Yoga and Qigong

After carefully studying what experts from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health have been writing as well as sifting the information available through other sources, it seems that the wisest and most compassionate response to the coronavirus pandemic is for Common Ground to immediately suspend all programs at the center through March 29th, at which time we will reassess. 

We are taking this big step out of compassion for all. Fortunately, Common Ground has already begun offering some limited live streaming options. We will work to expand the list of programming options available by live stream as capacity for tech support grows. Let us know if you have skills to offer.


No registration required for yoga and qigong classes and workshops except where noted. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

Mindful Yoga Weekly Practice

In these sessions we practice yoga poses in a way that promotes ease in the mind. We explore physical alignment that results in both physical and mental freedom. In this way, the poses provide an opportunity to consciously cultivate a wholesome, joyful relationship with the body. With practice, mindful yoga supports wise attention in all of our daily lives. This series is open to adults of all ages and all levels of yoga experience. No need to register, just come.

with Anita R.: Fridays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This gentle yoga class incorporates trauma-informed mindful movement with key skills of mindfulness for coping with co-occurring disorders. Everyone is welcome.

With Myra Rucker: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

With Nancy Boler

Level I

In these sessions we practice yoga poses in a way that promotes ease in the mind. We explore physical alignment that results in both physical and mental freedom. In this way, the poses provide an opportunity to consciously cultivate a wholesome, joyful relationship with the body. With practice, mindful yoga supports wise attention in all of our daily activities. Open to adults of all ages and all levels of experience.

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Level II

This class is for people who have attended Level 1 Mindful Yoga and have developed the body awareness necessary to move into more challenging physical yoga poses with ease.

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.


Gentle Yoga and Deep Relaxation

In this class we study and practice relaxation techniques that allow us to “let go” into a deep state of stillness. The result is unification and peacefulness in all aspects of our being. Led by Nancy Boler.

Sundays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.,  Next class is March 8th


Laughter Yoga: A Direct Practice of Joy

Laughter yoga involves deep breathing and a deep commitment to being fully in the now. When we are laughing there is no past, no future, and no mind chatter. Laughter increases one’s sense of well-being and promotes a wholesome community. Led by Spruce Krause.

Sunday, January 26th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Drop-in Qigong

Qigong is a deeply satisfying healing practice that integrates mindful awareness, breath, and movement. This practice develops relaxation, concentration, and vitality. You can find a list of qigong practices here, drawings here or listen to Mark’s guided practice instructions:  18 harmonizing movements, healing sounds or opening exercises.  Click here for Steve Compton’s notes on the Healing Sounds practice.  Led by Mark Nunberg, Autumn Compton, and Steve Compton.

Wednesdays, 9:05 – 10:05 a.m., ongoing.



Nancy Boler has been teaching since 1999. She draws from her background in Kripalu yoga, Iyengar yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation. Her class instruction focuses on physical alignment, breath awareness, yoga philosophy, and development of wholesome mind states.

Myra Rucker is a yoga teacher, and yoga student, who firmly believes in the benefits of sthira sukham asanam (Yoga Sutras, II:46) – cultivating a steady, joyful seat. Her introduction to yoga, practicing once a week between professional dancers and musicians (of various ages and fitness levels), quickly illustrated how yoga provides a path for anyone and everyone to be the best version of themselves. Myra is inspired by the idea that yoga (union) – and life – are like a poem, which, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Myra is always available to answer questions or address concerns before and after class. For more information, visit

Spruce Krause M.A., Counseling Psychology, Life Coach and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Spruce has been practicing at Common Ground since about 2000 (she’s lost track of exactly when she first walked in the door, but it has changed her heart/mind & life). Spruce has over 20 years experience supporting individuals and groups in body/mind healing and personal transformation with a playful touch.

Steve Compton is a licensed acupuncturist and perpetual student of Chinese medicine, Taoism, Buddhism and qigong. He began meditating and studying yoga in the 1970s and learned Yang style taiqi in the 1980s. In the 90s he began the serious study of Chinese medicine, shiatsu, acupuncture, and qigong. He has practiced Shibashi Qigong at Common Ground since 2005. From 2005 until 2015, he supervised acupuncture interns at Courage Center in Golden Valley and taught at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.

Autumn Compton was first introduced to the power of Qi gong when she was 15 years old. Formally a Shiatsu therapist and teacher of Shiatsu at Centerpoint Shiatsu Therapy School, she is a lifetime student and practitioner of Taoism, Mindfulness, Qi Gong and dance. Autumn began formally studying Qi Gong in 2000 and continued her training through teachers at Common Ground, as well as with Peng Her, Andrea Sullivan, and Master Mantak Chia. In 2015 Autumn traveled to Thailand to study directly with Master Chia and became certified to teach the Universal Healing Tao foundational practices. One of Autumn’s greatest joys is finding the connections in these life enhancing wisdoms and sharing them with others.