Blue Lotus Yoga Studio was founded in 2018 by Julie Nogueira and Duffy Perkins. Their mission---to create a space where everyone feels welcome, supported, and empowered. BLYS takes a holistic approach to health and wellness with classes designed to tone, strengthen, balance, and restore. 


A former gymnast and choreographer, Julie began practicing yoga in the early 2000s with Gregor Singleton at the Baron Baptiste Studio in Boston. She was immediately struck by the challenging physical and emotional nature of the practice. 


Julie is an E-RYT 200 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She is currently a 300-hour YTT candidate and is slated to receive her advanced certification in April 2021.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of BLYS, Julie leads vinyasa classes, workshops, CEU trainings, and destination retreats. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and three sons.


A committed Buddhist who has spent considerable time in Asia, Duffy Perkins’ teaching is influenced by Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian philosophy.


Merging her knowledge of skillful bio-mechanical movement with her studies of Tantric yoga philosophy, Duffy is known for her creative ability to weave the transformational power of intention into asana practice in ways that are accessible, down to earth, physically healing, and inspiring. 

Duffy is a RYT-500 and currently leads the BLYS 200-hour YTT. Her teachers are Julie Mellk, Caitlyn Visconte, and Kim Manfredi. She has a master's degree in the History of Religion from the University of Virginia.

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