Our studio in Brunswick, Maine
We are located in the heart of Brunswick, Maine. We have plenty of parking and our central location lends itself well to those who prefer to walk or bike from town. Our beautiful, two story post and beam space with cathedral ceilings feels like a spiritual sanctuary in the midst of downtown Brunswick. Sundara Yoga is a large studio equipped with wood floors, massage room, comfortable lobby and tea bar, changing room, and meditation loft for more intimate workshops, meetings, or quiet reflection.
Murielle started her journey as a professional dancer touring nationally and internationally. While living in NYC, Murielle started to search for methods to heal her aching body from various injuries that occurred during her dance career. She took her first yoga class in the early 90’s and found it to be a physically challenging and a mentally focused discipline that moved her beyond exercise. Since then, Murielle has trained in various styles of yoga and taken two pilgrimages to India to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the practice of yoga.
Murielle is a 500 ERYT, a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute, a Shiatsu and Thai Yoga Practitioner and has also studied with Jennifer Reis to teach Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. Additionally, Murielle is a Fully Integrated Yoga Tune Up Teacher; a work she is truly passionate about sharing with her students. YTU strikes a balance between classical yoga and corrective exercises. Murielle’s vast knowledge and expertise in her many disciplines brings a unique pedagogy to all of her classes. Her personal mission is to create an environment that empowers students to care for themselves through different movement practices that leaves room for internal experiences and personal expression.
In her free time Murielle loves to help caring for her two beautiful grandsons and when sheis not doing or teaching Yoga she also works as an RN in the Critical Care Unit at Midcoast Hospital.
Mae is excited to bring her upbeat, inspired energy to Maine’s flourishing yoga community. Growing up in a family of yogis, Mae feels her life has been inspired by the East in many ways. Mae’s affinity for yoga first began at 6 years old at an ashram in Woodstock, NY where she picked up an asana book and began copying complex poses to the bewilderment of onlookers. With a growing interest in holistic health and preventative medicine and a keen eye for movement analysis, she decided to take on yoga as a lifestyle and career. Mae completed her 200hr Vinyasa training in 2011 at Atmananda in Manhattan, followed by her 500hr Hatha training in 2014 at an ashram in the South of India. Mae’s class will lead you through controlled breath work, mindful meditation, and creatively sequenced standing poses, arm balances, backbends, and inversions.
Mae’s presence welcomes both novice and advanced practitioners and invites students to express questions or concerns regarding their continued practice. With immense gratitude for her gurus on and off the mat, she looks forward to sharing this ancient practice with her students.
Teaching, learning, sharing and healing have been the constant threads throughout my life. After graduating from Haverford College with a degree in education and Spanish I traveled the world, lived abroad, met my husband and eventually settled back in New England where I taught high school for a number of years. I was inspired to go to school for massage therapy and a fascination with healing arts and mind-body connection led me to yoga teacher training in 2006. During both of my pregnancies I taught prenatal yoga and as a result something incredible opened up to me. I learned that while holding space for women during pregnancy, I was let in on the amazingly rich and complex experiences of women moving through profound transitions physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes the personal stories of women are full of joy and wonder while other times, they are heartbreaking. Birth can be beautiful but there is also a vast array of struggles women experience from infertility to miscarriage to a challenging postpartum recovery.
The women in my practice gift me insight and deep respect for the various life phases of the female body. They inspire me to learn as much as I can so that I may serve and support each distinct phase skillfully and compassionately. I continue to study women's health with knowledgeable teachers from the fields of ayurveda, Chinese medicine, integrative nutrition, aromatherapy, herbs as well as in-depth anatomy and physiology.
After many years of using longs legs as an excuse for not touching her toes, Elizabeth signed up for a Kripalu yoga class in 2009. Physical flexibility turned out to be only one of many benefits that unfolded through her practice. A few years later her chiropractor suggested heated yoga, and she discovered the energetic and cleansing nature of power vinyasa yoga. A Maine native, Elizabeth is an avid practitioner and proponent of early morning yoga. She feels most at home in the great outdoors.
As both an accomplished visual artist and vocalist, Fletcher has always been drawn towards the creative and meditative practices of deep looking and listening. Her asana classes emphasize chanting and sacred sound as a direct link to the divine vibration that radiates from all of our hearts.
Fletcher holds an MA from Chelsea College of Arts in London. She is a 300 hr Certified Jivamukti teacher who trained under the direct guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life in 2007. She was certified in Thai Massage by the Vedic Conservatory in 2011. From 2009-2014 she was Director of Yoga and Wellness at the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency in Johnson, Vermont. Fletcher teaches yoga and chanting workshops across the US and abroad. She is deeply grateful for the blessings and generous guidance of her teachers, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Rosenclaire, Dr. M.A. Jayashree, Ranjini Koushak, and Sharath Jois from the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.
Rachel began experimenting with yoga at a young age during her family camping trips. Days would be spent mimicking complex poses without even realizing that all the headstand attempts and arm balances were all yoga. Over time Rachel’s practice became an opportunity to bring awareness inward and helped manage anxiety. Being outdoors with her yoga practice was a safe haven during challenging times and served as a constant reminder to slow down and be present with each moment. Her love for outdoor exploration has played a pivotal role in how she both practices and teaches yoga. She acknowledges the divine connection we hold with everything around us and values compassion towards all beings.
A journey to Denver, Colorado brought her to Axis Yoga where she completed her 200 hour teacher training. She has since been teaching in Maine ever since at fitness centers, studios, and resorts to shed light on yoga for beginners, and challenge more advanced practitioners. Yoga's ability to heal is emphasized in her teaching through building heat and using it to transform and lengthen muscles. Rachel's core passions lie in sharing her love for yoga with anyone willing to learn, and furthering her own understanding through teaching and experimentation.
Meg began attending yoga classes in 2009 to cope with the mental stress of being a Ph.D student. She was brought to tears one morning in savasana when her teacher serenaded the class in a beautiful bhakti chant. The experience awoken her to the possibility of deeper healing through the practice of yoga. Having stepped away from the analytical world of academia for the more embodied practices of mindful movement and motherhood, yoga continues to offer Meg opportunities for better understanding herself and the world in which we live. As a teacher, Meg's approach seeks to integrate the many layers of our being, known as the koshas. She encourages students to develop an awareness of not only their physical body, but of their energetic, emotional, and thinking states. Blending breathwork, slow and intentional movements, and mindfulness meditation, she invites students to trust their strength, know when to surrender, and learn how to listen to their body's innate wisdom. The process of remaining open and kind to whatever arises in this exploration is the foundation of her teaching.
Meg received her RYT-200 from Samyoga Institute under the direction of Janice George whose expertise in Integrative Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda continues to be a source of influence on her. Meg most rewarding work includes leading workshops for survivors of gender-based violence and teaching weekly classes to women in recovery from addiction. Meg's classes are trauma-informed. All bodies and experiences are welcome.