Since 2009, Sunrise Yoga Studio has offered in-depth study programs through its Yoga University for students who desire to deepen their study of yoga beyond our weekly class offerings. Two of these programs, the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program and the 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program offer opportunities for registration through our affiliation with Yoga Alliance. Sunrise Yoga Studio is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.
Our Yoga University 2013 Class of 200-Hour Teacher Training participants completed their written and practical exams this past week. The year-long program consists of 11 weekends over 11 months immersing the students in the essentials of safe, confident and compassionate yoga practice and the fulfilling yogic lifestyle. Each weekend session blends practice, lectures, discussion, reading assignments and homework in core subjects.
This year’s 200-Hour Teacher Training graduates are:
Sally Bolin, Myron Coulson, Julie Dunton, Frances Hayes, April Liner, Jane Reed, Jessie Rymarchyk, and Tracy Walin
Sunrise Yoga has four options within Yoga University. Learn more about Yoga University here.
Wednesday, 11/27: 9:30-11 am Level 3 – Valerie
Wednesday, 11/27: 6-7:30 pm All Levels – Valerie
Thursday, 11/28: 9-10:30 am All Levels – Becky
Friday, 11/29: 10-11:30 am All Levels – Kim
Saturday, 11/30: Normal Schedule
Sunday, 12/1: Normal Schedule
“In daily life we see people around who are happier than we are, people who are less happy. Some may be doing praiseworthy things and others causing problems. Whatever may be our usual attitude toward such people and their actions, if we can be pleased with others who are happier than ourselves, compassionate toward those who are unhappy, joyful with those doing praiseworthy things, and remain undisturbed by the errors of others, our mind will be very tranquil.” (Yoga Sutra I.33, Translation by T.K.V. Desikachar)
There are two Yoga Sutras that address “maitri”, which is Sanskrit for “friendliness”. One is Yoga Sutra I.33 (see translation above) – and one translator (I cannot remember where I read this) suggests that even if we never practice yoga again, that we at least practice this as a way of life. In a post in The Yoga Sanctuary, Bonnie Yonker suggests the analogy of locks and keys as a way to interpret this sutra.
Bonnie says, “In this sutra, Patanjali says that there are only four kinds of locks in the world. The four locks are: sukha (happy people), dukha (unhappy people), punya (the virtuous), and apunya (the wicked). At any given moment, you can fit any person into one of these four categories.
Patanjali gives 4 keys to open these locks. He says that if we always keep these 4 keys with us, when we come across any of these four locks, we will have the proper key to open it. The four keys are: maitri (friendliness), karuna (compassion), mudita (delight), and upekshanam (disregard). Patanjali reminds us that there is a Yogic way of approaching all people, no matter what behaviors and attitudes they may be exhibiting at the moment.”
As we approach the holiday season and its frequent companion “hyper-busyness”, let’s agree to always have our keys close at hand.
Sunrise Yoga is proud to offer two Chair Yoga classes each week.
Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand for a long period of time (or at all) or who lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to reclined positions.
Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.
In addition to its benefits for physical well-being, Chair Yoga also provides a great social outlet and place to make new friends. These classes are appropriate for those with MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, cancer survivors and other conditions or those who want a slower paced class.
One regular participant, Vicki Jones, has this to say about the Chair Yoga classes at Sunrise Yoga:
“Seven years ago, the MS Society and Sunrise Yoga Studio offered class sessions for MS patients to let us see how we would benefit from yoga. I am still attending these classes and they are truly beneficial for me!
Many times, I come into class using a cane to assist me with walking. I feel so good after class, however, that I have no need to use it as I leave. The many different stretches and moves we do in class help me move, walk and feel more limber. I ALWAYS feel good after class and I would recommend yoga for anyone!
And as an added bonus, I have made many wonderful friends with the other students and the instructors.”
The class is open to students who use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. Learn more about Chair Yoga and other yoga classes available at Sunrise Yoga HERE.
Today is not really a phenomenon but isn’t there something both calming and fascinating when there is order of this sort? Most humans have an aversion to change and yet are often easily bored. Routines can develop into ruts without new elements of change.
But change can sometimes feel awkward, clumsy and at times even disruptive and frustrating. And yes, this positive change leaves us occasionally longing for that which is old and familiar, even though admittedly not as good!
These feelings are neither new nor unique. Doing something we wouldn’t ordinarily do, or performing a familiar task in a different way, often results in discomfort. When we experience those feelings on the yoga mat, we call it tapas.
For example, imagine the instructor saying “your next pose is Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) without a block”. Within a nano-second, you might find yourself thinking “but I always use a block, I can’t do it without a block, I need that block for balance, I don’t want to do the pose this way, this doesn’t feel right….” Sound familiar?
Where are you on this interesting day of numerical order? Are you in a “calm” place in your yoga practice but open to new and different or does your routine need a nudge out of the rut? Extend your limits in at least one way today!
Did you know that the challenges yoga instructors face in their own yoga practice are no different from the challenges that yoga students encounter regardless of their level of experience? Finding the “sweet spot” in some of the poses, exploring various ways to approach the asanas – both physically and mentally – and being challenged to tackle the ones that are a bit out of reach require work and effort.
Working with an instructor helps you “see” through someone else’s eyes, what you cannot see for yourself. Whether you are just beginning a yoga practice, or have studied for years, that may sound familiar! If you are not in a yoga class at the moment, come give our instructors a try! And if you are participating in a yoga class, maybe a yoga workshop would serve as the “eyes” for seeing yoga in a fresh way.
Cindy Dollar, owner of One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC, author of the book, Yoga Your Way, and Certified Junior Intermediate I Iyengar Yoga Instructor, will lead her annual workshop here at Sunrise Yoga Studio on November 15th-17th. Instructors from our studio will be attending as will instructors and students from all over the Triad. And, just so you’ll know, Cindy has a teacher, and also works to refine her physical practice and strengthen the mental discipline that is associated with yoga. And her teacher has a teacher, and so on and so on.
So beginners, take heart. Whether you have taken one class, or one thousand, the process is the same. And, we all look to mentors and instructors to help us along our way as we discover the many rewards that yoga has to offer.
Learn more about and register for all or sections of Cindy’s Weekend Workshop HERE.