Archive Monthly Archives: January 2015

Intro to Yoga offered again! Feb 19-March 26

Back by popular demand, a new session of our Intro to Yoga series will begin again on Feb. 19th.  Yoga class photos - 092

This is an introductory series for those who are brand new to yoga. When describing the class, instructor Cathy Howe says, “If you search the internet for information about yoga classes, you will quickly discover a variety of styles and options from which to choose. And, many of the websites you visit will display beautiful (and mostly young) bodies in impossibly difficult yoga postures. While that is an admirable achievement for some, what about yoga for the rest of us? “Many potential newcomers immediately shy away, and with good cause. Without a foundation in the basics of yoga, how would you know that yoga is in fact accessible to everyone, and that yoga will happily ‘meet you where you are”, stiff and inflexible body and all!”

Intro to Yoga provides the opportunity to explore the basics in a safe, friendly and non-competitive environment with other students who are new to yoga. Learn a variety of simple yoga postures, how to do them safely and effectively, and – importantly – why we do them in the first place. Enroll in Intro to Yoga and discover how yoga can help you:

•Increase your strength and flexibility

•Reduce stress

•Alleviate the aches and pains of everyday living

•Achieve a sense of confidence and well-being

•Improve your balance, posture and sense of stability

The series will run from February 19 – March 26, Thursday evenings from 6 – 7 p.m.

$60 for the six-class series before 2/12; $70 after.

Designed for the new student ages 16-90

All shapes, sizes physical abilities welcome!

Enrollment deadline is February 12 / class size is limited and minimum enrollment is required.

Sorry, no refunds, no transfers, no make-ups.

Register here!


Upanishads Class with Guest Instructor Jarrod Whitaker, PhD

Friday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m.

The ancient Indian texts called the Upanishads are traditionally considered to contain mystical and universal truths. The primary Upanishads contain complex philosophical, religious, and ritual speculations and truth claims. However, such insights cannot be understood without an appreciation of the changing social, political, and religious environments in ancient India over a 500 year period. Dr. Whitaker will thus examine the earliest Upanishads by placing them within the context of the ancient India ritual system. In order to understand the changing views in the middle and late Upanishads, he will then discuss the rise of ascetic renouncer movements.

Join Dr. Jarrod Whitaker for a lively discussion about these amazing books and how they influenced Indian philosophy and culture and their significance in today’s modern world.

This is a lecture/presentation/open discussion class. No physical practice will be done. Reading the text is not required prior to the class. If you choose to do so, Jarrod recommends the translation, Upanishads by Patrick Olivelle.

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 an M.A. with First Class Honors in Religious Studies for the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1998) and a Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas at Austin (2005).


Jarrod Whitaker to teach at Sunrise Yoga, Clemmons, a history of the Sanskrit language, and an introduction to the Yoga Sutras, its socio-historical context and influences.

Registration fee= $20  ($25 after Jan. 16th)

Sign up under the “Workshops and Services” section of the website!  Hope to see you on Jan. 23rd for this fascinating discussion.