Samudra Studio

Yoga. Meditation. Community.

Our Core Values:

We live life with joy and compassion.

We make the world a better place.

We support and grow community.

We prioritize self care, so we can be present and loving for others.

Our Teachers

Sarah

Sarah

Founder / Teacher

When Sarah took her first yoga class in 2009, she was inspired by the freedom and dance-like quality she was able to find on the mat; in 2012 she was hit by a car while crossing the street, and then the real practice began. Her asana practice put on hold, her focus shifted to mindfulness, meditation, and the philosophical teachings of the yoga practice, which she now infuses into her asana classes. Sarah particularly loves the process of guiding students on an inner journey and into deep states of relaxation. Sarah’s classes leave the body feeling open, and encourage mindfulness both on and off the mat through breath and body awareness. You can expect a mindful, fun, spirited flow that fuses philosophy, asana, and music.

Sarah  has had a long time love of building and supporting community and enjoys creating connection and transformation for individuals and groups through classes, workshops, transformational retreats, and trainings. In 2016, she quit her 9-5 job to open Samudra Studio, which she has grown into a thriving community since then. Sarah completed her 200 and 500 teacher training with Fluid Yoga and Kevan Gale and Betty Riaz. She is a certified SPA Yoga® teacher and assists SPA Yoga® founder Betty Riaz with trainings both regionally and internationally. She has also studied and holds certifications in Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lassiter, Thai Yoga Massage, and Yin Yoga and Meditation.

 

 

 

Amanda

Amanda

Teacher

Amanda received her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 from Pranakriya School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Practicing in a Kripalu based studio has been most of Amanda’s experience in yoga. In addition to her training as a yoga teacher she also holds her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. As an OT, Amanda incorporates yoga into her sessions to restore and maintain function through breath and movement with the geriatric population. Amanda is passionate about all beings living a meaningful and healthy life. She believes the path of yoga is a deeply healing practice that offers a place for individuals to access one’s self and heal not only body, but mind and spirit as well. She believes in guiding individuals on a yoga path through frequent cues to “find their breath,” pause, and notice the present moment. Amanda also has her level II reiki certification and is trained in Yoga Nidra. Outside of yoga and OT, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter adventuring outdoors, especially gardening and being near the water.

Debie

Debie

Teacher

Debie has been passionate about health and wellness since her teens. She first came to yoga for the mental and physical benefits hoping to manage stress and anxiety. She soon discovered that her yoga mat was a place to find a sense of contentment, self-awareness and mind body connection. Debie took teacher training only in hopes to deepen her own practice, but her intention turned to teaching and sharing the practice she loves with others. Debie completed her Fluid Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training at Samudra studio, and this year she became certified as an instructor for SPA Yoga®.

Students can expect a well rounded flow class with breath, challenges, and sweat.  Debie hopes to inspire students the same way her teachers were there for her.  Debie loves leaving her students with a thought or new insight that allows a change of perspective and sense of accomplishment.  Debie knows it is here that students will find their way to wholeness.

Emma

Emma

Teacher

Emma was introduced to yoga during her mid-20s, and at the time, she was overwhelmed by the physical practice. After she turned 30, it was recommended she give yoga and meditation a try to help calm her anxious mind. Stepping back into a yoga studio, Emma quickly realized her early exposure to yoga omitted the beautiful philosophy and meaningful mind, body, and spirit connection. As a means of deepening her practice, Emma enrolled in Fluid Yoga School’s 200-hour teacher training only to discover how much she loved sharing her practice with others. Since the spring of 2018, Emma has been teaching all-levels vinyasa style flow in the Biddeford and Saco community. She infuses her kind and fun personality into her classes, with special attention to making yoga accessible for every body.

Chani

Chani

Teacher

Chani is a massage therapist and Reiki Master enjoying her private practice for over 16 years. She has a passion for helping people create awareness of their mind and body. She is a mother of five and in seeking a more mindful way of life for her children, she journey into yoga for kids, later becoming certified in Child Light Yoga. Yoga became a way of life for her family and as her passion for yoga grew, she weaned to be able to learn more to deepen her practice This led Chani to her current journey of studying Fluid Yoga and becoming certified as a 200 hour yoga teacher. 
 
Sarah L

Sarah L

Teacher

Sarah’s journey in yoga began in 2009 alongside her husband in the living room of their apartment.  It included lots of lost balance, laughter, and even some eye-rolling.  Her practice soon grew to a studio where she found herself daily, seeking more than just the  workout that she was initially drawn to. Sarah’s career as a Primary School Teacher encouraged her to extend her passion for education to encompass her love of yoga, and in 2014 she completed her RYT 200 after graduating from Sacred Seeds Yoga School under the guidance of Jacqui Bonwell.  She believes that with practice and compassion, anyone can quiet the mind and experience the benefits of yoga both on and off their mat.  When she’s not practicing, Sarah enjoys her time with her husband, daughters, and their sweet pup (all of whom, are her greatest teachers).

David

David

Teacher

David took up yoga in 2014 to combat the effects of a career spent largely in front of a computer screen. He was immediately drawn to the calm and loving energy of his teachers and fellow students at Stil Studio in Dedham, MA. While attending a yoga retreat at a pivotal part of his life, he began to understand the power of the spiritual aspects of yoga. Upon retirement, he discovered that fellow Stil Studio alum Sarah Spiegel had opened a studio in his hometown! David completed his 200 hour training at Samudra Studio with Sarah and other senior Fluid Yoga teachers. David’s classes reflect his interest in self transformation through a quiet mind and a relaxed body. He believes that the benefits of a yoga practice should be accessible to everyone, regardless of limitations.

September

September

Massage Therapist

September made her move to Maine in 2005. She enjoys being outdoors with her dog, Lady and all the beauty Maine has to offer. She attended the Spa Tech Institute in 2013 for holistic massage therapy and her passion began there. Shes been trained in a variety of modalities including Swedish, myofascial, pregnancy, deep tissue and the energy work of polarity. She then continued her education and became certified in Reiki, Thai massage, Cupping & Scraping (gua sha). Each massage is tailored for her clients. The goal is for you to not only leave with muscle release but for the mind to feel clear & replenished.

” I firmly believe that the body has ability to heal itself and my job as a therapist is an aid in this healing process. I look forward to meeting you and being part of your healing journey !” -September

Ayla

Ayla

Teacher

Ayla found her way into a yoga class while in college as a way to expand her fitness routine. She immediately fell in love with the physical elements of the practice. Her practice strengthened when she moved to California but truly began to transform when she found Samudra Studio after moving back to Southern Maine. With guidance by owner/founder Sarah Spiegel Dunn, she chose to embark on her next chapter by completing the Fluid Yoga 200 hour yoga teacher training in April 2019. Ayla’s classes will help you find a graceful balance in building awareness of the mind, body, and spirit. 
Lindsay

Lindsay

Teacher

Lindsay’s journey with yoga started back in 2010 when she was looking for a challenging but low impact workout to help protect against recurring knee and shoulder injuries. Lindsay was pleasantly surprised when she not only noticed increases in physical strength but increases with mental clarity and daily energy as well. The fluid movement and choreographed quality of vinyasa yoga reminded her of her 20 years of dance and kept her excited to return to her mat day after day. Lindsay quickly saw the value of incorporating yoga and mindfulness in her daily life as well as in her work as a Behavior Analyst working with children and adults with Autism. In 2016, Lindsay completed her RYT 200 in Vinyasa Yoga from Sacred Seeds Yoga School with Jacqui Bonwell, Katie Beane, and Amy Sedgwick. Lindsay is passionate about continuing to expand her knowledge about energetic and physical anatomy in order to provide a fun, safe, and mindful class to her students.

Marissa

Marissa

Teacher

Marissa found her way to yoga ten years ago, skeptical of how it could benefit her. With encouragement from a close friend and her first teacher, she stuck with the practice until she eventually fell in love with the calming affect it had on her physical body and chaotic “monkey mind”. Marissa received her 200 hour with Samudra  in Spring 2018. Her classes reflect her own disposition creating a trusting and sunny space to welcome her students. Marissa’s style can be best described as challenging yet mindful. She believes in cracking a joke or two in tough poses to ease the tension and reminds her students to think of her classes as a moving meditation; a consciousness linking each  physical pose with each inward breath. Marissa is forever deepening her knowledge of yoga and holistic wellness.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Teacher

Jen loves yoga because it brings calm and balance to her day. She shares, “I love teaching because it allows us to connect to one another , anytime a group of people experience a sense of peace is a wonderfully powerful thing. Yoga is not only finding beauty in the body but also in the mind. Yoga inspires me to share the deep connection we all have that unites us as one.”

Janet

Janet

Teacher

Janet came to yoga a decade ago to add a physical practice to a rigorous running routine. It didn’t take long for her to settle in for the deeper benefits of healing, community, and spirituality. Like Janet, her flows have a serene exterior and hidden fire inside. Gentle hands on assists aid in relaxing and deepening of poses. Her goal is to support students as they make discoveries about themselves through freedom in body, mind and spirit.
 
Transformational change is a passion project for Janet off the mat as well, as it is interwoven into her professional career consulting businesses on culture change through developing people. At home in Saco, her joy is spending time with her twins and husband. She became an RYT-200 Fluid Yoga instructor at Samudra Studio, and is immeasurably grateful to her sangha there and at Fluid Yoga School, as well as for the teaching, support and love from her teachers across Maine and Massachusetts. 

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