When we opened our doors in February 2007 as the first yoga studio in downtown Raleigh, it was with two solid pillars of intention that have supported and guided us ever since. First, it was our deepest desire to create community — a place where people would gather and get to know each other, build lasting relationships, and serve our broader community. Second, with explosive growth on our city’s horizon, it was time to create a center for learning, which would over time become a beacon of excellence in the Southeast for continuing study of yoga. Both have flourished beyond our wildest imaginings.
One of the central ethical teachings of yoga is ahimsa, practicing non-violence — doing the least amount of harm. At blue lotus, it also means treading lightly on the Earth. For this reason, we created a “green” yoga studio from the beginning. It seemed an organic part of the practice, and we jumped at the opportunity to lead by example the much-needed paradigm shift toward environmental sensitivity.
Minimizing environmental impact and energy conservation shaped the design of the studio at its inception and continue to drive our business choices today. From low-VOC paints, non-toxic finishes and non-chemical cleaning supplies to glueless cork flooring, low-flow plumbing and energy-saving light fixtures, we believe our choices are better for the planet, and for every person who enters our space. We hope by showing you the small things we do to reduce our footprint on the planet, you will consider making better choices as well — which eventually add up to big changes and greater awareness and action in the global community.
Peruse our selection of clothes, props (including eco-friendly mats), books, candles, and all the rest on your next visit. The blue lotus boutique is open 30 minutes prior to the start of each class, as well as after each class.
It is our intention to get good stuff from good people who do good things. That’s good karma in action. As part of our own karma yoga, blue lotus donates a percentage of all product sales to Raleigh non-profit organizations each year.
Though each practice is individual, we acknowledge the studio is a shared space. To offer each student the best experience possible, blue lotus requests all students follow the guidelines below.