Archive Monthly Archives: December 2015


Sunrise Yoga is thrilled announce the opening of our third studio space located directly across from our main front door! Our student population has grown significantly and it is our desire to make our yoga family as comfortable as we can. Students attending classes in the new space will still check in at the main studio. Come join us for our Space Clearing and Blessing Ceremony on Friday, January 1 at 12:00 noon to officially open our new space.

Thank you All for being a part of the Sunrise Yoga Family! Have a safe and blessed holiday!

What does Namaste Mean, Anyway?

Namaste (pronounced Nah-mah-stay) is used as a salutation in India and other countries in the East. It is similar, in a way, to “Aloha” in Hawaii. It has many meanings and uses, including “Hello” and “Goodbye” in verbal communication. In written communication it is used in a manner similar to how we use “Sincerely.” In short, it is a considerate way to acknowledge and pay respect to another.

Namaste is a Sanskrit word that has been given many meanings, and I encourage you to find one that works for you and make it your own. Here are some common examples of how it’s used:

*The spirit in me honors the spirit in you.
*The teacher in me acknowledges the teacher in you.
*The light in me sees the light in you.

If you study the origin of the word and meaning of each syllable, Namaste translates roughly to “Not me, but you.” Those who teach or want to deepen their practice are sharing with others what they have learned. It is not just for themselves. If saying Namaste is not for you, please refrain. Saying “thank you” in your heart for all who are with you in class and your teacher is quite appropriate.

So, for now, I leave you with Namaste.

What Yoga Teachers Can Learn From Ayurveda

As teachers continue to practice yoga, they will run into Ayurveda, the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. As you start to move deeper into your body, you start to crave the system of Ayurveda. There is better understanding of your body and your student’s bodies.

Ayurveda increases your effectiveness as a yoga teacher as it is all about aligning with nature’s rhythms and adopting the bigger rhythms as our body rhythms. As you learn more about day to day life changes, you can share that knowledge with your students.

Can Yoga Reduce Belly Fat?

In a word, yes. While not a quick fix, regular Yoga practice will help tone your body from head to toe and aid in weight loss in a holistic way. Targeting the abdominal area is the most challenging as it is the easiest area for weight gain and the most difficult to reduce. Combining a proper diet with regular Yoga practice will most definitely get you on your way to changing your body.

To shed pounds consistently, remember that the key is to burn more calories than you take in every day. And that’s good news, because excess fat around the abdominal area has been shown to raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Consider adding Yoga to your exercise regimen. It helps to burn calories as well as tone. Research also shows that it has the power to alter your eating patterns, your sleep habits, and your mood — all things that will affect how much weight you pack onto your waistline, and how quickly you can burn it off.