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Our Mission — to help EVERYONE find their yoga.

Meet Kim Hayes


Blooming Life was founded by Kim after realizing the gap in yoga and wellness availabilities in our community.  Kim has taught yoga in studios, gyms, private residences and onsite locations throughout Bloomington-Normal.  When approaching people to join her classes she was met so often with reasons and excuses why yoga wasn’t a good fit for some.  Not flexible enough, too old, too big, too small, too busy, etc.

Recognizing that yoga has seemingly become focused on purely physical aspects as well as seemingly only accessible to thin, young, athletic types, Kim wanted to change that.  #yogaisforeveryone was born years ago and has been the focus of her passion since then.

Our Instructors

Practicing yoga with our group of experienced, dedicated and welcoming teachers is an empowering experience. The Blooming Life yoga community will help you feel safe to try new things and be yourself.


Hannah Liechty

Hana began experiencing the power of a regular yoga practice in 2014. This influenced her to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training the semester before she began her undergraduate education. Hana studied at Ahimsa yoga school in Ithaca NY and finds leading people through a yoga practice to be an extremely engaging and rewarding experience. Now that she has completed her undergraduate, Hana is looking to further her yogic education. Hana believes it is important to be gentle with yourself and incorporates that message in her classes. She loves hearing about student's experiences and thoughts, so feel free to come up to her after class!

Xavier Braboy

I graduated from ISU in May of 2022 with a degree in environmental health and sustainability. I previously taught for 3 years at ISU’s campus recreation teaching Zumba, cycle, yoga, and Pilates. In January of 2022 I completed the ACE group fitness instructor certification course. I love spending time in nature, listening to music, and baking. My favorite beverage is a Shirley temple!

Emily Holcomb

My name is Emily Holcomb and I am a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I started yoga in college to help manage life’s anxieties, while working on earning my license in counseling. I learned through my counseling career and personal life that a major piece of healing was not just through the mind, but also through the body, hence the mind-body connection. One of the biggest relationships we have is the one we have with ourselves, our whole self. This is what led me to obtain my 300 hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TC-TSY) Certification. Yoga can be a shared space to re-connect with one’s inner self, whether that is to heal, to grow, or to explore, it is a space where you can be authentically you. My goal is to provide yoga classes that are inclusive, empowerment-driven, and a space that we can share together but also make your own. Beside my love for sharing yoga, I enjoy doing outdoor activities, learning and trying something new, and spending time with my family, friends, and furry loved ones.

“Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; It is making a new space, a better space for everyone.”  – George Dei


Travis Hoover

A humble and passionate practitioner, Travis began his yoga journey several years ago, as he was introduced through his meditation and fitness studies.  Surrounded by yogis and meditation teachers who were supportive in his practice and teaching endeavors, Travis quickly began teaching multiple classes per week and has since logged over 200 hours of class and private teaching, and has indulged in ‘all things’ yoga.  Travis is currently holds his 200 RYT and is working toward earning his 500 RYT with additional certifications in Trauma-Informed Yoga & Yoga Therapy.  He teaches and studies vinyasa, gentle, restorative and yin yoga styles.  With his mediation background, Travis brings a sense of mindfulness to his classes, encouraging all to understand yoga not only as a physical practice, but as an ethical, and spiritual one as well.

Travis studies Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of yoga, and is a Certified Ayurvedic Nutritionist.  Travis is also a Certified Meditation Teacher, a Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist (ISSA), and a Certified Animal Flow Instructor.  In addition to the classes Travis teaches, he takes on private, or semi-private clients & practitioners in any of the aforementioned areas.  Please contact the studio or Travis directly at if interested in private sessions.   

“I found yoga at a critical turning point in my life.  I have since fallen in love with the art, its history, philosophy and practice.  I am sincerely humbled and excited to have the opportunity to teach at Blooming Life Studio & Spa amongst our wonderful members and outstanding staff.  Namaste – Travis.”

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Frequently asked questions

Do you offer a free trial?

Yes! We offer a Free Class for all new clients so you can make sure our community is a good fit for you.

What do I need to bring to class?

We have everything you will need. Feel free to bring in your personal mat or props if you have them.

How big are your class sizes?

Our class sizes will vary depending on which type of class but is typically between 5-10.

Can I bring a friend with me?

Yes please!  We love visitors and always welcome friends to join.  Be sure to get them signed up just to make the instructor aware of how many to be prepared for in class.