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About 

Good Karma is Peekskill's newest yoga space located in the Peekskill Central Market. 

Built 182 years ago, Peekskill Central Market was created by Peekskill's first mayor, William H. Nelson. With so much history in our roots, we aim to bring our community together where it all began. Our community is built on the diversity of our students, a kind and respectful atmosphere, and classes that inform every level of practice.

 

Teachers

Sarah Fine

Studio Manager

Sarah Fine believes yoga is a means to heal the body and mind. With her background in the sister sciences of Ayurveda and yoga therapeutics, Sarah synchronizes her classes to the season and the climate and helps her students connect mentally and spiritually with themselves. Sarah encourages her students to feel comfortable in their skin and let go of self-judgment on and off the mat. With a strong focus on the “energetic body,” she leads an intuitive, compassion-driven class. 

 

Beth DeWit

Beth brings an artist's sensibility and a passion for yoga to her teaching.

Motivated by a desire to support and empower others to experience growth and healing on their own terms through clarity and perseverance, Beth connects with light-hearted sincerity. Inspired by her own personal journey of self-investigation and transformation, Beth’s love of dharma and literature transmits a practical application of Yoga philosophy through the physical practice of yoga.


Trained by Richard Villella and Liz Schulman of Living Yoga Studios, she taught at Living Yoga from 2012-2017 during which time the studio was awarded "Best of Yoga Studio" by Hudson Valley Magazine for 5 years running. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as ERYT 200. Beth is comfortable working with both groups and individuals to evaluate postural alignment, reduce/eliminate chronic pain, and re-educate/refine habitual body holding patterns. Valuing the wisdom of specific cuing to aid in mindful alignment, Beth guides her students toward deeper body awareness and a clearer understanding of moving into and out of postures. She teaches the body-mind connection that offers the deeper benefits of yoga. Her teaching experience ranges from Beginner, Gentle, Levels 1, 2 and 3 Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. Beth is also an artist living with her musician partner in Peekskill, NY.

Caralyn Nanariello

Caralyn (CYT 200) first discovered yoga as a teenager as a way to stay fit, decrease stress, and be more mindful.  She has a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and an M.A.T in Physical Education. She uses her yoga training and educational skills to help her students achieve their most healthy, happy and best selves.

Erin Bedenbaugh

Erin has been athletic and active since a very young age. Unless she's on her yoga mat, she would always rather be outside than indoors.  She was drawn to yoga in her mid-twenties desiring the physical benefits she had been hearing the “buzz” about...she stayed because the benefits she had begun to unlock went way beyond the physical body and started her on a path of growth, self-discovery, and self-love. In 2017, after 6 years of practice, she decided it was time to transition from student to teacher (but always a student. She spent the first part of the year completing a 200-hour training with Tadasana in Balance, Fishkill, and after a short break, finished up the year with nOMad's 300-hour teacher training. Now with 500 hours of training behind her, she feels emboldened as well as highly confident in her ability to share the blessings of yoga with as many people as she can reach.   

 

Erin’s teaching style has been described as thorough, confident, inspiring and compassionate.  She utilizes the philosophical teachings of the ancient practice to guide students to stay mindfully present in their asana practice, and encourages taking this practice out into everyday life.  She has a strong understanding of and love for anatomy, and places a strong emphasis on the importance of safe alignment before moving deeper in any pose. She asserts that how a student feels in a posture is more important than finding the fullest expression of a pose.  With a deep respect for the differences between each student, she is able to hold space for all bodies, and encourages students to observe themselves in their practice with playful curiosity and without judgment. Aside from teaching yoga, she assists her partner with their small farm in Garrison, and runs a dog-hiking business with her furry best friend.

Kellen Knight

No matter where you’re at with your fitness, health, or life, there is a space for your mat in Kellen’s class. She leads her classes with compassion, authenticity, fun and intention. Mindful of your individual needs, Kellen aims to cultivate personal empowerment so as to promote self-discovery and inner growth. She is dedicated to creating a space where you feel challenged, yet supported, safe and motivated. With emphasis on breath and body-awareness, you will feel the benefits of yoga in your everyday life.

A lifelong endurance athlete, her love and connection to yoga began in 2016, while recovering from severe trauma sustained in a bicycle versus auto accident. Crediting yoga for immensely supporting her recovery, she chose to dedicate her life to studying and practicing yoga and ayurveda. In 2018, she completed her 200-hour training with Awakened Warrior Yoga, and her Yoga Nidra training with the California College of Ayurveda. Additional trainings in Yin and Restorative will kick-off 2019. Kellen fully believes it is her life purpose to share yoga with the world, and she aims to support you in your life purpose, through yoga. She invites you to come share your practice with her. You’ll be sure to leave feeling empowered and renewed.

Meredith Kramer

Meredith (RYT-200) has been practicing yoga since 2000, and practices the following styles: Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hot, and Restorative, among others. As it’s been said, yoga is not a workout, but a work in. We come to our mats to stretch hamstrings and hope. Everyone is welcome in class as she cultivates a sense of play and exploration. Every body and everybody will find their version of the pose. Her final paper for teacher training was entitled Yoga for Misfits. When not on the mat, you can find her doing karaoke, or devouring a novel whole. She is also a college adjunct professor teaching Spanish.

Monique Michaels

A practicing Yogi, for more than a decade, Monique's unique method of teaching drawing from studying the lineages of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Indra Devi, Deskichar and the Katonah Yoga Method, she works from a therapeutic, intuitive and compassionate perspective weaving together a blend of knowledge that is alignment and form based, with an emphasis on Yin and Restorative yoga.

 

Her intention is to create a practice space that is relaxed, informative and welcoming for a beginner to the most advanced yoga practitioner.  Monique is a E-RYT 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor and has a minor in Psychology from Iowa State University.  She completed a 200-hour certification program with Natasha Rizopoulos and James Brown and a 300-hour professional program with Jasmine Lieb at Yoga Works, in Los Angeles, CA.  She also holds a degree in Yoga Therapy from Loyola Marymount University and studied with Larry Payne.  She's completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Prasnky in New York, NY and has studied with Nevine Michaan at Katonah Yoga since 2013.

 

Monique also has an Ayurvedic Counselor certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and was afforded an opportunity to complete her studies at the Sivananda ashram in Vietnam.

 

She has witnessed her work help and transform the lives of people around the world, especially those with injuries recover, repair and rebirth themselves from a balanced, foundational framework through a body, mind and spirit connection.

Cassie Cartaginese

Cassie received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from Yoga for Body and Mind, under the guidance of Mirijana Kocho. She is trained in the Hatha Yoga tradition, though she often draws inspiration from the rigorous flows of Ashtanga, the quiet peace of Restorative, the meditative nature of Kripalu. She’s a firm believer in yoga’s healing and transformative powers—yoga has healed and transformed her own life in ways she’d never anticipated—and considers it a great honor to be able to guide students on their own yoga journeys.

When she isn’t practicing yoga, teaching yoga, or writing stories you can find Cassie with her nose stuck in a book, drinking coffee and green juice (though not at the same time), or sprinting through town behind her tiny dog, Effie.

Ava Bleiberg

Ava found yoga while traveling the country to climb rocks and camp! While on the road, some days began in a desert and ended in a forest — and through the flood of change, yoga became an anchor. Her practice created a sense of consistency that was accessible anywhere. Once settled in Las Vegas, Ava was inspired to continue developing a practice, but this time in studios. She began a 200-hour training that emphasized alignment and anatomy. This body-based training gave her the tools to teach specifically to the climbing community. She also picked up a kids training certification as a volunteer for a non-profit in Washington, D.C.. She loves creative sequences, slow pacing and lots of breath-work to help yogis tune in to their body, find playfulness, and get a good dose of self-care. When she isn't on a mat, she's out hiking, mountain biking or drinking hot chocolate on the couch.

 

Contact Us

Good Karma
900 Main St., 2nd Fl
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 432-2913

 goodkarmapeekskill@gmail.com