Susan Buckmaster, is the owner of Body Mind & Sol and a 200-Hour YA Certified Instructor with two certifcations in Yin Yoga. 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.”
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.
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.
Bethany Gunter Bethany began her yoga journey 8 years ago in a high school class called “Controlling Stress.” She quickly fell in love with the physical, mental and emotional benefits she learned from this practice. Over the years she has sustained several significant injuries and every time, she found herself at the mat for recovery, even after surgeries. In October of 2018 she began yoga teacher training to pursue a lifestyle of helping to heal others through this ancient practice. She believes yoga is a beautiful tool that every person can benefit from, whether it be the physical postures or the mindful meditation Everyone deserves to feel peace in their own body and mind. Yoga can help.
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.
Kathleen Murphy – In 1994 Kathleen received her teacher certification at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and was staff in the international organization at their headquarters at Val Morin Canada, the Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne NY, and at the NYC center in Chelsea. While there, she had an immersive experience practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation as well as teaching. Since then Kathleen has continued to practice and study with a particular interest in traditional styles of yoga. Kathleen teaches Sivananda Yoga and Hatha Yoga classes at Body Mind & Sol.
Max Grigg – Who am? I’m a teacher or at least I’ve been one for most of my life. I love learning and I love helping others learn. I came to yoga at a time when my mind was very actively pursuing a degree in educational psychology. but my body was getting stiffer and achier from long hours spent sitting while writing or reading. I still sit too much, but I now realize that my body can teach me something that books can’t: if I listen carefully enough. After many years, I’m still a beginner at learning what yoga can teach me, but it’s a heartfelt joy to share my journey with others on the same path.