Friday Funny: Snack! Snack! Snack! CRUNCH!

February 8, 2013 by

Who can resist not one, but two cute babies dancing? Watch the cuteness multiply as they dance to the North Minneapolis sensations Y.N. Rich Kids’ “Hot Cheetos & Takis.” My son just made me play this about five times, and somehow it gets funnier each time.

Does your baby have a favorite dance tune? Tell us about it below!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Birth Story: “Sex, Squats, Wine, a Bath & Spicy Food”

February 8, 2013 by

So, mamas — do you ever wonder why we prenatal yoga teachers encourage you to “ahhhhh” nice and loud during class? Strange as it may feel, there’s a reason for it, and this mama’s birth story hits right on it:

Once I got to the hospital the contractions became painful enough that I had to vocalize with each one (ahead of time, that seemed kind of silly to me, but when the moment came it just felt natural), so I moaned and ohmmed all day long, which helped me stay as relaxed and open as possible.

hennabellyRead on for the rest of this Minneapolis mama’s lovely birth story!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Hi Blooma!

Writing cuz I was at the Tuesday night (Dec. 4) prenatal yoga class at Blooma Minneapolis with Sarah — folks who were at the class would remember I was past due, and I went in to labor in the middle of the night after yoga and gave birth Wednesday, Dec. 5! I wanted to write to share the story!

I was 4 days over 40 weeks, and had been trying all the old-wives-tales labor-inducing tactics while trying to remain patient as well. I don’t know if it was the awesome yoga class that night, or the pineapple, walking, sex, squats, wine and a bath, spicy food, or most likely baby decided it was time!

That night after yoga, I woke up at 2 am feeling sick and uncomfortable. Contractions started in the next half and hour, and Evey Josephine was born at 2:13 pm that day!

labor in showerAll in all, it was an amazing birth experience, I would describe it as simultaneously awesome and terrible. I ended up being able to labor and birth with no medications or major interventions, which was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done but I’m SO glad I was able to. I don’t know if I would have been able to if not for the things I have learned, done, and the encouragement I’ve gotten from all the folks at Blooma and The Childbirth Collective, as well as our amazing doula Ellie. THANK YOU!

I labored at home from 2 am until about 7 am, able to breath deeply through each contraction. They were coming quickly from the start, on average 3 minutes apart, lasting between 30 seconds to a minute. Eventually when I called the doctor (and also called my best friend who is an OB), they recommended I go in, but I was hesitant, it was my goal to stay at home as long as possible. But, I was not comfortable anymore and the contractions were coming quickly and getting stronger, I knew I wouldn’t be any less comfortable at the hospital.

We went to Abbott, found I was dilated to 5 (woo-hoo!) and Ellie met us there. I labored in the shower and then leaning on a table or birthing ball, with near constant attention from my husband and Ellie. During each contraction, they would hold my hands, rub my lower back, help me sway back and forth, hold me up from collapsing, and encourage me.

Once I got to the hospital the contractions became painful enough that I had to vocalize with each one (ahead of time, that seemed kind of silly to me, but when the moment came it just felt natural), so I moaned and ohmmed all day long, which helped me stay as relaxed and open as possible.

Hugging in labor

Hugging in labor

I also remember “transition” contractions were extremely painful, but time went by quickly. I was “stuck” at about 9 cm with one little lip of the cervix for a long time, and the doc wanted to break my water. I was frustrated and hesitated through several contractions, but eventually trusted her advice, they flipped me on my side and helped hold back the cervix lip while I pushed and they broke the water and got the baby turned a little bit better, and very quickly we were into the pushing stage! Moaning was not enough for this stage, I’m pretty sure I was gasping and yelling!

I pushed for only about 20 minutes, with her head coming nearly out and then going back in with several contractions (I got to feel her head!). Then the doc wanted me to get her out with the next push because they were starting to get worried about her heart rate, so with the next contraction and big push, she came out pretty much all at once! We did it!

All the prep I had done, and the amazing support I had from my tireless team of Matt and Ellie (and a great nurse & doc!) helped make this possible, and I feel so blessed that I was able to have a fairly natural birth!

Thanks to everyone involved in Blooma and all the other amazing women who go there, you’re all amazing! I hope to see you at a future BYOB yoga class or mamas group!

Happy after birth

Happy after birth


*{A little note from Blooma: We joyfully share birth stories sent to us by Blooma families, however, Blooma does not claim responsibility for and does not endorse individual choices made by families or their care providers. We seek to share an array of birth stories to showcase a wide range of experiences.}

Moms— It’s Time to Renew YOU!

February 7, 2013 by

Joining Sarina LaMarche’s Personal Renewal Group (PRG) last year was one of the best things I’ve done for myself since becoming a mother. The monthly gatherings (for six months) brought light to my goals (now totally redefined!) and priorities, while helping me to find greater balance in my personal, professional and mothering lives.

sarinaHer next PRG starts Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Blooma Minneapolis and meets the third Tuesday of each month for 6 months.

So what IS a PRG? It’s a supportive, nurturing, empowering group for mothers to share in reclaiming, rebalancing, and reconnecting. These groups are created specifically to explore and learn:

  1. how to “reconnect” with who you are
  2. strategies for making self-care a priority so you can live, love, and parent optimally, and
  3. how to experience greater life balance.

Each monthly session includes discussion, exercises, reflection time, and fosters community and meaningful connection with other women.

20These groups are based on the book The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate, and Re-Balance Your Life by Renee Trudeau.

Personal Renewal Group for Mothers

Blooma Minneapolis

Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 19; 7-8:30 p.m. | $200 

See what Sarina’s next PRG can do for you!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Wellness Wednesday: Meet St. Paul’s Prenatal, Postnatal & Pediatric Chiropractor

February 6, 2013 by

It’s February! The month dedicated to LOVE … so meet Dr. Amber Moravec, Blooma St. Paul’s pediatric and pre/postnatal chiropractor, and find out why your body (and your baby) will LOVE chiropractic care!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Blooma: What is chiropractic care?


Dr. Amber Moravec & family

Amber: Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline centered on the role of the spine and central nervous system in maintaining good health, and leveraging the recuperative power of the body to heal itself naturally and efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

Learn Another Way to Soothe Your Baby

February 4, 2013 by

Did you know that babies breathe in time to the songs they enjoy? They can even remember the music they heard in the womb before birth!

Your voice is one of your most powerful tools to soothe your baby. Even if you think you can’t sing your baby thinks your voice is the most beautiful one in the world.

singingWhether you’re pregnant or have already welcomed your little one, please join Margie Weaver for her Singing to Your Baby Workshop, Feb. 9, 2-3 p.m. at Blooma Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »

Parents + Kids LOVE Tots Yoga!

February 4, 2013 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Lindsay’s “Breathe” Prenatal Yoga Playlist

January 31, 2013 by

Prenatal Yoga teacher Lindsay McCoy gets a lot of requests for what she calls her “Breathe” playlist. So many, in fact, that we decided to make the list available to all mamas out there! Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga + Breakdancing for Tweens – Feb. 16

January 30, 2013 by

Give your tween a chance to DANCE, breathe and find the joy inside!

Tween yoga teacher Ella Chissotti is hosting a fabulous Tween Yoga + Breakdancing workshop Saturday, Feb. 16 at Blooma Minneapolis. No experience required!

Learn to B Girl at Blooma's Tween Yoga + Breakdancing workshop Feb. 16!

Learn to B Girl or B Boy at Blooma’s “Tween Yoga + Breakdancing” workshop Feb. 16!

B Boy teacher David Abide Pellinen joins Ella for this fun-filled night of yoga flow, learning new dance steps, a cozy, long savasana to prepare for sleep. Tweens can even come in their PJs!

Sign up now ($25) for TweensYoga + Breakdancing — open to tweens aged 7-14.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Yoga for Parents: The Power of Play – This Saturday!

January 29, 2013 by

Do you ever wonder how to connect with your young child, or why playtime feels so exhausting? Ever wish you could rejuvenate yourself, in the little free time you call your own? Then the Yoga for Parents: Power of Play workshop is for you!

382This adults-only workshop takes place at Blooma St. Paul this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2-4:30 p.m.

Taught by ERYT-500 Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer Helena Raghubir of the Center for Happiness and Samantha Sawyer, Early Childhood Development specialist, this workshop will leave you with solid skills for managing those stressful parenting moments AND with plans to connect more deeply with your child during play times.

Think 3-minute meditations just for parents and simple parenting approaches that are transformative in turning times of frustration into productive times of connection. Sign me up!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Inspired St. Paul Vinyasa – Meet Jennifer Davis

January 28, 2013 by

St. Paul yogis, meet Jennifer Davis! This sought-after yoga teacher is worth traveling over the river for, too (hint, hint, Minneapolites!).

Jennifer teaches a convenient lunchtime Vinyasa yoga class Tuesdays 12-1 p.m., and a wonderful evening flow class Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m, both at Blooma St. Paul. To learn more about Jennifer, check out our Q&A below and visit her website And don’t miss the video she shares below, too!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma 

Vinyasa Flow teacher Jennifer Davis

Vinyasa Flow teacher Jennifer Davis

How do you approach your Vinyasa classes at Blooma?

My classes are a place where students can enjoy time for themselves, a place where they don’t need to take care of anyone or anything else. Classes begin with time to unwind from the day and focus on breathing. Read the rest of this entry »