Outside of deleting a page of accented vowels, deep breathing remains the most reliable way to get rid of stress. Blow off steam without angering the grammar gods with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a pass for 10 yoga classes, as well as a mat rental and water for each class, (a $120 value) at Bloom Yoga & Wellness in Southington.
Drawing on her experience studying yoga at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India, Bloom owner Julie Wallace and her team of elastic-limbed instructors guide students toward flexibility and inner peace. Creating a crisp, static-free connection between the corporal and the spiritual, the 60- to 90-minute classes can help amp up the immune system, tone down stress, and sculpt muscles from the body's putty-like protein deposits. Yoga newbies learn basic posture, breath awareness, and spinal alignment, and advanced classes emphasize a faster pace and challenging postures.
Bloom's untraditional class options include Bloom Sculpt, which uses dumbbells to mold muscles and produce a cleansing sweat, Blooming Bellies, a prenatal class, and Bloom Bros, a class for frat brothers rehabilitating after a bender. Classes are conveniently scheduled every day except Sunday, and all sessions take place at the studio’s new facility—so pristine that sections of the space are still covered in tempting bubble wrap.
Bloom Yoga & Wellness has a five-star average from seven Google Mappers: