Yoga Certification Programs

Blue Lotus Yoga Teacher Training

What are the qualifications for applying to the program?
You must have had a regular and consistent Vinyasa practice for at least one year prior to applying. It is strongly suggested that you attend at least one class with program director, Jill Sockman before making your application. If this is not possible, we will conduct a brief phone interview to ensure this is the right program for you.
How do I apply?
Write to us! You may choose to write a letter to us or answer questions in a bullet-point fashion. All applications must be neatly typed and include the following information:

  • Name, complete contact info, and emergency contact info
  • A bit about yourself- family, occupation, interests
  • Tell us why you are interested in this program and what you expect to get out of it
  • A relevant physical, mental and emotional health history
  • Yoga experience past and present: styles, teachers, time studied, home practice details
  • If you are not currently a student at blue lotus, or have taken fewer than 10 classes with
  • any one instructor at blue lotus, please submit a letter of recommendation from your
  • current yoga teacher.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Mail to: blue lotus, 401-105 n. west street, raleigh, nc 27603
  • We will accept and review applications beginning February 15, 2010.

After I send the application, what can I expect?
Letters of acceptance into the program will be mailed within two weeks of application receipt. You have an additional two weeks to make the $250 deposit to secure your space. If there is a wait list, after that, that space will be offered to someone else. Once we have received your deposit, we will send you student information, the book list and assignment details, and directions and local information if you are not from the area. Balance of tuition is due in full by July 1, 2010.

Who are the teachers on the course?

  • Jill Sockman is the course Director.
  • Heather Tiddens ( will share a weekend of Yin & Yang Yoga.
  • Warren Grossman, PhD ( will guide a weekend of energy and anatomy exploration.
  • Kristin Cooper Gulak ( will offer a weekend of Rhythmic Flow Yoga.
  • Other guest instructors include Carrington Jackson, Julee Snyder and Yvonne Cropp.

Is this an inter-disciplinary approach to yoga training?
No. The interdisciplinary approach seeks to offer students exposure to a wide range of styles. In contrast, we invite you to dive deep into Ha-Tha, Sun and Moon, Yin and Yang; the Krishnamacharya lineage of alignment-based Vinyasa yoga and the complementary Yin practices. We feel that this “narrow and deep” approach to study better prepares you both to teach, and deepen your own practice.
What if I have to miss a class?
While it is possible to make up some parts of the weekend modules, other portions are impossible to make up, such as those with guest instructors. If you have a scheduling conflict, please let us know as early as possible and we will work with you toward a solution. In general, missed classroom hours must be made up at the rate of $75/hour.
What hours are required for the course, outside of weekend modules?
There are nine weekend modules, once per month for nine months. In addition, trainees are required to complete:
25 documented hours of Level 2 or L1/gentle Vinyasa classes and workshops 15 documented hours of classes/workshops in Yin or Restorative yoga 10 documented hours of assisting/observing at blue lotus 9 hours of karma yoga or community teaching practice
In addition, there will be reading and writing assignments each month, to be completed before the next module. 287 total program hours.
What is typical weekend module schedule?
Each weekend is slightly different, but in general: We begin on Friday at noon or 5pm. Saturday sessions run from 10am until 5pm or 6pm. Most Sunday morning practice sessions begin at 7am and we finish at 3:30pm.
How much does it cost, and what is included?
The total course fee is $2500. This includes 20 free classes at blue lotus. Those who live outside the Triangle will receive a $150 discount on tuition in lieu of free classes. Books on the reading list are not included in the course fee, but may be purchased through the studio at 20% off the list price. During the nine-month program, trainees receive that 20% retail discount on all full-priced boutique purchases. In addition, you receive a 20% discount on all workshops presented by blue lotus instructors.
Are there other fees involved?
There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 deposit secures your place. The balance of $2250 is due by July 1, 2010.
What is the assessment process?
In order to graduate from the program, the following items must be complete:

  1. Perfect attendance (or hours made up) and active participation in all weekend modules
  2. 25 documented hours of Vinyasa L1 or Vinyasa L2+
  3. 15 documented hours of classes/workshops in Yin or Restorative Yoga
  4. 10 documented hours of assisting/observing at blue lotus
  5. 9 hours of karma yoga or community teaching practice 6
  6. Satisfactory completion of written assignments due for each weekend module
  7. Passing grade on written exam
  8. Successful final practice teach, based on 5 criteria:
  • Teaching skills (effective use of voice, demo, connection to students)
  • Verbal and physical assists (appropriate and effective use)
  • Language (verbal cues, clarity of instruction)
  • Posture details (demonstrate understanding of proper alignment, key actions, benefits and contraindications of postures taught)
  • Safety (In all areas, from providing accurate information to offering appropriate modifications, to attending to immediate needs of students in the classroom)

9. Completion of personal sadhana log, journaling your daily practice for nine months

What do I receive at the end?
Successful completion of the program entitles you to a graduation certificate, with which you may apply to Yoga Alliance for registration as RYT at the 200 hour level.
What is the refund policy?
The $50 application fee and $250 deposit are non-refundable under any circumstance. Withdrawal from the course prior to August 1, 2009 results in a refund of tuition paid, less a $250 administration fee. Without exception, there are no refunds once the course has begun. If you have uncertainty about the intensity of the course or time commitment involved, please talk to us before registering for the program.
Can I attend if I am not from the Triangle area?
Absolutely! If you have never attended a class with Jill Sockman, you will need to include with your application a letter of recommendation from your current yoga teacher, and we may suggest a telephone interview to decide whether or not this is the right course for you. RDU airport is just 15 miles from the downtown and the possibility of a home stay can significantly reduce your expenses.
How demanding is the training?
Even if there were no outside readings, assignments, class attendance or teaching to be done, committing to a nine-month program of self-study is an intense experience! Dedicating yourself to a daily practice, regular study and class attendance and an entire weekend every month is no small endeavor and should not be undertaken lightly. If you have undergone a personal tragedy in the past six months to a year, we strongly suggest postponing training until next year.
What will I learn on the course?
Like most endeavors, you will get as much out of the course as you invest into it. Our intention behind offering this program runs much deeper than teaching a series of physical poses; for at its core, yoga is a way to help you reach your fullest potential. Through the process of deep and honest self-study, discipline, and surrender, we expand our minds and hearts. Precepts of the program are creating community and self-awareness, and living authentically, not just learning how to teach Warrior 1. For this reason, it is wise for you to be clear about your intention for embarking on the journey.
Practically speaking, you will:

  • Cultivate self-care and create a balanced home practice
  • Study of 50 asana, as well as pranayama, meditation techniques and chanting/use ofmantra
  • Understand the art and science of sequencing poses for safety and optimal energetic flow
  • Explore practical anatomy & physiology (including alignment, modifications and posture assisting) and well as energetic anatomy
  • Study the philosophy of yoga, according to Patanjali, particularly the Yama and Niyama as guidelines for living a full and joyful life
  • Experience extended practice sessions with guest teachers
  • The importance of good studentship and concentrated practice

I don’t want to teach yoga, is this the right program for me?
Many yoga practitioners enter yoga trainings with no intention of teaching, for it is an opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge and experience yoga in a way you simply cannot do in regular classes. This course was designed to offer you the theoretical and practical knowledge base for you to be able to teach yoga as well as providing information and skills to make you a stronger, more flexible and more compassionate human being. Whether you choose to teach or not, the positive effects of that growth will spill over into all aspects of your life. So whether you aspire to teach yoga, already teach and want to refine your skills, or simply want to immerse yourself in the practice, you can find what you are looking for in this program.
What is the monthly schedule for the next training?

  • September 10-12, 2010
  • October 8-10, 2010
  • November 12-14, 2010
  • December 10-12, 2010
  • January 14-16, 2011
  • February 11-13, 2011
  • March 4-6, 2011
  • April 8-10, 2011
  • May 13-15, 2011

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