401 N. West St. • Raleigh

An urban sanctuary for mind-body exploration

blue lotus owner Jill Sockman has been a student of yoga for over a dozen years. She knows well its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits, yet understands the uncertainty of the unknown that makes some reluctant to give it a try. At blue lotus, Sockman meets the desires of yoga aficionados and neophytes alike.

Located at the corner of West and North Streets in Glenwood South, blue lotus is an expansive urban space offering an inviting sense of community. The studio has become a haven for long-time yoga practitioners and a yoga home to new students who show up daily.

“Everyone comes to yoga in their own time, in their own way,” Sockman says. “Some want to increase strength or flexibility, others seek the meditative benefits, while others just want to see what it’s all about. The reasons are as varied as the people, and we honor that in every person who comes through our door.”

blue lotus offers a full schedule of classes, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and more for students of all levels. Experienced students may be familiar with these terms, while to newbies they might as well be hieroglyphics. But the essential element, Sockman says, is that the range of classes and excellent instructors allow blue lotus to meet students where they are, whether it’s their first class or they’ve been practicing for years.

The studio offers workshops, private lessons, teacher trainings and unique clothing and props from socially responsible businesses. As the area’s first “green” yoga studio, recognized by the Green Yoga Association, the studio fosters ecological consciousness, reverence and action, and minimizes its environmental impact.

Schedule to attend a class via the blue lotus Web site or just drop in. All are welcome!