Valerie Kiser is the owner and director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching yoga since 1999 and is a 500-hour experienced registered yoga teacher (500 E-RYT) and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) through the Yoga Alliance. Her first teacher training was completed with Cindy Dollar, an Iyengar-certified teacher in Asheville, NC. Valerie has completed a 1200-hour Advanced Teacher Training and Yoga Therapeutics certification from Sun and Moon Yoga Studios in Fairfax/Arlington, VA with JJ Gormley. Valerie is also a Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, a Relax and Renew Advanced Trainer ® (Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater), an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer, a certified Y4C (yoga for cancer) teacher, and an iRest Teacher-in-Training Level II (Yoga Nidra). She is an IAYT-certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and the co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy (an 800-hour program that certifies yoga therapists). Valerie believes that yoga is a practice that allows us to take charge of our own lives through growth, balance, and peace. Yoga is an exploration that leads us to greater awareness in mind, body, and spirit. Yoga brings union, harmony, and joy; it renews our energy and restores our spirit.
A yoga practice is about proper pose alignment and it is about moving the body, bones, and muscles, but it is not only about these things. Yoga is much, much more than that! It also brings an awareness to our lives as we move through our day, whatever we may be doing, with a calm and centered mindfulness and focus. The practice of yoga can boost our confidence when we put ourselves out there and try a yoga class for the very first time, being courageous and try a different class , or when we try a new class or a new pose that challenges us. We will only know what we can do when we put forth the effort to try. Yoga can bring about a peacefulness within us as we learn to accept ourselves exactly where we are. This acceptance puts us in a positive space to accept what we cannot change and to be who we are and comfortable in our own skin. We are each human and imperfect. Yoga is a loving act of self-care in our lives to accept ourselves in a pose or class. We can extend this care and acceptance in our daily lives and in how we interact with the world and people around us. At Sunrise Yoga, we encourage yogis to develop a home yoga practice and one that fosters acceptance, peace, confidence, calm and focus. If we do this with yoga, then we can pick up what we learn and take what we learn everywhere we go. It is possible to live in a world and practice the loving kindness that is within each of us. We hope you will try a yoga class soon and see for yourself what yoga can do for your well-being. If you are not sure where to begin, give us a call at 336-778-1233 or review the class descriptions on our website.
We are one. Namaste.