Yoga studio celebrates 2nd anniversary with 10 classes by donation

Fundraising proceeds benefit children’s therapy center in Nepal

 
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 6, 2009) — blue lotus yoga and movement arts in downtown Raleigh, N.C., will celebrate its 2nd anniversary with a weekend of yoga by donation February 13-15, 2009, to benefit The Nepal House in Pokhara, Nepal. The Nepal House is a therapy center for Nepali children who have been severely abused, neglected, abandoned or traumatized by violence or natural disaster.

Jill Sockman, blue lotus director and owner, recently returned in January from a trip to The Nepal House, where she saw first-hand the progress being made with the children, as well as the great need for assistance.

“In a country where there is no word for ‘therapy’ in the native tongue, the work happening there is amazing,” she said. “If you’ve seen the film Slumdog Millionaire and the portrayal of street kids on the Indian Subcontinent, you have seen some of the sad realities that these impoverished children face. It’s all very real. The primary therapists at The Nepal House– Shiva, Bhima and Basantha — are making a huge difference in the lives of the children they serve with traditional therapies along with play and art therapies.”

Giving back to local and other non-profit agencies has been part of the blue lotus operations from its opening day in February 2006. Throughout the past two years, classes over a select weekend are offered by donation and, as always, open to the public. Individuals taking the classes are asked to make a donation in the amount of their choosing rather than pay the usual class fee; however, no donation is required.

All monies donated are given to the designated organization. Previous benefactors of such efforts include Interact of Wake County, Raleigh Jaycee’s HOPE project, Prevent Child Abuse NC, and Save Darfur Coalition.

“In spite of difficult economic times, there is a lot to celebrate,” Sockman said. “I feel inspired by the new administration
asking each of us to take responsibility for ourselves and others. It’s also a reminder to us all about priorities and choices,
and about how we live our lives.

As a studio community, from the beginning, blue lotus has made giving back a big priority Pokies.”
Nepal House Kaski is supported financially through the Nepal House Society, a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC. Those who work for Nepal House Society are volunteers, so all funds collected go directly to pay for rent and upkeep of the Kaski center in Pokhara and to pay Nepali staff salaries.

blue lotus hopes to raise at least $2,500 during its yoga-by-donation weekend, which will sponsor the annual salary for an administrator or therapist at the facility in Nepal. Individuals making donations will be entered into prize drawings throughout the weekend.

“The response to the initial announcement in our online newsletter has been amazing,” Sockman noted. “People have offered to donate prizes for the drawings, and one blue lotus yoga student, a 7th grade social studies teacher, has designated our fundraiser as the beneficiary for her students’ service project. They had planned to sell carnations for Valentine’s Day to benefit an international charity, and the Nepal House is the fortunate recipient of the funds they raise. We couldn’t be more pleased and proud of the response from our community.”

The weekend of yoga by donation at blue lotus starts with a 9:30 am class on Friday, February 13 and concludes at 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 15. The full schedule of classes and details can be found online at www.bluelotusnc.com and is also listed below. Additionally, blue lotus will host a free vegetarian potluck dinner at the studio Friday evening, during which Sockman will discuss her recent trip to Nepal.

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!

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