Archive Monthly Archives: August 2016

Thank you Dianne!

Dianne Matthews

Dianne was Sunrise Yoga Studio’s Office Manager since the Fall of 2015, up until mid-summer 2016. She has since accepted an opportunity to work full-time.  We miss her and are grateful for the time she was here with us.   Dianne enjoyed being a part of the Sunrise Yoga family.  She values time spent with family and friends and sharing her radiance with others.  Her positive, natural, and joyful attitude as Office Manager were contagious!  We wish her the very best and hope to see her in classes at Sunrise Yoga.

Thank you Dianne!  We know you will shine wherever you are!

Much love from all of us at Sunrise Yoga Studios!

Namaste,

Valerie, Amber, Colleen, Claudia, Cathy, Becky, Karen H., Karen F.,  Jessie, Sandra, Kim, Gwen, Elaine, and on behalf of each Sunrise yogi member who loved seeing your beautiful smile as they entered the studio

Instructor Highlight-Featuring Sandra Wells

Sunrise Yoga has amazing, caring and gifted instructors. Attention is given to each student as they give instruction to aid their well-being. This post will highlight Sandra Wells. Yoga has brought balance to her life as well as the ability to honor time for herself. Sandra shares those with all her students through her teaching. Sandra is a former triathlete, marathoner, and competitive cyclist who still enjoys running and cycling. As such, she found that Yoga brought balance to her body as well as her mind. Her particular interests are for sharing her love of yoga with kids and families. Sandra says she teaches yoga because she wants to share the tremendous benefits yoga has to offer for the physical body and for the mind. She wants students to have fun and to enjoy the sense of community during her classes. She is a Level 2 Radiant Child Certified Instructor and has completed the 330-hour teacher training program at Triad Yoga Institute. She is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and E-RYT200 with Yoga Alliance. She has also completed a Certification program for Prenatal Yoga. She has completed the Triad Yoga’s 500-hour teacher training program.

Experience Sandra’s Level 2 Yoga class Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:30 pm and Level 1 Yoga Monday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm. Come by the studio so you get to know her!

Ways to Quiet Yourself Through Meditation

Everyone thinks that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. That is part of the process for sure. But the most important thing for you to know is that small doses of regular meditation actually are intended to make you MORE mindful of your situation and the world, and to handle stress better… rather than merely avoiding it.

Practicing meditation is not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the peace that spiritual traditions talk about that passes all understanding.

Deepak Chopra says ” meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there’s little space between every thought” Here’s more from Deepak on this …

How to Quiet Your Mind During Meditation

Keep your eyes closed, and bring your awareness into your heart, right in the middle of the chest. With all of your awareness try to see, sense, feel your heartbeat. See if you can sense your heartbeat either as a sound or a sensation.

Now that you’re experiencing your heartbeat as a sound or a sensation, bring your awareness to your fingertips, to your hands. See where my hands are? Bring your awareness into your fingertips. You can open you eyes and peek for a second and then go back with your eyes closed. Feel your heartbeat in your fingertips. You feel that? You’ve just diverted blood flow to your hands. This is one of the fastest ways to relieve a migraine headache.

Now bring your awareness back into your heart and just mentally repeat the four words that I’m going to ask you to repeat, mentally.

Peace. Harmony. Laughter. Love.

Do that for two minutes and now move your awareness anywhere in your body that you want to bring healing to. You don’t have to visualize anything, you don’t have to say anything, just bring your awareness. Just bringing awareness to these different parts of your body will bring consciousness, which is healing.

Finally, come back to your heart, and in one minute or so say again those four words: Peace. Harmony. Laughter. Love. Remember those are the goals of all the other goals in our life, whatever we want, ultimately that’s what we want. So repeat: Peace. Harmony. Laughter. Love.

Now keep your awareness in your heart and just for one minute, experience gratitude. You experience gratitude by thinking of all the things you’re already grateful for. The more you experience gratitude, the more you’ll attract things in your life that will make you feel even more grateful. Do that for a second, a few seconds, relax into your body, and open your eyes. This is a healing meditation.
Now that is a simple technique. If you really spend time with those 4 words… and really put your heart into them…. you WILL bring peace, harmony, laughter and love into you life in greater and greater amounts.

What IS The Right Yoga Class Level for a Beginner?

So, you are new to yoga, your first time stepping into a studio and haven’t a clue where to begin. No worries because the instructors here at Sunrise, who are all certified and staff are quite knowledgeable in answering questions and leading you in the right direction. After all, the last thing you want to happen is you becoming injured. Class descriptions for all of our class offerings are available to assist you in making the appropriate selection. The following classes are considered appropriate for students who are brand new to yoga: Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, All Levels Yoga, Back Care Yoga, Restorative Yoga, or Level 1 Yoga. It is imperative that you inform your instructor of any medical issues, concerns or recent injuries. This will enable them to make modifications for you while you are getting the most out of the yoga class.

Here at Sunrise Yoga, new students and those who have not practiced in years can be at ease. If you are in the process of considering yoga classes, know that you are welcome to join the Sunrise Yoga family. Namaste.