Karen, Studio Owner, RYT-500, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™, Prime of Life Yoga™

Karen Walsh, founder of Be Here Now Yoga
Karen Walsh found yoga, (or maybe yoga found her) in 2010. Karen has had Multiple Sclerosis since 1995, and was searching for some natural therapies to add to her course of treatment to aid in of her overall sense of well-being. Yoga became her gateway drug to better health. Through the mindful practice of yoga Karen just feels better.

Karen completed her RYT -200 training in March 2013, and in 2015 become a RYT-500. Karen is a passionate learner and continually attends Yoga Alliance recognized continuing education classes, workshops and training. Karen is certified in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ and studied with Larry Payne for her Prime of Life Yoga™ certification.

Karen is interested in the general therapeutic benefits of yoga and teaches beginners yoga, gentle yoga, slow flow yoga, chair yoga, Prime of Life Yoga and Yoga For Cancer Care. She continues to take classes in these areas in hopes to design a personal practice for individuals looking to invite movement and awareness into their bodies. She enjoys designing private practices for students with different challenges. From her own experience, Karen has learned that people with rounder bodies, can realize the benefits of yoga.

Karen lives in Flemington with her partner Richard Hotchkiss who is the “cello” of Restorative Yoga with Live Cello, her two children, Abby and Jake and family friend Jen B., a dog and three cats. She is grateful for the experience of studying yoga with her children. They have practiced together in New Jersey, New York, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, California, in their living room and backyard; for them the journey has just begun. Whatever the season, you will find Karen in the vegetable garden.

Abby, RYT-500, Yoga Teacher and Kids Yoga

Abby Walsh, Be Here Now Yoga
As an academic, Abby always found it all too easy to get caught herself existing in an ongoing pattern of stress. Yoga offered Abby an opportunity to just breathe (simple, right). Through her practice she was able to quiet the mind, relieve tension and stress, and challenge herself mentally and physically. Abby is interested in therapeutic yoga, beginner and intermediate yoga, and overall body alignment that offers a holistic mind body connection. In addition to adult yoga classes, an eternal kid, Abby teaches children’s yoga as well. Abby holds degrees in Secondary Education, Psychology, and Curriculum Instruction.

Abby currently teaches at New York University, City University of New York, and Raritan Valley Community College. She aims to bring her teaching experience in the academic classroom into her yoga teachings. Abby has found a wonderful life balance between her scientific academic side and her introspective spiritual side. She hopes to help others find similar balance and harmony in their own lives.

Denise, YT-500, Sound Meditation, Sound Healing

Denise Milahik, at Be Here Now Yoga
Denise has been immersed in sound exploration since early childhood. She began studying voice in middle school and continued on to complete music degrees at Westminster Choir College and UNC-Greensboro. She toured professionally for several years on the opera stage and has sung throughout the US in various opera roles, recitals, and concerts. In addition, she has been practicing yoga for the past 15 years and is a certified yoga and YogaVoice® Instructor.

Her introduction to kirtan ten years ago at the Sivananda Ashram in the Catskills shifted her life. She experienced immediate healing from chanting, and has since been exploring the healing arts in order to offer the gifts of vibrational healing to others. Her studies of meditation, chanting, and the healing arts have taken her to India, Guatemala, and Nova Scotia, in addition to many special experiences in the states. She is trained in IET and Avesa Quantum Healing and is a certified Himalayan Singing Bowl Sound Healer through the Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School in Boulder, CO.

Peggy, RYT 200, Yoga Teacher

Peggy RYT 200 150x150
As a trail runner and hiker, Peggy considered these activities to be her own moving meditation. She recently completed the 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification at the Integral Yoga Institute (IYI) in Princeton to deepen her practice and share the benefits of yoga with others. At IYI, her training gave her a solid foundation in asana practice (poses), meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) and yoga philosophy.

Peggy invites everyone to ‘come as you are’ to the Community Yoga class on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PM. Join her on the journey to comfortable bodies, peaceful minds and open hearts.

Leah, Yoga Teacher

Leah at Be Here Now Yoga in Flemington NJ
Leah completed the Devalila Yoga Teacher Training with Stephanie Pappas in 2009. Devalila can be translated as “the divine play of life,” and Leah encourages her students to do whatever feels right for their own bodies. Leah’s classes emphasize mindfulness, moving with the breath, and restoring balance to the body with postures for strength and flexibility. Leah is a Special Education Teacher in the Branchburg School District, and is blessed with the opportunity to teach yoga and relaxation daily in her classroom.

Additionally, she has developed a playful yoga program for children with special needs, which she teaches at the Somerset County Therapeutic Recreation Center.

Denise, RYT 200, Yoga Teacher

Denise Donofrio headshot
Denise is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor and received her training at Yoga Loka in Frenchtown, N. She has taken many workshops and trainings to deepen her own practice.

Denise is a breast cancer survivor came to Yoga looking for stress and anxiety relief and soon discovered the benefits of yoga while going through Chemotherapy and numerous surgeries.

I have gotten so much more out of my Yoga practice. I believe it is essential for nourishing mind, body and spirit.

Denise became a Yoga instructor to help others not only be physically fit but also to nourish their mind and spirit.

Lori, RN, RYT 500, Yoga Teacher

Lori at Be Here Now Yoga
Lori is a registered nurse who focuses on holistic practice and teaching Yoga as complementary therapy for health and well-being. Lori worked for a decade as a clinical nurse, at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.   Lori completed her advanced 500- hour teacher training at Yoga Loka, is certified in Yoga for Cancer and Total Control for pelvic/bladder function. She continues her education, seeking opportunities to teach the benefits of Yoga to people with various health conditions.

Kate, doTerra Wellness Advocate

Kate George at Be Here Now Yoga
Kate George has a B.S. in Plant Science with a concentration in horticultural therapy from Rutgers University. She is a Registered Horticultural Therapist HTR, through the American Horticultural Therapy Association and is certified in Healthcare Garden Design through the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is also an Independent Wellness Advocate for doTERRA International. Kate incorporates her plant knowledge and horticultural therapy experience when sharing the benefits essential oils.

Currently, Kate provides therapeutic horticulture to patients St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. She also currently works at J&J Landscaping and Garden Center designing and maintaining seasonal displays, designing container gardens and planters. She coordinates and facilitates gardening classes for children and adults.

Kate has presented for AHTA, AHS, and other conferences across the U.S., and advocates for the benefits of horticultural therapy and healthy living. Learn about the benefits and uses for essential oils on the 3rd Monday evening of the month.

Valerie, Health Coach, Meditation Teacher

Kate George at Be Here Now Yoga
Valerie Powell is a certified health coach and educator who has experienced the emotional and physical health benefits of a long-time meditation practice. Her daily “sit” has provided her with a sense of calm through life’s transitions, including the challenges of a serious illness. Val’s approach to meditation instruction combines a bit of philosophy, a sampling of science, and a simple and straightforward methodology—along with a healthy dose of levity.

Carolyn, Yoga Instructor

Carolyn Reynolds at Be Here Now Yoga
As an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, Carolyn turned to yoga as a way to nurture her body after long runs.  The benefits of yoga had such a restorative effect on her she that decided to deepen her practice and completed the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Onsen for All, in Princeton, NJ under the guidance of Brian Critchley.   Since then she has taught Yoga for Runners, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Depression, and Yoga for Older Adults.  In her teaching, Carolyn often takes yoga beyond the physical practice and will weave the spiritual benefits of yoga in to help connect the body and mind as one.

Carolyn is currently pursuing her MSW in Social Work at Rutgers University and integrates yoga and wellness into her work whenever possible. She enjoys being a coach for Girls on the Run and lives in Flemington with her husband Dave and her three children Michael, Jeremy and Libby.

Karen, Certified Holistic Health Coach

Karen Sammer at Be Here Now Yoga
Karen is a four-year breast cancer survivor. Prior to her diagnosis, she was more than 150 pounds overweight with borderline high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. After undergoing a year of treatment for a very aggressive form of breast cancer, Karen decided to take control of her health by making several lifestyle changes over a two-year period. As a result, she lost 135 pounds and blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are all within healthy limits.

Throughout this journey, Karen attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a member of the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners. Her mission in this area is to coach people in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle using the concept of primary and secondary foods to live their best life.