Labor Day Weekend at Sunrise Yoga Studio ~ Celebrate with Yoga!

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Labor Day Weekend celebrates the workers in our nation who have made us strong.  We honor all of you that work (or have worked) and hope, if you have the weekend available, that you will consider spending time with us at Sunrise Yoga Studio.

We will have our regular scheduled Saturday and Sunday classes.  On Saturday, Valerie teaches the Level 2 Flow Class at 9:00 am and the Back Care Class at 11:00 am.  On Sunday, Sandra leads the 1:30 pm Beginner Class.

Monday, Sandra will lead an All Levels Class at 9:00 am.  All other classes that day are cancelled.

We hope you have a great holiday weekend!!!

Yoga & Music Together Work Wonders Here at Sunrise Yoga Studio!

The Friday morning Beginner Class with Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Kim Crawford, is always an uplifting experience but on the third Friday of every month, there’s an extra special treat for the class participants . . . live dulcimer music!  Sunrise Yoga student, D. J. Stine, shares her wonderful talent with the class and assists in creating a delightful environment for her fellow students.  D. J. has been studying the mountain dulcimer for the past few years and we are very happy she chooses to share her love for the instrument with us!

Here’s a quick video of D. J. playing for the Beginner Yoga class this past Friday.  Enjoy!

D. J. Stine Playing the Dulcimer in the Beginner Yoga Class at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons

Hey, Winston-Salem! Hey, Clemmons & Lewisville & Advance & beyond! It’s Wiggle Your Toes Day!

Wiggle Your Toes Day 2013

Celebrate Wiggle Your Toes Day with Yoga at Sunrise Yoga!


Wiggle Your Toes!

Strike  Up a Pose!

Feet in the air

or feet on the floor,

wiggle your toes

then wiggle some more!

It’s National Wiggle Your Toes Day!  Do your feet some good today with yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons!  We’ll help make your feet (and the rest of you) very happy you did!  Send us your pictures of how you wiggled today 🙂 !

Are Your Limitations Real?

Yoga with injuries and limitations

Gail Curtis demonstrates a “no limitations” attitude!

“The sky is not my limit . . . I am!”

~ T. F. Hodge, from Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.”

~ Terry Josephson, philosopher

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

~ Jamie Paolinetti, pro cyclist


Have you ever faced a time where you thought, “I can’t do that!”  A time where confidence vaporized or a task seemed so overwhelming that you became motionless?  We’ve all experienced setbacks and limitations, but how often are they “real”?  How often do we allow perceived limitations to keep us from accomplishing and achieving real moments of satisfaction?

Gail Curtis, a regular student at Sunrise Yoga, recently suffered a setback that, initially, truly did limit her . . . a broken ankle!  As you can see from the photos of Gail, she did not let that hold her back from yoga very long!  Here’s what Gail had to say about her situation:

“I recently had the misfortune to break my ankle, as life difficulties go, not the worst that could happen, but after the pain was contained a mild depression set in. No driving, no weight bearing, no exercise for 4-6 weeks – or so I thought. My BFF Fran (Gordon) spoke to Valerie while attending class and relayed my woes and my lament that a back care yoga class sure would be
nice.  Not only did Valerie and all the staff at Sunrise Yoga encourage me to attend the back care class, but Valerie invited me to come and participate in all my regular yoga classes – scooter and all!! So off I went with my scooter and cast boot and did what I could with the skilled help of the great yoga teachers at Sunrise. It lifted my spirits more than I can say and helped my healing process!! A huge shout out and thank you to Valerie and all her teachers and staff at Sunrise Yoga Studio! They paved my road to recovery with positive energy and encouragement.

There is no better yoga studio anywhere in my opinion!!  Thanks Sunrise!!!

We appreciate Gail’s positive comments about the studio and the instructors, but more importantly, we celebrate her positive attitude and her spirit of possibility!  How about you?  What is your story of possibility?  Please share your “no limits” story!



Research Indicates Yoga May Ease the Discomfort of RLS

Aging Gracefully Yoga Class

At Sunrise Yoga, we believe many health issues can be relieved through the practice of yoga. Under the “About Yoga” tab on the web site (, we discuss how yoga therapy applies the physical practice of yoga, often including meditation and breathing practice, to health conditions. These conditions range from shoulder and back pain and high blood pressure to fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and more. It doesn’t replace your current doctors, treatments, and medications. Instead, it works alongside them.

Recent news from a pilot study published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Alternative Medicine seems to indicate that yoga may also be beneficial for those who suffer from RLS . . . restless leg syndrome. This neurological disorder is identified by strong urges to move the legs, with symptoms worsening at night or during periods of rest.

To quote from an article published in YogaUOnline, “Some evidence of a dose-response relationship was found, with higher ratings of symptom relief being related to more minutes and greater frequency of daily practice.” Additionally, “These initial studies are encouraging as they suggest that consistent, gentle yoga practice may help to reduce symptoms and improve sleep quality, mood and perceived stress for women with RLS.” You can read the entire article at Yoga for RLS.

Even if you don’t suffer from RLS or other health conditions, yoga can be beneficial for improved sleep and relaxation. Let us know if you would like more information on adding yoga techniques to your routine.

Are You a Gmail User? If so, please read this important information!

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Gmail made a big change recently. Gmail will be sending list emails, such as those you receive from Sunrise Yoga, directly to a new folder called “Promotions”. This means you will no longer see Sunrise Yoga emails in your inbox.

Not to worry though…there is an easy fix!

Simply go to the Promotions tab and find a recent email from ‘me’ ( Drag it to your primary folder, click “YES” when the pop up asks if you want to receive future emails from Valerie. You should be all set and you will continue to get great articles and information about yoga and Sunrise Yoga Studio!

You can read more about this Gmail change at

Clemmons Life Magazine Features Articles About Sunrise Yoga!


Legs Up the Wall in Clemmons Life August 2013 by Valerie Kiser

Legs Up the Wall in Clemmons Life August 2013 by Valerie Kiser

The latest issue of Clemmons Life magazine features Sunrise Yoga multiple times!  First, on page 9, is coverage of our wonderful 10th Anniversary event (where you raised $1,100 and much needed supplies for the SECU Family House) and Liz Redding demonstrating her yoga pose.  Page 28 features photos of the 10th Anniversary celebration including photos of our own Valerie Kiser and Becky Hieter.  And the best part is an article on the “Legs Up the Wall” pose written by Valerie!  You can read the magazine online at

Thank You for Voting Us Winston-Salem Journal’s Readers Choice . . . Again!

Winston-Salem Journal's Readers Choice 2013

The Winston-Salem Journal’s Readers Choice contest is a wrap! Your votes in past years have put us at the top in the Yoga Studio category and your votes this year put us at the top again!

Valerie Kiser with Bill Benbow of the Winston-Salem Journal

Valerie Kiser with Bill Benbow of the Winston-Salem Journal

Bill Benbow,from the Journal, pictured here with Valerie, stopped by this past week to share the good news and to let us know the winner’s list would be in the paper in the near future.


Smitty's Notes The Best of Winston-Salem 2013Your voting also pushed us to the Honorable Mention level in the Smitty’s Notes contest!

We are very appreciative of your support and we will continue to work hard to remain the best, not for contest voting purposes, but because we truly want to be the best as perceived by our students!

Strike A Pose, Win Good Stuff!

Strike A Pose Contest

Strike a pose …

We would love to know that you are practicing yoga on your summer vacation! Send us a snapshot of you in your favorite pose & we will enter you into one or two drawings.

Not going out of town? No problem! Take a photo of you practicing in the front yard, in a local park, or anywhere else fun.

To enter, post to our Facebook Page at or email to for us to post online. We will accept entries through September 2.

All photos will be entered into a “Traveling Yogi Gift Basket” drawing. You could win a basket full of items valued at $65 (bag, mug, eye bag, home practice CD, and strap).

Bonus! Wear your Sunrise Yoga 10th Anniversary T-shirt in the photo & we’ll enter you into a second drawing for a 6-class card or 1-hour private with Valerie (value = $78). Get your very own T-shirt at the studio for only $15!

Thank you, Fran Gordon, for sharing this information!

Thank you to 500-Hour Teacher Training student and a regular at Sunrise Yoga, Fran Gordon, for sharing the following information:

Curious about the Yoga Sutras? What about reading them from a heart-centered perspective?

Nischala Joy Devi is the first woman to translate the Yoga Sutras from just such a viewpoint with her book, The Secret Power of Yoga.

Originally trained in Western medicine and having spent over 25 years as a monastic disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda, Nischala established yoga programs at The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program.

BrightStar spoke with Nischala about the Divine Feminine focus she brings to all her work, from treating patients who’ve suffered from heart attacks & cancer to anyone looking to deepen their spiritual journey.


The Secret Power of Yoga