September is typically a month of transition as we move from summer to fall and from less routine back to more structure with the start of the school year. With yoga, every month should be a month of transition as we continue to learn and grow, but September, specifically, is National Yoga Month (as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services)! National Yoga Month recognizes the health benefits of yoga and is designed to encourage us all to live a healthy lifestyle. Of course, at Sunrise Yoga, EVERY month is Yoga Month and we want to always provide opportunities for you and your yoga practice to thrive.
We also believe that yoga teaches us the importance of helping others and we encourage metta (loving kindness) practices. We support and participate in your community through activities and donations to the Clemmons Food Pantry, For Katie’s Sake/Winston-Salem Foundation, National MS Society, American Heart Association, Second Harvest Food Bank, Make A Wish, SECU Family House and Meals-on-Wheels, and other charitable causes. Since 2004, we have raised over $26,000 to support these local charities. We know that many of our students donate money and time to our community as well.
Winston-Salem Mayor, Allen Joines, and the Winston-Salem City Council recently unanimously endorsed the Charter for Compassion and the city was recognized by Compassion Action Network International as the world’s 19th city of compassion and the first in the Southeast. September in Winston-Salem was designated as Compassion Action Month and many volunteers performed and promoted acts of compassion throughout the month.
We celebrate our sister city’s efforts and encourage each of you, wherever you live and work, to be a representation of compassion. We encourage you also to keep striving for a healthy lifestyle, especially with yoga, and we hope you find that the two efforts go hand in hand.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
Come join Karen Hoglund on Saturday, September 21st and be an active participant for peace!
The 9:00 am Level 2 Flow Class will be a “Shanti Peace Flow” in honor of the International Day of Peace. All the music will have a groovy peace theme and your vinyasa practice will include lively sun salutations with lots of peaceful warriors, peace mudras, and an emphasis on sending “shanti” (Sanskrit for peace) out into the world. This active practice will close with a meditation for peace and a sweet, tranquil Savasana.
Those wanting a quieter practice are invited to the 11:00 am “Peace to Your Back Restorative Class”. The Back Care class this day will also be devoted to peace. We’ll have special music with a peace theme and our poses will all be restorative, designed to nourish the back and calm the mind. Meditations for peace will be interspersed throughout the class and we also will actively send “shanti” out into the world, we’ll send peace to someone we know who needs it, and finally we’ll send it to each and everyone one in the class.
So take a step towards bringing peace of mind to yourself and towards others. See you on Saturday the 21st!
Register for Karen’s International Day of Peace Classes Here