The Practice® is a weekly ritual of showing up for yourself in a new way. It is a 10-week cathartic experience of yoga and connection. In a circle of like-minded women we let go of perfectionism, show up just as we are, and become whole again.
This is not a yoga class. This is a movement.
I was especially drawn to The Practice because of how it incorporates conversation and deeper connection into the yoga practice. I was dealing with grief and trauma after losing two younger brothers tragically. I was searching for new ways to find myself again through the pain of loss that had come to overwhelm my sense of self and my outlook on life. Right away after joining The Practice, I started looking forward to my Saturday mornings at Bloom. I always came home feeling energized and inspired. Some weeks, it was hard to share and open myself up to a group of so many amazing and inspiring women. I dreaded digging deep into emotions that my chaotic daily life made it easy to repress. Pushing myself to just show up and let it out was therapeutic, and I started to feel stronger because of it. I came to define myself, not by the tragedies I had endured, but by the strength within myself that kept me going—and even happy—despite those tragedies and other challenges in life. I highly recommend The Practice to anyone who feels stress or anxiety. Also, women who want to feel more connected to others on a deeper level. As women, we don't often talk to others about the things that are really affecting us. We need more than that, and Bloom provides the platform where deeper connection can happen.
I joined The Practice after having moved to a new city during my pregnancy and lost half of the year dealing with major pre and post partum depression, I decided I was yearning to build my new community and make connections with other woman in a safe, tight-knit atmosphere. I was also feeling comfortable enough to start sharing my story to enable other woman who's had mental illnesses, struggles as a mother, feeling alienated in a new environment to feel supported. The other big reason is that I NEEDED some "me" time set aside on a routine basis so I can breathe, clear my mind, reflect and rejuvenate. It's helped me sort out my thoughts on my life and others so clearly that it's been instrumental in part of my recovery from my traumatic depression in the past year. I'm now fearless of sharing what's on my mind. The feeling of being vulnerable is gone. It's empowering! I love that my restored positive energy is back and infectious with my family and strangers ; D I think every woman in every city needs The Practice because it encompasses magical support with a real sense of community, a breathe of fresh air that all woman need in their daily lives. It's like taking a small vacation everyday to make yourself be a better person while being in a supported safe haven to decompress.
Two years ago this month, my husband and I were preparing to put our little Pleasant Hill home on the market. I lived in the Bay Area for most of my 41 years. I was born and raised in Walnut Creek. I went away for college and adventures and travel, but I always had a home in the Bay. My...Keep Reading +