Beth Youmans, PhD, RYT
Beth is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor (500 hr) and the director/founder of Yoga Central. Beth has maintained a meditation practice for over 30 years. Her interest and dedication to the physical aspects of yoga took a 20 year hiatus but was re-kindled in the early 1990’s. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. in Psychology, Beth has been able to incorporate her mind-body approach to health and wellness in a wide variety of settings (corporate, medical/mental health), providing a practical approach to dealing with the stresses of life . She continues to keep up-to-date with the exciting research that is being done in the area of mind-body medicine . She is a popular speaker, making the serious aspects of managing life’s challenges a fun, interactive and useful experience for participants. Her training includes a certification in Cardiac Yoga (modeled on the Dean Ornish, MD program), and special training in Restorative Yoga (Ellen Pfeffer), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli), Meditation training (Sudhir Jonathan Foust) numerous workshops (including David Swenson, Sharon Salzberg
Daniel Farrell, CYT
Daniel has been a certified Yoga Alliance yoga instructor since 2005 and has practiced yoga and meditation for 9 years. He has a science and technology management background, studied music performance (trumpet) and was a U.S. Army Combat Medic. Since his personal confirmation that Yoga (Raja Yoga) is a spiritual science of self-discovery and de-conditioning, Daniel pursues Yoga as a path of growth and seeks to develop awareness, compassion and service. Daniel shares with his class that awareness is the most important human ability, and to the extent realized determines one’s potential for peace and happiness.
Donna McMullin, CYT
Donna is a Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor and has been studying and practicing yoga for many years. Having personally experienced the transformation of yoga in her own life, Donna structures her classes to facilitate personal growth for her students. Respectful of the individual differences of her students she scaffolds the physical poses of yoga to make them accessible to all. She also includes breathing and mindfulness exercises that are helpful in counteracting the external stressors of life. Donna encourages students to listen to the wisdom of their own bodies, and to make yoga a personal experience that can be easily integrated within their daily lives.
Donna holds degrees in education and library and information science. She views yoga – and humor- as antidotes to many 21st century issues caused by technology in the workplace and in our personal lives.
Becky is a certified Soma Yoga instructor and a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She was introduced to yoga after the birth of her first child and has been teaching since 1999. Since then, Becky has had two more children, and she's drawn greatly from her yoga experience to ride the turbulent waves of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. The style of yoga Becky practices and teaches is based in compassion and awareness. She encourages her students to tune into the wisdom of their own bodies and to explore their limits in a gentle and caring approach. Above all, Becky enjoys sharing the joy that comes with aligning body, mind, and spirit through the practice of Hatha Yoga.
A student of T’ai Chi Chuan for many years, Christopher Plummer has studied several Yang family forms, the traditional Chen family and Cheng Man Cheng ‘long’ forms, two person sparring, Da Liu, ‘push hands’, and the T’ai Chi weapon forms: sword and staff. Mr. Plummer also practices Qui Gong (sometimes called Chi Kung or “T’ai Chi breathing”) and Taoist meditation. A respected teacher in corporate fitness programs at Merck and Sanofi-Aventis, he has taught T’ai Chi for the Jointure Adult Education program in Somerville , NJ and has been affiliated with Yoga Central since 2004.
Donna is a Hatha trained yoga Instructor certified by Yoga Alliance and a Reiki practitioner certified at the master level. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in Chemistry and Nutrition and firmly believes that an understanding of science enhances the belief that life is truly a miracle! Over the last 15 years she has attended many workshops and trainings on spiritual practice and meditation. Her path includes seminars with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Carolyn Myss, Don Miguel Ruiz, Brian Weiss to name a few. Donna has been practicing Reiki for the last 10 years and incorporates this in her yoga practice. Donna teaches her classes with a spirit of light heartedness in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The goal of all her classes is to share the sense of peace and calm she has gained through her practice of yoga, Reiki and meditation.
Martha Watson, RYT
Martha Watson is a certified Hatha yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Martha completed her training at Devalila Yoga in Belle Mead, NJ. Martha
integrates her love of hiking and yoga by co-leading (with Joni Knapp) hikes that include yoga as part of the experience. Martha experienced first hand the calm, centering effect of yoga early in her own practice and enjoys bringing that awareness to others in a compassionate way. She encourages her students to enjoy their yoga experience by tailoring their practice to their own body type and needs, incorporating breath and meditation as a way to transform a physical practice to a complete mind/body transformation.