ABOUT

Anānda Yoga and Wellness was created to provide a safe space for our community to learn, grow and transform. Inspired by our tradition of Kripalu, our studio honors the traditional aspects of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. 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. Whether you come for yoga, health services or workshops, come to find your bliss. 

 

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STAFF

Amanda Cooney

OWNER / YOGA INSTRUCTOR

 

Amanda was drawn to yoga at an early age as a way to 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, Amanda 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, and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a IIN Health Coach. 


She offers Reiki services, Integrative Nutrition workshops, group programs and private programs at Ananda, as well as private and group yoga classes. 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 Amandas’ 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.

Sheila Caldwell

OWNER / YOGA INSTRUCTOR

 

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, 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.

Amy Robbins-Wilson

ANGELSONG SOUND HEALER

 

Amy Robbins-Wilson, MA opens transformational spaces with music. Her voice has been described as “angelic”, “crystalline” and “a whisper to the soul.” She uses her unique and extraordinary voice and the power of intention to open transformational space within which listeners experience a renewed sense of well-being. As one listener commented about a session, “ I love how it both stills me and fills me. Amy sang her first solo at the age of three and has been exploring the intersection of healing and music ever since. She holds a BA in Empowerment Theater for Women from Bates College, a MA in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University and a MA in Ritual Song and Chant Performance from The World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland. She is a Reiki master, Awakener, and the creator of Angel Baby Remembrance Concerts for those who have lost a child. 

 

Amy licenses music for film and tv and is the Angelsong Sound Healer at Anānda Yoga and Wellness offering group Angelsong meditative concerts, sound healings and individual Angelsong Awakenings for those seeking healing and a restored sense of peace in the world. Learn more about Amy at amyrobbinswilson.com 

Maria Jacobs

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

 

Originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, Maria grew up in her local dance community. After many years of traveling to teach and work professionally in Las Vegas, overseas and in New York City, she was excited to return home to start a family and explore the world of Holistic Wellness. Along side her journey into motherhood, Maria has become a 200-hour RYT through Seacoast Power Yoga and completed a variety of trainings in prenatal/ postpartum fitness and yoga, personal growth development and energy work. She thrives on the opportunity to provide a fun and nurturing space to allow others to receive not only whole body physical movement, but leave with a sense of serenity to carry throughout their day. A mom of three, she understands the need to find balance in such a hectic life and embraces each moment when one can find community and feel like they have accomplished something for the their wellbeing. She is also a certified Reiki Master, HypnoMothering® Practitioner and Labor and Postpartum Doula. She is excited to be part of this community and looks forward to sharing her passions both in and out of the studio, in groups and with individuals. 

April Dove

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!

Rachel Beaulieu

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Rachel Beaulieu was first introduced to yoga during her freshmen year of college by a wise healer.  It started off as mainly a physical practice to cope with the stress that accompanied being a full-time student and part-time employee; and developed into something much deeper that nourished her heart.  Three years out of college, she dedicated herself to weekend trainings in Massachusetts with Yogaspirit®, a teacher training program inspired by the fundamental teachings of BKS Iyengar.  At the start of 2014, her third eye was ceremonially anointed and she received her 200 hour teacher certification with gratitude.  She passionately began teaching classes of various styles of yoga including alignment based vinyasa, restorative, children’s and partner yoga in central Maine.  Her classes are known for their detail to form and alignment in biomechanics, clear directions to props, modifications and adjustments and creatively sequenced classes.  Additionally, Rachel is a full time special education teacher, fitness guru and nutrition enthusiast.  She spends her evenings cooking with her partner in their tiny house along the coast. 

Lindsey James

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Lindsey is a Holistic Movement Educator and Teacher Trainer who recently moved from the Seacoast of New Hampshire to Central Maine. She was initially trained in Mat Pilates in 2012 through AFPA and has since completed the Rasamaya Barre Teacher Training in 2013, Barre & Soul 100hr Barre Teacher Training in 2014, Barre & Soul 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2017, and she is actively pursuing a certificate in Personal Training through NASM.

As a Holistic Movement & Meditation Educator and Teacher Trainer, Lindsey teachers people to move their body mindfully through yoga, barre and fitness training classes. She focuses heavily on form and alignment, allowing clients to develop an awareness of body movement and creating a conscious connection to the physical body from the inside out. Linsey has worked with various populations in the Seacoast of New Hampshire including Barre & Soul studio members, University of New Hampshire student athletes, K-5th grade kids and private clients. Since traveling to Kenya in April 2018 as a volunteer with Africa Yoga Project, Lindsey discovered that she is deeply fueled by being of service and through this, founded New Step Yoga; a volunteer-based program designed to support a sustainable recovery from substance abuse through a holistic blend of movement, meditation and breath-work.

Lindsey is driven to continue empowering and building community through movement and mind/body wellness, as she believes that empowerment can unlock our fullest potential. She is a firm believer that happiness comes from within and strives to bring light, humor and inspiration to others through her work.

Melissa Samuels

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Melissa has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. She has worked with individuals, businesses, and touring groups. Among other techniques, her work includes deep tissue, injury treatment, craniosacral, and reiki. 

Her years of experience has allowed for her to adapt to the various needs of clients in order to ensure a relaxing yet effective experience. In addition to massage, Melissa has been teaching safe, gentle yoga to beginners and seniors since 2007.  She loves studying movement and physicality to help assist her clients in living a pain free life!

 

For the past six years she has focused her time working on boutique cruise ships in beautiful locations around the world.  She is excited to be sharing her skills in the beautiful community and landscape of Midcoast Maine.

Daya Devi

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Daya Devi (Lisa Diane), 500YTT, has been practicing yoga since the 1990's. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts (Hatha tradition) in 2014, and continues training with them whenever possible. Initially drawn to the physical qualities of yoga, she delved into the practice and soon found that there was a lot more to it than movement. She instantly felt a sense of infinite wisdom to be discovered, this lead to the inspiration to share yoga with others. She hopes to always stay a life-long learner of Yogic Wisdom. 

Organic Dancing & Walking Meditation are among her favorite things, and she incorporates a unique blend of mindful intention and playfulness to her classes. Among her trainings are Pranayama & Meditation; Ayurvedic Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Yoga for Seniors. She is also Reiki II certified. Daya Devi currently teaches in Richmond and Belfast, Maine.

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CONTACT

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Our Address:

9B Beaver Street 

Belfast, ME 04915

Phone:

(207) 218-7017