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Concord's Lotus Living Arts Studio Aims to Promote Inclusiveness & Affordable Healing

May 19, 2017 12:49PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Lotus Living Arts Studio Of Concord has been bringing peace and relaxation to the Cabarrus County area since 2009. 

Established by Gerald Moose, a Tai Chi Instructor, and Vicky Geros Holmes, Lotus Studio aims to create a unique shared teaching space for instructors. They also hope to expand the accessibility of Yoga as well as Tai Chi and healing arts to everyone within the community. 

Vicky and Gerald met while both teaching at another location on Union Street. Once that space closed, they realized they had a shared interest in continuing their teaching together and began looking for a space in the area. Gerald found a warehouse space above the Union Street Bistro, and the first space for Lotus Studio was born. 

With love and care they transferred the space into a cozy yoga studio that many call their "Home away form Home."

We wanted to know a little bit more about Lotus Studio so we reached out to the team behind it to get some answers.

Vicky Geros Holmes is Lotus Studio's Owner and Director that moved to Concord, NC from Los Angeles, CA in 2008. Holmes is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher, as well as a YA Continuing Education Provider. She also is a Yoga Trance Dance Certified Teacher & Leads Workshops for Women, and has been a part of Lotus Living Arts studio since its conception in 2009.

Holmes definitely knows yoga!

Originally from Australia, Holmes has been a teacher of yoga for over 14 years and a student for over 24 years. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Erich Shiffmann in 2003, in Los Angeles. While in LA she also had the honor of practicing and training with some of the Top Yoga masters in the country. She also completed a 200 hr RYT training in February 2013 with Divine Shanti Yoga, and Yoga Trance Dance Teacher Certification, with Shiva Rea in Venice Beach, CA in April 2015.

Holmes continues to deepen her practice and her commitment to a Holistic Yoga Education and making yoga accessible to everyone. She teaches weekly public and private classes, hosts women's workshops and yoga workshops, and is a lead Instructor for the Lotus Yoga School: Yoga Teacher Training Program, with Connie Divel.

Gerald Moose is the Studio's Co-Director and was born in Concord. He grew up on a farm near Mt. Pleasant, and graduated Mt. Pleasant High School in 1971. After a year at UNCC, he moved to the Washington DC area and began a career in sound and acoustics. In early 1985, he began his studies in T’ai Chi with Robert W. Smith, an original student of Cheng Man-Ch’ing of Yang Short Form Tai Chi.

Moose has also brought his Audio & Acoustics talents into their new location by providing the installation of the audio and ethernet systems throughout the new studio space.

Connie Divel is also the Studio's Co-Director and was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied Elementary and Special Ed at Penn State before switching her course of study to Liberal Arts at Temple University after the discovery of India and the impact the culture and spiritual experience would have on her life.

All the while, yoga has been a constant in her life since she was a young teen. Having been a student of Yogi Bhajan is what she considers to be the most profound part of her yoga journey.

In addition to being an IKYTA teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, she is also a yoga therapist and has studied many forms of yoga in her 40+ years as a student and teacher of Yoga. In addition to teaching private students, workshops she is a co-leader teacher at the Lotus School of Yoga. Divel is also practicing Do-In and Shiatsu to compliment her yoga practice and healing works.

What are your goals for the studio and where do you see it heading? What sort of activities will you focus on?

Our Student and teacher base has grown exponentially in the last few years, which has prompted a need to move into a larger facility on the street level for maximum exposure. Our current location has a steep stairway, so being on street level will also allow those with mobility problems to participate in our goal of offering classes such as Tai Chi Balance Basics to seniors an convenience of students.

Our fundraising efforts to expand our space started a few years ago, with the support of the generous community and  by creating partnerships with Gerald Moose and Connie Divel  we are able to see the vision to come to fruition.

We will be focusing and expanding on creating a larger availability of health, wellness and healing modalities for the community through Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Qi Gong, Dance & Movement classes, Holistic & Alternative Health programs, workshops and Lotus Yoga School: Yoga Teacher Training. 


What's something people usually assume about the studio? What do people usually assume that's incorrect?

 

A general thought for people about yoga is that it is for the fit younger and more athletic person. Or that it is primarily a place for women, this is NOT the case! Everyone can do yoga, we offer many different TYPES of classes for ALL body types, ALL ages and ALL fitness levels.


What is your personal favorite aspect of the studio and its mission?

Inclusiveness.

Many of the students that come to the studio call Lotus their "Home away from Home." We want everyone to feel welcome, provide a safe space and create an opportunity for self reflection and growth. Giving people the permission to be who they are authentically.

To have a studio environment that may offer a sense of community not found in the gym atmosphere. The support and diversity of the studio opens many avenues of healing modalities and martial arts that may not be available at many studios and gyms.

What's one of your most memorable moments while working there?

So many inspiring stories and moments of people coming to try yoga and chi arts at their doctor’s recommendation for stress relief and greater health. The end result is that they exceed those initial expectations and find internal peace and personal transformation. It’s inspiring to see each time. 


Are there any recent or upcoming changes that people should know about?

Announcement of our Grand Opening! There will be an Open House in the Summer (date TBD). We will keep everyone posted. 

Free Classes will be offered that weekend. Our new facility will in include 2 large Studio spaces, 3 office spaces for Massage & Alternative Healing Practitioners and Retail space.

Anything else we should know about the studio?

We are committed to creating and bringing more health and wellness into the community that's affordable and accessible to all.

One of our favorite slogans for Lotus Living Arts Studio of Concord is "A Place of of Movement, Breath and Healing." 

Workshops & Events coming up:

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga  - May 21st - 2- 4 pm (every 3rd Sunday of each month) 

Kundalini Yoga -  May 28th - 2-3:30 pm  ( every 4th Sunday of each month ) 

Mala and Mudra Workshop - June 3rd - 2- 5:30pm 

Ecstatic Dance Flow - June 3rd  - 6- 7:30pm ( every 1 st Saturday of each month) 

Indian Flute-Making Workshop - June 24th  - 1:30 - 4:30 pm 


Their new location is 30 Union Street South, Downtown Historic Concord. 

Follow them on Facebook or their website to keep up to date!

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