bend + bloom adult classes

+ Basics

Consider yourself too tight, inflexible, or high strung for yoga? Bend + Bloom Basics will inspire the yogi in you. By focusing on yoga fundamentals we develop body awareness, learn basic postures, focus on proper alignment, and practice coordinating the breath and movements gracefully together. Develop a connection to your physical and energetic body while cultivating strength, balance, and relaxation. Extra attention is given to help the tight hamstringed and vertigo prone among us to yogify with confidence.

+ Iyengar Basics

Known for its focus on alignment and use of props Iyengar Yoga is a safe and systematic development of the asanas (postures). This class will emphasize the standing poses as they are the foundation of the Iyengar. Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) is also introduced in the beginning. As these poses are refined other postures including forward bends, twists, and backbends will be added. By learning the basic shape and direction of each pose students at this level learn to spread awareness and fill each shape with action.

+ Gentle Yoga

A mellow, mindful class appropriate for all students, including those with physical limitations, able-bodied seniors, beginners, or those returning to yoga. Explore physical postures slowly and safely (modifications offered), and calm your nervous system through breath-centered flow and guided contemplation.

+ Gentle Flow + Restorative

A mellow, mindful class appropriate for all students, including those with physical limitations, able-bodied seniors, beginners, or those returning to yoga. Calm your nervous system through breath-centered flow and guided contemplation. Following a gentle flow, relax in fully supported restorative yoga postures. Beginner-level and prenatal students are welcome.

+ Restorative Yoga

Cultivate mindfulness of your breathing body through fully supported stillness in restorative asana. (Class may begin with fluid, gentle movement.) Restorative yoga is a soothing, contemplative self-care practice in which one's body is fully supported in seated or supine yoga postures. Its health benefits include lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and a greater sense of well-being, centeredness, and clarity. Beginner-level and prenatal students are welcome.

+ Sweet Relief (Open Flow + Restorative)

Unwind from your hectic week with mindful, fluid, breath-centered movement and guided deep relaxation. We'll begin with muscular and mental release through active asana, and culminate with effortless rest in fully supported restorative postures using props. Sweet relief and sweet dreams guaranteed. Some classes are accompanied by live music - check the schedule here.

+ Open-Level Flow Classes

A creative, energetic, mixed-level flow class that integrates the fundamentals of yoga through intelligent sequencing and a steady breath. This class will keep you intrigued, enlivened and, ultimately, chilled out. Modifications are offered throughout to make this challenging class accessible to students already familiar with yoga basics.

+ Open-Level Align Classes

This mixed-level class blends effective technique with energizing sequences to help you tune into your alignment and enjoy your breath. Principles of anatomy and biomechanics help to cultivate clarity in form and optimize your experience on the mat. This class offers plenty of time to explore poses to uplift and strengthen students in heart, body, and mind. A great class for those recovering from injuries.

+ Iyengar Open

Known for its focus on alignment and use of props, Iyengar Yoga is a safe and systematic development of the asanas (postures). In this open level class the basic postures are refined. Headstand, backbends, handstand, and shoulder stand variations are introduced. Through clear demonstrations, precise instructions and sequencing of postures students build strength, flexibility and concentration.

+ Forrest Yoga

Created by Ana Forrest over 40 years ago, Forrest Yoga is a practice designed to free up physical and emotional blocks in the body. Forrest Yoga teaches you how to build strength safely, work with injuries, and connect more fully to your breath while learning how to feel authentically and respond honestly. You can expect deep breathing, unique abdominal work, pose modifications to heal and strengthen the neck, shoulders, back, knees and hips, sun salutations, and long held standing poses. While you will build heat in your body and sweat, Forrest Yoga is quite distinct from Bikram Yoga.

+ Core Yoga Foundations

This class focuses on building the essential foundations of a sustainable yoga or movement practice with an emphasis on integrating the core. Using bands, blocks, blankets, balls and balance work, we will explore basic movement patterns and learn how to build core strength with control and precision. Great for anyone interested in getting stronger, reducing hypermobility and reducing pain in their practice. All bodies welcome!

+ Groundcontrol

Groundcontrol is a 60 minute class created by Lindsay Ashmun. Scored from a Pilates mat format, we use small props such as ab balls, therabands, gliders and sand bag weights to crank out a breath-based, core-focused workout. This class is extremely relevant for yoga practitioners and movers alike. Exercises have been specifically designed with yogis and athletes in mind to train the body for deep and balanced strength, optimal range of motion, injury prevention and recovery. Not for prenatal students unless a Pilates or core strengthening practice is already well established.

+ Advanced Flow

A dynamic, flowing class that integrates core strengthening sequences as well as options for arm balances and inversion sequences. This class is for experienced students with a consistent yoga practice who feel completely comfortable in our Open-level offerings and want to take their practice to a new level.

+ Advanced Align

A powerful and deep practice for seasoned students to explore the nuances of advanced poses. Students should have a consistent practice, the experience + knowledge to self-modify and fuel intensity as desired, and fluency in maintaining the breath throughout practice. No serious injuries please.

+ Teachers Practice

Designed specifically for teachers to challenge and progress studentship, skills, and self development. Teachers Practice will include an invigorating exploration of all facets of a serious practice: asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy. With Julie practicing along side you, offering specific instructions for refinement, we’ll find nuance in the familiar families of poses and venture toward poses seldom practiced in public class. Classes will include inversions, deep backbends, timings, prop and partner work. Teachers Practice is a unique dedicated time to explore and deepen your practice on a regular basis in a community of like-minded committed individuals. No major injuries please! All teachers, trainees, grads, and seasoned students interested in becoming a teacher are welcome, regardless of school, studio, method or style. Come prepared to play deeply!

+ Prenatal Yoga

Meet other future mamas and indulge in the benefits of Bend & Bloom prenatal yoga. Our gently flowing practice will help you improve circulation, ease digestion, maintain a limber spine, strengthen your uterus and pelvic muscles, and simply make you more at ease throughout your pregnancy. We take plenty of time to share and address common challenges we face over the prenatal journey including nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, and back pain.
Through yoga, breath work, meditation, and discussion you will develop confidence and nurture your innate wisdom to connect with your baby and enjoy the magical process of pregnancy and birth. It is our intention to make you feel well cared for, more calm, comfortable and confident with every class. Our prenatal classes are for women at all stages of pregnancy, and postnatal moms are also welcome. No previous yoga experience necessary.

+ Postnatal Yoga (Parent + Baby)

Rejuvenate your body after childbirth! Rebuild strength and soothe the aches of new parenthood while connecting with your newest addition. This class combines gentle yoga with baby-bonding exercises like infant massage, stretching, and songs. Discover your community of new parents and share concerns, challenges, and milestones. Open to all parents and caregivers with babies 6 weeks old up to crawlers. Limited stroller parking is available in our lobby. Bring an extra blanket for your baby to chill on. Yoga mats are provided.

+ Postnatal Yoga Therapeutics (Babies Optional)

This is a space for mamas to come and get personalized care for challenges like pelvic floor issues, diastasis recti, and back pain in a group setting with postnatal recovery and movement expert, Lara Kohn Thompson. Bring specific questions or concerns regarding your postnatal physical recovery and retraining, or join for a general exposure to best practices for holistic self care in the years following childbirth. Each question will be addressed both personally and in group practice. Sessions will include practices that are restorative and support a woman's core strength, energy level, and confidence. Bring your baby or come solo!

+ Meditation Class

Strengthen your self-confidence and boost your resilience with this 25-minute fully guided mindfulness practice. Meditation can be a powerful resource to decrease stress, enhance your personal well-being and positively influence your relationships with others.

All are invited and beginners are welcomed. Participants may sit in chairs, if preferred.

Suggested donation $10.