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Anānda Yoga and Wellness was created to provide a safe space for our community to learn, grow and transform. Inspired by the tradition of Kripalu, our studio honors the traditional aspects of yoga, mindfulness and meditation, both in-person and virtually. Our intention is to create an authentic experience for both new students and experienced yogis. With a team of skillful, like-minded people, we have developed a range of oﬀerings for our community. Both early morning and after work classes give people a span of options to come to center. Anānda, the Sanskrit meaning for bliss, also provides other wellness practices for the mind, body and soul, including health related workshops and wellness coaching. Whether you come for yoga, wellness services or workshops, come to ﬁnd your bliss.
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OWNER / YOGA INSTRUCTOR / WELLNESS COACH
Amanda was drawn to yoga at an early age as a way to manage her anxiety and ﬁnd meaning to her life, the dynamic energy of a room full of like-minded people was a comforting experience. Once she began to peel the layers back, major growth and transformation took place that left a huge impact on her state of mind. As her interest in this practice got deeper, she began to emerge herself in deeper levels of transformation. Graduating from the Pranotthan School of Yoga in 2016, she instantly started down her teacher path, bustling with a desire to share and spread this innate wisdom. Continuing her education, Amanda has assisted in Teacher Trainings, received a master level Holy Fire Reiki certiﬁcation, received her 300HR training from Yogamu Institute and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a IIN Health Coach.
Using a ground up approach, Amanda leads students into the most basic postures and oﬀers layers to those who would like more challenge, creating a safe space for all levels. Teaching the importance of honoring yourself where you are in this moment allows space for students to show up as they are with non-judgmental compassionate awareness for themselves. Carrying this mind set oﬀ the mat into the real world has helped many of her students value the importance of the practice. Amanda’s classes can be described as a mindful Vinyasa flow mixed with Hatha yoga roots, with a deep focus on breath and body awareness. She teaches from a place of honoring the Self in every moment. She offers Reiki services, holistic health workshops, group and private health coaching programs at Ananda, as well as private and group yoga classes.
You can join Amanda in the practice of yoga Mondays at 5:30pm, Tuesdays at 8am and Saturdays at 8:00am & 9:30am.
OWNER / YOGA INSTRUCTOR / WELLNESS COACH
With an extensive background in public education as an educator and administrator in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, Sheila came to yoga as a means of improving strength and range of motion as she recovered from a serious shoulder injury. Moved by the aspects of yoga that goes beyond the asanas (postures), she completed her yoga teacher training at the Santosha School of Yoga with Maya Breuer, who is afﬁliated with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. As she continues to learn and grow— body, mind, spirit—she is forever grateful for the loving wisdom of all her teachers along the way who have encouraged her to explore her curiosities and utilize her own capacity to help and support others.
Sheila’s training includes 200-hour RYT, Yin/Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Children’s Yoga, and Ayurvedic Yoga. You can join Sheila in the practice of yoga Thursdays at 8am & 4:30pm and Sundays at 9:30am.
YOGA INSTRUCTOR / MASSAGE THERAPIST
April has dedicated her life’s work to assisting and supporting others on their journey through unraveling the patterns which stand in the way of their ultimate health and wellbeing. In early adulthood April earned a BA in Experiential Education from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA with the intention of reaching students for whom the status quo didn't work. As it often is, it was a series of heavy personal experiences supporting close family members through terminal illness and chronic disease that drove April to a deeper commitment to her yoga practice. Ultimately her own transformative practice lead her to become a CYT at The Namaste Institute. Having discovered the profound connection in unraveling the body and claiming your most authentic self, April became committed to sharing yoga as a practice for optimal health and well being. April now teaches yoga, to those for whom the status quo hasn't worked, teaching “at risk youth” as well as young adults in recovery. April also continues to offer weekly public yoga classes. Recognizing the value of massage to help provide support and an even deeper healing, April eventually made the decision to become a LMT. Studying at The Maine Therapeutic Bodywork and Learning Center April synthesized technique and in-depth understudying of the body with her years of observation and work as a yoga instructor, becoming a skilled and effective massage therapist. In her yoga classes April brings together this knowledge of body mechanics and body awareness with the exploration of our deeper selves. New Tide Healing Arts is the culmination of April’s own personal development and her continued studies. April’s commitment and passion comes through in both her yoga classes and massage sessions. April help’s set the tone so that you can connect with a sense of greater well being. When we feel good we bring more energy, creativity and compassion into our lives, our families, our communities, and our world!
You can join April in the practice of yoga Mondays at 8am.
Mackenzie was born and raised in Belfast, Maine, and now resides in Searsport. She has studied food science and nutrition at Simmons University in Boston and at the University of Maine graduate school, and now works as a registered dietitian and health coach.
Mackenzie came to yoga for physical health and wellness, but has stayed for the spiritual peace and connection, as well as the very special sense of community. She completed her Ananda/Heart Space Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Ananda Yoga and Wellness in Belfast in 2020 and is thrilled to connect with community through her teachings in yoga and health.
You can join Mackenzie in the practice of yoga Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm.
Cathryn has always had an interest in the human body and was always drawn to studying about the workings of the mind-body and psyche. She began her healing practice in 1998 after going back to school and completing a massage therapy certification program with the Pacific Coast School of Massage. She worked with many wonderful healers at the Therapeutic Body Center (TBC) including Dr. David Marquis and Dr. Gary Foresman. In 2001, she returned to school to begin her training in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture and her acupuncture practice to the TBC. In 2009 she was invited to become an associate at the Acupuncture Center of Santa Maria (ACSM) and was fortunate to work with Dr. Herb Kandel, collaborating to provide acupuncture as well as custom blended herbal formulas to the patients of ACSM. Cathryn completed Therapeutic Yoga Teacher training with Cheri Clampet and Arturo Peal in 2010. She then went on to receive her full certification in 2011 at the Moonyeen School of Yoga Health, Yoga Village in Arroyo Grande, CA.
She teaches acupuncture-yoga workshops and is a regular practitioner. She has also offered community acupuncture clinics at Yoga Shine and Tree Top Yoga on the Central Coast of California. In addition, she is a Meditation and Mindfulness teacher, training with Dr. Itai Ivtzan through the School of Positive Transformation.
In 2020 Cathryn transitioned her California practice to Telemedicine consultations and relocated with her fiancé Tony to the beautiful Mid-coast Maine city of Belfast. She is located in the Belfast Center where she sees patients in-person. She continues to collaborate with Dr. Kandel and to provide consultations and custom-blended herbal formulas to her patients in California. She is delighted to be teaching yoga once again at Ananda Yoga and Wellness in Belfast, ME. In her off hours Cathryn enjoys nature, running, practicing yoga and reading.
You can join Cathryn in the practice of yoga Tuesdays at 4:00pm.
Lucy is a passionate advocate for yoga as a path to profound personal growth and self-discovery. Initially drawn to the practice in 2011 as a way to increase strength and flexibility, she quickly realized that the healing benefits of yoga went far beyond the physical. As someone with an active mind, yoga provided a welcome space to cope with daily stresses, stay grounded in the present moment and look inward. By cultivating a regular yoga practice, Lucy began to notice many shifts in her life, not just on a physical level but on a mental, emotional and spiritual level as well. Because of this experience, Lucy was inspired to share the gift of yoga with others and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Jivani Yoga in 2016. After teaching for a couple of years, she felt called to go deeper and in 2018 completed a 300 hour training, also with Jivani Yoga.
Lucy is trained in the Heart of Yoga lineage, which aims to make yoga accessible to all by adapting the practice to the individual. It is a breath-led practice, rooted in intimacy with body and breath. Lucy’s classes reflect her own personal style, balancing strong asana and dynamic movements with restorative poses and breath awareness. She encourages her students to explore what feels good in their unique bodies and provides options for modifications.
Lucy is deeply committed to the practice of self-study. She values the opportunity for introspection and self-inquiry that the practice of yoga provides and strives to take the many insights off the mat and into her daily life. She believes that yoga is a powerful tool for developing intimacy with oneself, cultivating self-love and compassion, and finding joy in both movement and stillness.
Lucy has taught yoga in Midcoast Maine, Colombia and Nicaragua and is excited to be a part of the Ananda yoga community. You can join Lucy in the practice of yoga Fridays at 8:00am & 9:30am.
Linda has always been drawn to three things; spirituality, athletics and personal growth. She trained for and competed in the sport of triathlon for over 20 years. Having a deep spiritual thirst she pursued study and graduated from Earlham School of Religion, the country’s only Quaker seminary. In her quest for health, both mental and physical, she learned about Whole Food Plant Based cuisine and holds a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.
Yoga stood on the periphery of her vision as a physical, spiritual and mental practice that might interest her “some day”. From the 1980’s onward she would try a style of yoga and then move on. She never quite found the one that fit, until a customer of her plant based food business mentioned Kundalini Yoga. When she researched this form she found a synthesis of all her passions.
Having completed her 200 hour training with Guru Singh and Bret Larkin, Linda is excited to share this living technology with you.
You can join Linda in the practice of Kundalini yoga Sundays at 6:45am, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at both 6:30am and 6:30pm.
Donna has been an instructor for four years, and her personal mission is to make sure everyone who joins her class feels comfortable, even if you're shy or "can't dance." It's not about perfection or getting every move right. It's about moving, laughing, and connecting with your body with kindness and a sense of play.
You can join Donna for Zumba on Saturdays at 10am beginning September 17th.
TAI CHI GUNG INSTRUCTOR
ShabdSangeet-Kaur teaches Tai Chi Gung that has been handed down master to student in an unbroken lineage from a Lamasery in Tibet started by Lao Tze over 3300 years ago. This gentle and powerful practice enhances one’s overall sense of well-being and longevity. She is the co-creator/producer of the Dancing Light Orchid Essences, Wild Divine, Sister Moon Flower, and Focalizing Enhancers essence lines. She offers private essence consultations, workshops, and essence infusion sessions. If you want to transform any aspect of your life, you won’t want to miss out on this!
ShabdSangeet recognizes that we are energy, that raising one’s frequency is paramount in body wellness, sustaining and expanding the mind, and spiritually expanding awareness.
You can join ShabdSangeet for Tai Chi Gung Sundays at 9:30am and Tuesdays at 10am.
Briana first stepped on the mat in 2009, when she signed up for a twice-weekly beginners class that was offered for credit on her college campus. She's had a deep reverence for the practice ever since.
In 2017, she completed her year-long, 200-hour yoga teacher training at Jacqui Bonwell's Sacred Seeds Yoga School, and later earned her restorative yoga certification at Kripalu with Sudha Lundeen. She's also a certified Balance Athlete Level I instructor. Briana takes pride in offering classes that are accessible and welcoming to all and help cultivate a sense of connection with ourselves and each other.
Above all, Briana continues to be a student of yoga and meditation. She shows up with curiosity and an open mind, and is grateful to have learned from many wonderful teachers over the years.
extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being; bliss
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118 High St, Belfast ME
9B Beaver Street
Belfast, ME 04915