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About Us

WHO WE ARE

WE ARE THE PREMIER WELLNESS STUDIO FOR SENIORS

Bella Buddha opened her doors in March 2012 and has seen its share of change.  We are open to new ideas and have a variety of creative and loving classes.

We are a yoga and fitness studio that caters to the active-ager (my new term for “seniors”) and to those who are recovering from or dealing with illness or injury. Our classes accommodate all levels, so you never have to worry whether or not you can “do” the class or fret that “I’m not flexible enough.” With the philosophy “if you’re feeling it, you’re doing it,” you can be sure each and every posture can be modified to fit your needs.  For those wishing to build strength and stronger bones, we offer Strength and Stretch, a circuit-style exercise class that will challenge your cardiovascular system, balance, and flexibility.

WHAT DOES YOGA TEACH US?

Yoga teaches us about our bodies

When we practice the physical postures or exercises (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.

Yoga teaches us how to breathe better.

When we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) and become more aware, we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.

Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively.

When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the life force energy in our bodies (called prana) to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.

Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind.

When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

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Brenda Yarnold

OWNER/ YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Brenda Yarnold, M.A., E-RYT 200, has always had a desire to help others, particularly those who may feel “out of place” in their bodies either because of illness, weight issues, age, or otherwise. Brenda received her 200-hour certification with Blue Moon Yoga in 2011 and is an Experienced Yoga Teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance. She was certified in Chair Yoga in August, 2014 with Lakshmi Voelker. She worked as co-director of Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga and continued to learn as much as she could about Chair Yoga. She has also studied with Dr. Eric Goodman, founder of Foundation Training, and is currently working towards her 300-hour teacher training certification through Kripalu School of Yoga and Health in the Berkshires, MA. Brenda also embarked on a 9-month online training with Leslie Kaminoff, the premier yoga anatomist and “breath guru.” In addition, Brenda is diving deep into the needs of those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease by studying with Theresa Conroy in a program developed in conjunction with the guidance of the Parkinson’s Council. In a unique marriage of her studies, she is fully walking her path, and is thrilled to bring yoga you.

Brenda is known for her compassionate and non-judgmental teaching style, and her classes are challenging to her population yet fun. She shows her clients how to create a pain-free body, allowing them to live fully the life they desire.

Brenda lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, two wire-fox terriers, and black cat.

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Nancy Hedeen

INSTRUCTOR

Nancy Hedeen first connected with yoga after trying a restorative yoga class and realizing the depth of mental and physical benefits that it offered.   She later met Brenda at a Belmar Senior Luncheon where Brenda’s chair yoga class was the featured entertainment. She became intrigued by chair yoga and received her certification in   Chair Yoga in 2016, and her 200 hour certification from Blue Moon in Shrewsbury in 2017.

Nancy is a NJ native, and received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers. She spent many years in the restaurant industry in NJ and NYC and is a certified sommelier.

She is in pursuit of increasing her understanding of the mind, body and spirit connection through yoga, Reiki and meditation.

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Jeanne Marie Blodi

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH

Jeanne Marie Blodi is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. Her mission is to cultivate a therapeutic partnership with her clients through the use of positive lifestyle change, character strengths, mindfulness, and elimination of toxins, among others. She facilitates this through personal wellness consults (in person and via zoom.us), while using the principles of functional medicine to help discover roots causes for autoimmune symptoms. She is also a Silver Leader with doTERRA Int’l, sharing the benefits of essential oils for building strong immunity, along with physical and emotional health. She is the founder of Essentially Jeanne Wellness, LLC. You can find her leading educational workshops in various locations throughout New Jersey, and all over the country.