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 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, 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 programs and private programs at Ananda, as well as private and group yoga classes.

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.

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!

Mackenzie Clapp

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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 is currently completing her Ananda/Heart Space Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Ananda Yoga and Wellness in Belfast and is thrilled to connect with community through her teachings in yoga and health.

A·NAN·DA

/äˈnəndə/ noun

extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being; bliss

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Our Address:

9B Beaver Street 

Belfast, ME 04915

Phone:

(207) 218-7017