All teachers have at least 200 hours of yoga teacher training.
Andrea Chesnes, RYT 200 - After finishing my 200 hour training through Mama Nirvana’s program yoga has become an integral part of my life. My practice and teaching is an experience of mind and body. My classes assist in maintaining mindfulness through each and every posture. Yoga has been my gateway into the present moment and offered me clarity amongst the chaos. My teaching reflects this mindfulness, incorporating pranayama, asana and meditation. My practice has taught me the how to use my movements and breath to achieve greater moments of peace and joy, finding that joy on the mat or off. I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Social Thought and Political Economy. My yoga practice supports my ideals of minimalism and self -reliance. Having the ability to simple use my body and mind to achieve a level of peace love and compassion that would not be otherwise. When I am not teaching I spend my time at home raising my children, reading, cooking and practicing.
Sara rediscovered yoga after experiencing a significant life transition. She found that yoga and meditation provided a space where she could reconnect to her own inner strength and balance. She seeks to share the power of this practice with her students. Sara is a certified RYT - 200 and a 2012 graduate of Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga teacher training. With a calm demeanor and a sense of humor, Sara creates a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere in her teaching experiences. Her classes are a mix of challenging posture flow, strengthening asana and restful, restorative poses. Sara is also a gardener and educator with over 15 years of experience. She combines her love of gardens and yoga in family and children programs through her business, Sweet Roots Gardens. See her website here. www.sweetrootsgardens.com She especially loves doing yoga with her preschooler who always has a thing or two to teach her.
Lisa completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 at the Sivanada Yoga Vidanta Centre in Nassau, Bahamas. She is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a degree in Alternative, Complimentary and Holistic Healthcare. Lisa brings her experience and skills as a body work professional to her yoga teaching. Her students benefit from her Alexander Technique training as well as her vast experience helping people move and feel good in their own bodies. In Lisa’s class, expect to have fun, feel good and explore the relationship of your mind and your body.
Ruth Anne Lundeberg E-RYT500,
Ruth Anne Lundeberg, E-RYT500, Director of Nirvana Yoga 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.
Kate Smith became Director of Nirvana Yoga Sunderland in August 2015. She is graduate of Mama Nirvana's Teacher Training she continues to practice with RuthAnne to develop her personal practice as well as her teaching practice. Her strong desire to offer yoga in her own community continues to motivate her to teach. Her simple, calm and gentle approach to yoga facilitates powerful growth for yoga students with or without prior yoga experience. Her classes feature posture sequences which playfully explore effort and ease while building both strength and flexibility.
Kate Stenson, YRT200, started taking yoga classes in 1996 to carve out time for herself as a new mother. Her interest grew over the years and she graduated from Mama Nirvana's Teacher Training in 2009. She creates a relaxing atmosphere in her classes with a gentle approach and sense of humor. Kate's students appreciate that they are able take the relaxation they gain from her classes into real-life situations. Kate holds a B.A from UMASS and continues to explore new techniques to enhance her yoga and Pilates teaching and mediation practice.
Jennifer has practiced yoga on and off for twenty years but it wasn't until she met Ruth Anne at Mama Nirvana's New Yoga studio in 2007, that she realized that yoga was her true path. Jennifer strives to teach her students to open their hearts and minds and to realize their truth through their practice on the mat. She hopes that each class she teaches brings joy to her students. Her classes are light hearted, fun, dynamic, and strong. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation and has worked in the wellness industry as well as the Health Sciences field for many years. She loves music and dancing but most of all loves laughter.
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 Small, RYT200, discovered yoga in 2001. Her practice enhanced six years later, when symptoms of a nervous system disorder impacted her movement. Becca’s dedication to the mat was transformative, resulting in a dramatic and positive influence on her health. These changes inspired her to enroll in Mama Nirvana’s Yoga Teacher Training. Becca is a certified hatha yoga instructor. She is registered with Yoga Alliance.Her classes focus on balancing the nervous system, creating body awareness, and exploring the depths of one’s own strength. She creates a peaceful and supportive atmosphere, encouraging her students to connect the body and mind.Becca has a Bachelor’s of Science from Springfield College. She works with the homeless population in non-profit, specializing in mental health and substance abuse. Becca is a writer. She loves laughter, road trips, and visits with friends on Cape Cod.