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.
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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.
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.
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 October 2017. Learn about The Practice.
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.
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.
Come early or stay late for hot tea, free wi-fi, and good conversation.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2014 I had a spiritual epiphany of sorts – at a women’s business conference, of all places. That single moment put in motion an avalanche of change in my life, ultimately inspiring me to exit the company I’d founded and spent seven years building, complete my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification, and dedicate two years to studying the historical record of the Divine Feminine. This past summer, my research took me across four countries in Europe with my entire family in tow.
Deepening into my knowledge of yoga and the Goddess have each changed my life in immeasurable ways; merging the two into a practice I can share with others brings me a joy like no other. I look forward to seeing you on your mats and experiencing the collective energy we create together!
I’ve been teaching yoga and wellness classes in the Bay Area for 15 years, and I’m certified with the Yoga Alliance at the highest level of E-RYT500. I am a Certified Life Coach, Lead Teacher Trainer and co-Creatrix of Stellarflow 200 HR YTT in Berkeley, and assist my teacher Ana Forrest in her workshops and teacher trainings around the country. I’ve been studying pole dancing, sensual movement and striptease for eight years, and I’m certified to teach pole dance. I feel stronger, more vibrant and more comfortable with my body as a result of this added dimension to my movement repertoire. Plus, I have never had so much fun working out. So I’ve decided to share this incredible experience with other women. By taking out the pole, I’ve made this movement a little more “user friendly”.
My Sensual Yoga classes include some basic yoga with abdominal strengthening in addition to more sensual moves. Classes always begin with a brief warm up designed to build strength and flexibility. As part of the warm up, we learn a vocabulary of sensual feminine movement (think yoga meets your natural gorgeous curves). Wear yoga clothes or anything you feel comfortable moving in; and you are invited to wear something that appeals to your sensuality via look, feel, color or texture.
Get ready to play, feel empowered and surprise yourself.
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.
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.