What is today?

If today could be summed up in a sketch . . .

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC yoga sketch. . . what would you draw?

Or if you could capture today in a photograph, what would your camera capture?

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC foggy road

Trying to encapsulate a day with a sketch or photo or words or by any other means can be quite difficult. Our days are full and often over scheduled. Taking the time to even think how a day would be “captured” much less actually capturing it may seem a frivolous use of time.

Yoga is defined as union or unite.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYoga, in Sanskrit, means to completely know yourself and to be at peace in yourself,” says gaia.com.

Yet, we can’t be at peace without slowing ourselves down, stopping, assessing, reflecting.

If you can’t take time every day to capture your life, at least take time once a week to do that. Make your yoga or meditation time a means of slowing down. Make yoga and meditation a time of uniting yourself with yourself.

 

Maybe you can’t sketch. Maybe you aren’t a photographer. Maybe you aren’t a poet. Maybe you don’t journal.

But, you do yoga. You meditate.

You, therefore, are an artist. Use your artistry to be at peace.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

 

 

 

If you haven’t found the yoga or meditation class for you, please contact us for assistance. We have many classes for all levels and we can help you find the class for you, the artist.

October is . . .

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, October National Breast Cancer Month

 

October is . . .

. . . a time of pumpkin spice everything and usually, lots of fall color! We typically think of fall color including oranges and yellows and reds but fall color also includes a lot of PINK!Pink Fall Leaves

October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the awareness materials and branding are pink! During October, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and collaborating organizations work to raise awareness of the importance of early detection steps and treatments.

According to Wikipedia, “In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol.” This symbol is quite prevalent all year long but especially in October.

 

The breastcancer.org site notes that,

“Research in breast cancer patients has shown that yoga may be able to help:

improve physical functioning
reduce fatigue
reduce stress
improve sleep
improve quality of life

Kim Crawford, Sunrise Yoga Studio Instructor, Breast Cancer SurvivorOur own Sunrise Yoga instructor, Kim Crawford, discovered yoga as part of her breast cancer journey. She tried yoga to improve her range of motion after breast cancer treatments but discovered much more!

Kim says, “Yoga helped me through that journey and I guess my one thought about yoga and breast cancer is that they are both personal journeys. Once I committed to yoga my breast cancer journey became easier, calmer, less frightening and stressful. Yoga gave me strength from within.”

Cancer is scary regardless of who it affects and where it attacks. Research is improving every day and we are, hopefully, coming closer and closer to cures for all the types of cancers that exist.

In February, Sunrise Yoga will host Cheryl Fenner Brown, C-IYAT, ERYT 500, and her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship workshop to Sunrise Yoga. While this workshop is only for yoga teachers and health care practitioners, we want you to know about it as our Sunrise Yoga instructors will be participating! We want to do what we can to help raise awareness and beat the odds for our yoga students.Cheryl Fenner Brown, Yoga for Cancer Survivorship, workshop at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Be diligent in staying aware of your health. The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers a free “Know the Symptoms” Guide for breast cancer. Download it and do a self-assessment.

If you feel comfortable, share your yoga and cancer story with us. You might be the “pink push” someone else needs!

Questions for us about how yoga can help with cancer? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.

Make Time to Hang Out!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallIf the thought of hanging from straps attached to a wall intimidates you, you aren’t alone! “I had assumed wall yoga was just for yogi pros, but I was totally wrong,” says Chelsey Hamilton for Health.com. “I kept seeing impressive images of yogis suspended in acrobatic poses. Although they seemed so graceful floating in midair, I was having a hard time picturing myself attempting these gravity-defying feats. I worried I wasn’t quite experienced enough.”

Ms. Hamilton’s concern didn’t last long . . . and neither should yours!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Wall“The principle behind the Yoga Wall has been around for decades, originally designed by BKS Iyengar in the form of ropes attached to wall hooks to assist students in various yoga asana (poses),” notes The Great Yoga Wall. Today’s updated version consists of spring loaded sockets mounted in the wall that can receive adjustable straps that accommodate every height and body type.

 

The Great Yoga Wall notes the following benefits of practicing on the yoga wall where gravity can be appreciated and utilized:Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Wall

Builds strength in both the large and small muscle groups

Aides in the ability to access various muscle groups in poses they are not yet able to achieve on the mat

Offers many therapeutic benefits helping individuals heal from athletic injuries, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and Sciatica

Can be used as a work-out tool to aid competitive athletes in cross-training and preparation for competitions

Allows one to do hundreds of poses

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallCan help students work through fear, build confidence, etc., so that they are able to take what they’ve learned on the Yoga Wall, to their mats and into their daily lives

Uses specific postures and positioning, movement and breath, awareness to open the joints, connective tissue

Allows standing postures, forward and back bends, twists and inversions

Helps us feel great after doing yoga, because it is a balanced physical practice designed to open the spine in every direction

 

Just as a good yoga teacher can help you develop further in a yoga pose, so too can experiencing yoga in near weightless state by using the yoga wall! And an environment with a great yoga wall instructor (i.e., Sunrise Yoga Studio owner and director, Valerie Kiser) and an expanse of yoga wall together creates phenomenal opportunities for development in your yoga practice!Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Wall, with owner and director, Valerie Kiser

The Spirit of Yoga notes, “It is said in Yoga, that ‘you are only as old as your spine.’ Thus, as long as you have a healthy and flexible spine, your ability to participate in life is endless! To open the spine in every direction without compression = hang upside down and practice yoga!”

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallCome “hang” with us at Sunrise Yoga! We offer a Yoga Wall class on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:45 am. AND, we have a special Select Your Study session on Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00-7:30 pm, that is a spinal sequence on the Yoga Wall!

Class size is limited. Level 1 and above. Register through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Florence is a beautiful name. It is of Latin origin and means blossoming and prosperous. Of course, if your first name is “Hurricane“, the name isn’t quite as beautiful.

Hurricane Florence first appeared off the coast of the Carolinas in late August. She took her own sweet time in making up her mind where to make landfall and then literally slow danced her way through North and South Carolina leaving evidence of her presence along the way.

Many communities are suffering greatly from Hurricane Florence‘s devastation. More than 30 people died during the storm, most trapped in their cars by flooding. Towns like Wilmington and New Bern are dealing with catastrophic flooding with homes, businesses, and roads under water. More than 19,000 people fled to shelters in North Carolina and around 900,000 power outages were reported. Private meteorologists estimate $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damages. (Picture to the right is of Sunrise Yoga instructor and shelter volunteer, Cathy Howe, with Hurricane Florence evacuee, Frederick, at the Winston-Salem shelter opened for hurricane victims.)Sunrise Yoga Instructor, Cathy Howe, with Hurricane Fran evacuee, Frederick

What does this have to do with yoga?

Sunrise Yoga is lending a hand to the impacted communities across North and South Carolina as they begin to recover from the terrible flooding from Hurricane Florence in September.

American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Disaster ReliefWe will accept monetary donations from September 17th-September 30th for the American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief in conjunction with a special FREE yoga class to celebrate National Yoga Month.

Join us for this FREE yoga class!FREE Yoga Class at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, to raise funds for American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Saturday, September 22nd, 10:30-11:30 am.

Can’t make the class? Drop off or mail your donation at/to the studio.

Register for this FREE yoga class through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.
https://www.sunriseyoga.net/schedule/

Attendees who are NEW to Sunrise Yoga may also take advantage of a ONE DAY ONLY special offer! 30 Days of Yoga for $25! (Available only to those NEW to Sunrise Yoga. Must attend this class and must purchase in studio.)

Yoga for good! See you Saturday!

National Positive Thinking Day

☼ It’s National Positive Thinking Day! ☼

National Positive Thinking Day#OnePositiveThought

The Life is Good® apparel and accessories company conducted a survey this summer on optimism and positivity and ran a campaign leading up to today, National Positive Thinking Day. The goal was to “put more positivity into the world, one post at a time.” For every positive thought shared, Life is Good® donated $1 to the Life is Good Kids Foundation to support the men and women who dedicate their careers to helping children heal from the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.

Overall, the survey found that 75% of us are optimistic and 25% are pessimistic, and even though 54% feel negative about world affairs, 86% are still optimistic for the future.

Krishna Kumar Mishra, Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, in Optimism as Predictor of Good Life, cited a 1985 study (Scheier and Carver) which states, “individuals who hold positive expectations for the future are assumed to believe that good things will occur in their lives, and tend to see desired outcomes as attainable and to persist in their goal-directed efforts. In contrast, individuals who hold negative outcome expectations for their future are assumed to expect bad things to happen, and tend to withdraw effort more easily,  become passive  and finally  to give  up on  achieving their  goals.”  Mishra’s own study of 426 participants “revealed that optimism was positively correlated with life satisfaction.”

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC“One study highlighted how optimism or pessimism may affect, or even predict, your recovery from a major life event. Those who had a more positive outlook bounced back faster than those who did not,” according to Georgetown Medical Clinic. Additionally, optimists tend to, “Be more likely to practice preventive health measures because they believe their actions make a difference.”

Further, “Optimists tend to see setbacks as specific, temporary, and changeable. Because of this, they are motivated to take action. Non-optimists tend to look at setbacks as general, permanent, and hopeless—symptoms of widespread failure that cannot be changed or managed.”

Two statistics from the Life is Good® survey showed:

People who meditate are 9% more likely to be optismistic than those who don’t.

People who meditate are more optimisticPeople who exercise at least once a week are 41% more likely to be optimistic than those who don’t.People who exercise are more optimistic

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe Art of Living suggests the ability “to control our mind and keep it centered” is a “skill can be nurtured when we give our minds the time and space to decelerate and rest for a while.” The site suggests twenty minutes of meditation per day can facilitate this.

“The peace and happiness we access on our mats is no accident.

 

 

Although many write it off as just another exercise-induced dopamine high, yoga goes deeper than that. The mind-body connection created in yoga is thought to facilitate change at a cellular level.

When we weave positive intention into our movements, we are imprinting these thoughts, not only on our minds, but also on our bodies. We are effecting change on our mat that will allow for change off our mat,” states Caroline Layzell, in DoYouYoga.

Plus, “The more positive, blissful, and happy we are, the more sharp and alert we become,” according to Hengameh Fazeli, Gaia.com.

Arun Goel, Health and Yoga, that to develop positivism, we must embrace the concept of “Attitudinal” Yoga. According to this concept of yoga, the path to a positive attitude can be found through a 3-step approach, namely,

  • Awareness
  • Acceptance; and
  • Attitude

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCAt Sunrise Yoga, you will find the opportunity to reduce stress, to breathe freely, and to gain strength, flexibility, and peace of mind and as the Sunrise Yoga Studio logo suggests, we are about growth, balance, and peace. We want our studio, and ultimately your yoga practice, to find the mind, body, spirit connection that comes from the practice of yoga and meditation.

Life is Good® listed 10 reasons yoga is for optimists:

1. Celebrate – yoga celebrates little wins …maybe even just showing up to class or touching your toes!

2. Change your perspective – being upside down can flip a negative outlook right on its head.

3. Taking time to relax and unplug  – “me time” is so important to your well-being, and yoga can be that perfect time to shift your focus inward and do something good for yourself.

4. Improve your mood – Even optimists can find themselves in a bad mood – yoga is proven to improve and elevate your mood, especially through back bending poses like Bow or Wheel.

5. Breathing – Deep breathing that is done during yoga is one of the best and easiest stress relievers. It also helps to oxygenate the blood and awaken the brain. Doing some deep breathing exercises for just a few minutes can help reset your whole day.

6. Trying something new – shutting down the negative voice in your head that says you will fall if you try a new arm balance or try to tackle the crow pose. Shut off the “I don’t think I can do this” part of your brain and get to it.

7. Meditation – letting go of all thoughts, releasing negativity and tension, and creating new space for new opportunities.

8. Overcoming the impossible and conquering fears – sitting silently in stillness or diving into an impossible looking/challenging pose can be very scary! With consistent yoga practice things become possible, and can make you more resilient and prone to looking for the silver lining.

9. Healthy body – yoga helps to achieve fitness goals and improve health conditions in the body which leads to an overall better life.

10. Gratitude – yoga teaches you to live in the present and be grateful for what you have and what you can do now.

 

We have classes for all levels of experience in both yoga and meditation at Sunrise Yoga Studio. Celebrate National Positive Thinking Day by participating in a class and let’s spread a little more optimism and positivity into the world!Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

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

 

Use the hashtag #OnePositiveThoughtWithSYSYoga and share your thoughts with us!

In celebration of National Yoga Month, Sunrise Yoga is offering a FREE YOGA class for students NEW to Sunrise Yoga Studio on Saturday, September 22nd, 10:30-11:30 am! Attendees may also take advantage of a ONE DAY ONLY special offer! 30 Days of Yoga for $25! (Available only to those new to Sunrise Yoga. Must attend this class and must purchase in studio.)

 

National Yoga Month!

☼ September is National Yoga Month! ☼

National Yoga Month - Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

. . . of course, we think EVERY month should be National Yoga Month, but the Department of Health & Human Services has designated September as the time period to “educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle (as stated by Yoga Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization, that fosters an awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits and provides individuals with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being).

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYoga’s reputation is one of increasing flexibility, reducing back pain, and stress reduction. It has been used by Medical Professionals as part of a comprehensive program to lower risk of heart disease and can be an effective tool towards mindful eating, and weight management.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

 

 

 

 

A regular practice of yoga leads to healthier food choices in the appropriate amounts. You learn to listen to the body’s cues of hunger and satiety,” says Nova Southeastern University.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCHealthCorps.org notes, “Back in 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated this month as National Yoga Awareness Month, one of a select number of yearly health calendar observances. During the first year of this designation, thousands of yoga enthusiasts participated in a ten-city yoga health festival tour that featured lectures, classes, music, entertainment, and exhibits. The movement has grown worldwide with global awareness campaigns helping to educate, inspire, and motivate people to adopt a healthier lifestyle with yoga being one possible core habit.”

On Saturday, September 22nd, Sunrise Yoga Studio will honor and celebrate National Yoga Month by offering a FREE yoga class for those NEW to Sunrise Yoga Studio.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, National Yoga Month, Free Yoga ClassCelebrate National Yoga Month with the owner and director of Sunrise Yoga, Valerie Kiser, 10:30-11:30 am and take advantage of a One Day Only Special Offer of 30 Days of Yoga for $25! Students must attend this class and purchase in the studio only.

Create your account ahead of time online at SunriseYoga.net, using our Sunrise Yoga app, or come early and register at the studio!

At the close of National Yoga Month on September 30th, yogis around the world are encouraged to practice yoga at 7 p.m. in order to produce a “wave of yoga” across the globe. Let us know if you did the “yoga wave“!

If you have questions about National Yoga Month, about yoga in general, or about Sunrise Yoga Studio please email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.

I’m Shrinking!

Usually, a visit to a doctor’s office involves stepping on the dreaded scales. Unfortunately, the number on the scale isn’t typically one that is shrinking from visit to visit! But, a measurement of height might be a different story as we progress in years.

“In a French study, for instance, researchers measured 8,600 women over 60 and found that they overestimated their height by an inch, on average, and had lost about 2 inches from their tallest recalled height,” says berkeleywellness.com.

Roller Coaster of LifeThis roller coaster ride called “Life” we’re on can take a toll on our physical bodies, especially our backbones! Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, explains in yoga-teacher-training.org, “Our backbone is made up of vertebrae and intervertebral disks, which work as cushions between vertebrae. As time passes, and the aging process begins, these disks start to shrink and lose water content or fluid present in them. This is also the reason why people lose their height as they age.”

And uamshealth.com notes, “Dr. Pham Liem, a geriatrician at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, says that we can shrink for several different reasons.

Older adults can get shorter because the cartilage between their joints gets worn out and osteoporosis causes the spinal column to become shorter,” he says. “Adults can also lose lean muscle mass but gain fat. This is a condition called sarcopenia.’

Sarcopenia is characterized by a decrease in muscle mass, which leads to weakness and frailty and also a decrease in height. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fracture, which can also cause a person to become shorter.”

In the Huffington Post, Ellen Dolgen, women’s health and wellness advocate, states, “Starting at about age 40, people typically lose about half an inch each decade, according to Harvard Medical School.” She goes on to say, “One study of more than 3,000 adults published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that women over the age 70 who lose two or more inches in two years are 21 percent more likely to fracture a hip in the next two years than are women who shrink less.”

The National Center for Biotechnology InformationNCBI Charts on aging and loss of height published a manuscript/study that indicates, “Height shrinkage, and to a lesser extent pre-shrinkage height, are also correlated with many later-life health outcomes, particularly cognition and biomarker measures. The shrinkage coefficients tend to be larger than for pre-shrinkage height, suggesting that current health issues are important in understanding the health of the elderly, not just events in early childhood. In general, the more the shrinkage the worse are these other health outcomes.”

Citing the same study, theatlantic.com says, “What the researchers show here is that height loss, too, can tell us something about how healthy we are. In adulthood, lifestyle factors that wear heavy on the bones, like drinking, smoking, and inactivity, promote shrinkage. Factors like education and where we live may affect our health — and height — in less obvious ways, perhaps because of the ways in which they are related to those lifestyle factors. And while it isn’t clear, either, how a causal link between a decline in cognition and a decline in stature could possibly work, efforts to promote and preserve cognitive health might help older adults remain tall, or vice versa.”

Incredible Shrinking WomanTo counteract the apparently inevitable effects of aging on height, livestrong.com notes, “Some physical therapists and other medical professionals believe certain exercises can help decompress the disks of the spine and alleviate the symptoms of spinal decompression. Always check with your doctor before using exercises and stretches to alleviate spinal compression.”

Rachel Wilber, in fitfluential.com suggests, “Many recent medical studies have found that yoga has many health benefits, including a reduction of spinal compression symptoms. Focused yoga for back pain improves your posture, boosts your flexibility and improves your overall strength.

Practicing yoga improves your posture. During yoga classes, you will learn how to properly align your spine while seated and standing. When your spine is in proper alignment, the discs between your vertebrae will have enough space to spread out. They will decompress, allowing them to move freely in the intravertebral space, like they are supposed to. Practicing yoga regularly will help you to maintain a good posture.

By keeping the soft tissues of your back flexible, you can improve the symptoms of spinal compression such as stiffness and a loss of range of motion.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Downward Dog Yoga PosePracticing yoga restores the fluid balance of the discs in your spine. These discs naturally lose fluid as a person grows older. Professionals, such as those at Southwest Florida Neurosurgical & Rehab Associates know that when discs lose too much moisture, they become brittle, causing them to compress close together. A focused yoga routine practiced on a regular basis restores the fluid and blood flow to these discs. This helps to keep the discs strong and more flexible. It also reduces your risk of a fractured vertebra.”

And in the Huffington Post article previously mentioned, “Israeli researchers who measured more than 2,000 men and women in 1965 and 1995 found that those who exercised, either throughout their lives or just after they turned 40, lost about half as much height as those who had never exercised or stopped working out during middle age.

“The physical practice of holding Yoga postures (asanas) is often referred to as the best for elongating muscles, lengthening the backbone, and strengthening the abdominal region. A regular practice of physical Yoga training and posturing provides a number of noticeable health advantages, along with spinal decompression,” notes Paul Jerard (referenced earlier in yoga-teacher-training.com).

Valerie Kiser, owner and director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy, suggests, “Yoga teaches us to stand tall on our own two feet – both figuratively and literally. When we work in standing poses and seated poses, we focus on elongating the spine to improve posture, breathing capacity, and even digestion.”

While all yoga poses ultimately assist in strengthening the spine, Valerie suggests the Mountain pose, hanging in Dog pose, and, giving the yoga wall a try.

She says, “Hanging on the Yoga Wall allows us to experience gravity in a different way. It feels great to the spine AND the brain!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallIf you aren’t “measuring up” height wise, consider giving yoga a try. You may find that, with consistent practice, you will literally stand taller and, because yoga is a mind, body, spirit connection, internally stand taller as well. Ditch the 4” heels and turn the shrinking into body lengthening power!

Questions? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net!

Trying to find a class? Want to give the yoga wall a try? Check out our yoga class schedule and come visit us at the studio!

Yoga and Carrots

Are you familiar with the idea that one can entice a horse to move by dangling a carrot in front of its nose? The carrot is the “reward” the horse will supposedly receive for moving towards the carrot. It is a form of enticement.

All businesses, big and small, attempt to market to and entice potential clients to join/buy/download/connect with the business. Connecting with existing clients and attracting new clients are essential to the success of a business.

So, we’re curious . . . seriously curious . . . and somewhat puzzled by . . . goat yoga . . . and cat yoga . . . and beer yoga . . . and wine yoga . . . and naked yoga . . . and other “yoga and” types of yoga. Are these types of yoga serious attempts at connecting with clients? Are they marketing ploys? Are they yoga fads?

Valerie Kiser, owner of Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, with her corgis practicing "doga" or yoga with dogsThere’s no judgment here. At Sunrise Yoga, we offer many types of yoga classes but we haven’t tried goat, cat, beer, wine, or naked yoga. Valerie Kiser, owner of Sunrise Yoga, doesn’t own goats or cats, and while she might enjoy an occasional beer or glass of wine, she has no permit to serve either at Sunrise Yoga. And, again, no judgement, but the thought of being naked while instructing a group of yogis naked in downward dog at the Sunrise Yoga Studio is just not a visual she’s ready to tackle.

But people are connecting with goats/cats/beer/wine/nudity/whatever and yoga, and people are increasingly connecting with yoga overall, so is it the yoga or is it the “whatever” that inspires people to try yoga in these “out of the ordinary” experiences? Are these serious opportunities to connect yoga to the curious or are these fads or are these attempts to use the increasing interest in yoga to benefit causes and campaigns?

goat yogaGoatYoga.net describes goat yoga as , “Animal-Assisted Therapy in a natural setting with an unexpectedly (there’s that word again) smart, social, and profoundly cuddly animal. It’s not a cancer cure, but it IS an unbelievable distraction from politics, work, stress, sickness or depression.” Lainey Morse of Albany, Oregon, began offering goat yoga from a child’s birthday party she hosted on the farm as part of a charity auction when a party attendee suggested offering a yoga class on her property. She agreed, but only if her goats could participate.

“In goat yoga, the point isn’t to sweat. It’s to have a baby goat climb on your shoulders during your plank,” says Agatha French with the LA Times. And goat yoga has become quite a big business as the interaction with cute goats and trendy yoga caught on.

cat yogaCNN called yoga with cats “The Mewest Exercise Trend”. Similar to goat yoga, participants practice yoga with cats and/or kittens roaming the yoga space. But, unlike goat yoga, most cat yoga sessions offer the opportunity to adopt the roaming feline participants. NPR calls the relationship between yoga sessions with cats and cat adoption “pretty purrfect”.

And of course, dog yoga classes, aka “doga”, with adoption opportunities are equally popular.

Beyond cute animals and animal adoption efforts, yoga “carrots” are ever increasing. Or maybe the “carrots” aren’t yoga at all but other things that are latching on to the increasing popularity of yoga.

beer yogaWorkforYourBeer says, “Beer yoga classes are an awesome way to exercise, socialize, and support local businesses in Charlotte. There are brewery yoga classes in Charlotte for everyone, whether you’re looking for gentle zen practice or an intense vinyasa flow that will leave you sweating. Grab your mat and head over to one of the many inexpensive (or free) yoga classes offered throughout Charlotte.”

Similar classes exist with wine and marijuana.

The ever increasing popularity of yoga excites us. Yoga is an ancient practice that continues to find ways to connect to and attract with modern day participants. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from “the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature.”

If it takes goats/cats/beer/nudity to unite an individual with yoga, then mission accomplished! Maybe that’s no different than music in a yoga flow class or adult coloring in Quieting the Mind. Maybe the “carrot” is insignificant.

If you could offer a “carrot” to attract people to yoga and meditation, what would it be? Let’s go ahead and eliminate “We’ll pay you to do yoga!” Sunrise Yoga doesn’t have deep enough pockets to go that route!

As always, we appreciate your feedback. Leave a comment or email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.

Yoga Personality Quiz

Have you ever taken a personality test based off things you prefer?

Chocolate Vanilla Strawberry Ice Cream ConesFor instance, do you prefer chocolate ice cream over vanilla ice cream or strawberry ice cream?

If you like chocolate ice cream, you are likely to be flirtatious and charming! You lead a life of joy and self-love, while a vanilla ice cream lover, finds peace and balance in the everyday and relies more on intuition than logic. Strawberry ice cream lovers are energetic but introverted. Learn more about your ice cream personality at https://www.thekitchn.com/this-is-what-your-favorite-ice-cream-flavor-says-about-you-221822 and https://www.rd.com/food/fun/hidden-personality-traits-revealed-ice-cream/

So, what does your favorite yoga pose say about you? Does your most-loved asana reveal some insight into who you are?

Let us know which yoga pose is your “go to” yoga pose and tell us if the personality traits associated with that yoga pose truly capture the real you!

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Downward DogOutgoing, Accessible, Friendly

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Tree Pose Grounded, Down to Earth, Enjoys a challenge

One-leg King Pigeon prep (Eka Pada Rajakopatasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Pigeon PoseUnintimidated by discomfort, tolerant, Willing to show emotion

Headstand (Sirsasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, HeadstandCreative, Thinks outside the box, Self-assured, Youthful

Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, HandstandFinds balance in the midst of chaos, Thrill seeker

Camel (Ustrasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Camel PoseSecure, Open-Hearted, Communicates heart to heart

Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Warrior IINot afraid of challenges, Faces difficulty head on, Fierce concentration/focus, Self-confident

Forward Folds (i.e., Upavistha Konasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Forward FoldIntroverted, Calm, Level-headed, Lives according to their own standards

Corpse (Savasana)

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Corpse PoseEasy going, Balanced life, Quietly confident, Enjoys the flow of life

The personality traits for the yoga poses shown above came from WellWellWell, DoYouYoga, and EliteDaily. If you need help finding your yoga personality, we would love to help! Find a class at Sunrise Yoga Studio appropriate for your level and we will assist you in connecting with your favorite yoga pose!

Common Denominator

What is the common denominator of the following items?

☼ a classically trained dancer
☼ a computer programmer
☼ a group fitness coordinator
☼ a dog lover

Valerie Kiser, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCIf you said “yoga”, you would be at least partially correct! The common denominator is Sunrise Yoga Studio’s founder and owner, Valerie Kiser!

Long before yoga had entered Valerie’s mind, she was a classically trained dancer! But the dancer, a talent usually associated with a more creative nature, started her career after college in information technology as a computer programmer in the very structured world of banking.

So, how did this dancer/programmer find yoga (or perhaps the better question is how did yoga find Valerie?)? If you’ve been around Valerie more than once, you know that behind her calm and friendly demeanor is a brain that is moving at warp speed with an energy level to match! While still working as a programmer, Valerie was also serving as a group fitness coordinator and personal trainer at a local gym.

In between training sessions and aerobic classes, Valerie noticed the gym would soon be offering yoga classes. Sign me up, she thought! I’m flexible! I can do that! Valerie says she, like many, had the misconception that yoga was all about the poses and knew little about the full body, mind, spirit connection that is truly yoga.

After a brief hiccup . . . it’s tough to do yoga while recovering from an appendectomy . . . her yoga journey began. And what a journey it has been! She began teaching yoga in 1999 and is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) through The Yoga Alliance. She became a yoga therapist in 2006 as a natural progression of teaching yoga and her desire to help students on a more personal level.

Valerie’s love of learning, her love of yoga, and her desire to help others through health and well being, kept her going as she spent five years traveling from Clemmons to Arlington/Fairfax, VA, and back, all while still working full time as a computer programmer, to acquire her advanced teacher training and yoga therapeutics certifications.Valerie Kiser, yoga class, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, 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 an IAYT-certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). 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 and an iRest Teacher Level II (Yoga Nidra). Valerie teaches Cardiac Yoga ® (Cardiac Yoga is a registered trademark of M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D. and is used with exclusive permission). Valerie 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.

Fifteen years ago, Valerie left behind the information technology profession and opened Sunrise Yoga Studio. At that time, Valerie was the entire staff, teaching in a single classroom. Now, not only does Valerie have a wonderful staff of instructors at Sunrise Yoga, and a beautiful, well-designed studio, she is also is also the director of the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training Programs and offers 200 and 300-hour programs that are registered with Yoga Alliance and continuing education courses.

Jonathan and Valerie Kiser, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCAdditionally, Valerie is also the co-owner of ECYT (East Coast Yoga Therapy – an 815-hour program that certifies yoga therapists), a program designed to educate and empower yoga teachers in the art and science of Yoga Therapy as a means to promoting the health and well-being of yoga students. In June 2018, ECYT was awarded a Certificate of Accreditation through IAYT (The International Association of Yoga Therapists) and is 1 of 32 accredited schools in the world.

One might think it a bit crazy to ask what Valerie does when she isn’t working! If you have read this far, you might wonder when this dynamo sleeps!

Being the well-trained yogi that she is, Valerie follows the growth, balance, peace mindset (That’s even part of the Sunrise Yoga logo!). Valerie lives this out by enjoying being married to her husband, Jonathan (They’ve been married 20 years!), loving on their dogs, Casey and Louie, traveling and being outside. She recently took her first hot air balloon ride while on a trip to Arizona!Yoga Dogs, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Valerie Kiser and her mom, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NCValerie is also fortunate to have her mom nearby and her mom is a Sunrise Yoga student. Taking classes six days a week, Frances is like daughter, like mother!

You can find Valerie at the studio . . . a LOT! Seriously, Valerie teaches all levels of classes from Chair Yoga to Level 4 Yoga, Cardiac Yoga® to Yoga Wall, and special classes like her Wednesday night Select Your Study Sessions. Find Valerie’s classes through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

And does Valerie have a yoga weakness? Yes, ask her about backbends!Valerie Kiser, backbend, yoga, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

You can contact Valerie by emailing info@SunriseYoga.net.

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