"Love this studio. Teachers genuinely care about students. Classes are consistently great. The owner has created a caring community. Newcomers are always welcomed to ensure they are comfortable.  Been to many studios throughout the country. None measure up to this one. None."  - Dean H., Yelp

Marlene Rucks

I feel we are our own best teachers.  By staying present with the breath to whatever rises up within, makes actual change in your life.  We practice and find how you do the yoga IS what you do in life.  Feelings, sensations arise in a pose and if you can stay and breathe and ask how do I choose to react to this, and if you are willing to meet that posture where it's at, your life changes.  It happened to me, so I teach this.
In 2005 I opened Nirvana Yoga Studio.  To bring together yoga teachers with open minds and styles of teaching the traditional aspects of yoga from their own experience. Our studio allows for the student to find space for their bodies, listen to the teacher within and reconnect to their SELF.  It is a privilege and joy for me to share this with others.

Emily rucks

Emily started her practice and study of yoga at 12 years old with her mother, Marlene.  In 2014, she became a registered yoga teacher at Nirvana and started up yoga for kids classes.  She greatly enjoys teaching classes to preschoolers and has also taught to children at the Barrington Library.  In addition, she finds her work with children one-on-one to be very rewarding as she integrates yoga poses into play.

jean masukevich

Jean believes yoga is a spiritual pathway in which individuals can gain insight into their divine and true nature. Her training in Iyengar yoga has taught her the importance of alignment and the use of props to make yoga accessible to all, as well as the therapeutic and restorative benefits of the practice. The Vinyasa training has enabled her to tap into the flow of the sacred marriage between breath and movement.  She is passionate about helping others move toward whole health in a fun and meaningful way. She has a strong desire to empower children and bring families together through yoga.

karen fagerson

Karen danced professionally for many years, and her yoga practice and style of teaching reflects a love for creating fluid movement with the body. Allow the breath to be the music, and the focused flow of energy to be the supporting partner guiding you through your practice. She believes that as you develop a strong, supple body, and a centered, peaceful state of mind, your spirit will be free to move you gracefully on and off your mat.

margaret myren

Margaret has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years, much of it here at Nirvana.   She loves yoga for its accessibility to everyone, at any age or stage of life. There is no equipment needed except your body, your breath and your willing spirit. She finds the lasting sense of calm after practicing yoga profoundly moving and peaceful and feels grateful to be able to share that experience with those who seek it.

Susan Swearingen

Susan has cultivated her own personal yoga practice of over 20 years starting with Ashtanga yoga and studying Vinyasa yoga with Marlene. Her diverse life experience as a mother, an executive in a large global corporation, her experience with depression and now a small business owner has informed her teachings making them accessible to every person living a busy life. Susan is also a trained teacher in Mindful Self Compassion out of the School of Medicine at University of California San Diego in which she blends into her teachings for mindful living and yoga.

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