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class descriptions

blue lotus offers a full range of classes for all levels of experience. This broad offering creates the foundation of any practice by providing a stable base for beginners, as well as a safe space for continuing students to explore the many and diverse benefits of yoga.

To view the full schedule of classes, visit our WebScheduler.

vinyasa classes
other regular classes
special class offerings

vinyasa classes

Vinyasa, also called “flow yoga,” is a dynamic and evolving style of Hatha Yoga, wherein the breath leads the body through movement. A fusion of Ashtanga and Viniyoga, this open system encourages exploration and creativity, while generating internal heat and intense focus. Expand on classic forms in a safe and supportive environment, and learn to shift from the outside world into a movement meditation. You will build strength and flexibility while you heal and revitalize mind, body, and spirit.

The following vinyasa classes are offered on a regular, weekly schedule.

level 1 vinyasa

Level 1 Vinyasa is a great place to start for those new to the style, or anyone who loves the flow but desires a more mellow-paced class. Principles of proper alignment, breathing, and mindfulness are taught in variations of basic poses. This is also a great class for more experienced students to get a “yoga tune-up” and go deeper into the foundation of the practice.

open vinyasa

Open Level Vinyasa is a mixed-level class and an energetic, flowing series of interconnected postures synchronized with the breath. Each class is different, and every teacher brings a unique style to the space. Every practice is intended to be a complete experience, leaving you centered, grounded, refreshed. A few L1 Vinyasa classes or a Foundations Workshop is recommended before attending, for your safety and enjoyment.

level 2 vinyasa

For Level 2 Vinyasa, we suggest at least one year of consistent, ongoing practice before attending, as this class will move you into more highly refined, complex sequencing. You’ll explore more advanced postures and dynamic movement and be challenged to address your inner satya (truth) along the way. Dive deeper into the practice, cultivating higher awareness and a stronger sense of connection to yourself and your life.

level 2/3 vinyasa

If you are looking for a little more challenge in your Level 2 Vinyasa Class, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy this advanced level vinyasa class, where you’ll work toward poses like bakasana, urdhva dhanurasana, adho mukha vrksasana, and others.

heated flow

The Heated Vinyasa Flow class is taught in a warm, but not hot, 80-85 degrees F. Students will experience inventive sequences of postures, compassionately taught, that are designed to bring awareness into every cell of the body, guided by deep and steady breath, igniting a deeper understanding of the body, mind, and heart. Students will sweat, gain strength, and release tension. This is a delicious and energizing class for those looking to move deeper into their practice. While some previous yoga experience is generally recommended for Heated Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, all levels are welcome.

power hour

In Power Hour, students of all levels are led through a strong class with challenging postures, using the breath and yoga poses to direct your focus and create a new level of core strength and flexibility. In this class, we infuse Vinyasas (movements with breath) through yoga postures to increase the internal heat in the body and create a deep stretch and lengthen the muscles. The class sequence is powerfully designed to sweat away toxins, balance the mind, and renew the body.

prana flow level 2

Prana Vinyasa Flow is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience Prana – the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence – as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to Vinyasa yoga and the state of flow drawn from Krishnamacharya’s teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, somatics and Shiva’s teaching experience from the last 20 years.

Each class is mindfully crafted to prepare the body for a peak pose in the arm balance, inversion, backbend or twist family. The room will be warmed to around 80 degrees to keep the body warm and open to its fullest potential. Each movement is synchronized with breath, and each movement flows into the next, making the practice feel like a dance. Flow, breathe, quiet the mind, find peace. Previous Vinyasa Yoga experience required.

slow flow

Vinyasa means to ‘flow’ from moment to moment, via the breath that we all share as our life force. This gentle practice creates a respite from external distractions so as to focus inward towards our hearts and the tenderness we embody for each other and ourselves. Come illuminate your compassionate nature in this powerful community practice.

other regular classes

In addition to Vinyasa classes, our regular schedule includes class offerings that give you an opportunity to explore different styles of yoga as well as classes that blend the practice of vinyasa with other yoga styles.

To view the full schedule of classes, visit our WebScheduler.

deep stretch

Explore longer holds in poses to dive into the less elastic spaces in your body. This practice has a rehabilitative effect on the joints, especially the hips, as well as the lower back and cervical spine, and is created to uncover the flexibility that gives us a sense of ease and lightness in our bodies. Since you will not leave the floor during this class, it is a wonderful way to step outside of the daily rigors of life and journey into a deeper state of chill. The class is appropriate for all levels.

early bird bhakti

This all-levels class starts off your day with sound. Bhakti is one part of the eight limbs of our yoga practice, that of dharana, readying the mind and body for meditation. We will sit together and chant sanskrit mantra that will energize, invigorate, and relax the body. All are welcome to sit, listen, and of course add their own praise to a greater Being. Come root and rise in our morning vibe!

early bird yoga

Wake up – the natural way! This fun and invigorating one-hour yoga class is the perfect way to get going in the morning. Not only will you wake up easier and faster, but you’ll also leave class feeling energized and relaxed, focused and expansive with vitality and energy for your entire day. While you are welcome to use your Membership or class pass, the drop-in fee for this class is $10. This special rate is available only in the studio and not online. We’re sorry, but no refunds will be issued if you select to use a regular drop-in or class pass.

flow & stretch

Flow & Stretch is the perfect way to connect movement and breath. You will be guided through a flow of yoga postures to warm the body, and then move to the floor for deeper stretches. Walk in tight and tired, and walk out open and refreshed.  This is an open level class. All are welcome!

gentle yoga

This class offers a gentle approach to yoga with special attention to modifications for specific limitations. The pace is a little slower than a typical L1 vinyasa class, making it perfect for those who are new to yoga, have physical limitations, or desire a calming practice.

If you are recovering from an injury, surgery, cancer treatments–or if you just need a class to balance your vigorous yoga practices–gentle yoga is just right for you! We will still work on building strength, balance, and flexibility, but within a format that will support you and meet your needs.

guided practice

Rather than working on alignment and breaking down poses and structure, we will simply breathe and move together (with minimal instruction) to create a passage through which we can all enter into The Flow. So, what would you like to work on tonight? Shoulder openers, standing poses, core work, inversions, hip openers, hamstrings, balance poses, backbends, meditation, breathwork…you get a say in this practice! Requests will be interwoven into the class to make sure you get what you need. Because of the structure of the class, while not an advanced practice, this class is not recommended for complete beginners.

kundalini yoga & meditation

This class combines a gentle yoga practice with meditation. Kundalini yoga will strengthen your body and increase your energy while lifting your spirit. Meditation will deepen your experience of the present moment and reconnect you with your own sense of inner peace and joy. Regenerate your mind, body and spirit. Come away relaxed, renewed and radiant. It’s a great way to begin the week!

lunchtime flow

Fight the mid-afternoon slump with this energizing practice. This 60-minute class will reinvigorate your day. Open to all levels, it will incorporate some flow, some stretch, and some relaxation to re-set your day.

morning practice

Begin your day with an energetic & flowing class that focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart. This class blends an inspiring Vinyasa practice with precise alignment instruction to create clarity in your practice and encourage openness in your body and your daily life. All levels are welcome.

restorative yoga

A great antidote to the stresses of a busy life and a wonderful balance for more active practices, this class will take you through a sequence of restful postures, in which you are supported by props and and encouraged to find comfort and ease in your body. These restorative poses, accompanied by simple breathing techniques and gentle stretches, serve to soothe the nervous system and promote relaxation and deep healing on all levels. Restorative Yoga is accessible for everyone, regardless of experience or level of fitness. It is an excellent practice for those recovering from illness or injury, or anyone living with chronic pain. Be still, relax, and find the healing you need.

yin

One of the primary objectives in yoga is our search for balance. Whether you have a regular yoga practice that is active and vigorous or your daily life is full of stress, there is no better way to create balance in your life and in your yoga than Yin. It is a perfect complement to balance the more active, yang practices of Vinyasa and Ashtanga. With the understanding that the true antidote to stress is rest, poses are held for longer periods of time facilitating deeper openings in the body and mind. You will be guided through a combination of Classic Yin postures, deep stretch, and restorative asana to find deeper ranges of motion and an increased flow of energy. This class is appropriate for all levels.

special class offerings

We want to help your practice grow by offering new options to explore the breadth and depth of yoga. These classes are offered on a rotating basis.  Please check the WebScheduler or call the studio (919.831.2583) for the next opportunity to enjoy these offerings.

candlelight yoga

Soothe your senses with calming melodies combined with a gentle, easy flow. This is an open level class, so everyone is able to find his or her individual level of comfort. Soft candlelight brings you home to the stillness within, as you float into deeper self-awareness. This flow is practiced with blindfolds to encourage a sense-driven practice instead of a posture-driven practice.  Step outside your comfort zone and be BOUNDLESS!

community yoga (free!)

Enjoy a free class and support our teachers-in-training! These 60-minute, free Community Yoga classes are open to students of all levels. Instructors are currently enrolled in 9 Months of Transformation, the blue lotus yoga immersion and teacher training program. Space is limited, so please register at the WebScheduler in advance.

juicy flow yoga

Yoga is a simple and ancient practice that joins two parts of our humanity – our minds, which are often busy or distracted, and our hearts — our innermost nature, which naturally seek spiritual focus and awareness. This two- our class is for the inexperienced and the experienced! All you need is a willingness to learn and find out about things your body can do. Come, play, and get juicy! You may want to bring a towel and water. The class is offered one Saturday each month.

kids yoga series

It is said yoga is everywhere! We believe it exists especially in the hearts of children. In class, the children will learn the poses, breathing, and meditation techniques and basic anatomy in a loving and safe environment. We weave age appropriate games, music, books, and art to into each class. The kids have fun while receiving all the benefits of yoga! The goal of each series is for each child to gain self-confidence and body awareness, increase strength and flexibility, improve focus, and cultivate a positive sense of self. This series is held at intervals throughout the year.

kids yoga & art summer camp and workshops

Together, yoga and art can help children release stress, express themselves freely, gain self confidence, and tap into their imagination. Our yoga summer camps and workshops give  kids an opportunity to participate in a yoga class as well as a project that introduces elements of art and the creative process.

yoga foundations

If you are new to yoga, or have a friend who’s been curious about your “yoga addiction” but is afraid to try it, this series is the perfect place to start.

We are thrilled to offer a series of six classes designed for the beginner seeking a strong foundation of the basic asanas (poses) found in Level 1/ Open Vinyasa (flow) classes. The intention of this series is to give beginners an understanding of the breath, how it links movement, and correct structural alignment in each pose, including appropriate modifications to suit the individual. This knowledge will empower you to attend classes with confidence in your own ability to safely modify or ramp up the practice according to your own personal needs.

Questions are invited throughout class as the basis for discussion and for the benefit of all. No need to feel intimidated; all are welcome. Come find the joy of yoga!

The six-session series also includes:

• 20% discount on all full-priced retail items (yoga gear, books, CDs and more!) in the studio during the session
• $30 off a 10-class pass when you purchase the class pass before the end of the six-week session
• Option to book private sessions at a discounted rate ($60/hour)

Sundays, 6:00-7:30 pm
$108 for the six-week series

yoga mala

It has become tradition to mark the passage of time and celebrate the change of seasons with a Yoga Mala — 108 Sun Salutations. As we embark on each new season, we invite you to join us for this symbolic ritual. In any practice, Surya (sun) Namaskar (to greet or salute) is the embodied notion of stepping into the flow — of breath, of movement, of energy. Numerous repetitions of this particular vinyasa have a powerful effect in quieting the mind, allowing the practitioner to dive deeply into a true moving meditation. Be inspired by the group energy, be uplifted by the great world music, and re-set your intention for a regular yoga practice as we celebrate the arrival of a new season!

yoga nidra

This class will connect the mind, body and spirit through movement and breath. Class begins with some slow, gentle movement and ends with Yoga Nidra, a guided deep relaxation to help release subtle tensions held in the subconscious. Restore and renew your being by re-establishing connection with all parts of you.

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