384 Main St. (rte 10)
Easthampton, MA 01027
South Towne Commons
479 West Street (rte 116)
Amherst, MA 01002
About Our Yoga: The Mama Nirvana's Experience
Mama Nirvana's is a place to come recharge yourself on all levels, with people who help and support you in an environment where you can relax, learn and grow.
Your Safety is Top Priority for Us
When applied appropriately, yoga is powerfully effective and safe. When applied inappropriately, mild to serious problems can result. We carefully assess each technique we present for effectiveness and safety. Our class levels are clearly delineated so that you can be certain the yoga you are doing is safe for you. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your yoga experience with us, we carefully supervise all students. To enhance your learning, we offer abundant modifications and props.
We also recognize the importance of emotional safety. For some people it's easy to come to that first class at a new studio; for others it's a bit threatening. If you had bad experiences in school gym classes, at a health club or with yoga in the past, we understand you why might feel hesitant to try again. We are aware that coming to Mama Nirvana's might feel like an emotional risk—or at least it's a little outside your comfort zone.
We pay close attention to the way we set up our classes—(there are no mirrors, no bright lights)—and the way we offer feedback. We support you by being positive, friendly, and down-to-earth. Whether you are new to yoga or just new to us, we welcome you.
Quality and Experience Counts
All of our instructors have a minimum of 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and have completed a real-world teaching practicum. Some have much more training and experience. All are trained in anatomy, teaching methods and ethics. They are able to improvise and instantly adapt to the needs of their students. They are skilled yoga practitioners whose passion is to share their love of yoga with you. They are engaging presenters who make yoga fun.
A High Level of Personal Service
When you come to Mama Nirvana's, you are treated as an honored guest in our "yoga home." You will notice many personal touches: You will be greeted personally by your instructor; there are plenty of spacious bathrooms; our studios have excellent modern central heating and air conditioning; you will find abundant props and cushions available to enhance your comfort; after your first class your instructor will check in with you to answer any questions you may have.
People Ask Us "What's Your Style"
This is a tough question for us to answer. Yoga is a living system and as such it is evolving. Our way of life is changing fast, and our human family is experiencing what some call "upheavals" and what others call "an evolution of consciousness." Every day that we teach yoga we connect with our students and respond spontaneously to their needs. We have been doing this for years and years.
Yes indeed we have decades of study with teachers of yoga, movement, meditation, martial arts, and more. Some are famous; many are not. Some were or are true masters who showed us the heights of our own potential. All have blessed us with their brilliance and given us our own solid foundation.
When a teacher gives full attention to a discipline, seeks to master it, seeks to teach it as effectively as possible, and applies their full creative energy to this task, inspiration occurs. Information, direction, knowledge come directly to the mind. The teacher and their style become one. Their teaching becomes an outer reflection of that individual's Inner Being. At that point, the style is evolving right along with the teacher it is flowing through and people it serves. It defies being limited by names and descriptions. It cannot be copied by another. What we offer is a response to a present need and is therefore living, real and ever-changing.
Our Classes Work for People Like You
Below is a partial list of some of the conditions* our students have come to us with and reported relief or improvement with regular yoga classes: **
- Lack of Flexibility
- Muscle Aches and Pains
- Haven't exercised in a long time
- Inability to concentrate
- Too much or too little sleep
- Poor body image
- Poor eating habits
- Feeling rushed all the time
- Feeling disconnected from yourself or others
- Too much time alone-isolation
- Low self esteem
- Lack of motivation
- Negative emotions
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Painful menstruation
- Minor musculoskeletal injuries
- Addiction to cigarettes
- Seasonal mood problems
- Arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
- Weak core muscles
- Trying to conceive
- Discomfort due to menopause
- Obsessive thinking
- Lack of Purpose or Meaning in Life
*We do not diagnose or treat any physical or mental illness or condition. Our classes are not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. If you have any physical condition, seek medical help. If you are under a doctor's care get medical clearance before attending classes.
**If you don't have any of these conditions, congratulations! You are in the minority. In your case yoga would be excellent pro-active self-care and prevention.
What is Possible for You to Experience through Working With Us
Most people expect to get stronger and more flexible doing yoga, and our classes will definitely help you there. But there is so much more available. For those who stick with yoga, the potential exists for total inner and outer transformation to occur, including:
- Health and Well-Being Beyond Your Expectations
- Zestful Living
- Material Abundance
- More Love and Intimacy with Others
- Increased Creativity and Productivity
- Mastery Of the External Conditions in Your Life