati is a fancy way to say Santosh is a yogic monk.
As a sannyasin with 200HR-ERYT, 500HR-RYT, YACEP, as well as HNZCH, and NLPP he has sought ways to fulfill his vow to spread the joy of yoga.
Living and training on an ashram in New Zealand in 2012, he has gained international experience in making yoga accessible by combining his Bachelor of Fine Arts with over 1000 hours teaching experience and 700 hours of yoga teacher training. Registered with Yoga Alliance for over four years he also teaches and trains teachers as a Continuing Education Unit Provider. His approach to yoga can be summed up as a multi-spectrum interactive approach to yoga combining esoteric sciences, modern sciences, and the fine arts. Santosh travels the world happy to share the yoga that has had such a profound impact on him and many others. Continued thanks to his direct lineage Swami Shantimurti Saraswati and Ashram Yoga in New Zealand.
Eden Lewis – is a Berea native who started taking group fitness classes in high school and later began teaching a variety of classes herself. Eden is a Certified Personal Trainer and has certifications in Zumba Basic 1, Zumba Toning, Kettlebell AMPD, Schwinn Cycling, and Pound. Eden is working on her master’s degree in library sciences and has two dogs and a guinea pig.