Bloom Yoga & Wellness
1506 Twelfth Avenue, Altoona
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Change in the printed schedule: Andrea's Wednesday 6:30 p.m. class will end on April 29 instead of June 3 as stated on the schedule.
Summer Solstice Event will be June 19 or June 26. Stay tuned for details.
Free Yoga on the Beach at Canoe Creek State Park in June.
Bloom Yoga & Wellness is a co-op of Yoga Teachers and Wellness pratitioners. We each operate our businesses separately but share a common philosophy about what it means to teach yoga in its fullest bloom. We offer aspects of yoga that may not be found in other settings, and we offer a physical space that is solely dedicated to yoga and wellness.
Yoga is an ancient practice developed in India. The wisdom of yoga was passed down from guru to student and was a method used to live a life of harmony of mind, body and spirit. Yoga came to the West in the 1960s and has since taken on a new form in our culture...even to the point of becoming a competitive sport in some circles. The meaning of "yoga" is "yoke" or "union." The purpose of the practice is to become fully aware of the union between our bodies, minds and spirits. The practice of yoga will inevitibly help each yogi develop a deeper understanding of their lives, purpose and individual spirituality.
Yoga is NOT a fitness regimen. It is a path for bringing peace to body, mind and soul through the practice of breathwork (pranayama), physical practics (asana), and focus. Of course there are physical gifts that yoga will provide such as increased flexibility, strength and balance.
Yoga is NOT a religion, however the centering component of Yoga will serve to enhance your own spiritual beliefs and practices.
A philosophy and policy that we all share is that we encourage our students to sign up for a series of classes (we offer 6 and 8 week sessions) and we share a common pricing structure for yoga classes ($75 for eight week sessions). We welcome students to join mid-session for a pro-rated fee of $13 per class for the classes remaining in the session.
Visitors are welcome on a space available basis due to our limited class sizes, and our commitment to the yoga community that is built in each class by those who have committed to the session. If you wish to drop-in or visit a class, please contact the teacher directly to assure space availability. Visitor & drop-in fees are $15 per class).
We know as yogis and teachers that one can only truly begin to experience the powerful benefits and peace that yoga offers when a commitment is made to yourself, to the class as a community and to your teacher as a guide.
In order to continue to offer this kind of yoga in Blair County, we invite you to consider how your commitment to your practice enables all of us to bloom and grow.
People of all abilities and limitations can benefit from the gifts of yoga. Some of the most successful yogis have faced physical limitations which forced them to adapt their practice (including yogis who are paralyzed or suffering from cancer, MS and other life changes illnesses). Yoga can be as gentle or as vigorous as the student wishes it to be. Practicing yoga on a regular basis will help you to feel more present in your body and you may even start to feel a sense of healing and wellness that you have not felt before. Some of our teachers are trained in Yoga in for pre-natal, MS, cancer, heart issues and other physical challenges.
We have yoga mats at the studio for newcomers. As you continue to practice you may wish to purchase a "sticky mat" for use in class and your own home practice. Other props such as blankets, blocks, straps are provided at the studio.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothing that allows you to move but doesn't compromise your modesty when you are in a variety of postures.
Our Yoga Teachers have had at least a 200 level training program which has prepared them to teach Yoga. You should expect our teachers to be welcoming, interested in you and your practice and willing to help you to practice in the way that works best for you and your body...not pushing you to do things that don't feel right and yet challenging you to find the yoga practice that suits your personal needs. More about our teachers can be found on our teacher page.
Our classes start with a brief centering and warm-up phase. We move into some flow postures and then work on balancing postures, seated postures, twists, strength building. We finish with a 5 - 10 minute relaxation. Please arrive about 5 minutes before class and try to settle into your yoga space quietly giving yourself and the other students time and quiet to enter into practice away from the chatter and business of our daily lives.
We begin and end our classes with the sound of "Om" - an ancient practice to honor or to dedicate our practice with a special intention. The sound of Om is said to be the vibrational sound of the universe which brings us home to the physical realm in which we live. Chanting is not a requirement and all students are welcome to join in or refrain. Most people begin to enjoy adding the vibrational sound of Om to their practice after chanting it a time or two!
We offer 6 and 8 week sessions ($75 for eight week sessions). We welcome students to join mid-session for a pro-rated fee of $13 per class for the classes remaining in the session.
Visitors are welcome on a space available basis due to our limited class sizes, and our commitment to the yoga community that is built in each class by those who have committed to the series. If you wish to drop in to visit a class, please contact the teacher directly to assure space availability. Visitor & drop-in fees are $15.