Archive for the ‘tot yoga’ Category

Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Mpls, March 8-9

February 12, 2013


The Kids Yoga Teacher Training at Blooma Minneapolis (March 8-9) is almost here and we have a few spots left! Whether you’re a yogi or not, if you love to work with kids, this training is open to you.

Learn more about Jessica Rosenberg’s Adventures of Super Stretch teacher training, sign up online, and check out Blooma’s Q&A with Jes below.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma (more…)

Parents + Kids LOVE Tots Yoga!

February 4, 2013

Have you tried a Tots Yoga class with Sarah Sarzoza yet? If not, check one out STAT. Mamas and kiddos alike adore Sarah S.! A recent e-mail from a Tots Yoga mama:

Hi Blooma,

photo-17We recently came back to Tots Yoga after taking a little break over the summer and fall. My 3-year-old son is thrilled to be back. It was so great to walk in that first day and have Sarah S. remember us by name and come give us big hugs. We definitely missed her. (more…)

Twin Cities Toddlers Find Fun at Blooma Yoga!

December 7, 2012

Moms & Dads, did you know that Blooma offers THREE Tot Yoga classes per week?

These classes are perfect for the 18-month to 4 year old set, who want their parent, grandparent, or nanny to stay and play, too.

You + your kiddo will go on adventures learning how to jump like a frog or breathe like a lion. And you might be surprised how much your little one relishes calm in savasana!

  • Tues. 9 a.m., St. Paul
  • Thurs. 9:30 a.m., Mpls (*Stay for “Happy Hour” snack after provided by Blooma & socialize with other moms and kids. Just bring a water bottle!)
  • Fri. 10:15 a.m., Mpls

Sign up now for one of our three classes held every week!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

What we’ve learned from kids yoga

February 6, 2011

We were inspired by a couple of recent articles about kids yoga— one on and the other on In short, we adults have MUCH to learn from the way kids practice yoga. Take it directly from our teachers:

From Kaye Standke (Kids Yoga teacher; Mondays, 4:45 p.m.):

Kids Yoga teacher Kaye Standke.

I love teaching kids and I am so grateful for the amazing space that Blooma provides to do just that! Not to mention how much the kids love the bolsters, the blocks, and the yummy oil at the end of class.

Teaching Kids Yoga (ages 4-8) for me is a constant reminder to appreciate the simple things in life. They teach me to find joy in just being. They teach me that our bodies naturally want to move into what we adults make “complicated poses” with fancy names. Kids yoga reminds me to find play in all we do!

Yoga for Tweens teacher Ella Chissotti

From Ella Chissotti (Yoga for Tweens teacher; Mondays at 4:45 p.m.):

Tween yoga (ages 9-12) is such an amazing experience. I look forward to teaching my class every week. One of my teachers says, “Breath into the sensations with courage and grace” and that is what I have learned from these girls.

They have so much going on in their lives between school and extra curricular activities and all the physical changes that their bodies are slowly going through. Yet they arrive open to the experience of yoga with a smile on their faces and are excited to go through it together.

When I walk in they all are helping each other out, getting bolsters and mats for one another and I am brought back to the days of wonderful sleepovers, where you feel so at ease with one another and no matter what is going on in life there is this safe little haven to share it all.

In the midst of the change they stay graceful and bright and they inspire me every time.

One day one of my students came, she was going to be singing a solo in her choir and wanted to do yoga before. Truly is there any more to say?

It is wonderful to see that they have embraced yoga as a way of dealing with daily  stress and anxiety, so they can feel more secure within themselves and connected to the bright, unique light that each and every one of them is in life.

Need we say more? Check out our other classes for kids, too:

• Yoga for Preschoolers (ages 3-5, without adult; Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.)

• Yoga for Tots (18 mos-4 years, with adult; Fridays at 11 a.m.)

• 2-for-1 Yoga (a Vinyasa Flow class for a parent and kiddo—aged 7 and up—for the price of one class! Sundays at 12:30 p.m.)


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Just a little toot

January 17, 2011

We’re always honored when the local media covers Blooma. So we thought we’d toot our own horn just a little, tiny bit and share this lovely online article featured on Patch.

What’s great about this particular story is that it’s all about our tots + kids classes! So if you thought Blooma was only about prenatal yoga, please check out this article… then come on by with your little ones and tell your friends + neighbors about our yoga classes for babies (and their parents), tots, kids + tweens!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

One more reason to smooch your little one

November 10, 2010

Even though you probably don’t need extra reasons to kiss your child as much as possible (it comes naturally to mamas like you!), it’s good to know that science tells us  those smooches may benefit your child’s health, too.

A study published earlier this year in Molecular Psychiatry showed that “early childhood experiences can have a lasting effect on health by influencing a person’s risk for chronic inflammation, the immune reaction that is the body’s first line of defense against disease,” reported

Researchers took blood samples from 53 adults— half reporting warm, loving relationships when growing up with mom, and the other half reporting more distant relationships. “Subjects who had a warm bond with mom expressed fewer genetic markers of inflammation, which over time can take a toll on the body” and lead to disease, the story reported.

So snuggle in close to your child the next time he or she needs a little extra lovin’. You may be helping to create a lifetime of better health, on top of creating loving memories. (One more good reason to come to BYOB — Bring Your Own Baby yoga — Tots, Kids or Family Yoga at Blooma!)


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Wind-down Time

October 1, 2009

Our own Shayla Boger, Yoga for Tots teacher, graces us with a guest posting today. Her soothing tips for bedtime prep are ones ALL of us could use, but especially those sweet (and oh-so-energetic) kiddos! Be sure to check out one of Shayla’s super fun tot yoga classes, too. Kids 18 months to 4 years old LOVE her bright spirit and loving energy. Find her at Blooma on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. Sign up now.


As we all know, putting our children to bed can be quite difficult at times. I struggle with this almost every night; especially with my 2.5 year old. She has recently graduated from potty training school and has also given up her nuk (which she’s had since birth), so needless to say, we have lots of “stop and take a breath” moments. It’s so funny—being a children’s yoga instructor you’d think my children would be angelic and super in touch with their inner being. Well, that’s not the case. But I do have to give them some credit: they’re both sweet + pure, like all children. With all of this being said, I want to share some things we do around our house to settle down, whether for night time or nap.

1. We put rocks in our children tubby to help them calm down, and feel the natural sensation of the earth on their skin. Plus, they’re fun to play with!

2. We spray our children’s beds with lavender water every night to help calm them. It’s really easy to mix. For every cup of water add 2 drops of lavender; you can switch up the essential oil to fit your preference. You can find essential oils at Blooma. (They should be arriving in about a week!)

3. We work on exercising our bodies and minds to enter a quite space which allows us to prepare for sleep. Either lay in bed or sit up straight with eyes closed. From this position we fill our tummies with air and blow out through our mouths. Repeat as often as needed.

4. One other relaxing thing we do with our children is rub their feet with massage oil. I also do this at the end of my yoga class, you would be blown away at the response I get. It’s amazing!

Here are some books and oils I love and incorporate in my classes, and with my children at home:
Massage oil

Lavender oil

Moody Cow Meditates (Hardcover), by Kerry Lee MacLea
Peaceful Piggy Yoga (Library Binding), by Kerry Lee Maclean
I Can Be: A Child’s Whimsical Introduction to Yoga (Paperback), by Christine M. Sumner
A Tree Is Nice, by Janice May Udry and Marc Simon

You can visit my blog, LiveSavvy, to order the books directly. I hope you enjoy this information!

Om shanti,

Welcome to the Blooma blog!

July 1, 2009

Today we’re relaunching the Blooma blog, and we’d love for you to think of this blog-o-sphere as an extension of the community you’re a part of when you’re at Blooma in person. Welcome!

Since Sarah Longacre opened Blooma in October 2007 with her loving arms, talent for inspiring moms and moms-to-be, and cadre of gifted teachers and body workers, I have come to feel a special affection for Blooma. (We hope you feel that way, too.)

First I came as a newly pregnant mama who found a nurturing, supportive community where I learned to embrace my blooming belly and made new friends. Sampling the various prenatal classes gave me the chance to figure out which teachers would challenge me (sometimes seriously challenge me!) and which would give me a relaxing wind-down at the end of an intense day. I also adored my prenatal Maya abdominal massages (and that awesome massage table with the holes for my belly and boobs that actually allowed me to lie face down—bliss!).

After my son Graham—now 13 months old—was born, we hurried back to Blooma, looking for familiar faces. In our BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) classes, Graham and I reconnected with mamas I’d done sun salutations next to when he was in my belly. We also got to admire my prenatal yoga friends’ beautiful babies who were on the outside now. We shared stories, new mama woes, and some of us began to meet outside of class, too. It’ll be just a few more months until we’re ready for Tot Yoga, and meanwhile I’m back into my own yoga groove with Yoga For You! classes. Not all cities have a place like this and I am grateful that I can boast otherwise.

As a birth doula and certified infant massage instructor, I’m into all this mama + baby stuff anyway. But when I was pregnant, and now as a mother, I came to appreciate even more what Blooma offers to my family. My husband has come to partner workshops with me, and my mother-in-law has practiced with me side-by-side, learning how to do simple yoga poses with her grandson at home. I’ve since trained with Lisa Bergley, developer of YogaBonding, and now teach BYOB at Blooma on alternating Mondays and Saturdays. I teach an occasional infant massage class, too. If I haven’t already, I hope to meet you soon!

Please subscribe to the blog, too. I’ll be blogging regularly about everything mama- and family-related including:

• upcoming Blooma workshops + classes

• the latest pregnancy + parent-related health news

• links to hip, funny, or informative parenting stories
• pregnancy + parenting blog postings (send me your own blog links!)
• guest blogs from Blooma teachers and body workers, midwives + OBs

• postings from Sarah and other doulas, who will share their favorite tips + tricks
for labor
• “Blooma Bookclub” reading recommendations

• and of course we’ll keep you in the loop with the ever popular “Blossoms” updates: photos of Blooma babies (and preferably their mamas, too) as they make their grand entrance into this big, beautiful world.

So that’s a little something about me, your Blooma blogger. I’d love to learn about you, too. Leave a comment and tell us what Blooma means to you—we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Alisa, Sarah, & the women of Blooma

NEW PRICING for kids and tots yoga!

January 29, 2009

We’ve got great Tot Yoga classes for the little ones every week, and Kids Yoga will be back in March (Mondays from 4:30-5:15) … better yet, we’ve got great new prices for the kiddos!

We’ve cut the drop-in rate classes for kids and tots to $15, and we’re now offering a special class pass just for the little ones that lowers the per-class-price to just $10!

  • The 6-class kids/tots pass: Come to six classes within 8 weeks for $60
  • Kids/Tots Drop-in Price: $15

Tot Yoga is a class for li’l walkers and their grown-ups.
Kid Yoga is a kids-only class. Come give it a try!

You can sign up online!