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Satisfying yoga, great teachers, beautiful spaces. That's Nirvana Yoga.

Hi and Welcome!! I'm Mama Nirvana (Ruth Anne Lundeberg), a yogini with over 40 years of practice, a yoga teacher with 25 years of experience, a yoga teacher trainer with scores of graduates, a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, A Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, An Inner Mind Sourcing (tm) facilitator, a pilates mat and reformer instructor, a dancer, a master hypnotherapist, a practicing minimalist, a Buddhist (of the Theravadin tradition), a visual artist, a solo traveler, an avid outdoorswoman, sometimes a writer...and maybe a few other other things.

Come in and enjoy soul-satisfying yoga with me and my faculty.

I strive to leave you impressed with every part of your experience at Nirvana Yoga.

30-PLUS YEARS OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, DEDICATED PRACTICE AND TEACHING give me the confidence to say: Nirvana offers you the best possible methods, the best possible teaching, the best possible environment, the best possible vibe, the BEST OF EVERYTHING THAT I FEEL IS NOURISHING ABOUT YOGA.

REAL YOGA is a life-changing immersion into well-being, happiness, and bliss that uplifts your heart as well as your body. YOU BECOME THE MASTER OF YOUR BODY AND MIND.

OUR YOGA IS RICHLY LAYERED, DEFINED, AND CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED.  FIRE series, EARTH series, and YIN YASA series are my personal creations based on decades of experience. My YIN YOGA class features mini-Thai Yoga massage for anyone who requests it.

AT EVERY CLASS WE OFFER YOU REAL YOGA that leads to bliss, self-mastery, health, attractiveness, personal empowerment, long-term happiness, long life, success in all areas of life. 

OUR BEAUTIFUL STUDIOS ARE GEMS OF MINIMAL DESIGN which promote contentment, clarity, relaxation and focus. 

TROUGH ALL OF OUR INTERACTIONS WITH YOU, we create an ultra-high quality experience while creating minimal environmental impact.

I'M ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN A LIFE AND BUSINESS in which the precept "do no harm" extends to all humans, all animals and the environment. 

MORE ABOUT MY LIFE IN YOGA: I'm a 40-year practitioner of yoga. I discovered yoga when I was about ten or so through the books on my mother's bookshelf (she was a psychic medium; we grew up in the Spiritualist Church) At that time I also read about Emerson and the Transcendetalists, reincarnation, Theosophy, yoga philosophy. (Of course I also read "Chariots of the Gods"--"like" if you remember, ha ha!) Around my house there was quite a bit of talk about disembodied entities, ectoplasm, alien abductions and a disturbing photo of Mary Tood Lincoln with her dead husband's hand on her shoulder.

A bit of "mom's gone out ghost-hunting again" too.

I was also a passionate dancer. Lacking in much real training, but bursting with enthusiasm I would choreograph dances and make neighborhood friends perform them. The grown ups would take movies. Perhaps while enjoying a cocktail and a smoke. Some days neighbors could spot me in the front yard wearing a leotard working out balance beam routines--on a board hidden in the grass.

Teenage years are almost a blank. A challenging family situation led to depression which led to some alcohol and drug use and deep alienation. I was able to graduate high school thanks to an alternative high school. Throughout I kept doing meditation, piano (yes I was also a serious piano student) art, dance and yoga. And acid trips. Some tarot reading on the side.

In college I studied acting at NYU-a fine school many would say, though at the time I figured if they let me in their standards couldn't have been that high. My training was mostly movement based and included quite a bit of yoga. I also discovered real live yoga classes. At that time there there were only a few teachers in entire city. Dharma Mittra was one of them. Naturally I found my way to his studio. Sharon Gannon and David Life had started Jivamukti across the street from my apartment so naturally I found them too. Beryl Bender was teaching Ashtanga yoga at the Open Center a few blocks away so that was a must-do as well. And Integral Yoga Institue could always be counted on for a very spiritual class. In the summer I spend working at Omega Institue Glenn Black was my teacher. 

I'm still hooked on the beauty, precision and brilliance of this practice.  After decades with yoga, I can vouch for the amazing benefits to your body, mind and spirit. Yoga has helped me be more resilient, powerful, and peaceful. Of course, it has also made me physically strong and graceful. Throughout the years I have dealt with divorce, heartbreak, bipolar depression and periods of financial struggles. For over 30 years I have always shown up for yoga, and it has helped me get through.  None of us is immune from pain and difficulty in life and yoga does not always prevent the inevitable-- but it heals, soothes and restores your body and soul. 

That's why I am so passionate about teaching others.  My yoga teaching career spans 25 years. I have taught many thousands of yoga classes to many thousands of people. I've taught many yoga teacher training courses. I've passed on knowledge to teachers and they have passed it on to students of their own. 

Nirvana Yoga Guiding Principles

Ruth Anne Lundeberg, Studio Steward

 A very select and by no means complete list of principles and visions for 1) this sacred space, 2) our shared journey of self-awakening 3)  our lovingconscious community of practitioners.

The rules for use of the space are designed to create safety for and harmony between all members of this community; if you are here now, congratulations you are already a member.

Our studio is a sacred space; We practice the diligence and gentle self-sacrifice necessary to become skilled at creating, maintaining and dwelling within that sacred circle. 

We invite/invoke the DIVINE to be present with us through our loving attention and care to the ways we interact with the space and beings within.

We express our intention and desire to expand ourselves and our spiritual awareness through voluntary simplicity and gentle austerity while there.

Let the place be a refuge for those who seek respite from the insanity of the world that our collective consciousness has created; complicated, often painful, restricting, sometimes terrifying and always overwrought/fraught with unnecessary human-made complexity.

For those who want to LEARN a NEW WAY of living and being; one which is full of peace and joy—this space and the things that happen here are the keys you have been searching for.

The Space itself and the way we run it is the teaching of AHIMSA which means radical refraint from harming.  As much as we can we strive for no plastic, no dust, no waste, no chemicals.

We are forever attempting to achieve paperlessness.  We gladly accept checks (cash is better karma!  LOL:)  Paypal is a great option you can do from our website. We don't print paper credit card receipts. We have no intake forms.  We don't give out flyers, brochures or schedules.

The Floor: our floor is Absolutely non-toxic, dust free, with no chemical outgassing, sustainably sourced, will last virtually forever, can be dismantled and reused and therefore never need end up in a landfill.  The floor may seem hard at first but it actually assists you to be grounded, to balance and to relax and release, melting tension from your body.

The journey of running a yoga studio is an ongoing experiment that continues to reveal new ways to serve, love and grow. I thank everyone and bless you all for the opportunity.

Sincerely,
Ruth Anne Lundeberg