Our Core Values:
We cultivate joy and compassion. We foster community.
We prioritize self care so we can be present and loving for others. We believe that by working on our minds and hearts and practicing the teachings of yoga we will have a positive impact on our loved ones and communities.
Yoga is rooted in compassion and love, teaching us as practitioners to live with compassion and love, as well as joy and equanimity. An authentic yoga practice involves transforming the self through internal reflection, which is the necessary first step for anyone wishing to learn and grow.
Samudra holds space for all and, as such, there is no room for racism, discrimination, hatred, and violence. We believe Black Lives Matter and support equality and justice. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community and continue to educate ourselves on ways we can improve. We live the tenets of our yoga practice on and off the mat. We share these movement and meditative practices because it teaches us to live powerfully, lovingly, and in equanimity.
Debie has always been passionate about health and wellness, first finding yoga in hopes 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 with the intention to deepen her own practice, but she discovered a love for teaching and sharing the practice with others. Debie completed her Fluid Yoga 200-our teacher training at Samudra in 2018 and became certified as a SPA Yoga® instructor.
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.
Savanna took her first ever yoga class in 2017 at Hotbox Yoga and has been utterly in love with the practice ever since. She completed her 200-hour baptiste teacher training just a year and a half later with the same studio and began teaching in the heart of West Philly for two years before moving to Maine. Savanna has also completed courses in the art of assisting and advanced sequencing through the Baptiste Institute. Since completing her teacher training she has continued to walk down this path of wellness trying to expand her knowledge of how to truly live a vibrant life. Her passion lies within connecting with others and helping them also find the tools that help them become the best versions of themselves. In Savanna’s classes you can expect a deep focus on your breath while also challenging your edge. She brings a high energy to her classes that will leave you sweaty and centered.
When Emma was first introduced to yoga, the physical practice was overwhelming. After turning 30, she was inspired to explore the practice of yoga and meditation as a means of managing chronic anxiety and panic attacks. When she finally stepped back on her mat in 2017 at Samudra Studio, she focused her practice on the mind, body, and spirit connection with less concern about how her abundant body looked in each pose. She enrolled in Maine’s first Fluid Yoga School 200-hour teacher training to deepen her own practice, but discovered a love for sharing yoga with others. Emma has been teaching since the spring of 2018. Her classes embody her joyful spirit with music to move to (dancing encouraged) and laughter. In June 2020, she completed Yoga for All training to foster inclusivity for all body shapes, sizes, and abilities in her teachings.
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 completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2018 and 300-hour teacher training in 2022. 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 remind her students to think of her classes as a moving meditation; a consciousness linking of each physical pose to each inward breath. Marissa is forever deepening her knowledge of yoga and holistic wellness.
Leah first began practicing yoga via YouTube videos in her college dorm room, following years of mental health and body image struggles. She found that regular practice offered her a number of benefits, including the powerful tool of mindfulness which she has used to manage her lifelong anxiety. A former athlete, Leah loves how yoga can be used to strengthen the body and mind in tandem, while also fostering kindness and respect for ourselves and others. Leah completed her 200-hour Fluid Yoga training in the spring of 2020 and enjoys continuing her education around yoga and meditation through local and online offerings. While she loves to incorporate firey movements into her classes, she also carves out time to encourage and guide students toward mindfulness. Outside of the studio, Leah enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
From a young age, Cori has had passions in health and wellness. After sustaining a back injury in gymnastics, she turned to yoga for the first time. As her consistent practice developed over the years, she found deep inner shifts and a brightening of her spiritual awareness. Cori graduated from Panacea School of Integrative Health and Yoga in Hallowell, ME in 2018 and has enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings since.
Cori has a Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and works with adults with speech, voice, and swallowing disorders. She enjoys bringing techniques from her experience as an SLP to her yoga classes, including neck and face stretches, myofascial release, resonant voicing, and postural alignment. Cori is certified in Reiki II and sound therapy and is fascinated with the overlapping worlds of energy, sound, and vibration.
Cori’s classes invoke calmness and relaxation through guided movement, strong breath work, and attention to the inner landscape and energetic body. She believes that change begins on the personal level. If she can inspire just one person to make a positive shift, she has done her job.
Teacher/Studio Support Team
Heidi’s yoga practice began when she was in college. She was immediately captivated by the physical practice and the quiet it brings. Heidi continued to practice on and off throughout the years that followed. By 2016 she had a steady practice on and off the mat. Having taught middle and high school for 20+ years Heidi has always loved learning and exploring new ideas. This love of learning and steady practice sparked her to cultivate a path of deeper commitment to expand her knowledge and understanding of the many aspects of yoga. To this end she completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Fluid Yoga school in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. The simultaneous feeling of grounding and taking up space on the mat energizes Heidi and provides her with room to simply breathe. For her, yoga is bliss. The main reason she loves teaching is that she wants to help make the world a healthier, happier, and more peaceful place. Each time Heidi teaches it offers an opportunity to help each student find more peace within themselves and is hopeful that translates into more peace in the world. Heidi also holds certifications in Spa Yoga and Healing Yoga.
Tracey is a life-long Mainer who has worked in municipal government for over 20 years. Being of service to others is what motivates her, both personally and professionally. In addition to working full-time and managing a family, she gives her time and energy to several community organizations and non-profits. She found yoga about 10 years ago as a way manage stress and find some quiet and stillness in a loud and crazy world. While on her yoga journey, with the help of some amazing teachers, she also found practice as a way to connect with her authentic self. During this time of discovery, Tracey felt a calling to participate in a 200-hour teacher training with Samudra Studio in 2019.
Yin and restorative classes are Tracey’s favorite because the poses allow students to move their way into quiet stillness, slowing down in both body and mind to offset the often stress-filled and busy lives that many of us experience (the Yang nature). Through the poses, she enjoys helping others find their own internal peace and joy. Outside of yoga, you can find her with a book, at the beach or walking her pups. In her sessions, you can expect to leave recharged, refreshed and ready to take on what life brings.
Nikki Rae has worked in the wellness industry since 2015, completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2020. While in undergrad at the University of Maine at Farmington where she received her bachelor of science in Community Health, she became a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Nikki Rae has taught a wide variety of class formats such as bootcamp, spinning and dance fitness, but is thrilled to now add yoga to this list as well. Through personal training she has gained experience working with a variety of clients too, including the general population, the elderly, people with injuries, athletes and more. She believes fitness should be fun and functional above all else.
Kate is a Certified Reflexologist and Reiki Practitioner. She’s also a mother, grandmother, beekeeper, interfaith chaplain, grief facilitator, nature lover, and curiosity addict. She has a strong belief that healing comes from within and sometimes you have to give yourself a nudge to invest in that healing. Kate works directly with you to guide you into noticing your body’s innate ability to replenish, restore, relax, and heal.