Adele Gale opened Midcoast Yoga Shala in 2005. Her journey into practice began in 1980 after an interest in Eastern philosophy led her to yoga asana. Along the way she has been guided by many remarkable practitioner/teachers, particularly Norman Allen, David Swensen, Ranjani Cobo, Rodney Yee, Tim Miller, Russill Paul, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. 

While owner/operator of Atlanta Yoga from 1998 to 2004, Adele conducted yoga workshops throughout the south and midwest US and was an invited lecturer at Emory University and the University of Georgia. In 1999, Adele served as personal yoga teacher and massage therapist for Grammy-winning recording artist Sheryl Crow during the Lilith Fair tour, and again during the initial creative process for Sheryl's subsequent album. 

Since 2004, Adele has delved deeply into the practice of sound yoga and meditation. In 2012, she completed a three year intensive under the guidance of Russill Paul - master musician, teacher, and director of the Yoga Mystery School. She is currently involved in course-work through Dr. Reggie Ray's Dharma Ocean involving intensive study and practice of the tantric experience of somatic meditation.

After over three decades of practice, Adele's deepest gratitude lies with the greatest teachers of all - her local community and her beloved family.

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Marcia DeGeer has been practicing yoga for 29 years.  At her first yoga class, Marcia discovered that she could be present in the moment through a connection to her body and was immediately inspired.  She received her teacher training in 2000 with Patricia Brown of BodyPrayers yoga and after earning her law degree began teaching yoga in 2010.   She teaches from a foundation in the Iyengar tradition.  While emphasizing form and alignment, it is not about perfection but it includes gentle corrections to enable you to understand where you are in relation to the pose.  From this understanding one can mindfully encourage the body to open.  Marcia emphasizes taking your yoga practice out of the classroom and into your daily life.  

Every class includes restorative postures based on Judith Lasater’s practice.  A class environment encourages and honors the body’s need for deep rest.  Marcia became certified in Lasater's Relax and Renew (registered trademark) program in 2016. She has had the privilege of learning from many inspiring teachers, including, but not limited to, Patricia Brown, Adele Gale, Kate O’Connor, Jan Cillo, Carla Stangenberg, and Christine Findley.  The birth of her daughter, Frances has given her a willing partner to practice with at home.  Marcia balances her yoga teaching with a private law practice.

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Sarah Plummer has taught group exercise for the last 25 years. She has taught step aerobics, pilates, weight training, exercise ball, piyo and yoga. Sarah is a music teacher at the Chewonki Foundation and has taught music for the last 30 years. She finds inspiration in music, and uses it during her yoga classes. She has been teaching yoga on Pemaquid Beach for the last ten years, and has recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification with Melanie Burns of Wicked Good Yoga in Wiscasset. Sarah teaches yoga because of all the wonderful benefits it provides such as injury prevention, helping one to discover one's own strength, and facilitating a deep inner connection.

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Vicki Loveridge has been practicing regularly for over 22 years, but her first class was back in the 70’s where the seeds of her yoga journey were planted.  When her children were young and her back was sore she took the practice up again getting great relief from the grind of work, children and a long commute.  Her teachers included Kripalu and Iyengar trained practitioners and soon she was attending weekend classes and Yoga Journal conferences where she studied with a wonderful variety of teachers including: Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten, Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Erich Schiffmann, and Judith Lasater.  Her favorite teacher is Rod Stryker and she started taking weeklong trainings with him.  One of his weeklong instructions was at the Himalayan Institute (HI) in Pennsylvania and when she retired she was able to complete her 200-hour training certificate at HI.  Vicki regularly led a noontime yoga class at her work and has been substituting at the Yoga Shala for both Adele and Marcia.  Her class follows a systematic approach with emphasis on setting up your poses and walking into the difficulty of each position.  

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Courtney Belolan bean regularly practicing yoga after having a tumor removed from her pelvis in 2005. What she thought was a path to restoring her physical health evolved into a journey of discovering, accepting, and loving her true self. Now Courtney is embracing her call to service by supporting others, including young people, on their journey to embrace their true selves through yoga. She strives to make her classes welcoming and inclusive for all bodies, empowering people to be fully themselves on and off the mat. Courtney is a 200 hour Kripalu certified teacher as well as a certified Children's Yoga and Mindfulness teacher.

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