All teachers have at least 200 hours of yoga teacher training.
Mary LeMoine, RYT200, has been practicing yoga for 22 years. Her first class series was with Puja Sue Flamm in Northampton. With a full time job as an Applications Analyst and two active daughters, attending yoga classes provided Mary with movement, strength and peace. In 2006 when her youngest daughter broke her foot at a dance competition, she and her daughter decided to attend a yoga class which Ruth Anne was teaching. Mary soon became a devoted daily yoga student. She attended her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2010-2011 at Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga. Mary has since certified to teach Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™, Love Your Brain Yoga, and Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra. She has also attended many workshops of Ruth Anne’s, and Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller. Mary feels the importance of keeping the body moving, the mind calm, and is honored to share this with students. She has a certificate in Interior Design, is an avid photographer, enjoys gardening, biking, hiking, and loves spending time with family and friends.
Alan LeMoine, RYT200, has been a devoted student of Nirvana Yoga for 7 years. His journey into yoga began while attending yoga classes taught by his spouse, Mary, who has been a yoga teacher for many years. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training this past year with Ruth Anne at Nirvana Yoga, and found the experience to be life changing. Alan looks forward to inspiring students in the practice of yoga. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Ruth Anne Lundeberg E-RYT500,
Ruth Anne Lundeberg, E-RYT500, has been a yogini for over 30 years. She has been teaching yoga for 25 years. Her studio Nirvana Yoga (formerly Mama Nirvana's) was voted "Best Place for Yoga" by Valley Advocate Readers ten times. She has been leading teacher trainings since 1999.
Ruth Anne is a Certified Master Hypnotherapist in private practice in Northampton and a Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner.
Ruth Anne is blessed to have studied with the topmost teachers of yoga, dance, Buddhism and meditation since 1983. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from New York University, where she studied voice, movement and performance intensively with the top experimental performers/directors in NYC. In 1984 at age 19 discovered traditional Hatha yoga at the Himalayan Institute on Fifth Avenue and at Satchidananda's ashram, Integral Yoga, on 13th street. Later, she studied directly with yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra (whose poster of himself performing 908 yoga poses hangs in studios all over the world.) Ruth Anne has also studied directly with Beryl Bender Birch (author of the "Power Yoga" and "Beyond Power Yoga," Beryl was largely responsible for introducing Ashtanga Yoga to the East Coast) and Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life at their original East Village loft studio.
In addition, Ruth Anne is a long-time dedicated student of Theravadin Buddhism and meditation. She has sat numerous retreats since 1989 with a variety of international teachers including Jack Kornfield, Christopher Titmuss, Larry Rosenberg, Christina Feldman, Sharda Rogell, and Leigh Brasington. Ruth Anne is a committed daily meditator with over 20 years of experience.
Ruth Anne brings a unique and powerful spiritual flavor to teaching and practicing yoga. Her teaching is defined by her years of study with masters of yoga, Buddhism and experimental movement forms. In a time when yoga has been re-defined as an exercise modality, Ruth Anne offers her students and trainees a rare chance to learn traditional yoga as a method of spiritual awakening.
Darlene Morton, RYT 200, has practiced yoga casually for ten years until attending classes at Nirvana Yoga in 2018, and then she enrolled in the 200 hour teacher training with Ruth Anne. That experience deepened her practice and inspired her to share the many benefits of yoga with others.
Darlene is level 2 Reiki trained and owns Salon Solace in Easthampton.
Kristen’s passion for yoga started in 2012 when she took her first class. She has since practiced yoga five times a week at Nirvana Yoga with experienced yoga instructors. She has completed the 200 hour certification course with Ruth Anne. This year-long course has been an enriching and life changing journey for her to the point where she can't imagine her life without yoga. Kristen looks forward to sharing this passion of yoga by teaching others and having them become comfortable in their own practice. Kristen has a bachelor’s degree from UMass Animal Science. Spending time with her family, most importantly her children, is the joy of her life.
Kate Stenson, E-RYT200, is the director of Nirvana Yoga. She started taking yoga classes in 1996 to carve out time for herself as a new mom. Her interest grew over the years and she graduated from Mama Nirvana's Teacher Training in 2009. Over the past decade Kate has developed a unique and creative style, incorporating humor and a graceful approach in all her classes. She strives to support each class member in reaching their optimal experience, and looks for ways to make more challenging poses accessible to all levels. She continues to deepen her own practice and is currently working toward her 500HR advanced teacher training through the Karuna Yoga center.
Linda started yoga classes at Mama Nirvana 's studio in 2011 and quickly fell in love with the physical, spiritual, and philosophical components of the practice. She graduated from Mama Nirvana's teacher training program in 2013 and enjoys all aspects of teaching, especially encouraging students to explore and be creative with their bodies and minds. Her hope is that students will commit to a daily practice because it feels wonderful ,and that their practices will expand out from the studio and into their work and home lives with beneficial effects. Linda is a Registered Nurse and has also taught in the Easthampton and Holyoke school systems. Linda is a Reiki Master, energy healer, bodyworker, Akashic Records psychic reader.
Becca Zanvettor, RYT-500, became Director of Cadence Yoga Center Sunderland in 2020. She discovered yoga in 2000 and became fully immersed in her practice six years later, when symptoms of a nervous system disorder impacted her movement. The results were transformative, resulting in a dramatic and positive influence on her health and overall well-being. These personal changes inspired her to enroll in Mama Nirvana’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2011. Becca completed her 300-hour Advanced Yoga Studies in the Classical 8-Limbed Path with Beryl Bender Birch, Sheila Magalhaes, and the faculty of the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute in 2019. Becca is a certified Reiki I practitioner, holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Springfield College, and is a graduate of the New England School of Architectural Woodworking. In 2020 she completed her 100-hour certification in Mindful Yoga Therapy with Suzanne Manafort.
Becca’s classes focus on balancing the nervous system, developing body awareness, and exploring the depths of one’s own strength. She creates a light-hearted, peaceful, and supportive atmosphere, encouraging students to practice self-care, both on and off the mat.