Meet The Owners
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.
OWNER / YOGA INSTRUCTOR / WELLNESS COACH
Amanda was drawn to yoga at an early age as a way to add meaning to her life, she felt 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. 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. She teaches from a place of honoring the Self in every moment.
Continuing her education, Amanda has assisted in Teacher Trainings, received her 300HR training from Yogamu Institute, graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a IIN Health Coach, and received a master level Holy Fire Reiki certiﬁcation. She offers Ayurvedic Bliss Therapies such as Champissage and Shirodhara, as well as Reiki healings, holistic health workshops, group and private health coaching programs, and private and group yoga classes.
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 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.
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.
Nirupama received her 200 RYT through Yoga Veda Training in 2019, and her Usui Shiko Ryoho second degree Reiki Training in 2016. Since then she has been teaching yoga and practicing Reiki on and off in-between raising her 3 children and caring for her family.
In her down time she finds herself by the ocean in meditation, forest bathing, learning new skills or working on skills related to mysticism. She is a healer at heart and will use this in her classes to give for a fully healing experience.
Deborah Reinke is a native Mainer and a singer at heart. For over 30 years she taught early-childhood and elementary music. She and her husband resided in Blue Hill for 23 years before moving to Belmont in March of 2020. They have three grown children and one grandson.
Deborah completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu School of Yoga in 2019. In addition, she has had training in Yin Yoga with Sagel Urlacher and Chair Yoga with Lakshmi Voelker. Deborah was initially drawn to yoga by way of Ayurveda and continues to learn about and immerse herself in daily Ayurvedic practices. Her goal is to help herself and others to age gracefully. Deborah is a life-long gardener and earnest steward of Mother Earth.
Casey began to walk the yogic path in 2016, and loves her practice more every day. After years of experimentation and discovery, she has now received her 200 hour YTT from Keepers of the Earth, a yoga teacher school that focuses on traditional Hatha yogic practices and mystical arts. Casey is devoted to a practice that weaves together breath work, asana, and sweet sounds. She prays to create a container that will reach beyond the studio walls, allowing beginners and advanced practitioners alike to witness the deep remembrance of what it means to be human.
Casey has received a BS in Sustainable Agriculture from Unity College, has a certificate in Plant Spirit Medicine from Hyllantree, and is currently the Art Teacher for elementary and middle school Montessori students.
Brooke Bartlett Kneller completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training through Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City under the instruction of D’ana Baptiste. Brooke has taught yoga to students of all ages and abilities, but her favorite yoga experience was teaching youth at the National Ability Center in Park City, UT.
She completed her BA in Drama at the University of Georgia and immediately after moved to Utah where she could snowboard and hike while completing her MAED. She has been a public school teacher for 15 years and currently teaches K-5 music and band for RSU 71, and plays the trumpet for Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra, the Lincolnville Band, and the PenBay Orchestra. She loves living in Belfast with her husband and two children who keep her quite busy, but they find time to hike, dance, and bicycle together as a family.
A decade-ago dinner party conversation persuaded Sarah to give yoga a try. Following the class, the feeling of clear, calm strength and energy was so compelling that she came back to it, again and again. Since then, yoga has been a near-daily practice, a consistent source of centered joy. After several attempts to enroll in a teacher training which were thwarted by Covid, she finally was able to complete the 200-hour training at Sewall House in Island Falls, Maine in June of 2022 and looks forward to sharing practice with others!