Yoga is one of the world's oldest forms of exercise, second only to holding the earth on your shoulders. Practice ancient athleticism with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes at Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga(a $95 value). This Groupon is valid at both the Amherst and Easthampton locations.
Attentive instructors nurture physical and emotional wellness in supportive yoga and Pilates classes at Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga. Both the Amherst location’s schedule and the Easthampton roster accommodate aspiring yogis with a variety of intensive 75-minute lessons. During basic yoga classes, instructors guide students as they melt tension and stressed-out butter sculptures with invigorating Hatha-yoga exercises. Pupils looking to hone body awareness can meld measured breath and movement in fluid Vinyasa-flow classes, which occasionally incorporate meditation to build mental and physical balance. Pilates classes focus on improving students’ core stability and spinal alignment by incorporating props such as blocks and resistance bands to lengthen limbs and keep rogue hands from slapping strangers with unwanted high-fives.
Each of Mama Nirvana’s classes empowers pupils with patient, individualized guidance and comfortable studios equipped with adhesive mats and bottled water. To further cultivate a calm environment, pupils set all cell phones to vibrate, avoiding class distractions caused by the arresting siren song of a Sade ringtone.
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.