The Happy Buddha Family of Teachers
Charleen has a deep spiritual practice that transcends into her teaching style. Happy Buddha’s, Mama Char, has been practicing yoga and meditation in many forms for well over a decade. After a medical emergency in 2009, and realizing that it was the Yoga that saved and helped to heal her, she became even more devoted to her practice and to sharing her knowledge, love and devotion with the yoga community.
She completed her 200hr Teacher Training Program with Kelly Kamm at Happy Buddha, completed her Rasa Restorative Teacher Training Program with Jamie Lyn Skolnik, and continues with her studies with amazing teachers like Dana Flynn, Mary Dana Abbott, Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Joshua Greene and many others.
As the mother of three, and now the grandmother of one, she understands the constant fluctuations of modern life and incorporates a strong yoga practice in an effort to maintain, balance, strength, serenity, and humor. Expect a fun, energetic, and nurturing class.
Charleen also has a strong energy connection with her students, that has allowed her to works with those unable to attend classes in the studio due to health issues. Her healing touch has helped dozens find the peace an ease through yoga, that otherwise would not have been able to do so.
If you hang out with Kelly too much, you’re at risk of catching a severe case of YOGAMANIA. Kelly is the original owner of Happy Buddha as well as the director of the Happy Buddha Teacher Training program. She has been devoted to her practice for over a decade and is amazed at how she still continues to learn, grow, and find fresh perspective. She has done numerous trainings, most recently another 200 hours at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC. To her, yoga is not about how much of a pretzel you can twist yourself into, it’s learning about yourself on your mat and taking that into your daily life so that you live up to your full potential as a human being.
Kelly teaches a creative vinyasa flow practiced rooted in the ancient mythology of India. Her classes are musical, poetic, and deeply spiritual. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. Expect a challenging and creative flow, plenty of great music, a dose of philosophy, a bit of chanting, and definitely some laughter! She is honored to study with and be influenced by many great teachers including Dana Flynn, Cyndi Lee, Kathryn Budig and Douglas Brooks. She also draws inspiration from The Work of Byron Katie, the teachings of Pema Chodron, the poetry of Rumi, and the endless wisdom of her 6 year old guru Milo.
It is often said that our yoga practice doesn’t really begin until life gets hard, and she has experienced that first hand. Her goal is to help people see that our greatest struggles can actually be our greatest strengths. Kelly combines the power of movement, music, and myth to help others move through life transitions with grace and ease. She hopes that through her strong classes you will learn how to step into your challenges and recognize that this life is so much more wonderful and magical than you could possibly even imagine!
Lori completed her 200 hour teacher training certification at Happy Buddha. She is also a Certified Level Two Reiki practitioner. She truly believes yoga is open to anyone who is willing to learn more about themselves: any fitness level, any age, and any type of body.
Her classes are intimidation-free and accessible to all. Expect an engaging and gently- paced vinyasa flow class. Perfect for beginners or those who want to become more rooted in their yoga practice.
Troy was first introduced to yoga in 1999. He was initially drawn to it as complimentary training for his martial arts training. Thinking that his boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would improve from the increased flexibility he started taking classes regularly.
Very quickly it became apparent that yoga offered much more than flexibility. Breath control, body awareness, range of motion & the ability to be in the moment with heightened awareness are a few of the benefits he shares with others thinking about trying it out. Initially practicing in Denville NJ he moved to NY and lost focus on yoga for a while until he found Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen. Right away he recognized the great atmosphere of the school and recently completed his teacher training there in 2013.
He’s currently a Renzo Gracie Team black belt under Karel Pravec and teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Saddlebrook NJ. For a day job, his company is a consultant and inspector of Energy Star Homes. In his spare time, he and his wife are into hiking and pretty much any other outdoor activities.
Staci attend her first yoga class in college and was immediately drawn to the energy and the challenging physical aspect. Yoga quickly became a healthy way of dealing with stress and a more exciting substitute for the gym. In the winter of 2014 Staci completed her 200 hr teaching certification from Happy Buddha. Since then Staci has continued her training through workshops, books, classes and other trainings. Staci feels that yoga is a beautiful way for someone to feel free and express themselves with their bodies while calming their minds and centering themselves. Staci’s vinyasa style classes gets your heart rate up to help keep your physical body happy and always has a short meditation to quiet the mind. Staci’s other passions include gardening, reading, sunshine, her dogs, swimming and essentially just being outside as much as possible.
Jon’s passion for movement, adventure, flying, and the outdoors started at a young age as a competitive snowboarder and mountain biker and continues to this day as a husband, father, teacher, student, yogi, and adventurer.
This passion has led him away from his job in the corporate world towards a more simple and rewarding life of studying and teaching yoga. Jon draws inspiration from his teachers including Kelly Kamm, Ram Dass, Raghunath, Neem Karoli Baba, and Radhanath Swami. In his high energy classes students are lead through dynamic Vinyasa sequences that focus on alignment, breath, yoga philosophy, exploration, and fun. Ram Ram.
Theresa found rescue in yoga about 3 years ago and has a passion for spreading the love and light to others. She received her 200hr certification at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY.Her background consists of dance and fitness which she weaves into a graceful strength building flow. She plans on furthering her education into the world yoga and weight training to create innovative vinyasa flows. She feels it’s very important to get connected with yourself very deeply through meditation and chanting for any athlete or performer. She loves to be outside most days running and playing in the sunshine on a hike, kayaking or just exploring for magical spaces.
Riley is a passionate & spiritual yogi and artist. She is The Director of Children’s Programs here at Happy Buddha and absolutely adores being able to share this practice with such open and pure little souls. She began practicing as a necessity to help and heal herself and was enamored with the many healing benefits yoga provided.She is now devoted to a life of healing, service & truly believes in making yoga available and accessible for people of all ages and walks of life. Her classes are heavily influenced by the practice of Bhakti as well as the use of chanting and vibrational work to heal.Riley completed her 200hr teacher training at Happy Buddha with Kelly Kamm & Charleen Predmore as well as the 50hr Rasa Restorative training with Jamie Lyn Skolnick at Laughing Lotus in NYC. She is Reiki 2 certified and is currently working on her 500hr certification. Riley looks forward to a long journey ahead of learning and growth & furthering her offerings for this wonderful community!
Janet first turned to yoga in September 2009 at the suggestion of her sister, Edna, as a means to cope with the challenges life can gift us from time to time. That initial class was at Happy Buddha Yoga, a place of comfort and home to so many, and one that Janet gives so much thanks to for giving her joy, clarity, and inspiration throughout the years, as well as treasured friendships. Through the loving guidance and encouragement from her teachers, Charleen Predmore and Kelly Kamm, Janet completed her 200 hour teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga alongside her classmates, now family, with utter gratitude. She hopes to empower yogis through a light-hearted and fun flow for any level of experience to express. Yoga can help open us up to joy and connectedness to ourselves and the world around us. Let’s get there together!
Valerie walked into Happy Buddha in January 2014 for a beginner yoga series and never left. In the past, yoga was all about the shapes, many of which seemed unattainable. “Practice, and all is coming,” she kept hearing at Happy Buddha. So she did. And it is. In 2016 she completed her 200 hour teacher training under the guidance of Charleen Predmore and Kelly Kamm. An eternal beginner, she knows how daunting it can be to walk into a studio, imagining that everyone is better than you . . . . . at yoga . . . at life . . . As a nurse, Valerie is conscious of the importance of a practice that is challenging while being safe. Breath and body are the soul’s companions in this life and she encourages her students to treat them with reverence and love. Her interests include mental health advocacy, maternal child health and eliminating the stigma felt by survivors of suicide. Come as you are, but be prepared to be transformed. That is the yoga.
She is a breast cancer survivor and Warrior! Her strength and fight stems from her deep faith and belief in God. Her daily mantra is: “I can (and will) do all things through Christ who strengthens me”… Philippians 4:13 Char believes the presence and power of God in her life is love. She encourages all of you to Believe that you are a unique and beautiful creation.
Liza was first drawn to yoga in High School and has been practicing ever since. Building an eclectic Hatha Yoga practice with the foundation in Jivamukti, Iyengar, Power Yoga and Ashtanga, Liza believes yoga comes from within and begins with the breath.
She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Michael Stein at Ashtanga of New Paltz in 2006. She is also certified in Ashtanga Yoga by David Swenson.
Valerie believes the body has the power to create the space Frankel refers to as our freedom. Through conscious movement, breath, focus and not being too scared of sweat, rest or challenge, we can access a world inside ourselves filled with everything we need to make anything possible; the unbearable, bearable, and the good, divine.
Valerie was trained in Boston under the guidance of Mimi Loureiro in an Ashtanga-Vinyasa style, however her classes are made up of all sorts of yoga/body stuff. Depending on the day, or maybe even the hour, one can expect vinyasa, yin, restorative, meditation, dance, the occasional cardio kick boxing move and even some writing.
She brings a sense of humor and a no-expectation outlook to her classes, along with the ever-present mantra that challenging yourself is always good, and especially if you can laugh while doing it.
Katy has taken the last few years to rediscover herself and her spiritual connection to the world around her. She has been working towards harnessing the power of thought and redirecting it to be in line with her soul’s mission and life’s purpose. Her goal is to help heal others through yoga, meditation and guidance. She wants to work with her students toward awakening their own inner-wisdom.
Katy attended Pratt Institute with a major in Graphic Design/Illustration and is currently undertaking a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course at Happy Buddha in Goshen. Through the Yogis Heart Organization, Katy acquired a yoga scholarship and has been studying diligently at Sol Full Yoga Studio in Monroe for the past year. In addition, Katy is an artist, whose paintings capture the beginning of a long-term journey towards Enlightenment. Her work is currently on display at Playa Gallery.
Brian’s interest in Eastern sciences and philosophy began while still in high school. After moving into NYC to attend the School of Visual Arts to study photography, his passion for yoga came alive after September 11th. Brian discovered for himself the powerful healing benefits of yoga, and meditation. Soon after, yoga and meditation quickly became an integral part of his daily life, and has remained a staple throughout the years. He is always reading and learning about the many different facets including; Ayurveda, Tantra, Yin and Restorative yoga, as well as meditation techniques. He has studied with many traditions, and views his own style as eclectic, with a focus on meditation.
Brian is a certified RYT-500, ERYT-200 through Yoga Alliance, and has certifications in Thai Yoga Bodywork and Aromatherapy. Brian is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness, and holds workshops demonstrating the healing properties of yoga for Anxiety and PTSD, as well as Yoga for Men workshops.
Debbie completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program with Kelly Kamm and her sister Charleen Predmore at Happy Buddha Yoga.
She is the founder of Pure Symmetry Wellness, the first holistic wellness center in upper Orange County. She is a Personal Trainer, Life Coach, Wellness Mastery Coach, Nutritional Counselor, Class instructor, and Fitness columnist. After the sale of her business, she immersed herself in the yoga world and found a new passion.
Debbie’s interest in serving people developed from her own struggles with her health. She has been faced with several autoimmune diseases, and discovered that in addition to a healthy lifestyle, helping others attain wellness was part of her healing process.
She has had love for working in all levels of wellness in the mind, body, spirit connection with both men and women since age 15.
Debbie has trained many of the areas fitness experts who currently serve local communities and she holds degrees and certifications in the Holistic Health field, including Life Mastery Coaching, Yoga, and Personal Training.
Her practice is geared towards working with the special population including the elderly, the physically and/or mentally disabled.
Devin began her yoga practice at Happy Buddha in 2013 shortly after the birth of her daughter. Devin found the physical practice of yoga helped to quiet her mind and better handle the everyday stresses of being a new mother. When the mind is quiet, the path to self discovery can begin. Devin completed her 200 hour teacher training at Happy Buddha in 2017 and her classes follow a strong vinyasa flow. Be prepared to sweat while creating space in both body and mind.
Marina Caceres received her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY.
She began her yoga journey soon after graduating from cosmetology school in New York City at the Aveda Institute. Her love for yoga stems from the passionate teachings of Kelly Kamm and loving mentors at Happy Buddha. She fell in love with the poetic language, mantras, asana, stories and most of all chanting. She discovered her voice through yoga, as well as her joy to teach.
She teaches a sweet flowing class inspired by the creative teachings from Happy Buddha. Marina wishes to continue her education and attend another teacher training within coming year. She is captivated by the unity of the yoga community and is truly grateful to be apart of such beauty.
Nikki is a Hudson Valley Native who loves Yoga, Khaleesi (her dog), animals, nature, photography, food, laughing, music, fun and anything that brings happiness to life. She was first introduced to yoga while living in the state of Florida during the recession. Being at one her lowest points in life, she was introduced to yoga classes that were included in a gym membership that she only had for a few weeks prior to financially not affording it any more. Although it was only a dozen classes taught by rotating instructors, the seed was planted. After three years of Florida residency, Nikki returned back to the Hudson Valley region, but did not return to the mat until over a half a decade later. In 2015 she was reunited with her mat and her path has become more clear since then. Being a daily practitioner of yoga, fueled her curiosity to explore the system and personally reflect on What is Yoga and Why does it work?!? Nikki completed her 200hr YTT at Happy Buddha Yoga under Charleen Predmore and Kelly Kamm and her 300hr YTT with nOMad Always at OM under Phoebe Miller, Samantha Fulton, Corinna Ricard-Farzan and Juan-Carlos Pineiro and is excited to share her knowledge and experiences with others. Nikki believes with being mindful and listening to your internal body, spirit, and mind, in addition to the physical body, one will be better equipped to handle the obstacles of life.
Nikki’s teaching style ranges from slow/gentle paced flows to challenging practices that test the body as well as the mind using plenty of modifications and centering breathwork suitable for every body at any stage of life. She’s a big advocate for listening to your body and mind to recognize what you need in the present and be accepting of it. Nikki aspires to incorporate her talents and passion in photography, videography and music with her classes to assist individuals in documenting their journey/transformation. She believes by seeing the stages of growth and reflecting of what obstacles one overcame will create positive reinforcement to just keep showing up!
Honey completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher-training certification program as well as numerous continuing education workshops and courses and has been practicing for close to 10 years.
She first enrolled in the intensive training program to understand how her practice on the mat was transforming her personal interactions and sense of heightened tranquility off the mat. She is still learning how the practice of Yoga seems to effortlessly affect all facets of her life, including nutrition, physical well-being, heightened insight, equanimity, compassion and greater tolerance for others and for herself,
Honey’s classes are a combination of Vinyasa flow and relaxing restorative poses. Her gentle assists and hands-on alignment corrections help her students internalize the postures.
Honey’s goal for each of her classes is that her students will be more at ease, internally and externally, physically and emotionally, and that they will leave each session feeling more open and rejuvenated than when they first arrived.
Mary Skrobola BSN, RN, RYT
I am very grateful for the enlightenment and rewards my yoga journey is bringing to my life. My yoga practice is continually evolving and taking me to different levels of self-awareness. As a nurse, I have studied about and believe in the importance of a holistic approach to health. I feel that yoga has something to offer everybody; from increasing flexibility, to mind/body exploration, healing or a deeper connection with self.
I became a yoga teacher because I wish to share my love for this amazing and rewarding practice with others. I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga under Kelly Kamm, Charlene Predmore, and Kate Perna and I am registered with the Yoga Alliance. I strive to make my classes accessible to yogis of all abilities, ages and interests.
Always a student of yoga, I will continue to study with incredible people, to deepen my personal practice and continue my journey of self-exploration and discovery, as I help guide others in this beautiful practice.
I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY. I began my yoga journey about eight years ago in the music room of the elementary school in which I currently teach. My life has not been the same since. My love for yoga stems from the feeling that I get when I step off of my mat…deep inhale followed by an exhale, feet firm and grounded, smile radiating with peace, calm, compassion, and connection.
I am both teacher and student. Life is my classroom, in which I am continually learning about myself and the world around me. I am inspired by words and admire the wisdom and strength of trees. My classes tend to reflect these qualities, weaving the threads of rooting down firmly while branching out and growing tall towards the sky.
She has studied with Dana Flynn and Mary Dana Abott at Laughing Lotus, and Gurmukh at Golden Bridge Yoga – both in NYC.
Ally enjoys working with beginners and making the initially confusing aspects of yoga a bit more understanding (chanting? Really? YES. And here’s why.) She encourages her students to have a sense of play when approaching yoga and to let go of their preconceived notions.
She teaches pre/post natal women how to move in their ever changing bodies and to learn to ride the magnificent and terrifying waves of motherhood. During and after her pregnancies, yoga was a way to reconnect with her body as well as a tool for deeper understanding and connection with it. The transformation a woman undergoes during and after pregnancy is astounding and she helps her students understand how their yoga practice will translate into their lives with children.
Due to her background in personal training , she teaches a strong and grounded Vinyasa class, encouraging her students to first find their roots so they can build the strength needed to take flight. In her classes you can expect a couple of laughs, to work up a sweat, to take the deepest breaths you will take all day, and to develop the ability to take some of the truths that you’ve learned off of the mat and into the world.
I began my yoga journey at Happy Buddha in 2008, starting with beginner’s classes. This is where I absolutely fell in love with my practice. The beautiful flow of yoga was what made me feel so complete. When practicing steady breathing with meditation, yoga provides me with a clear mind and stability during my busy work day. I love to indoor cycle and weight train which is why I know yoga is so important for my muscles. Understanding the proper alignments for my own body enables me to maintain a safe practice. This is the core of my practice to provide a safe class while getting a great workout. This is what I love and incorporate in my teachings.
Yoga is and always will be a part of my daily practice. I recently completed the 200 hour Happy Buddha training which is helping me structure an overall balanced and stronger practice for all yogi types. I have also taken several accredited workshops throughout the years which has helped balance my practice. I am so excited to continue with my journey here at Happy Buddha where I truly know I am part of a welcoming family.
Jennifer DiDonato received her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY. She fell in love with the poetic language, mantras, asana and the stories of yoga. Jennifer is committed to deepening her studies, growing as a teacher and guiding her students along the path of self-discovery. She teaches a sweet flowing, vinyasa class.
Mary is a certified 500hr RYT, Yoga Therapist and Level II Reiki practitioner. She is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist trained under Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. Urban Zen was founded by Donna Karan to bring multiple holistic therapies into patient care including caregivers and staff.
Mary firmly believes that yoga is for everybody and works with her students to help them find the benefits of focusing breath with movement. No matter the daily challenges you face, Mary’s class will serve as a sweet reminder to be in the moment and will give you the tools to balance & relax both body and mind.