Bloom Wellness to open with studios downtown and in College Hill

WICHITA — Jessica St. Clair-Stong is returning to what she loves by opening Bloom Wellness yoga studios next week.

“I felt like there was a real opportunity,” she says.

The Kansas native had been living abroad when she trained in Prague to teach yoga, “as everybody does, right?” she says, laughing.

St. Clair-Stong then taught in France and London.

“It was a great gig.”

She moved to Wichita to be with family a couple of years ago and then married Chris Stong, director of operations forNuWay.

Now, she’s opening Bloom Wellness, which will serve clients out of Janelle Robertson’s Trove Total Body Studio at the Renfro at 612 E. Douglas. St. Clair-Stong also will have a studio at her College Hill home, but she says she wanted that downtown experience, too.

“I love downtown Wichita,” she says. “I love the space. I love Trove.”

Through yoga, St. Clair-Stong says she wants to “create a sense of community and connection.”

The Renfro space has room for only six people.

“It’s almost like personalized instruction,” St. Clair-Stong says.

She also offers health and nutrition coaching and cranial-sacral therapy, which she describes as “almost like a gentle massage.”

“It sounds wild, I realize that.”

St. Clair-Stong says she has a variety of approaches to yoga.

“My classes are different, I think, than … what you have come to expect yoga to be.”

St. Clair-Stong has a graduate degree in psychology and emphasizes emotional and physical connections. She says yoga is more about feeling, form and structure “and knowing your body and feeling your body.”

“Yoga is more about understanding yourself versus pumping through poses.”