Last Saturday was unusually busy at Lil Omm as families and instructors celebrated the yoga studio's year anniversary with cake and a zumba dance lesson.
"I wanted to do something fun and different for our party, but it also had to be an activity that worked for all ages," said Pleasance Lowengard Silicki, founder of Lil Omm.
Designed for families, the studio hosts yoga classes for parents and children of all ages. But Lowengard Silicki had a larger vision when she founded Lil Omm. She wanted it to be a community space where parents could bond with their children, but also find support.
"We try to have something for every type of family, whether parents want joint classes and time with their kids or want adult classes and need a break to just have some relaxation time," said Lowengard Silicki. "So having both options with our classes is important for us. It feels good to be able to say to any parent, we’ve got something for you, you are included in the community."
In addition to yoga courses the studio offers free meditation classes, a weekly mom's discussion group led by a therapist and a book club. Courses change as community members raise needs or pitch ideas for new workshops.
"Earlier this year we had a stress workshop, this April we're going to have a juice detox class...for some, pricing depends on the instructor or the organizer," said Lowengard Silicki. "Its just been amazing to see this grow and to see the community taking an active part in our studio."
From the lively conversation and large turn out at Saturday's anniversary party, it seems that Lil Omm has drawn a large following and is beginning to fulfill Lowengard Silicki's community vision.