About a month ago, my friend Kelly sent me a link via Verlocal to something that immediately peaked my interest. If you follow What’s Up NW on the regular, you know that I really enjoy trying out new and unique things – the most random probably being Goat Yoga. Now, let’s try this on for size –
Yoga, Mimosas and Terrariums.
Yes, you read that right! One hour of yoga followed by mimosas and then building your own terrarium at Urban Sprouts in Renton. I was sold. I have never built a terrarium before and was excited to see what this was all about!
Our Savasana Sunday arrived and we headed to Renton in our comfy yoga attire, carrying our yoga mats one block from the parking garage at the south Renton transit center (parking is free!) to Urban Sprouts, which is located on 3rd Street between Burnett and Williams in downtown Renton.
Upon walking into Urban Sprouts, you are greeted by calming greenery. Owner, Jen Stearns welcomed us to her store and we chatted a little about what to expect for the morning. Our yoga instructor, Therese Park, is a Health and Fitness Specialist at Boeing. Kelly and I walked around the store, looking at all of the plants as the rest of our fellow yogis arrived.
With fourteen of us in all and our mats laid out throughout the store, Therese turned on the soothing music and began our hour long yoga class. I am clearly not a yogi and have only done yoga maybe ten times in my life, but I found Therese’s way of teaching to be excellent. Unlike other yoga classes I have been to, Therese walks around and tells the class what positions to do, and she asks permission from each individual if she can adjust movements. She does demonstrate as needed, but is also very descriptive in describing the moves, which I found very helpful, especially since I didn’t know the names of most of the movements. The hour went by very quickly, even when some of the moves were agonizingly sweat-inducing (Therese asked us all at one point if we were hot – oh yes, we all were!). I am an avid CrossFitter and every time I finish a yoga class, I tell myself I need to go more often. My hip flexors and hamstrings have been bothering me for some time and yoga always helps me feel better. I really need to incorporate yoga into my workout regimen! Therese was fantastic and I hope to one day take another class from her!
After our yoga class was over, Jen and Therese brought out tables and the unlimited mimosas (in pitchers!!) and prepped the store for our terrarium building class.
Jen has a BA from the University of Washington in Environmental Sciences, specializing in Urban Agriculture. She is an expert in plants and explained to us that terrariums are basically micro-ecosystems. In laymen terms, she described how plants work in small spaces versus large spaces and how they compete for land and resources if space is available. She went over the differences between succulents, air plants and leafy plants and how each of them collect and store water and nutrients, how to set up your terrarium with four layers (from base to top – charcoal, rocks, soil, plants), how to properly water and fertilize your terrarium and after-care.
Both Kelly and I had a lot of fun putting our terrariums together. Seeing my finished product was very satisfying and I couldn’t wait to take it to work and hopefully watch it thrive! If I start noticing my terrarium dying, Jen said we can call or email her at any time and ask her what we need to do to bring it back to life.
I highly recommend checking out Urban Sprouts! In addition to yoga, mimosas and terrariums, Jen offers a variety of other private classes including DIY Plant Wall Art, Mini Cactus Gardens, Jar Candle Making, Bonsai Terrariums, Body Care workshops, Sip and Stitch and so much more. A schedule of their upcoming classes can be found here.
724 S 3rd St Ste B
Renton, WA 98057
Ph. (206) 789-0710