Archive for the ‘dads’ Category

Celebrate, Gripe & Get to Know Other Dads

February 21, 2013

Whether you’re a dad to a daughter or a son (or both), you’ll fall in love with the blog Life To Her Years, written by a dad about loving and raising his two daughters. Each post is a simple picture and caption, with a funny, insightful or thoughtful tip for raising your daughter. But really, most of the tips apply to any gender.

From the dad blog

We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below, too: what’s most important to you in raising your daughter or son? 

And while we’re talking daddyhood, we know that you need a community, too.

That’s why Blooma offers a monthly “Dad’s Hour” — led by a local dad. Dad’s Hours are offered twice monthly — once at Blooma Minneapolis and once at our St. Paul location. The next Dad’s Hour sessions are:

  • Saturday, March 2, 2-3 p.m. (Mpls) | SIGN UP
  • Saturday, March 16, 5-6 p.m. (St. Paul) | SIGN UP

Sign up online (and bring a buddy!). Whether you want to gripe about the sleep you’re not getting, find out if others also have anxieties about becoming a dad, or are just looking to get to know other dads, we’d love to see you on March 2 or 16!

It’s just a $10 drop-in fee, or use your partner’s Blooma Pass. Whether you’re a Dad-To-Be or already have 1, 2, 3, or more kids at home, Dad’s Hour is an hour for all types of dads to relate to other dads.


Alisa, Sarah & the Blooma family

New Class for Dads/Partners + Dads-to-Be – This Thursday!

August 13, 2012

With so much focus on mom as her pregnancy progresses, it’s easy for dads’ or partners’ questions to go unanswered. Blooma knows that it’s not just the mama who needs support.

Join postpartum doula Margaret McKinley Owens and her husband, Charlie Owens, as they guide “Pappy Hour,” this Thursday (8/16), 7:30-9 p.m.

This new class just for dads and partners — from pregnancy through the first year of baby’s life — answers many of the questions you never thought to ask, for just $15.

Here’s what one mom wrote us after the last Pappy Hour:

I think he was nervous because he had never left the house alone with Henry (who is now 3 months old).  After class he said he felt like he gained some confidence (it helped seeing other dads with their babies), learned about resources that provide ideas for interaction with baby and “dad stuff…”  The best part was that he said, “[He] would DEFINITELY go to another Pappy Hour!”

Sign up online or call 952.848.1111.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

THANKS + LOVE to Dads (+ Pics of You at Yoga!)

June 17, 2012

Thank you to dads of all kinds, possessing varying talents, battling different challenges, the dads who love, listen, and try their best.

Love to the dads-to-be, who wait for new life to unfold and who wonder how life, relationships, and work will change once he lays eyes on his sweet newborn for the first time.

Love to the dad who mastered middle-of-the-night swaddles. Love to the dad who brings mama water every time she sits down to nurse.

Love to the dads who hold tiny hands, gently wipe knee scrapes, kiss salty tears, give eskimo kisses, read bedtime stories, cheer “HOORAY!” and drive carpools.

Love to the dads who lose their tempers, then step back for a deep breath and an “I’m sorry.”

Love to the dads who raised us — fabulous and not-so-fabulous — for setting us on the path we’re on today.

Love to the men who have fathered us in ways other than blood-to-blood relationship, who folded us into their hearts to nurture and mentor us, who freely chose this role.

Love to the dads who are no longer with us, who we miss dearly, but who continue to live in our hearts and memories.

Love to the dads whose own childhoods were tough, but who strive every day to carve different, more intentional ways of fathering their own children.

Love to the dads who’ve lost a child, and whose hearts will never be the same.

Love to the dads who work to balance career and family life — knowing that the balance is always teetering and never easy.

May each of you know how valued and adored you are. Happy Father’s Day!

Dads, in what ways are you grateful for being a father? Mamas, in what ways would you like to praise your partner today? 


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

P.S. – Enjoy these photos of dads who attended Blooma yoga classes for free all week!

Baby Yoga Welcomes Dads All Week!

June 12, 2012

Hooray for dads at Bring Your Own Baby Yoga!

Thanks to Dylan, Haley, and baby Evelyn (3 months) for sharing these sweet photos from this morning’s class at our Minneapolis location. Adorable!

Remember, ANY Blooma yoga class is 100% free for dads ALL WEEK long in celebration of Father’s Day.

See our full schedule online and reserve your spot now for BYOB Yoga, Prenatal Yoga with your honey, or Vinyasa Flow at any of our three locations: Minneapolis/Edina, St. Paul or Shakopee.

(For the record, dads and other caregivers are welcomed any time at BYOB and men always appreciated at Vinyasa Flow!) 🙂


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Sweet, sweet savasana.

FREE Yoga for Dads All Week!

June 10, 2012

Dads, this week Blooma honors you and all your hard work + love with FREE yoga at any of our three locations: Minneapolis, St. Paul or Shakopee.

That means you can catch an Early Bird Vinyasa Flow class before work, a Prenatal Yoga class with your sweetie, or a Bring Your Own Baby or Tots Yoga class with your littles. (Never tried yoga? No problem!)

A couple of highlights this week:

Join Carrie Voda for Tuesday 6-7 a.m. “Broga!”

Tuesday, June 12: Our Vinyasa Flow (for Everyone) classes are always open to both men and women. But we thought it worth pointing out Carrie Voda’s Tuesday morning Early Bird Vinyasa class (6-7 a.m.), which often has at least a couple of men attending. Whether you’d like to call it Testosterone Tuesday or “Broga” (Brothers in Yoga!), Carrie is putting special emphasis on leading a class for men this week.

Thursday, June 14“Pappy Hour” from 7:30-8:45 p.m is a chance for Dads and Dads-to-be to share stories and advice, as well as benefit from the support network of the Blooma community. Held at Blooma Edina. (And yep, it’s free, too.)

Though classes this week won’t cost you a dime, we do ask that you sign up online or call 952.848.1111 to hold your spots.

Happy Father’s Day Week!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Blooma’s “Pappy Hour” Brings Focus to Dads

June 7, 2012

While the focus is often on mom before and after baby’s arrival, new dads and dads-to-be also feel overwhelmed by the changes happening in their lives. Sometimes there isn’t a strong support network available just for dads.

Do you have questions about your little one? Want to gripe about the sleep you’re not getting? Just looking to get to know other dads who can relate?

Just in time for Father’s Day, join us at Blooma (Minneapolis/Edina location) for a free, special evening where dads can gather, talk candidly and share stories on Thursday, June 14 from 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Special guests include members of the Roe Family Singers and a Q&A with Margaret McKinley Owens and Charlie Owens, instructors of one of Blooma’s newest class offerings. The class provides an eye-opening view into the first few day and weeks of life with a newborn — and answers many of the questions dads never thought to ask.

The event is free to dads, and mamas and babies are welcome, too. For more information call 952-848-1111 or register online.

GIVEAWAYS will be happening through out the night! We will be giving away: massages, class passes and retail goodies! Your wife will love that you are “giving her” a massage on Father’s Day!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Free Yoga for Dads Father’s Day Week!

May 25, 2012

Whether your baby daddy has never done yoga or already schedules in his own mat time, you’ll want to pencil June 10-17 into his calendar. That’s when we invite all dads (whether your father or your child’s father) to celebrate Father’s Day with FREE yoga at Blooma!

Let the dad or dad-to-be in your life share in your prenatal yoga practice and show them how challenging Goddess squats are! Or bring a dad with you to a Vinyasa Flow, Bring Your Own Baby yoga or Take It Easy yoga. All dads welcome.

While classes are free to dad, we do ask that he reserve a spot online or by calling us at 952.848.1111. We can’t wait to celebrate the amazing men in your lives!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Baby-Wearing Warrior Daddy

January 31, 2012

Mamas, we love, love, love hearing about dads and partners.

So we were thrilled to receive the following e-mail and photo about this awesome, new baby daddy!

The night before I went into labor my partner, David (pictured) came to prenatal yoga with me for the first time. It was such a blast.

We were talking about it afterwards with my mom and he was saying how challenging it was for him. He said that during warrior pose, he was in the front of the room and after a few minutes Cynthia gave us the option of putting our hands on our hips if our arms were tired. He did so with great relief before looking back and realizing he was the only one who’d taken that option. So he raised them again and acted like he was just adjusting.

When he was doing warrior again to demonstrate what a good baby-wearer he was, I couldn’t help but think of how grateful I am to him for coming to yoga and how much strength Blooma gave me during pregnancy, birth, and now!

Thank you,


David, you rock. All you dads out there, you’re welcome any time to join your partner in one of our prenatal yoga classes, whether in Minneapolis, St. Paul or Shakopee!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Love letter from a new dad

September 16, 2010

This letter, so full of love, was too wonderful not to share. Thank you so much to Willow and Scott for being a part of the Blooma community, to Amber Kay for her extraordinary heart and doula skills, and a BIG congratulations to the proud parents on the birth of their son, Niklas!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma



I do not know if you have heard already, but Willow and I had a 9 lb., 12 oz., 21.75 inch beautiful baby boy at 8:13 Thursday night (Sept. 9)—after 68 hours of serious labor and 1 1/2 hours of great pushing. What’s most important for you to know is that our doula Amber Kay was unbelievable. Seriously. She literally made the difference between what turned out to be a certain C-section, and what ended up being a great natural birth.  We would have been lost without her, no exaggeration, due to the complexity and length of the labor.

Also, Willow’s yoga prep made a huge difference, all of the medical staff kept commenting on how great her flexibility and focus was, and they kept saying “you must do yoga.” Take it from a would-be daddy who had never heard of the word doula before this, and has never done yoga himself, I have now self-proclaimed myself as a poster boy for both.

Future daddies should hear my story; it was an amazing event that ended with such a great miracle.  I really needed you to know this.  Thank you for positively changing the greatest day of our life.
Scott, and new son Niklas Whittaker

BYOB – “grounding and prayerful”

September 13, 2010

François with daughter Marguerite during St. Paul's Saturday BYOB class.

We loved this e-mail from Blooma mama Melissa, written after she, her husband François, and their baby Marguerite, took Darcy Karl’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) class Saturday in St. Paul. Her sentiments about being mindful on 9/11 were such an important reminder, and as always we LOVE seeing dads in BYOB!

I thought you might be amused, inspired, tickled by the Kiemde family outing today — as we entered the realm of meditative exercise with 3+month old Marguerite. Blooma’s Bring Your Own Baby Yoga included one François Kiemde, accompanying wife and baby daughter. I can’t tell you how much this meant to me! While François learned sun salutes, and I worked my child’s pose, Maggie participated in the “OM” sessions, adding her own contemplative soundtrack. *chuckles* During a trade off session with Mag, François struck some warrior II poses, and I snapped a couple pix. Our instructor was also keen in helping our family document this day. (Merci!)

I really can’t think of a better way to mark 9/11 and participate in something that feels grounding, prayerful, and transformational in our world. Yes. I hope this makes you all smile.

Thanks for sharing your day with us, Melissa, François, and Maggie!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Mama Melissa, Daddy François, and baby Marguerite do yoga together at Blooma St. Paul!