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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 $12. 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 with Yin. This practice is a perfect compliment 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. 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.
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.
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
• $20 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; Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
$108 for the six-week series
Visit our online schedule for the next session’s dates.
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.