Training For Enlightenment
by Jill Sockman
Every time I leave the guest house here in Dharamsala, itâs a climb up 166 stairs. If I go to a yoga class down the hill, thatâs another 103. Most restaurants offer rooftop seating, so thatâs another 30+ stairs each meal out. I suppose we go out a minimum of three times per day, so thatâs a bare minimum of 500 stairs up and 500 stairs down each day. Itâs no wonder then that you donât see loads of husky Tibetans roaming the streets. At altitude, I feel like Iâm in training for some enlightenment event: step by step, no end in sight, one foot in front of the other.… Read the rest
by Anisha Desai Fraser
Over Memorial Day, my husband was taking me on a surprise adventure. The weekend started out pretty trying, with a six-hour drive filled with hail, strong winds and thunderstorms. The B&B was not as luxurious as he wanted, we felt isolated, and we thought it was going to pour rain all weekend. I immediately went to disappointment and sadness with this idea that “the weekend is ruined,” and my husband went into his own negativity, which was more of the same. We were set on leaving the next day to return home because it turned into something we were going to have to “get through.” The next day the sun came out, and we realized we were minutes away from this great mountain town with lots of outdoor adventures, and we ended up having one of the most perfect weekends filled with horseback riding, tubing and wine tours!… Read the rest
Don’t Worry. I Got This.
by Suzanne Weiner
“Don’t worry, I got this.” Probably the best line in the middle of a story ever. On our recent retreat to the North Carolina mountains, lots of time was spent in storytelling. Yogi’s seem to excel at the art of the story, and this group in particular could be found laughing hysterically at all hours of the day and well into the night as we told each other the funny stories that have made us the people we are today.
The weekend started for many of us with a delicious lunch at Salsa in Asheville followed by a short drive up some very steep hills.… Read the rest
Blueversary In Review
by Jill Sockman
What a fantastic weekend!
There are so many thank-yous to send around that I don’t quite know where to start. Organizing, publicizing and hosting three days of by-donation classes takes more effort that you might guess. So let me cut to the chase:
Thanks to the faces behind the front desk: they are often called “blue peeps” and they are always called indispensable. But this weekend they went above and beyond the call of duty, taking extra shifts to assist with registrations, donations and altercations! Thanks, Peeps! You’re the best.
Thanks to our team of blue lotus yoga instructors- the best yoga anywhere!… Read the rest
Monday Night’s Playlist
by Anisha Desai Fraser
Since a number of students requested various songs, I’m happily posting Monday night’s Flow & Stretch playlist.
As you move through the weeks and months ahead, keep peace with yourself and any resolutions you may have made by practicing ahimsa. Be patient and kind and non-harming in the way you treat your own self as you continue on your journey.
Anisha… Read the rest
My Many Colored Days
by Jen Davis
Can you be present with what is, knowing it will change? This question is asked from time to time in yoga classes, usually during a particularly difficult pose. We are challenged to pay attention to the running dialogue in our minds and begin to change it so we can stay, breathe and find peace in the truth it will be different soon.
Needless to say this is not easy on the mat, nor out in the world. I know for myself, I fight to get away from uncomfortable feelings, and in the fleeing I usually make it worse.… Read the rest
Blueversary!January 19, 2011 in Blog
Someone recently asked me how long blue lotus has been open. My immediate response was the standard “It will be four years in February.” But my internal response had a little more excitement, amazement and surprise. I actually can’t believe it’s been four years, and that we are moving into our 5th year as downtown Raleigh’s yoga sanctuary!
Nearly every newcomer to the studio comments on the community that our teachers, students and volunteers have created at “The Blue.” It’s a place where everyone is welcome to join us for the fun, the inspiration and the family that has grown from a shared yoga practice.… Read the rest
New Year’s Eve Playlist
Hello Blue Friends,
Had a few requests for the music from my New Year’s Eve morning class. May I just say that it was a privilege to be in the room with all of you on this day. What I saw moving and churning and then ultimately let go…. whew. That was no small feat my friends. You continue to inspire me.
Here’s to exploring the space left by obstacles long gone.
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
Carrington… Read the rest
4th Anniversary Celebration In The Works
by Sandy Scherer
There are a great many things I love about the idea of community, and the blue lotus community in particular. Throughout the past four years, blue lotus has become a yoga home for so many — from those new to the practice to those who have been long on the journey. Like a great community, blue lotus is not only a place of support, inspiration and nourishment for those who practice at the studio, but it also is a source of the same for those the community touches.
With that in mind, each February we celebrate the blue lotus community with a weekend of by-donation classes to support an organization in need.… Read the rest
Namaste!December 27, 2010 in Blog
We are certainly bringing 2010 to a close with flair! Thanks to everyone who is part of blue lotus- instructors, assistants, peeps, students- you all play a vital role in sustaining and growing the amazing Raleigh yoga community.
Habitat for Humanity build day…yes, it was a week before Christmas and FREEZING, but the blue crew showed up full force for a day of selfless service. See photos of all the work/fun!
Yoga Mala celebrating the Winter Solstice…it really was the most fun mala I can remember. Thanks to everyone who came to salute, sweat, surrender and even sing!… Read the rest