Karen, Studio Owner, RYT-500, E-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 an 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, Yoga for Cancer Care and has studied with Larry Payne for her Prime of Life Yoga™ certification. Karen has started a three-year journey to becoming a yoga therapist and is currently studying with Brandt Passalacqua.

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 son Jake, a dog and four cats. Abby, her daughter, is an RYT-500 and teaches yoga in Santa Cruz, California. She and her children practice yoga 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.

Denise, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor

Denise
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. opportunities to teach the benefits of Yoga to people with various health conditions.

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.

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.

Adam, Yoga Instructor

Adam
Adam found yoga in January 2014 while attending a yoga beginners workshop. After one class he was hooked. Throughout his continued practice and training he has found that his connection between mind, body and breath to be constantly evolving. This awareness has translated to all areas of Adams life. Adams purpose in teaching is to share this evolutionary path with others so that they too can experience the joy in their lives that Adam has experienced with yoga.

Adam holds a 200-hour yoga certification from Dig Yoga, under the teaching of Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny. Adam’s teaching style invokes the idea of putting instruction into simple terms to reach his students in a clear and precise manner. He focuses on bringing the body into good alignment while building body strength, flexibility and range of motion as well as growing the connection between the breath, heart, body, and mind.

EileenRYT-200, Yoga Instructor

Eileen
Eileen recently completed her RYT-200 at Be Here Now Yoga. Over the years Eileen enjoyed physically challenging exercise including, kickboxing, cardio, weight lifting, spin classes and Zumba. Eileen, like many others, experinces some dramatic life changes and found yoga to be a safe place for her mind and body. Through her studies she found a sense of spiritual grounding to complement her love of “flow yoga”. Eileen has lived and worked in the Flemington area for over 35 years.

LeslieRYT-200, Yoga Instructor

Leslie
Leslie followed an academic path for her adult life. The rigors of this path eventually resulted in hypertension and diabetes. She sought relief through yoga as a compliment to traditional medical therapies. Leslie got out of her head and onto the yoga mat She found relief from the very first class and never looked back.

Leslie completed her RYT 200 in June of 2017. She is enthusiastic about students who are coming to yoga for the first time and is eager to focus on the abilities of her students. It is her goal to encourage her student to explore and expand in a playful yoga practice.

Leslie lives in Hunterdon County. After raising two children she and her husband are enjoying their “empty nest” together.

Diana, Usui Reiki Master

Diana
Diana Davis is a Reiki Master/Teacher, and has trained in Usui Reiki practice for over 5 years. Her healing sessions invite Angels and Ascended Masters into the Sacred space to help facilitate healing based on the client’s needs. Her practice also includes animals as well as people.

Visit the reiki page to learn more about reiki shares, reiki training, and other workshops

Deborah, RTY 200

Diana
Deborah Gichan completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification through Be Here Now Yoga. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Deborah received her BA in Dance from UC Berkeley. Growing up in a health resort in California, Deborah has always lived the lifestyle of a healthy diet and movement. Deborah teaches Visual and Performing Arts at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School where for ten years she taught Dance History in the Gifted and Talented Honors Dance Program.

In 2017 she initiated a yoga class for at-risk teens through the RTS program at Franklin High School in Somerset County. Deborah specializes in the over 50 athletic Yogi considering herself a “Boomer Yogi.” Deborah is a professional photographer who enjoys running, cooking, being a mother of two sets of twins, loving her two standard poodles and living on a farm property in Pittstown.

Deborah’s husband shares her joy in teaching at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

Gina, RYT-200

Gina
Gina is an IT professional who found yoga as a perfect complement to her daily meditation and kriya (breath-work) practices. She deepened her practice by completing her RYT-200 certification at Be Here Now Yoga. Gina also received her Reiki I, II and Master attunements through Art of Living.

Gina is an animal lover and has a passion for the solitude of nature as she spends much of her free time tending to gardens and honeybees on her Hunterdon County farm. She is a master scuba diver and also enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, and alpine skiing. She teaches from the heart and loves to share the profound benefits of yoga with everyone both on and off the mat.