Bella Buddha opened her doors in March 2012 and has seen lots of change. Originally located on Main Street, we have since relocated to 701 Plaza Walk, Belmar. 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 beginner- to intermediate-level student as well as children and seniors. Our classes accommodate all levels, so you never have to worry whether or not you can "do" the class. 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. Our children's yoga classes are fun and always incorporate storytelling and meditation. For the fitness enthusiast, we offer Strength and Stretch for the older adult, Yoga-Pilates, and On-the-Ball. We also provide nutritional coaching and a 30-day workout challenge.
Bella Buddha is a safe space for you to re-discover who you are meant to be!
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
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.
Yoga teaches us about balance.
When we practice yoga, we learn to be more aware about the need for balance in our lives. This could mean equal stretching on the left and right sides of our bodies or making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
Yoga teaches us to be the “boss” of our bodies.
Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard or cause pain. (We will talk about how to modify poses in a later section.)
Yoga teaches us about taking care of ourselves.
Yoga is a great way to move our bodies and feel healthy. And teaching children how to take care of themselves is one way to show love. As with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep!
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 RYT with Blue Moon Yoga in 2011, was certified in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in August, 2014, and has studied with Eric Goodman, founder of Foundation Training. In a unique marriage of her studies, she has now found her path, and is thrilled to bring yoga to every-body. Brenda was named Director to Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in September 2016. Brenda continues to follow in Lakshmi’s footsteps and is honored to share this style of yoga with others.
Brenda has a substantial practice on the Jersey Shore, mainly working with seniors. She has an eclectic background in functional anatomy, and strives to show others how to trust their bodies by allowing the breath to be their most personal guide. She is presently working towards her 300-hour certification in Yoga.
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 thus allowing them to live fully the life they desire.
Brenda lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, two wire-fox terriers, and a black cat. She loves to run, especially while rockin' out to Tom Petty.
"Brenda is a very hard-working professional who really cares about her students."
Ines Altemose has been interested in movement and dance for over 35 years. Upon her first experience with Nia, Ines was "hooked". The joy and expressiveness of Nia "spoke" to her and lead to a deepening of her Nia practice and deciding to obtain a White Belt in 2011 (the first level of training required for a Nia instructor). In addition to becoming certified to teach Nia 5 Stages (a separate movement practice) in 2013, she subsequently earned a Blue Belt in 2014, a Green Belt in 2015, and a Brown Belt in 2016. Ines has also been trained in the Nia 52 Moves which are the foundation of the classic Nia routine. In the Spring of 2015, Ines completed training in Nia Wise Moves, a certification program for working with Seniors offered by Nia Technique in conjunction with the JCC of Manhattan. In 2016 she attended Moving to Heal (M2H) training to add to her repertoire of offerings. M2H is a gentler form of the classic Nia routine which can be adapted to the practitioner’s capability of movement whether in a chair or standing up.
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 Lakshmi Voelker 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.
Lakshmi Voelker has more than 45 years of experience in yoga and the fitness industry specializing in office, senior, and adaptive/disabled fitness. She developed Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ in 1982, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga: The Sitting Mountain Series in 1990, and the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit in 2007. Lakshmi has certified more than 1,500 teachers nationally and internationally, including healthcare professionals at the Mayo Clinic and the New York City Department of Education. She regularly runs trainings at Kripalu, The Open Center, YogaWorks, Discovery Yoga, and Texas State University. She also offers online teacher trainings worldwide.
Jeanne Marie Blodi
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.