Descriptions

Bloom's classes are taught in the Hatha yoga tradition with a strong emphasis on healthy alignment. Hatha yoga refers to the physical practice of yoga, meaning the practice of poses and observance of breath as a means to health and peace of mind. Class levels are intended to be an indicator of pacing and the amount of detailed instruction provided. Each of our teachers brings their own unique blend of experience, focus, and personality to class. We encourage you to check out individual teacher bios to get a better sense of what to expect from class with a particular teacher.

Tips for a Better Practice


Keep your digestive system happy:

Avoid eating anything heavy before class

Be an early bird:

Plan on arriving 10 to 15 minutes prior to class

Curb your phone:

Don't be the one whose lovely rendition of Fur Elise interrupts a perfectly nice moment of relaxation

School your teacher:

Before class begins, let your instructor know if you have any injuries or medical conditions, or if you’re pregnant

Dress the part:

Wear comfortable clothes and remove shoes and socks

It’s all about you:

If a pose feels uncomfortable or painful, don’t hesitate to let the teacher know and come out of the pose, even if the rest of the class continues with the sequence

Level 1

Build a solid foundation in the basic poses. Level 1 classes are appropriate for those who are newer to yoga as well as continuing students who are looking to refine their experience of the core poses. Classes emphasize standing poses, basic sun salutations, gentle backbends and twists, and preparation for inversions. Classes emphasize developing strength, flexibility, and ease in the body in order to quiet the mind. Yoga 101 Workshop or prior yoga experience recommended.

Level 1-2

Flow through your practice as you deepen your understanding of the poses. Level 1-2 classes continue to develop the foundational poses while accommodating a broader range of experience levels. Sequencing moves at a slightly faster pace, although pose modifications are always offered. Explore sun salutation variations, more vigorous backbends, twists, balance poses, and inversions. Prior yoga experience and familiarity with basic poses recommended.

Level 2

Deepen your practice and challenge yourself physically and mentally. For more advanced practitioners, Level 2 classes work from a base of vigorous sun salutations to explore more challenging variations of poses, including arm balances, deeper twist variations, standing balance poses, inversions, and backbends. Breathwork and meditation may also be explored. Proficiency with foundational yoga poses, and familiarity with backbends and inversions recommended.

Gentle

Slow down and reap the rewards of a gentle approach to yoga. This class moves at a slower pace to allow for an increased emphasis on breathing and quieting of body and mind. Practiced primarily in seated, reclining, and supine positions, gentle yoga is appropriate for students of all levels, including those who are brand new to yoga, students who are recovering from injuries, as well as continuing yoga students seeking a more introspective practice.

Yoga & Meditation

Integrate the physical benefits of your yoga practice with a dedicated experience of breathwork and meditation. Students are guided through a mindful sequence of yoga poses infused with conscious breathing techniques. Guided meditation practices will be woven into the sequence using a variety of techniques and positions to make this experience of mindfulness more accessible. This class help you take your practice beyond asana (poses) to find greater peace and calm. No previous meditation experience is necessary, however some prior yoga experience is recommended.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic, muscular (yang) styles of yoga that build internal heat and emphasize the lengthening and contracting of muscles. Yin Yoga incorporates long, passive holds in asana (no standing poses) to penetrate the body deeper than the muscle tissue, generally targeting the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Breathwork and mindfulness techniques are also incorporated to help the student experience peacefulness deep at their core and a sense of heightened energy throughout the entire body. The use of props and modifications makes this class suitable for students of all levels of experience.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga uses a series of simple poses, in which the body is fully supported by props. Each pose is held for an extended period of time once your body is comfortable to promote deep relaxation. Restorative Yoga also helps the body to de-stress, bolsters immunity and helps improve digestion and sleep. Classes are ongoing and pre-registration is not required. This class is appropriate for students of all levels. Props are provided.

Prenatal

Prepare for the birth of your baby and work to alleviate pregnancy-related discomforts by practicing gentle, modified yoga poses and breathing exercises. Prenatal yoga class is a wonderful opportunity for pregnant women to connect and celebrate their changing bodies and growing babies. Poses practiced in class aim to build strength and softness simultaneously in preparation for labor. Appropriate for expectant mothers at all stages of pregnancy.

Mom & Baby

Bring baby along as you connect with other new moms and help your body recover from birth and the strains of carrying and caring for a newborn. Moms practice poses that involve and entertain baby. This class is a great opportunity to bond with your baby, do something good for your body, and meet a great group of new moms. Appropriate for moms and non-crawling babies. Though class is not overly strenuous, we recommend getting your midwife or doctor's approval prior to practicing yoga postpartum.

Parent & Tot

Too busy chasing your toddler to make time for yoga class? Not anymore! Bring your little one (crawling through age 2) for this playful weekly drop-in class that will give you a chance to sneak in some yoga as your child does their own variation of down dog beside you. It's the perfect way to take care of yourself while caring for your child. Meet other parents of toddlers as you stretch, strengthen, and relax and gain tips for how to bring some yoga into your daily life as a parent. For parents & little ones, crawling through age 2. Class fee includes attendance for 1 adult and up to 2 children. Additional children may attend for $8 per child.

Storytime Yoga for Parents and Kids (Ages 2-4)

Engage your child’s creativity with a story-themed yoga class you can enjoy together! This unique class is designed for children (ages 2-4) and their parents. Yoga poses and stories are woven together to create a unique and interactive practice for this busy age. Your child will experience the benefits of yoga as they learn postures which ask them to jump like a frog, swim like a fish, and fly like an eagle. Each class incorporates stories, images from nature, music, deep breathing, and relaxation to introduce young students (and their parents) to the joy of yoga. Class fee includes attendance for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional children may participate for $8 per child.

Kids Yoga (ages 5-8)

Traditional yoga poses such as Lion, Tree, and Warrior are brought to life to help kids cultivate a deeper understanding of their environment and themselves while developing strength, flexibility, coordination and balance - in both body and mind. Poses are taught in a way that encourages creativity and exploration, helping to develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness. Students practice pose sequences designed to help them to discover greater comfort in their bodies while boosting self-confidence. As this is a very playful age, the class focuses on games, imagination, stories, and simple practices to introduce the healthful benefits of yoga. No previous yoga experience necessary.

Tween/Teen Yoga (ages 9-14)

Students will practice pose sequences designed to help them to discover greater strength, flexibility, and comfort in their bodies. As they practice, they will naturally experience greater confidence and self-acceptance. Specific breathing techniques taught in class can come in handy during the school day at home, whenever there’s a need to calm down and hit the reset button. Yoga practice can help tweens/teens learn to regulate their mental and emotional states, and in turn relieve stress to promote better focus, clarity, and creativity. Focus will be placed on improving balance, coordination, and concentration, and each class will conclude with a brief guided relaxation, giving tweens/teens techniques they can use in daily life to find a sense of calm and well-being whenever they need it. No previous yoga experience necessary.

New to Yoga?

Bloom's Yoga 101 Workshop is recommended for those who are just beginning their yoga practice. Yoga 101 provides a solid foundation in the essential poses, preparing students for Level 1 classes.
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Private Lessons

Explore ways to individualize your practice through a private lesson with one of Bloom's teachers. Private lessons allow you the time and individual attention to ask questions about a particular pose, work through challenges, and find modifications that are right for you as an individual. With the teacher's close attention on you in every pose, together you may discover something new that will help to refocus and refresh your practice. See the fees page for more information. Two people may also book a semi-private lesson together at a reduced rate.

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