Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Secrets to an Easier Birth?

February 11, 2013

There are many ways to help facilitate an easier birth for you and your baby. One of those ways is to get your baby into a position ideal for rotating and moving through the pelvis. Turns out, there’s more to it than head-down!

Join Gail Tully, Certified Professional Midwife — also known as “The Spinning Babies Lady” for an afternoon of learning and fun all about Optimal Fetal Positioning, Saturday, March 2, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Blooma Minneapolis.

Gail Tully shows an expecting mother how to correctly do an inversion.

Gail Tully shows an expecting mother how to correctly do an inversion.

You’ll learn easy, easy exercises to encourage baby into a sweet spot for birth. These exercises also come in handy during labor!

Bring a birth partner to the workshop, and please wear yoga/sweat pants for easy movement. (No yoga experience necessary for this workshop.)

Gail travels the world teaching these exercises and concepts to parents, doulas, midwives and OBs — now it’s your turn to learn it, too!

Sign up online or call Blooma at 612.223.8064. Learn the best ways to use balance, gravity and movement to your advantage!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

A Workshop to Design YOUR Brilliant 2013

January 21, 2013
Sarina LaMarche

Sarina LaMarche

Ah, sweet retreats — such salve for the soul.

Taking an afternoon to reflect, imagine, dream, and intention set creates powerful energy that you can channel into a brighter future that’s true to your heart and spirit.

And who doesn’t want to be intentional about that?

The “Live a Brilliant Year Workshop,” Jan. 27 (1-4 p.m.), provides the space and guidance needed for just such an afternoon.

Sarina LaMarche and Jennifer Best — two life coaches and amazing women — will guide you in setting an intention for your year. Through the use of reflective and creative exercises they will help you access your inner wisdom, create a plan for your year, and give you lots of yummy stuff to support you in making 2013 your most brilliant year.

Sign up now for this Jan. 27 ($65) workshop at Blooma Minneapolis and let yourself be inspired!


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…)

Why Write Your Baby’s Birth Story?

September 27, 2012

There’s still time to pick up the Sept. issue of Minnesota Parent magazine, which features a beautifully-written article about the importance of writing your baby’s birth story.

Of course, I’m kind of partial to the topic since I’m a writer, birth doula and teach Blooma’s Oct. 26 Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story workshop. (I also happen to be quoted in the story!)

But here’s what I know to be true: no matter what type of birth experience you had, writing down the memories and emotions surrounding that day is a powerful act of acknowledging, softening, letting go, and celebrating.

Here’s what Jen Wittes, a postpartum doula who wrote the MN Parent article, has to say about it:

Childbirth is at once a common event, and also a pivotal moment of unparalleled intensity. Transformative, heartbreaking, trying, exquisite. Torturous, euphoric, primal, enlightening. These are all words often used to describe something that happens globally four times per second…

What I’ve found to be universally true of both the mothers I work with and those I know personally, is that a birth story pushed away—for whatever reason—will eventually resurface. It will be there in the relationship with the child, throughout subsequent pregnancies, and in the ebb and flow of marriage intimacy.

If you’re interested in carving out the time to write your baby’s birth story — whether the birth was five years ago or just a few months ago — sign up for Blooma’s next workshop: Friday, Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m. We’ll begin with some yoga, candlelight and simple writing exercises to help get your memories flowing. (And yes, there will be tissues!)

The workshop will even be held at the NEW Minneapolis Blooma (5315 Lyndale Ave S), where you’ll be welcomed into the soothing beauty of our new space. Questions? Email me at


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Discover Smarter Play for Your Baby or Child

July 19, 2012

Playing with our babies and children comes naturally, right?

In many ways, yes. Turns out, though, you can play with your little one in specific ways that promote emotional intelligence and set him or her up for optimal growth. Yes, please!

Samantha Sawyer of Brightening Connections

This Monday night join Samantha Sawyer — a certified parent coach, autism specialist, certified language speech pathologist, and founder of Brightening Connections — for a fun and truly fascinating workshop, The Power of Play — Accelerate your Child’s Learning.

Parents of 2-to-5 year olds will learn natural play-based techniques that in just 15 minutes a day will help make your child smarter, improve his or her communication, and help improve behavior. One or both parents may attend; both are included in the $25 fee.

Sign up now for Monday’s workshop at Blooma (Minneapolis), 7-8:30 p.m. or call Blooma at 952.848.1111.

Questions? Feel free to contact Samantha directly at


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Prenatal Health Workshop with a Certified Nurse Midwife

July 17, 2012

If you had the chance to sit down with a fabulous HealthEast midwife who delivers tons of babies at local hospitals, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?

Absolutely, right? We thought so!

Now’s your chance. There are still a few spots left in Carrie Frantzich’s Thursday (7/19) Healthy Beginnings Pregnancy class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Blooma (Minneapolis).

Whether you’re already pregnant or just thinking of getting pregnant, you’ll be privvy to pregnancy tips and a Q&A with a certified nurse midwife who wants to give you the confidence and insight you need to make informed, holistic choices regarding your prenatal care.

Here are a few of the topics Carrie plans to cover (and feel free to come with your own questions, too!):

  • How to choose a care provider
  • Which prenatal tests are right for you
  • What are remedies for nausea, constipation, headaches, etc
  • Which vitamins and supplements should you take
  • Is it safe to have sex
  • Healthy weight gain, nutrition and exercise
  • Toxins and environmental concerns

Reserve your spot today and we’ll see you Thursday!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma



Write Your Baby’s Birth Story—Aug. 10

July 11, 2012

Gather with other moms for a cozy, evening workshop that gives you the space, support and encouragement to write your baby’s birth story. The Friday Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m. workshop is perfect for mamas who:

  • want to create a keepsake of their birthing experience, or
  • need to process their birthing experience, or
  • want to write down a previous birthing experience before giving birth again

Blooma blogger Alisa Blackwood (that’s me) facilitates the evening with a bit of yoga and some no-anxiety writing exercises. Then you’ll have space to spread out, get comfy, and begin writing your story.

Blooma is a safe space to revisit these memories and let them flow onto paper (or laptop) — whether you gave birth recently or many years ago. And yes, there will be tissues!

You’re welcome to bring anything that helps you remember your birthing day— an mp3 player and earbuds with your labor playlist, notes from your doula, records from your care provider (call and ask for them now), or photos.

Check out what one recent participant of Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story had to say about her experience:

I thought it was absolutely perfect and Alisa was so great! It was the perfect balance between reflecting on a personal level but also feeling the support of the group. I have had a little writer’s block on my birth story and I am not sure what happened that night but it just flowed right out of me. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

Email me at with any questions, and reserve your spot online!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Mama’s Day Flowers & Yoga

May 4, 2012

Psst! Forward this blog post to your loved ones with a little “hint-hint” for Mother’s Day!

What better combo to make your heart bloom than a yoga/wellness gift card from Blooma and a stunning bouquet of flowers?

limoni limoni, a Twin Cities floral design studio, is offering a limited number of locally-sourced, seasonal, organic Mother’s Day bouquets — delivered for you to Blooma (Minneapolis)

limoni limoni: Mother’s Day Flowers will be based on most gorgeous availability of that week.

Mahsa — the hands and heart behind limoni limoni — will select the most beautiful flowers she can find, and arrange them in a vintage-made, Italian milk glass for $55.

Pre-order and pre-pay early by sending an e-mail to with the subject heading FLOWERS, or order at our Edina studio. We’ll forward your order to limoni limoni. These “Petit Bouquets” will be lovely and there are only 12 glasses available. Pick up is on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13 at Blooma.

While you’re here, treat yourself to any of Blooma’s regular Sunday classes or sign up now for one of two special Mother’s Day classes — both with live music!. (Please note that our regular Take It Easy, Family Yoga and 4:45 Prenatal classes are cancelled on May 13.)

• Mama & Me for moms and tweens together, 2-3:30 p.m.

• Mother’s Day Flow (for all), 4-5:30 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day MONTH, mamas!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

What’s the Big Deal About My Pelvic Floor?

April 25, 2012

Okay, mamas — we know that us birthy and yoga types are impassioned about the importance of a healthy pelvic floor. But what does that mean to you?

For starters, a toned pelvic floor could lead to better sex. (And who doesn’t want that?) More importantly though, think of a healthy pelvic floor as a sling or a bowl. It supports internal organs like your bladder and uterus.

Leslie Howard

Some women have pelvic floor muscles that are too tight (which need to relax for birth!) and some are not toned enough. Either way, a too-toned or under-toned pelvic floor can lead to issues like pelvic pain or incontinence.

At Blooma’s upcoming workshop (May 5-6) with pelvic floor expert Leslie Howard, both pregnant and postpartum women will learn ALL about the pelvic floor, how to tone or soften it, and how to figure out which yours is. More from Leslie:

The female pelvis and the pelvic muscles are an under appreciated region of the anatomy. Important not only for sexuality, the pelvic muscles are crucial for optimal functioning of the body…

In my workshops you will learn how to distinguish if you are lacking tone or have too much tone in the pelvic muscles and what you can do to start the road to recovery. You will learn how to distinguish the three layers of the pelvic floor and how to soften and strengthen these areas. You will learn that every pelvis has a story.

Take charge of your amazing body and come be inspired by Leslie. Sign up now!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Preschoolers: What makes them tick?

October 22, 2011

{By Corrine Gernes}

I am hosting a workshop (at Blooma – Edina)on Thursday Oct. 27th from 7-9 p.m. to discuss the growth and development of children 3-6 years old.

They are making huge strives in their physical, cognitive, and social emotional lives. Some days are filled with many successes; some days are filled with lots frustration (for you both). I would love to help support you as your child goes through this important phase of growth.

Some of the topics I will cover in the workshop:

• Philosophy of child development

• Rules & Boundaries

• Tantrums

• Logical Consequences

• Fears (death, bad guys, monsters)

• Imaginary play

• Getting along with peers

• Large and Fine motor skills

• Cognitive development

• Skills to help school success

One moment it might seem that your little one is super independent, firmly telling you “I can do it myself!” running off, or challenging the behaviors you expect at home. The next minute they might need you, want crawl up in your lap, and ask for extra stories and kisses at bedtime.

They are in a huge transition, wanting to be a ‘big kid’ but needing your support along the way. We will discuss many ways that you can give that support while still allowing your child to explore his or her independence. Please pass this information along to anyone else if you feel they would be interested.

Register online and just bring yourself! I will supply wine and snacks.

When: Thurs., Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m.

Fee: $30

Email me in advance if you have a specific concern or question: