Susan Buckmaster, is the owner of Body Mind & Sol and a 200-Hour YA Certified Instructor with three certifications in Yin Yoga. Susan has practiced yoga for almost 20 years and became certified not long after purchasing the studio in 2017. 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 all people an opportunity to obtain a college education regardless of gender, race, or ability to pay is in total alignment with her reasons to go back to school and become a social worker. In addition to her full-time job, Susan teaches Yin Yoga -today via zoom – and she also offers private lessons. 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 how yoga has helped people 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.”
Renee Mikel has never found a movement she didn’t like. A YA 200-EYRT, certified personal trainer, biomechanist, and Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner, endurance runner and obstacle course racer, she believes in the trinity of alignment, (be it structural or energetic) strength and mobility, all of which you can find in any of the classes she teaches at Body, Mind & Sol. To her, the practice of yoga is “Sacred, but not serious” as she encourages curiosity, exploration and play so that we may find our individual path to the inner peace and physical joy that already exists in our body, mind and spirit.
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.
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.