Archive Monthly Archives: May 2014

What is Reflections on Yoga Studies?

Mountains Are Mountains and Rivers Are Rivers: Applying Eastern Teachings to Everyday Life; Ilana Rabinowitz, Editor, Sunrise Yoga Studio Reflections on Yoga Studies, June 20, 2014

Reflections on Yoga Studies is a free to attend group that meets quarterly at Sunrise Yoga Studio to discuss books and watch films that relate to the yoga journey.  At the next meeting, the group will read and discuss Mountains Are Mountains and Rivers Are Rivers: Applying Eastern Teachings to Everyday Life;  Ilana Rabinowitz, Editor.  Amazon’s description of this book says, “An enlightening collection of some of the best writing on how to bring the practice of Eastern teachings into daily life.  This accessible, inspirational Zen reader brings together the work of some of the discipline’s most renowned writers, including Jack Kornfield, Robert Pirsig, Daniel Goleman, Syliva Boorstein, and Charlotte Joko Beck. Carefully compiled and free of jargon, the pieces deal with such subjects as achieving peace of mind, coping with stress, enhancing creativity, finding meaningful work, and improving relationships.”

Enjoy a potluck and some social time at 7:00 pm followed by the book discussion at 7:45 pm. No pre-registration is required.

Future group meetings are planned for Friday, September 19th and Friday, December 12th.

It’s Time for Smitty’s “Best of” Survey!

Smitty's Notes Best of Winston-Salem 2014 at Sunrise Yoga Clemmons

This is the time of year when a number of “contests” roll around . . . the contests where your vote is a means of expressing your opinions and supporting the businesses and organizations in your community with which you interact.  We, of course, love it when Sunrise Yoga Studio ranks well in these contests because that means you took the time to express your opinion and we greatly value your time!

The voting is now open for The 8th Annual Smitty’’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” Contest!   We would very much appreciate you choosing Sunrise Yoga Studio as The Best Yoga Studio (#84 on Smitty’s extensive list).  The contest runs through June 30th.

Here are ways you can vote:

1. Click here to visit the survey and vote.
2. Show up in class for your favorite teachers at your favorite studio.
3. Pay loving attention to your life and those in your life.
4. All of the above.

We’d like to hear about the other businesses and organizations you thought deserved a “Best” vote! Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!


May is . . .

The month of May is full of celebrations . . . Mother’s Day, end of school parties, Graduations . . . but it is also a month where the focus is on awareness of two serious afflictions, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Arthritis is our nation’s leading cause of disability and affects one in five American adults.  It can destroy joints, bones and other connective tissue.  Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that causes bones to be weak and more easily breakable.  Nine million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and another 43 million have low bone density.

What does this have to do with yoga?  According to, “People with arthritis, who need regular physical activity to keep joints flexible, maintain muscle tone and manage weight, may find yoga a perfect way to exercise. The gentle, flowing poses can be less stressful on sore joints than other types of movement.”  And, from, “According to physician and yoga expert Mary Schatz, M.D., yoga can stimulate the bones to retain calcium, provided the body gets enough calcium in the first place. It does this through weight-bearing poses (like arm balances, inversions, and standing poses) that affect the whole spine, arms, shoulders, elbows, legs, knees, ankles, and feet, while encouraging full range of motion. B.K.S. Iyengar, master of yoga’s therapeutic applications, explains the benefits of yoga by means of what he calls its “squeezing and soaking” actions. He contends that through the process of squeezing out the old, stale blood or lymphatic fluids and soaking the area with fresh, oxygenated blood or fluids, yoga helps the body to utilize the nutrients it needs.”

Even with this positive endorsement of yoga, a difficult part of dealing with any situation that is associated with physical pain is getting past the “I can’t do that!” mindset.  At Sunrise Yoga, we teach in the Iyengar style of yoga which means we utilize props such as the Yoga Wall, straps, blocks, blankets, and sandbags, all of which are provided for students by the studio at no charge when utilized.  Yoga props provide support, confidence, and relaxation for any yoga student, not just those with limitations such as arthritis and osteoporosis.  Additionally, our instructors can, if needed, modify and adapt poses to accommodate limitations.

Do you know someone who is letting a physical limitation hold them back?  Invite them to Sunrise Yoga and let us help them get started on their own yoga journey!

Today is No Socks Day (something yogis celebrate daily!)!

No Socks Day 2014 at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons


Today, May 8, 2014, is No Socks Day, a day to “to free your feet from socks and stockings and to give your toes a breath of fresh air (”.  For all the yogis out there, being without socks is common but, you may wonder, why is yoga practiced barefoot?  Does being barefoot intimidate some beginner yoga students?

According to, “healthy alignment is key to a healthy pose.  When you practice barefoot, you are able to be more aware of your feet and a better judge of your alignment in the yoga pose.  In yoga, everything begins from the foundation (your feet) and moves upward. You find your stability, balance and contact with the floor (all essential for standing poses) with bare feet.” 

So, send your socks on a sabbatical in honor of No Socks Day and come get your toes on the yoga studio floor! Your feet (and the rest of you, too!) will be glad you did.

p.s. Tomorrow is Lost Sock Memorial Day . . . how fitting this is “celebrated” the day after No Socks Day!


Explore the Art, Science & Method of Yoga through Mini-Classes!

Explore the Art, Science & Method of Yoga through Mini-Classes at Sunrise Yoga Studio

Each month at Sunrise Yoga Studio, students have the opportunity to explore the Art, Science and Method of yoga through mini-classes offered through our continuing education program within our Yoga University.  These classes are a resource for those who want to learn more about the practice of yoga and for those who need continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. No long term commitment is necessary and the classes are only $40.00 each!  Six months of recent yoga classes is the only requirement to participate!

This weekend, May 10th-11th, choose from the following mini-classes:

Saturday, May 10th @ 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm
Enjoy a yoga class & then spend time breaking down seated poses to more deeply understand alignment and benefits.
Register Here
Saturday, May 10th @ 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Learn about your body’s muscles, discuss the sequencing of standing poses to help your home practice, and enjoy a yoga class.
Register Here
Sunday, May 11th @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Begin your day with pranayama and meditation. Then, discuss Yamas (ethical principles) from the Yoga Sutras enjoy a yoga class.
Register Here
Sunday, May 11th @ 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Enjoy a yoga class & then spend time breaking down seated poses to more deeply understand alignment and benefits.
Register Here

What mini-class topics interest you?  Come join Valerie for guidance with advanced training in the art and science of personal and spiritual development and healing. Normal studio cancellation policy applies.