A review for a yoga class written by me is similar in value to a review for hot sauce written by my 4-year-old (who hates anything spicy). Yoga is, generally speaking, not my gig. I’ve tried it at 4-5 different places, all with the same result. If I want exercise I prefer running or a fitness class. If I want relaxation I prefer sitting in front of a TV. So I’ve never quite understood where yoga would fit into my life.
Fast forward to now. I am 6 months pregnant with our third child. My last two pregnancies have been wracked with aches and pains. This time around seems to be a bit better, in part, I’m sure, because I’ve managed to run fairly consistently up until now, and have also managed to keep my weight down.
But now, I am starting to hurt. Aches and pains. And I figured it was time to give yoga another go, since running isn’t an option. And since Blooma offers child care, it was also an opportunity for some relaxation in my day.
Blooma has two locations: one on Lyndale in Minneapolis and a newer location on Selby in Saint Paul. They are something of a one-stop shop for mothers: this includes aspiring mothers, soon-to-be-mothers, new mothers and every other category. In general, though, they seem to focus on the soon-to-be and new mother categories. That time in your life when everything is changing and you may not really know how to deal with it. They offer childbirth education classes, pre- and post- natal yoga, massage, and other tools to help support new moms.
I think this is a great concept. Although I feel like I have a good support system now, that was not the case before my oldest daughter was born. I don’t fully agree with all of the attachment parenting mantra that seems to go hand-in-hand with a place like this (although I do agree with much of it), but it’s a great resource for all moms, especially so if you are philosophically in that camp.
But let me get to the point. Today I attended pre-natal yoga. As a confessed yoga skeptic, it was exactly what I needed. Not too strenuous. Enough of a work-out that I felt energized afterwards but not physically drained (which is the effect that running has had on my lately). It did help with my aches and pains somewhat, and was probably more effective than a massage would have been.
For all these reasons, I recommend it.
With that being said, I will probably not become a regular. The prices are steep; this tends to be true of yoga in general, so Blooma is not alone in this. If you like it, there are membership options which make it more affordable. But I know I wouldn’t go regularly enough to make it affordable.
Also, the childcare was a bit traumatic for my daughter. It wasn’t unsafe, I just didn’t feel that the childcare provider was very great with kids. There were three toddlers present, admittedly busy but not insurmountable. The room for childcare was a small room, without a ton of toys, which is fine. However, a lack of toys does require the provider to work a bit harder. She looked completely frazzled and stressed when the class was done. My daughter was bawling, furiously signing “milk”, indicating to me that she wanted something to drink. Doesn’t every provider for small children know the basic signs? ”Milk”, “food”, “please”, “thank you”, and “more”. Am I wrong to think this is standard? Anyway, she didn’t offer her the sippy cup in the diaper bag, apparently, but did manage to allow the diaper bags to be torn apart, with some kid apparently misplacing my keys in the process. After I spent 15 minutes looking for them, she mentioned to me “The kids were in the bags. I tried to put everything back, but I hope the keys didn’t end up in a different bag”. She did finally find them on the floor of the room. I know it’s hard to watch kids that don’t know you, and whose routine you don’t know, but I guess I would assume a few basics would be adhered to. Greta was a mess when we left, but nothing a little water couldn’t fix. If we went regularly maybe it would go better, but all in all the childcare portion was not a great experience.
I will, however, likely go back for Tot Yoga. Seems like a great winter activity, in which the kids get to do some yoga and you get to do some yoga with them. And it’s only about half the price. Check out their webpage for the various classes offered for moms and kids of all ages, as well as some of the parenting classes. And I would love to hear feedback from other folks who have a bit more love for yoga than I do.
Price: $22 for a single class; less if you purchase a multi-class pass or unlimited membership. Childcare was an additional $5.
Hours: Check the schedule at your closest Blooma for when the class is offered.
Photos: Sorry about the lack of photos here. I lost my phone, and I just felt too sketchy busting out my big ol’ camera. Just picture a small, clean and warm studio and you will be imagining it pretty well.