Archive Monthly Archives: February 2014

Private Yoga Sessions Can Optimize Your Practice


Private Yoga Sessions at Sunrise Yoga Studio – Video

Looking for a way to optimize or customize your yoga practice?  Private yoga sessions with Sunrise Yoga owner, Valerie Kiser, gives you one-on-one time to do just that! The instruction is convenient to your personal schedule and needs . . . plus you receive the optimal practice opportunity and attention without other students in the room.

Private yoga sessions offer the means to:

  • Harmonize your yoga practice with your abilities and aspirations
  • Truly relax and focus—you’re the only student in the room, with no group class distractions
  • Discover the power of confident graceful movement
  • Partner with Valerie to create a yoga routine personalized for what matters to you
  • Learn to use special yoga supports to strengthen your body without straining it


Choose the length of your session based on your interests, health issues, and time available. We recommend the 60 minute session for at least the first session to allow time for a full assessment of your situation.

Private Session Fees:

  • 30 minutes = $40
  • 60 minutes = $75

These fees apply to 1 or 2 persons at the studio. (Please inquire for the fee for 3 or more persons or to have a private session in a location other than the studio.)

Call the studio today to book your session . . . 336-778-1233!





Learn about the Bhagavad-Gita with Jarrod Whitaker, PhD

Bhagavad Gita at Sunrise Yoga Clemmons

“Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.”


For centuries, the Bhagavad-Gita has been the most renowned piece of literature in Indian culture.  This epic poem tells the story of the warrior-prince Arjuna as he faces a life-or-death moral dilemma.  As he prepares to battle his own kinsmen and teachers, Arjuna begins to question the purpose of warfare.  Through the guidance of god Krishna, Arjuna begins to understand that the battle he faces is not only physical but spiritual as well.  Various forms of yoga as well as the concept of dharma are addressed in this classic text.

If you wish to read the book prior to class (not required), Jarrod recommends the Barbara Stoler Miller translation.


Jarrod L. Whitaker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University, where he teaches courses relating to Asian Religions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism, and also theory and method courses on religion, ritual, and gender. He holds a M.A. with First Class Honors in Religious Studies from The University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1998), and a Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages from The University of Texas at Austin (2005).

Fee = $25

Register for the Bhagavad-Gita class here.



Yoga leads me to . . .

Sunrise Yoga ITMP_5394 110312Quite often, the practice of yoga is referred to as a journey.  How many journeys have you undertaken where you had no particular destination in mind, where you could truly be a wanderer?  To wander, according to Meriam-Webster, is “to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction.”

Your yoga journey probably did not start off without a purpose or direction.  Most people begin a yoga practice with the hope of accomplishing something, changing something, improving something.  While starting yoga may have required your inner explorer to emerge, when did you feel the transition from explorer to journeyer occur?  And do you still have the same purpose or direction for your practice as when you first began or did that change as the venture progressed?

A yoga journey with a goal doesn’t mean there can’t be a bit of roaming and adventure along the way.  After all, if you are truly on a journey, your yoga “travel” will likely cause you to be a bit different than the person you were when you began the trip, and that will, in turn, likely inspire you to navigate new territory.  The key is to reign in the gypsy, the tourist, the nomad so that it is a journey and not a mindless venture.

While it may be true that “Not all those who wander are lost” (J. R. R. Tolkien), it is good to remember to “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” (Greg Anderson).  Happy travels!

Saturday, 2/15: we will be open!

Play time in the snow is over.  Time to get back on your yoga mat!  We will be open on Saturday, 2/15 as usual with Karen’s classes:  9:00-10:30 = Level 2 Flow and 11:00-12:30 = Back Care.  CPR and First Aid classes start at 1:00. (still space available)

Wednesday 2/12 Yoga

Wednesday morning update: The 9:30-11 class will be All Levels Yoga with Valerie. We hope to see you here. Stay safe.

Donate Heart ♥ Healthy During National Heart ♥ Month

CFP_Logo_Large-590x211If you have been affiliated with Sunrise Yoga Studio for a while, you know about our ongoing support of the Clemmons Food Pantry. The Clemmons Food Pantry is a local non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to residents of Forsyth County in
financial need.  The Pantry serves over 600 families each month on average.

Each month during the FREE Community Yoga Class, we ask participants to bring non-perishable food items to help stock the Pantry’s shelves.  This month, as part of the American Heart Association’s National Heart Month, we hope you will bring heart healthy non-perishable food items all month long for the pantry.  Even one canned good item makes a difference to someone in need.

And, this Sunday, February 16th, is Clemmons Food Pantry day at Ruby Tuesday in Clemmons (Westwood Village Road). Ruby Tuesday is giving 20% of all purchases to Clemmons Food Pantry. They do this every third Sunday as part of their Give Back Program!! Just mention to your server that you are there to support The Pantry and 20% of your meal price goes to Clemmons Food Pantry. Please come out and support this local business and Clemmons Food Pantry.

Visit us this Sunday as well for Beginner Yoga at 1:30 pm and Taking the Mystery out of Meditation at 3:30 pm.  Happy Month!

♥February ♥is ♥National ♥Heart ♥Month ♥

SunriseYoga Graphic Only with heart“Heart disease is far and away the No. 1 killer of Americans, claiming more lives than anything else, including all forms of cancer combined. And despite the perception that heart disease is what happens to older men, the reality is that more women die of heart disease than men. The numbers are stark: While 1 of every 30 female deaths is from breast cancer, 1 in 3 is from heart disease.” (Nancy Brown, CEO,American Heart Association, Huffington Post)

Wow! Those are frightening statistics! So, what do these statistics have to do with yoga?

Research shows that yoga can benefit one’s cardiac health!  According to Harvard Health Publication, “Hatha yoga’s path to balancing the mind and the body involves three interconnected threads: physical postures called “asanas,” controlled breathing, and calming the mind through relaxation and meditation. The three work together. How could this improve cardiovascular health? Getting into the various postures during a yoga session gently exercises the muscles. Anything that works your muscles is good for your heart and blood vessels. Activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar. The deep-breathing exercises help slow the breathing rate. Taking fewer but deeper breaths each minute temporarily lowers blood pressure and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for generating stress hormones. The postures and deep breathing offer a kind of physical meditation that focuses and clears the mind. Meditation and the mindfulness of yoga have both been shown to help people with cardiovascular disease.” (Read the entire article here.)

We could not have said it better ourselves! But wait, there’s more!

“Chronic emotional stress makes plaque build up twice as fast in the coronary arteries that feed the heart. Stress also causes the coronary arteries to constrict, reducing blood flow to the heart. It makes the platelets stickier and more likely to form blood clots that may precipitate a heart attack.Yoga is perhaps the most effective stress-reduction method ever invented.” This comes from Dean Ornish, MD, founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute (as quoted in Yoga Journal).

How is yoga helping you with your heart health? Let yoga and Sunrise Yoga Studio help you find a healthy heart journey.  And remember, today, February 7th is National Wear Red Day in support of heart health!  See you in the red!