If Tetris teaches us anything, it’s that being able to take the right shape at the right time is the best way to prevent getting stuck beneath heavy loads of awkward blocks. Make sure your body can fit whatever gaps life throws at it with the help of today’s deal: for $45, you get a one-month unlimited pass to Mama Nirvana's New Yoga (a $95 value). Today’s Groupon can be redeemed at either Mama Nirvana’s Easthampton or Amherst location, but all classes must be taken at the same studio after your initial visit.
Voted Best Place for Yoga from 2007 to 2010 in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley poll, Mama Nirvana’s helps students of all skill levels polish their poses in a positive environment. As you saunter into each stretchfest, your instructor will greet you personally before slathering you with the insight and knowledge gained through hundreds of hours of teacher training and years of proficient body pretzeling. Classes range from hatha yoga and power vinyasa to meditation yoga and pilates, and each studio offers multiple classes a day, seven days a week (for more information, check the Easthampton and Amherst schedules and class descriptions). A yoga belly dance class has joined the curricular ranks, providing a sensuous combination of America’s two most popular dinner-party activities.
The limber learning takes place in a carefully tailored environment that eschews bright lights, mirrors, cell-phone rings, and all conversation conducted via bullhorn. Mama Nirvana’s studios are outfitted with central heating and air conditioning and equipped with a plethora of props and cushions, providing students with every creature comfort without exposing them to the sniffing and nibbling of the creatures themselves.
The Valley Advocate frequently recognizes Mama Nirvana as the best spot for yoga.
- If you fancy trying yoga—or if your doctor or therapist has recommended it as a treatment for stress—Mama Nirvana will start you at a level you can manage. – Valley Advocate
Mama Nirvana's New Yoga
The mama of Mama Nirvana's New Yoga—co-owner Ruth Anne Lundeberg— draws on her experience as a dancer and a devoted student of Theravadin Buddhism to helm a staff of seasoned instructors along with her partner and husband, Joshua Schumer. Together, they impart yogic skills in students with a focus on safety that earned the studio the Best Place for Yoga title in the _Valley Advocate_’s 2010 readers' poll. The Amherst and Easthampton schedules brim with daily classes for all skill levels, including calming Hatha sessions ideal for brand-new yogis and fast-paced Ultra Vinyasa routines that summon more sweat than a sauna heated by burning romance novels. Deep, focused breathing knits Flow classes’ poses into a graceful, choreographed sequence that cultivates strength and flexibility. Filled with moves that isolate and fortify the core muscles, mat-based Pilates workouts can bolster balance and posture without aggravating injuries.