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
Gratitude – Habitat Build, December 2010
Just a quick note to say thank you friends. Thank you for carving out a large part of your day on Saturday to not just build a home. But to continue to build the foundation of service at the Blue. To Jill, myself and many others at the studio, this piece, Seva, is just as important at the asana, the pranayama, the meditation and the mantra. With your help we brought together the pieces of Yoga and hopefully inspired others to do the same.
Carrington… Read the rest
White Friday Playlist
Thanks for all who came out to make a great post holiday flow! Here is the playlist from White Flow on Friday, Nov. 26. If you were there, thanks so much for all the sing-a-long and walk down memory lane. If you missed it, feel free to browse it and have your own memory walk….mmmmm mmmmm good!
~ Yvonne… Read the rest
Kids Yoga At Blue Lotus
by Jen Davis
The first kids yoga series at Blue Lotus has come and gone. We had a great group of kids and I am grateful for the positive energy they brought to the space each week. Working with kids is like working with soft clay before it has begun to get hard and difficult to shape into anything other than what it is pokies voyeur gallery at that moment. There was such a willingness to hear and try new things without judgement of themselves or others. I loved seeing them experience new poses, learn about the power of the their breath and develop new friendships with each other.… Read the rest
Friday’s PlaylistNovember 16, 2010 in Blog
Wanted to pass along my latest class on Nov. 12th. Hope you enjoy.
Peace and Om,
Carrington… Read the rest
Retreat To The Mountains
A few weeks ago, seventeen of us packed into our cars and headed west. Although it was just a few hours’ drive from Raleigh, it felt like worlds away from the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life.
We drove out to the Prama Institute, located in Marshall, NC, about twenty minutes north of Asheville. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s nestled among 150 acres of rolling hills and forest lands strewn with hiking trails, with the French Broad River just five minutes away. Its scenic and peaceful surroundings created the perfect place for us to recharge body, mind and spirit.… Read the rest
Opportunity For Service!
Labor Day is generally a day of rest; a day off from the usual grind, and a chance to relax and enjoy what is usually a workday. Everybody looks forward to a day off, right? But even knowing this, I had no doubt when I got a call from Regina at the Wake County Women’s Shelter that she really wanted to have their reception area painted ASAP that I’d have no problem finding enough willing hands to get the project done.
I sent out the all-call, and sure enough, about a dozen enthusiastic “Yes!” responses came back. The folks at the shelter were thrilled, and in a few short hours, we transformed the entire reception area, hall and bathrooms to look like new.… Read the rest