Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Schedule

  • Tuesdays at 1:30 pm (Mama Baby)
  • Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (prenatal)
  • Wednesdays at 11 am (prenatal)
  • Thursdays at 6:30 pm (prenatal)
  • Fridays at 11 am (mama baby) & 9:15 am (prenatal)
  • Saturdays & Sundays 11 am
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Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

Congratulations new mama! You did it! We are excited to support you every step of the way. We’ve found the secret to a finding grace during this big transition is having other women to lean on. This is what Bloom Retreat is all about. We are the only studio in the Bay Area offering Prenatal Yoga classes seven days a week. We want you to make Bloom your second home during this very special time. Our prenatal program offers drop-in classes daily, The Practice® Prenatal, Mama and Baby Yoga, plus wellness services from massage to acupuncture to support your every need. Let us be everything you need.

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

You can choose from:

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Prenatal Yoga Everyday

Bloom Retreat is the only yoga studio in the Bay Area offering Prenatal Yoga seven days a week. Prenatal Yoga is an excellent way to prepare the body and mind for the many transitions of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. You will learn yoga postures that can aid common discomforts during pregnancy and help strengthen and relax your body.

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Mama + Baby Yoga

Our Mama + Baby Yoga Class  is a gentle flow class designed to give you the space you need to stop, feed your baby, and just breathe. Babies of any age are welcome before they crawl. The focus is on you so that you feel more like yourself again. This is the perfect way to get out of the house, feel your way back into your body, and connect with other women. Offered on Fridays.

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The Practice® Prenatal

For women craving a deeper experience, we also offer The Practice Prenatal, which is a 10-week intimate journey  where you will have the opportunity to be with the same group of women, getting to know them on a deep level. It’s a yoga experience laced with deep conversations, personal explorations, and sisterhood. Next session starts April 2017. Learn about The Practice.

Class Packages

Class packages are good for any regular prenatal or mama baby yoga class. Each class includes hot tea, free wi-fi, and access to our beautiful living-room and workspace. If you are interested in The Practice® Prenatal find info above, or call us at 925-939-6262 to register.

First Class Free

FREE

Try any prenatal or post-natal class for free. Just click on the link below, grab your free class, then choose a class of your choice on the schedule, and the system will let you enroll.

Individual Visit

$25

Come early or stay late for hot tea, free wi-fi, and good conversation.

8-Visit

$180

$22.50/Class – Save $20
Expires 90 days after first use

12-Visit

$240

$20/Class – Save $60
Expires 6 months after first use

Our Instructors

MIchelle Long

Michelle Long

For me, yoga is about cultivating patience, compassion, and love for myself. I feel like yoga brings me back to who I am.

Born and raised in Walnut Creek, I have been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 12 years. I was first introduced to the historical and mystical roots of the yogic traditions on an extended trip to Nepal. Since then, I have trained with leading yoga teachers across the country, including Bikram Choudary, Sri Dharma Mittra, Jason Nemer, Jane Austin, and Mark Horner. In addition, I hold a Master’s Degree in Holistic Health Education.

In my yoga classes, I draw on many different styles of yoga, my formal education in Holistic Health, and the wisdom I have gained as a mother, a leader, and entrepreneur. My goal is to help students find peace in their bodies and mind.

Anna Ritner

I am a California state-licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.

Chinese medicine is a natural, non-invasive medicinal art that heals the root cause of illness, rather than just the symptoms, by addressing all the interdependent components of the person—body, mind and spirit. My healing philosophy empowers women to embark on a guided journey toward self-cultivation and awareness, and I approach each client with the ideology that our bodies are exquisitely designed to restore themselves to their original blueprint of health.

Combining the best of holistic Eastern wisdom with Western functional medicine principles, I take a multi-faceted approach to helping clients achieve their health goals. A trained birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist, my passion is women’s health and peri-natal care, and I have received advanced training in pre-conception and fertility medicine, pregnancy and labor support and general women’s wellness, including hormone balancing, mood, skin and digestive disorders, and autoimmune conditions.

My treatments are customized according to the specific needs of the individual. Modalities that are commonly used in addition to acupuncture are Chi Nei Tsang — a type of abdominal massage that brings awareness to the belly and pelvic floor — therapeutic massage, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, and mindfulness practices.

Annetta McCarty

I began practicing yoga in 1999, after some years away from the ballet barre, and I was immediately hooked due to the grounding, healing and transformative effect it had on me. Throughout my yoga journey I’ve studied and practiced: Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga, in studios, workshops and colleges around Northern California.  I specialize in teaching alignment based Vinyasa, Gentle yoga and Yin yoga.

I completed my first 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training on the Peninsula with Doron Hanoch. A year later I  went on to complete my 500-Hour Professional Teacher Training Program with YogaWorks. I’ve also completed trainings and certifications in: Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Senior yoga, Y12SR, and Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling, totaling over 1000 hours of training, and growing.

My classes are fun, intuitive, thoughtfully sequenced and well balanced. I emphasize breath and alignment to encourage students to develop a safe, sustainable and transformative practice. I teach challenging Vinyasa flow, healing Hatha, nourishing Restorative & Yin yoga classes to all levels and ages. My teaching is inspired by my own therapeutic practice, which I use to build energy, heal injuries and restore balance.

My goal as a teacher is to SEE my students and perceive and teach what they really need. Yoga is much more than just exercise (asana) to me, It is a complete lifestyle, that includes all 8 limbs, which lead me daily to greater self-love, awareness, health, happiness, peace, and bliss.

Carolyn Roney

I feel the most aligned with my purpose teaching yoga, and coaching women. I have been teaching yoga since 2011 and have over 500 hours of yoga training. My classes are creative, strong, and challenging and also provide the space for my students to feel held and nourished. I am also a certified life coach and I work with women who struggle with feeling stuck in patterns of addictive behaviors; step into lives beyond their wildest dreams. Here is my favorite quote is written by Patanjali, the father of the Yoga Sutras and reminds me daily of the miracles available to us when we tap into inspiration: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Gabby Cavagnaro

As a teacher, I draw on the wisdom and guidance offered by my own teachers, Mark Horner and Michelle Long, with whom I trained. But the greater influence on my teaching is that inner voice that compels me to embody the shifts in consciousness—the light—I write about and ponder daily. This approach evolved through the roundabout route of academia. For more than ten years, I wrote about consciousness and the
nature of its evolution, receiving a doctorate in Russian literature from the University of Chicago. In time, it became apparent that the questions I was posing about consciousness and transformation could not be answered by the academy. Yoga presented itself as a path to explore and practice—to live—the
intellectual proposals I had long meditated on. And, for the better part of a decade, it has become a central tool for inner growth in my life and work.

Gabriella Sikorski

Originally from Canada, I grew up a dancer of many styles. While looking to expand my exploration of movement, I attended my first yoga class at age 15. A few years later, I was involved in a major car accident that required learning how to walk again. I attribute a great deal of my recovery and healing to practicing Yoga.
In 2009, I completed a 200-hour RYT with Mark & Shankara Darby in Ashtanga Yoga in Montreal. From 2011 to 2014, I traveled from Hawaii to Asia, living at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India, as well as Satyananda Ashram in Australia. I’ve attended workshops internationally with world-renowned instructors like Elena Brower, Annie Carpenter, and Judith Hanson-Lasater. I also taught weekly classes in Australia before returning to North America, where I now call Oakland home.

 With a deep reverence for the practice of Yoga, my classes weave in body awareness, breathing techniques and the opportunity to let go of the thinking mind. In this delicate space, connection to self becomes more like home every time.

Jenny McCarthy Redman

Teaching yoga deepens my own connection to mindfulness and joy.

It took living in fast-paced Manhattan for this Bay Area native to connect with yoga and uncover an inner source of calm and steadiness.  My practice there led me through 200-hour teacher training certification with Yoga Works New York, and after becoming a mother and witnessing the effects of yoga in my family, I went on to become a certified children’s yoga instructor through Karma Kids New York.  My own practice has sustained and guided me through life, injuries and transitions – especially parenting! I am passionate about helping others tune into the store of tools, strength, wellness and compassion that resides in each of us.

Babies and children are natural yogis, and it fills my heart to teach (& learn from!) them.

Jilliam Bobowicz

Jillian Bobowicz

Since graduating college I have completed two highly regarded children’s yoga teacher trainings: Karma Kids Yoga and Yoga Playgrounds. In addition, I have completed 500 hours of YogaWorks Teacher Training. Particular teachers have had a profound impact on my growth as a teacher including Mynx Inatsugu, Melanie Salvatore-August, Gary Kraftsow and Leah Kalish. It is an absolute joy to teach children yoga and help them build the foundation for a healthy life. My kids classes include age appropriate asanas (postures) and yoga games that promote strength, flexibility and breath awareness and teach relaxation techniques and self-discipline.My adult classes offer a youthful approach to yoga focused on bringing the mind, body and breath into balance. Everything in our adult lives seems to bring us out of balance – even the family and friends we love. Yoga helps us return to ourselves, to balance, and teaches us to operate from that place. This way we can be more present in everything we do.

I invite you and your family to one of my classes at Bloom. It is an honor to support this community of children and adults with a heartfelt approach to yoga that encourages each individual’s authentic self to shine.

Michaela Kissinger

Michaela Kissinger

I am the happy mom of an almost two-year-old daughter who I sometimes refer to as my “live-in Zen Master.” Born and raised in Germany, I have made the Bay Area my second home for work and play since 2000. Combining my skills as life coach and yoga instructor, I have been helping women live happier, juicier, and more fulfilling lives for nearly a decade. I am passionate about the work I do with my clients as I coach them to look within, feel empowered, take their life’s path into their hands, dream big, and stay connected to their own beliefs and values.

Nicole Harrow

To me, Yoga is a powerful and mystical tool for unearthing your highest potential.  As an experienced teacher and practitioner, my classes are an alchemy of movement, stillness, breath and awareness. With the current cultural climate and busy lifestyles there are many challenges for the modern woman. I offer thought provoking sentiments to deal with these challenges, drawing upon yogic texts including Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Most importantly, I hold a space that is safe and free of judgement for us to explore and expand our connection to our own inner wisdom and teacher.

Paula Orozco

I’m a spiritual teacher and guide, and combine over 15 years of experience in the fields of psychology research, coaching, energywork, and spirituality. I guide women to access and trust their inner wisdom. The women I work with receive clarity, gently release old blocks or patterns, and receive the support needed to live fully beyond their fears. My deepest desire is for you to learn to be the healer of your own life, trusting your soul’s wisdom, and finding peace and joy within.

Rebecca Hersh

Rebecca believes in leaving yoga classes feeling better. She feels privileged to have found yoga as a way to connect her mind, body and spirit, and is honored to lead others in this quest for wholeness.  Her classes are playful, loving and full of light.  She is dedicated to helping others find the breath of thread within themselves that connects us all with each other. Rebecca was certified by Laughing Lotus in their own unique brand of Vinyasa flow, as well as prenatal yoga by the power house that is Jane Austin. 

Rebecca would like to bow to all her great gurus, including Jasmine Tarkeshi, Keith Borden, Dana Flynn and Joy Nirenstein.

Sarah Cole

Sarah Cole

I am a wife and mom to three little ones. In my free time I enjoy playing with my kids, introducing them to new adventures, and spending time at the beach. I am a lifetime Bay Area resident and have a passion for fitness. My specialty is working with prenatal and postnatal clients. I enjoy designing new fitness routines for my clients and helping them reach their fitness goals. My fitness classes provide a challenging workout, a positive environment, gentle motivation, and a safe place to reach and exceed personal goals.

Tammie Ginocchio

I am a nationally certified massage therapist and yoga teacher with a passion for healing arts. When I was young I dreamt of becoming a dancer  – perhaps I am still growing towards that dream – along the way I found yoga. Finding yoga was the movement I had been craving. Eventually, I found my way to Byron Bay, Australia to deepen my yoga practice and participate in a teacher training retreat. While there, I lived with two massage therapists who shared their knowledge of massage. I began to learn the art of massage therapy and slowly added a few simple massage practices to my yoga teaching. It was then that I realized that I had found my true passion. I traveled to Costa Rica where I completed intensive massage therapist training and committed myself to massage therapy. In the nine years since I have been a massage therapist, I have found abundant joy in the time I have spent with my clients. I am continuously in awe of the beauty and magic of touch as a means to care for the body, mind and spirit.

Tina Dodds

For the last 20 years I’ve been helping women transform their lives through movement and community. Ever since I can remember I’ve felt both electrified (in the best way) and profoundly healed by the power of music, physical activity, nature, and sisterhood. One of my most favorite memories is choreographing routines in the garage of my childhood home and teaching them to my friends.  I was six. “Shake Your Booty” was the jam.

My passion for sharing the transformational qualities of movement and community only got stronger as I grew older. I went on to obtain many certifications in group fitness, earned a degree in Kinesiology (the study of human movement), and still continue to study and explore in the areas happiness, grief, behavior change, and transformational leadership. But I must say, the most critical piece of education I have received (and continue to receive) has come through the vulnerability of the people I surround myself with and their willingness to share what they’ve done when the shit hits the fan.   

I am crazy passionate about helping you root into your confidencelive in your truths, and feel luscious and vibrant in your body – all while not taking yourself too seriously. While you can expect hearty hugs and deep connection, you can also expect hearty laughs and time for play! I offer all of this to you through movement classes, outdoor adventures, retreats, and group coaching programs.