Posts Tagged ‘prenatal yoga minneapolis’

Birth Story: “Music As My Focus, My Drishti”

February 25, 2013

Congratulations to Sarah W. on the birth of her baby boy Declan!

Read on to discover how yoga made its way from her prenatal yoga classes at Blooma into her labor and birth (think yogi squats, mamas!). Are squats uncomfortable for you, like they were for Sarah? Just like this mama writes about below, tucking a rolled-up blanket under your heels can help you relax and release into this pose. Give it a try — then close your eyes, inhale deeply with hands at heart center, and let out a deep ahhhhh.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


{By Sarah W.}

DeclansmileI’d like to start this story off with telling you that I could not do a yogi squat for the first month or so of prenatal yoga at Blooma.

Though I understood the virtues of that position during labor, it was the most uncomfortable position for me at six months pregnant. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t hunker down during classes, so I practiced that pose pretty much every night in front of my husband, Sean. (more…)

Birth Story: “The Most Gratifying Moment of My Life”

February 15, 2013

This blogging wonder mama’s birth story is one not to be missed! From her mantra of “loose on the top, loose on the bottom,” to her  beautifully-worded descriptions of labor and birth, this story is filled with gems!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Family first{by Sarah A.}

I’m not going to bury the lede here — the arrival of Edwin was, to-date, the most gratifying moment of my life.

But I couldn’t have known that 24 hrs before his arrival. Twenty-four hours before, I was weary from an unshakable sinus infection. I couldn’t tell if my midwife’s suggestion to break my water the next morning (I was 40 weeks and 4 cm dilated) would relieve the stress of life at the moment, or add to it.

Knowing we wanted to labor with our midwife, Deb Stealey, my husband Chris and I decided to go for it.

The night before we broke my water, I continued the tradition from my first pregnancy of meeting my best friends for a steaming bowl of Pho* (Vietnamese cure-all soup) and got to bed early. (*I seriously swear by the stuff.)

The next morning at Abbott, we broke my water and with the encouragement of nurse Jessica and Deb, we got to gettin’!

“I don’t want you to shuffle the halls cooing at the nursery. I want you to WALK-walk!” Jessica said, swinging her arms with vigor. (more…)

Want More Childcare Spots? AND Cheap Yoga?

February 13, 2013

You’ve asked for more childcare spots at Blooma, so we’re taking action! To make this happen we need your help.

Blooma’s childcare operates in part because of amazing parent volunteers like you. So, what’s in it for you (other than more childcare spots)? First off, you get to dance with sweet littles, snuggle and read, play to your heart’s content, and cradle new babies. Fun, right?

Our sweet childcare room at Blooma Minneapolis

Our sweet childcare room at Blooma Minneapolis

But even better than that is the nearly-free yoga you’ll get in return. For every three shifts you volunteer, you can purchase a volunteer pass: 5 classes for $15. That’s $3 yoga! (Crazy, right?)

Below are the shifts we need filled. (more…)

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

February 8, 2013

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.}

Lindsay’s “Breathe” Prenatal Yoga Playlist

January 31, 2013

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! (more…)

Birth Story: “I Just Knew I Could Do It!”

January 8, 2013

Big love to new mama Amy and congratulations on Althea’s arrival!

Mamas, this is a beautiful, beautiful birth story, in which Amy uses yoga, mindful breathing, mantras and visualization — all the good stuff you practice at your Blooma prenatal yoga classes!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


{By Amy}

Welcome to the world, Althea!

Welcome to the world, Althea!

On November 6, my husband, Mark, and I got up early to head to the polls. Our neighbors were in line behind us and we told them all about our upcoming due date. We joked that I’d probably go into labor right after voting.

I felt really good all day and had a general sense of happiness and a “let’s get a lot done today” attitude at work. I’d had a lot of Braxton Hicks and cramping that day, and had felt for quite some time that I was going to have the baby early (our guess date was November 15). (more…)

Unlimited Blooma Yoga for How Much?! (What a Deal!)

December 31, 2012


We loved hearing from this new prenatal yoga mama about her first Blooma experience. The verdict? The Blooma Pass is well worth it! Find out why, then sign up for the Blooma Pass yourself and commit to a healthier, happier 2013! (more…)

New Year’s Yoga at Blooma

December 26, 2012

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with those you love. And now that it’s over — whew! Let’s all slow down a bit and focus on the past year, while looking forward with intention to 2013.

DSC_3336Blooma’s Minneapolis and St. Paul studios are both offering New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day yoga classes. These usually fill up fast so pick your classes and sign up now. Just bring yourself (and a friend!) and we’ll supply the good cheer!


Kundalini Yoga w/Tracy Cielto

6-7 a.m. | St. Paul

Prenatal Yoga (childcare available) w/Sarah Hrudka

9:30-10:45 a.m. | St. Paul

Vinyasa Flow (for Everyone!)w/Jesse Bennett

10:30-11:45 a.m. | Mpls

New Year’s Yoga w/Greta Fay

12-1:15 p.m. | St. Paul

Sarah’s New Year’s Eve Class! w/Sarah Longacre

1-3 p.m. | Mpls


New Year’s Day Intentions + Yoga w/ Laura Leventhal

1:30-3:00 p.m. | Mpls

New Year’s Yoga w/Stacy Jo Schmitt

9-10:15 a.m. | St. Paul

With love,

Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Corrine’s Yoga Ladies’ Night Out – Jan. 25

December 19, 2012

Corrine is Celebrating YOU — the Amazing & Inspiring You.

Who: All the ladies of Blooma!

What: Yoga, Laughter, Wine & Photo Shoot

The always fun Corrine!

The always fun Corrine!

When: Friday, Jan. 25; 7- 9 p.m.

Where: Blooma Minneapolis (5315 Lyndale Ave. S.)

Why: Talking to Sarah Longacre the other day I realized that I am just over my 2-year anniversary of teaching at Blooma! I can’t believe it…and now I need to celebrate!! (more…)

Christmas Yoga Classes at Blooma

December 18, 2012

Breathe, stretch and groove into extra holiday cheer with Blooma’s lineup of Christmas-themed or Christmas Eve/Day classes. See below for our schedule!

yoga-santaSpaces will fill up especially quick for Ella’s Christmas Eve yoga class with live music, Kat’s Christmas Eve Movers & Crawler’s class with live music, and Laura’s Christmas Day Vinyasa Flow Yoga class. Sign up today by clicking on the specific class links below.

Wed., Dec. 19  

  • 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga w/Stacy Seebart (Mpls) • Enjoy a holiday playlist and a sweet surprise!
  • 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga w/Jamie Martin (St. Paul) • We’ll rock out to Christmas music and share favorite Christmas traditions.

Sat., Dec., 22

  • 8 a.m. Prenatal Yoga w/Sarah Longacre • Sarah pumps up the fun with 100% holiday cheer music like “I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas” and of course Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Mon., Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve! (all regular classes canceled)

  • 8-9:15 a.m. – Christmas Eve Yoga w/ Ella Chissotti (Mpls), featuring live singing by Shahar Eberzon (you may remember her gorgeous voice from Bellyrama!). $20 workshop fee (class passes don’t apply).
  • 9:15-10 a.m. – Little Movers & Crawlers w/Kat Vondelinde (Mpls), featuring Kat’s husband playing holiday tunes on his guitar. Holiday fun for the crawlers and their grown-ups. Help your kiddo get the wiggles out before Christmas car rides!

Tues, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day! (all regular classes canceled)

All three Blooma studios will reopen with our usual yoga schedules on Dec. 26. Happy Holidays, yogis!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma