Archive Monthly Archives: February 2019

Yoga Workshops!

Why does Sunrise Yoga bring in outside instructors for yoga workshops?

The yoga and meditation classes regularly offered at Sunrise Yoga, as well as workshops taught by Sunrise Yoga instructors, already provide a variety of opportunities and class specialties in order to make yoga and meditation available to all. We want everyone to feel not only welcome in our studio but excited to connect with a class/workshop appropriate for the yoga experience level while also addressing physical and emotional wellbeing.

Author and yoga instructor, Kathleen Bryant, writing for YogaBasics.com, believes “participating in a yoga workshop is empowering.” Why? What does that mean?

Valerie Kiser, yoga class, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCIn a regular yoga class, you are a participant student. You see and hear the directions from your instructor and move into and out of yoga poses. Your focus is primarily on your instructor and yourself. And your time in the class is usually between 60 to 90 minutes.

In specialized yoga workshops, you are also a participant student, but additionally, you are an observer, a researcher, and an explorer. Typically, a yoga workshop topic is covered through instruction, demonstration, explanation, and experimentation, sometimes over several extended sessions/days. The instructor is someone with extensive knowledge, education, and experience on the yoga workshop topic and is an expert at communicating and translating that expertise into useful, practical information for those attending the yoga workshop.

Yoga workshops help you deepen your yoga practice and discover new yoga connections. Again quoting Kathleen Bryant, “The intensive focus of a workshop will answer questions you didn’t even know you had, and help you feel established in a yoga lifestyle.”Julie Gudmestad, PT, Weekend Yoga Workshop, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

The yoga workshop environment should provide opportunity for questions that can be difficult to ask in a regular yoga class. Because the focus of a workshop is more specific, the questions can be addressed more extensively, and feedback offered in a more individualized and customized manner.

Julie Gudmestad, PT, Weekend Yoga Workshop, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCReflecting on past workshops at Sunrise Yoga through images taken during the workshops, one can quickly see that the workshops also offer opportunities to socialize, connect with other yogis, and genuinely have fun while learning. While in the explorer mode, one can find new ideas, new friends, and new introspection, in addition to developing a deeper yoga practice.

So, getting back to the original question, why does Sunrise Yoga utilize outside instructors for yoga workshops?

Well, our instructors like to learn too! Many of our instructors are the first to sign up for a yoga workshop by a visiting instructor. They know these workshops often fill up quickly and they don’t want to miss the opportunity to be a student. Their philosophy is “Semper discendum” . . . Always learn!

Additionally, an outside instructor brings a fresh perspective to the studio. Often, these instructors visit studios throughout the country and even internationally. They help us to “see” the studio, both physically and perceptually, through different eyes. These instructors’ opinions are valued and aid us in improving on what we do well and changing anything that isn’t up to par.

Are you ready to participate in a yoga workshop? Our workshops are posted on the workshops tab of the web site and in the Sunrise Yoga app. Registration is simple and easy!

Upcoming yoga workshops with visiting instructors at Sunrise Yoga include:

Julie Gudmestad, PT, Weekend Yoga Workshop, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCWeekend Workshop with Julie Gudmestad, PT and Iyengar-teacher, Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd-24th
Julie visits Sunrise Yoga annually and is well known around the world for her Anatomy Awareness in Asana workshops. For us, she will teach an asana workshop integrating just a sprinkling of anatomy to help illustrate important structural and alignment points. She specializes in beginning with simple movements for all levels of students and then gradually building to more challenging poses so that everyone is challenged in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This is an ideal workshop to take if you have never done one before. It’s also great for all students and teachers! (Prerequisite: 6 months of yoga experience. This will be an active workshop and is not appropriate for students with acute injuries or severely limiting conditions.)

Register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio.

Sound Immersion with Percussionist Bill Smith, Sunday, April 7th, 5:00-6:00 pmSound Immersion by Percussionist Bill Smith at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NC
Discover a new level of relaxation and tranquility as you let the vibrations of gongs, bells and other instruments wash over you. A type of sound therapy, the sonic frequencies of these instruments have been known to alter brainwave states with positive results on a cellular and neurological level. After this type of practice, participants can have reduced stress, a better quality of sleep, a profound sense of calm and focus and a refreshed feeling and outlook. (Workshop cost is $12 if you register by April 1st; $15 after. Sunrise Yoga members receive a 10% discount when registering at the front desk.)
Visit Bill’s web site and listen to samples of his music! His music is also available on YouTube!

Register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio.

Sunrise Yoga Studio Weekend Yoga Workshops with Valerie KiserAND, this weekend, you can try a yoga workshop with Valerie Kiser, owner/director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy! Valerie’s expertise is quite well known in the yoga world!
Saturday 2/23 @ 9 am – 1 pm
Asana practice and anatomy lecture with focus on the lumbar spine.
Sunday 2/24 @ 9 am – 1 pm
Meditation & pranayama; asana practice focused on seated poses; history of yoga lecture.

Deepen your yoga practice & knowledge. Only 6 months prior yoga experience required, at Level 1 and above.
Members receive a 20% discount when registering at the front desk.

Register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio.

If you have suggestions for future yoga workshops, please let us know! If you have questions about yoga, yoga classes, yoga workshops, or any of the visiting instructors, please email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.

We hope to see you in one (or more!) of these fabulous yoga workshops! Remember you can register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio!!

☼ Happy ♥ Day! ☼

Here’s an easy, significant Valentine you can give!Sunrise Yoga Studio partners with Clemmons Food Pantry in February's Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign

During the month of February, Sunrise Yoga Studio is participating in the Clemmons Food Pantry’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign.

A donation to the Clemmons Food Pantry through Sunrise Yoga Studio of $25 or more automatically enters the donor in a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! Additionally, for every guest/new student at Sunrise Yoga during the month of February, Sunrise Yoga will donate $10.

Plus, Sunrise Yoga will match all donations made by Sunrise Yoga students!

Clemmons Food Pantry is a local non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to residents of Forsyth County who are in need. The Pantry was established in 2004 and since that time has extended its services to more than 175,000 people, serving more than 700 households a month. Each year over 320,000 pounds of food are distributed to needy individuals and families by the Pantry.

As the CFP notes, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking only the destitute, homeless or “other people” need food assistance. Hunger does not discriminate by age, gender or ethnicity – and you would be surprised how many people in our community are food insecure.”

According to CFP statistics, among households seeking food assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank’s regional network of partners:
69% have had to choose between buying food & paying utilities
68% have had to choose between food & medicine/medical care
66% have had to choose between food & paying for housing
65% have had to choose between food & paying for transportation
24% have had to choose between food & paying for education

In 2015, CFP began the “Client Choice” program, which allows clients to select their own groceries. CFP’s client facility resembles a small grocery store, and clients use shopping carts to choose for themselves what products they receive. Giving clients the opportunity to choose their own food lets them have a sense of dignity and control, limits waste (since they tend not to take food they won’t use) and allows them to tailor the help they receive to be the best possible fit for their own unique situation.

And with no paid employees, the CFP is able to use the majority of monetary donations to purchase food from Second Harvest as well as meat and produce from retailers and distributors.

A family of four can be fed for one month for $144. How many months can we help a family?

Be a good yogi. Give a great Valentine!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, supports the Clemmons Food Pantry's February Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

Email (Info@SunriseYoga.net) or call (336-778-1233) the studio of you would like to join Sunrise Yoga Studio in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign for Clemmons Food Pantry.

You should be perfect for this job!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYour résumé is an ideal match for a role that is extremely important and critically vital. And, there’s no need to apply for the position! You’re already hired!

Plan your hours, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYou are now, and always have been, Time Manager of your adult life. And you are the only one qualified to fill the role.

Oh sure, you may also have a J-O-B but that only consumes a portion of your life and time. Of the 168 hours in a week, how many of them do you truly manage, and, when you manage them, how are they being used? The more those hours bring to your overall satisfaction, the better you become to yourself and to others.Time flies, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Rocks Pebbles Sand Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe story of the empty jar is one you’ve likely heard. The version below is from The Pursuit of Impact.

A philosophy professor once stood before his class with a large empty jar. He filled the jar with large rocks and asked his students if the jar was full. The students said that yes, the jar was full.

He then added small pebbles to the jar and asked again, “Is the jar full now?” The students agreed that the jar was indeed full.

The professor then poured sand into the jar and asked again. The students then agreed that the jar was finally full.

Until you value yourself, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe professor went on to explain that the jar signifies one’s life. The rocks are equivalent to the most important things in your life, such as family, health, and relationships. And if the pebbles and the sand were lost, the jar would still be full and your life would still have a meaning.

The pebbles represent the other things that matter in your life, such as your work, school, and house. These things often come and go, and are not permanent or essential to your overall well-being.

And finally, the sand represents the remaining small stuff and material possessions in your life. These things don’t mean much to your life as a whole and are likely only done to waste time or get small tasks accomplished.

The metaphor here is that if you start with putting sand into the jar, you will not have room for rocks or pebbles. This holds true for the things you let into your life too. If you spend all of your time on the small and insignificant things, you will run out of room for the things that are actually important. So in order to have a more effective life, you should prioritize important things in your life and then worry about pebbles and sand at a later time.

Time is limited. Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC“As a spiritual symbol the stone or the rock represents that which is eternal or truth itself. And in some traditions the stones are considered to be individual spirits, or—as in Jewish mystical traditions—silent beings. Even in yoga, stones and rocks are not without consciousness. They still contain the three gunas like all physical objects, but they simply have much more ‘tamas’—the slow and dense guna,” says Helen Avery in Wanderlust Media. (“There are three gunas, according to this worldview, that have always been and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world. These three gunas are called: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic), according to Wikipedia.)

Yoga is a system of wellbeing that encompasses spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical attributes. To move through our favorite yoga sequence requires patience, focus, and a deep stillness of the mind. Yoga is all about achieving wellbeing. And understanding our priorities and the management of our time contributes to that wellbeing.

 

You’re writing the story of your life, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

“Yoga doesn’t take time. It gives you time.”  – Ganga White

The empty jar/rocks/pebbles/sand approach to prioritization and time management can, of course, be used to identify an overall life plan, but it works equally well for segments of life as well. For instance, if “Family” is one of your big rocks in your Life jar, you can envision a separate empty jar for Family and identify the big rocks related specifically to Family. Similarly, you could have a Yoga jar!

Time equals life, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons,, NCHave you thought about what the big rocks would be if you had a Yoga jar? Has Sunrise Yoga helped you keep those big rocks as priorities? Do you have big rocks that were left out of your Yoga jar or that you would like to add to your Yoga jar? How do you go about keeping yoga a priority in your Life jar?

If you are new to Sunrise Yoga and you’re still exploring your Yoga jar, consider giving our Sunrise Yoga 30 for 30 plan a try! This plan is available to all new students and gives you unlimited 30 days of yoga on your first visit to our studio for only $30. It’s a great bargain! For less than the price of 2 drop-in classes, you can attend daily practice in all on-going, scheduled classes for 30 consecutive days (This does exclude “series” classes and special events.).

If you are already a student at Sunrise Yoga and you are refining your Yoga big rocks, then a class card or a Sunrise Yoga membership is a great approach to exploring and identifying what goes into your Yoga jar! There are many benefits to being a Sunrise Yoga member!

Still have questions? Please email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.