Archive Monthly Archives: March 2014

Additional FREE Classes in April at Sunrise Yoga Studio!

Two of our Yoga University 300-Hour Teacher Training candidates will graduate in the very near future!  We are proud of them and the hard work and hours they have put into their training and excited that they have reached this point in their yoga journeys.

As part of their graduation requirements, Anna Misior and Fran Gordon invite you to join them for FREE classes at Sunrise Yoga Studio! Anna’s class will take place on Friday, April 11th from 6:00-7:30 pm and Fran’s is scheduled for Friday, April 25th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Please see the information below for details!

Please Join Us!

FREE Yoga Class at Sunrise Yoga Studio April 11, 2014, 6:00-7:30 pm
2014 042514 Fran Gordon Final Exam Class

Reflections on Yoga Studies . . . a time of social sharing!

Brené Brown

Brené Brown, Author of The Gifts of Imperfection

Listen to author, Brené Brown, discuss The Gifts of Imperfection

Once a quarter, Sunrise Yoga serves as the host for a gathering for socializing and sharing insight as part of our effort to promote body, mind and spirit.  The group chooses a book or movie to discuss and gathers at the studio for time together.  There is no charge to attend these sessions!

Reflections on Yoga Studies begins with a potluck dinner and social time at 7:00 pm.  After enjoying some “catch-up” time in a relaxed atmosphere, the group then moves into discussion of the book or movie. This time of sharing fits well with Sunrise Yoga’s ideals of growth, balance and peace.

The next gathering of Reflections on Yoga Studies is this Friday, March 28th, at 7:00 pm.  The group selected Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are  for the discussion time.  Brené Brown serves on the faculty of University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she teaches on shame and empathy, global justice, qualitative research, and women’s issues.  You can learn more about her, her books and her research here and her Oprah’s Lifeclass course related to The Gifts of Imperfection here.

Join the Reflections on Yoga Studies group for a great time of sharing!  You are welcome any time!

♪ ♫ Music & Yoga ॐ

D. J. Stine, mountain dulcimer, at Sunrise Yoga

Listen to Sunrise Yoga student play the mountain dulcimer for the Friday Beginner Class

“Music, like yoga, has the power to tap into the deepest part of ourselves . . .” (

We are very fortunate to have talented musician, D. J. Stine, play the mountain dulcimer once a month for the Friday 10:00 am Beginner Yoga Class led by Kim Crawford.  Join D. J. and Kim this Friday, March 21st and enjoy the connection of ♫ Music & Yoga ॐ!



Stand Up Straight!

urdhva-hastasana-groupIn her article, “Better Posture 101” published in Yoga Journal, Julie Gudmestad says,

Your mom was right: You’ll look better and feel great if you stop slouching and stand up straight.
Yoga can help you do just that—in a way that honors your spine’s natural curves.”

Julie Gudmestad, P.T., has been active in Portland, Oregon, as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 30 years.  She has integrated Western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style, and has taught many workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.  She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and is the former author of the Yoga Journal column, “Anatomy of a Yogi.”  We are privileged to host her again this weekend, March 22nd & 23rd, for a weekend workshop focusing on anatomy awareness in asana of the hips, pelvis & low back.

Julie believes “by emphasizing proper form and alignment, students can reverse the effects of gravity while relieving the tensions of everyday life.”  In the article mentioned above, she goes on to say, ” Modern life conspires against good posture. We spend our days sitting at desks, staring at computer screens. When we travel, we do it in cars or—worse—airplanes. We lounge around in overstuffed chairs designed more for looks than for lumbar support. And we pay people to mow our lawns, tend our gardens, and remove our trash so we can spend more time working or driving or sitting. Nonsedentary cultures—with a few exceptions—don’t have the same epidemic of back and neck problems that we do. Picture a woman gracefully balancing a large basket of food on her head. To carry such a heavy weight, she must have a perfectly aligned spine and strong posture-support muscles. You don’t get that kind of alignment and strength from sitting around and watching the tube. You can, however, get it from a regular yoga practice.”

We invite you to learn more about this very important topic with Julie this weekend.  Attend the entire workshop or individual sessions.  Register online at Julie Gudmestad Workshop. Last year was a sell-out! We recommend early registration to confirm your space.

Saturday, March 22nd @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  &  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 23rd @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  &  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Total Workshop = $200

Individual Morning Session = $65
Individual Afternoon Session = $45




Connecting the Dots


As noted by Leslie Kaminoff, author of Yoga Anatomy, “A key element that distinguishes yoga practice from gymnastics or calisthenics is the intentional integration of breath, posture, and movement.  The essential yogic concepts that refer to these elements are beautifully expressed by a handful of coupled Sanskrit terms:

prana (upward spreading breath)/apana (downward contracting breath)
sthira (effort, steadiness)/sukha (ease)
brahmana (expansion)/langhana (reduction)
sukha (good space)/dukha (bad space)”

When your yoga journey first began, what did you hope to get from yoga? Were you seeking a single element of yoga (physical, spiritual)? Were you aware of the “bigger picture” of yoga? Did you know then the word “yoga” means “union” and the process of yoga seeks to find harmony of the mind, body and spirit?

As you progressed in yoga, at what point did you begin to “connect the dots”?  When did you experience yoga as something more than physical movement?  When did you notice the connection between breath and posture and movement and how has that made a difference for you? And, if you have not yet “connected the dots”, how can we help you?

Again quoting Leslie Kaminoff, “You possess a mind and a body that is currently inhaling and exhaling in a gravitational field. Therefore, you can benefit immensely from a process that enables you to think more clearly, breath more effortlessly, and move more efficiently.” Here’s to all three of those benefits and more!



Opportunities for Continuing Education at Sunrise Yoga Studio

Sunrise Yoga Studio - Yoga University

Sunrise Yoga Studio – Yoga University


There’s more to Yoga University than you might realize!  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.  What does this mean?

While Yoga University is the place for students who wish to become certified yoga instructors, Yoga University is also a resource for those who simply want to learn more about the practice of yoga.  Eleven weekends out of the year, Sunrise Yoga offers continuing education opportunities through “mini” courses available during our Yoga University weekends.  These courses range from asana practice, sanskrit, anatomy, meditation and more and are open to anyone who has practiced yoga for at least six months.  Is that you???

Would you like to be with others who also desire to be continuous learners in a friendly, welcoming environment?  Watch for more information on the upcoming April 4-6 Yoga University Continuous Education Weekend!  As Julia Child said, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”

See you at the studio!