Omkara Kevin Wicks was introduced to meditation at a young age. Interests in martial arts and mysticism led him to many places, studies, and exalted teachers. An injury led him to Yoga, Healing Arts, and Qigong. He attributes his recover to these practices and teachers. He has taught classes and workshops in studios, yoga festivals, ashrams, special events, and resorts. Including the One and only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Well known for the filming sight of the James Bond movie Casino Royal.

Yoga and Vedanta – 200hr YTT – Sivananda Yoga and Vidanta Ashram (Yoga Siromani) – 200hr YTT  – Shivashakti School of Yoga and HEaling ARts – Yin Yoga YTT – Josh Summers – 120hr Vedanta Parampara – Swami Medhananda Puri – Karma Yogi – Sivananda Ashram – Vedic Counseling. Sivananda Ashram – Healing Arts and Ayurvedic Astrology- Thai Body Work, Shivashakti School of Healing Arts – Stephen Kaufman, Pain Neutralization Techniques – Integrated Positional Therapy.


Jessie Chalmers is a dedicated and enthusiastic student and teacher of yoga. Her own practice began years ago and has supported her during times of stress, transition, and injury. She completed her Kripalu yoga certification in 2007 and since then has continued to study in the styles of Restorative, Vinyasa, and Yin. Jessie teaches with a heartfelt approach, encouraging her students to develop a deeper self-awareness of their physical body as well as an awareness and understanding of the mind/body connection.

Jessie specializes in teaching therapeutic yoga to those working with injuries or limitations and incorporates a healing element into each of her classes. Her classes are also accessible to students of all levels and abilities.



Leslie_BYoga has been at play in Leslie’s life since she discovered it in college. She has travelled to India and strives to incorporate yoga in her life on a daily basis. She was finally able to take her teacher training at YogaWorks in New York City in 2007, and in 2012 received a certification in Restorative Yoga. With 14 studios on both coasts, the YogaWorks training combines the teachings of Iyengar, Desikachar and the lineage of Krishnamacharya. YogaWorks method focuses on intelligent, safe and sensible sequences using props to modify poses to accommodate all body types.

Since becoming certified Leslie has led a wide range of classes; from restaurant chefs and staff to high school students and elementary school teachers. A great gift that yoga bestows is knowing the importance of transitioning from the mat to our daily lives. Afterall, that’s truly where the fruits of our practice are manifest.


Hailing from NYC, 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 6yrs 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, which she completed while traveling South India.

Mae’s class will lead you on a yogic voyage through controlled breathwork, mindful meditation, innovative sun salutations 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 would like to share this practice with her students.


I gravitated to yoga in 2001 after an injury prevented me from doing what I did to clear my head of life’s cobwebs, running.  Every day I am grateful for finding yoga, or maybe it was that yoga found me.  I completed my first 200 hour training with Julie Gurevich and Heather Sheridan in New Jersey in 2013 and followed up with my yin yoga training with Deb Donally and Crystal Paone in 2014. My desire to learn never stops, so after moving to Maine in the fall of 2015, I pursued my 2nd 200 hour teacher training through the Boston Yoga School codirected by Ame Wren and Terry Cockburn. I have been fortunate to learn from great yoga teachers and continue to be inspired by my teachers and fellow yogis. I am honored and grateful to be a part of the community and teaching team at Pine Tree Studio. Being present and mindful in our practice on the mat extends out into the world. Namaste.




Robin has been an avid mover ever since her early years.  She has been studying qigong (chi gong) and tai chi and recently became certified as a Practice Leader with Dr. Roger Jahnke and the IIQTC—the Institute for Integral Qigong and Tai chi in Santa Barbara, California. Qigong and Tai chi are movement forms that come from China but are now practiced worldwide for their many life-enhancing benefits.  In Robin’s classes you will learn to balance your energy, generate more vitality, and activate the “healer within.” We work with four baskets of practice—gentle movement, breath practice, self‐applied massage, and meditation.  Qigong classes are for everyone regardless of ability or prior experience. Robin lives in Topsham and is known in the area for her vibrant collage landscapes and for her work as an art teacher



Sara grew up in midcoast Maine, and has spent most of her life here. She is the mother of two small, energetic boys, and a son and daughter nearly grown.

She is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance and graduated from Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training in March of 2013. She is also a certified Children’s Yoga Teacher ( Well Heart Yoga, May 2014), and is qualified to lead Yoga Nidra, deep guided relaxation (Shiva Shakti Yoga School, October 2014), and Yin Yoga (May 2015). Additionally Sara is a Kundalini Reiki Master (October 2011), and energy healer. Her classes are welcoming for all experiences and levels.

Why She Teaches

“Yoga brings me peace, and a certain feeling of true contentment, which I haven’t found elsewhere. It’s a connection with my deeper, quieter self, which I feel most clearly from the various practices of yoga. I don’t do most of those fancy poses you see on the internet, and I believe yoga is about so much more than that (though I would love to learn some of those one arm upside down balances! Maybe next year..). For me, the the stretching and asana (postures) of yoga are about quieting the mind, becoming more comfortable with the moment of now, accepting the body as it is, and honoring it for all it does. The body just wants to be appreciated, and asana brings energy, blood flow, and prana (life force) to every cell in the body.  My classes are welcoming of all experience levels.”



Jessy Barker is Maine native currently living in Brunswick. Jessy recieved her 200hr Yoga Teacher training through Panacea School of Massage and Wellness. She is currently training to achieve her 300hr through ShivaShakti in Rockland. Jessy has experience teaching many different styles of Yoga from Yin, to Vinyasa Flow, even Children’s Yoga. Jessy is excited to serve the Maine Pines Yoga community.






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 to 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.


Katherine has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Yoga was a natural path, having grown up as a competitive figure skater and having commenced eastern philosophy studies at the ripe young age of 10. Having a philosopher professor for a father didn’t hurt! Katherine also taught figure skating for 20 years in Baltimore and Maine. She recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification with Leslee Clark of Well Heart Yoga in Falmouth, Maine. Katherine also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and works as a Registered Nurse at Riverview Psychiatric Center. She will begin her advanced 300-hour yoga teacher training in FAll 2017. Katherine is an avid fitness enthusiast and alternates between running, cycling, paddling and cross-country skiing, while yoga is a daily practice.

Katherine has two grown sons who continue to be the lights of her life. She lives on three acres of beautiful Maine nature just west of Brunswick. For Katherine, yoga is a fascinating and never-ending journey of self-discovery, bringing the mind into full relationship with the body and improving overall wellness, and experience accessible to every body. She is looking forward to seeing you on the mat in October for Yoga for EVERY body


Celia grew up in Bath and has lived in Connecticut, Peru, Oregon, Alaska, and most recently on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay. Chebeague was the only place with no yoga classes, so Celia began teaching. She is humbled by the opportunity to share ancient yogic practices, and is filled with the greatest joy in doing so. She is especially passionate about the benefits that yoga practice can have for folks of all ages, regardless of physical limitations.

As a teacher, Celia encourages self-awareness without judgement; levity in the face of challenge; and sweetness of practice through proper alignment, modifications, and full body and mind engagement.

She is on a learning path, and looks forward to shaping her classes to best meet the needs of all who show up. Celia received a 200hr YTT certification in 2015 in Portland, Oregon and Thai yoga bodywork 1 certification from ShivaShakti in 2017.