blue lotus graduates 19 from Yoga Teacher Training Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 26, 2010) — blue lotus yoga & movement arts in downtown Raleigh recently graduated 19 students from its second Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training Intensive program in as many years. In 2009, the studio program graduated its first 18 students.

The immersion and teacher training program, 9 months of transformation, was designed by blue lotus owner and director Jill Sockman with the goal of providing yoga students a way of pursuing a deeper personal practice as well as means by which they could complete requirements for becoming a certified yoga teacher.

The 285-hour blue lotus program exceeds the YogaAlliance requirements for registration as a yoga teacher at the 200-hour level.

“Yoga is a deep and broad practice that is experienced over the course of a lifetime,” Sockman explains. “Our program is designed to help students through a process of inquiry to discover their own path, as well as to explore, learn and practice the tenets of yoga in preparation for teaching.”

Of the 37 graduates from the first two classes, many are teaching yoga in their communities. However, according to Sockman, quite a number of students enroll in the program with no intention of teaching.

Recent graduate, Susan Arrendell, was just such a student: “Although I did not plan to teach, I thought a teacher training program was the best way to deepen my practice and understanding of yoga.

This program, with plenty of time to absorb and assimilate, provided that and gave me a fuller understanding of who I am and how I move through the world.”

For others, like Denise Choy Stetten, who do plan to teach, the program provided other benefits, as well: “I imagined I would finish the program with a transformed practice as well as with the knowledge and ability to offer this life-changing practice to others. I gained those things, and so much more. Participating in this program has changed the way I approach my work, family, friends and strangers alike.”

9 months of transformation, the blue lotus Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training Intensive, involves sessions held one weekend a month from September through May along with requirements outside of in-studio weekends. The next session begins in September 2010. For more information, visit the blue lotus website, check out the FAQ, or contact the studio at info@bluelotusnc.com or (919) 831-2583.

About blue lotus

Established in 2007, blue lotus is downtown Raleigh’s yoga & movement arts studio, offering a range of classes for all levels of students. In our urban sanctuary, we challenge each individual to be fully present, with an invitation to uncover a new way of being in his or her body and in the world.

The studio, founded on the principles of community, innovation and inspiration, also offers workshops and yoga instructor trainings, as well as a full line of unique yoga clothing and props for men and women from innovative, socially conscious businesses.

A member of the Green Yoga Association, blue lotus works to minimize its environmental impact and educate its students and community about ecological consciousness, reverence and action. Visit us on Facebook! www.bluelotusnc.com

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