Feeling out of control? Frazzled? Unable to focus? Rushing from one thing to the next thing to the next?  Forgetting the power of the breath? Perhaps meditation would help bring you a sense of calm and centeredness, bringing awareness to your humanness.  To spend time in quiet thought, focused on an object or sound, or simply being focused on breathing are a few suggestions to get you started on including meditation in your life.  How to get started?  There are many guided meditations out there online and with the use of apps in this age of technology.  It is suggested to start with 3-5 minutes of daily practice to get in the habit of bringing meditation into your life.  For some people, focused breathing works, for others, concentrating on a flower or other object works best.  One of the most accessible ways to experience the overall benefits of meditation is to listen to a guided meditation, which we offer monthly at the studio.  This can be an incredibly enjoyable, healthy and inspiring way to achieve inner peace. You will learn to achieve a state of deep inner stillness, so that your mind can be cleared of clutter and unwanted thoughts. You will learn to strengthen the body to aid in a sitting meditation practice and how breath can be used to calm the mind.

Our next Guided Meditation is on Sunday, February 12 from 11 am – 12 pm.  We are minutes from Winston-Salem and invite you to join us.  Have a beautiful day!


Looking for Yoga Classes Designed for Beginners and Not Sure Where to Start?

Have you been thinking about how to get started with yoga? Why not let this week be your week to try yoga! With several free classes coming up Saturday, January 21 at Sunrise Yoga, we invite you to hop in your car and come on out to strike a yoga pose with us! Classes are 45 minutes in length and are designed JUST FOR BEGINNERS. Our instructors excel in providing a safe and healthy atmosphere where individuals are free to practice poses appropriate for any level. Props are used to encourage healthy alignment in many various yoga poses.

– New Beginnings with Jessie @ 1-1:45 pm: Learn 5 Basic Beginner Yoga Poses! Poses are easily incorporated into a regular practice.

– Hip to be Square with Cathy @ 1:30-2:15 pm: Counteract the negative impact of a sedentary lifestyle with hip openers to improve your posture and support the health and comfort of your back.

– Playful Practice on the Yoga Wall with Valerie @ 2-2:45 pm: Find out what it’s like to feel weightless, lengthen your spine & have fun with yoga poses. (Please pre-register as class size is limited).

– Open Heart with Gwen @ 2:30-3:15 pm: Increase your confidence with yoga poses that expand the chest and rib cage making them more receptive and free.

Sunrise Yoga Studio is located in Clemmons, minutes from Winston-Salem and with 4 free classes to choose from, you can’t go wrong! Sign up for one or more at on the “Classes” tab or download the Sunrise Yoga app to select your classes. And if you can’t make it Saturday, come on in any other day and check out our 30 days for $30 New Student Special!

15 Reasons Why NOT to do Yoga?


Having a hard time getting to a yoga class?  It’s often said, once you get there, you’re happy you came.  If you can relate to one or more of the 15 following reasons why you can’t make it to the studio for yoga, may we suggest you put one foot in front of the other, grab your keys, and start your car.  We hope the following list will give you a laugh and encourage you to come on out anyway!  Hope to see you soon!

  1. I’m not designed to be a pretzel
  2. I forgot my mat
  3. It’s too cold out
  4. I don’t understand Sanskrit
  5. My hamstrings need a day off
  6. I don’t follow directions well with descriptive words like right, left, or the other side
  7. My pajamas don’t match my workout tops
  8. The floors are too cold for my feet
  9. I already practiced breathing today
  10. When I make eye contact in class, I start giggling
  11. My muscles are sore after
  12. I cannot make myself get in the car
  13. The class might be full
  14. I need to rest today
  15. Savasana is not long enough

Happy 2017!


Wishing each of you a very Happy and Beautiful New Year!

Take care of you and see you in 2017!

From all of us at Sunrise Yoga, Namaste.


Happy Holidays from Sunrise Yoga!


Just a reminder of our yoga class schedule from Friday, December 23, 2016 – January 1, 2017.

Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!



How DOES Claudia do that?


Meet Claudia…your Yoga Adviser!  She is also a social media expert and professional photographer!  Claudia has owned and operated The Portrait Gallery studio for the past 20 years. Through her camera and keen eye for detail, she has created many memorable moments for local families. Since the digital revolution that caused an increase in local photographers, Claudia had to think outside of the box in order to maintain the job she loves. Now, while she still maintains a high client base for portraits, she has also expanded into the world of commercial photography and Social Media Management. You may recognize some of her work in local magazines, websites and social media.

Claudia is very imaginative when it comes to taking photos.  She has recently just worked “Spirit” the Elf here at Sunrise Yoga in a 1:1 photo shoot!  What fun to watch her in action! As you can see in the picture here, it shows you just how she does it.  Thanks for all your hard work Claudia!

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The Portrait Gallery website

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Instructor Highlight – Gwen McLaughlin

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Gwen takes time away to visit different places and try new things.  She is teaching again here at Sunrise Yoga and we are very happy to have her back! Gwen started practicing yoga at home. It wasn’t long before she realized that this form of movement would be a part of her life on a daily basis. With its ability to engage the mind as well as the body, she feels yoga creates a balance which is calming and regenerative. At Sunrise Yoga Studio, she found she was able to practice yoga to a more fulfilling degree. Gwen wanted to become a teacher to deepen her knowledge and to be able to share the joy and insight yoga brings. She believes that practicing yoga allows a person to be fully present in the moment, something to which we can all aspire. She has graduated from the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training program as a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher.  Gwen is currently teaching Level 1 on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 am; All Levels on Wednesdays at 4-5:30 pm and Level 1 on Thursdays at 6-7:30 pm. She is teaching Saturdays, Level 2 Flow and Back Care for the month of January.  Gwen also enjoys practicing and teaching Guided Meditation classes at Sunrise so look for these classes with her next year too! Why not come and enjoy a class with Gwen at Sunrise![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content_no_spaces” parallax=”content-moving” css=”.vc_custom_1456145516199{padding-top: 250px !important;padding-bottom: 250px !important;background-color: #eaeaea !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1453293187806{margin-top: -200px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1423574892319{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”BOOST YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG WITH PAGE BUILDER” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:46|text_align:left|color:%233a3a3a|line_height:1″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1453293169333{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 200px !important;padding-bottom: 35px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1437055718275{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Managing blog can sometimes be hard, remember how you deal with formatting or if you wish to add some simple feature like image, video, button or separator. There is no doubt that WordPress is best solution for blog, but dealing with shortcodes is time consuming process you could easily avoid.Start building your blog pages and posts visually. With Visual Composer you can instantly see changes and adapt to them by using Frontend editor or you can switch to Backend editor if you think that you have too much content and schematic view fits you better. It really does not matter are you highly talented technician or a small business owner – managing your blog with Visual Composer will save your time.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”READ MORE” style=”outline” shape=”square” color=”black” align=”left” link=”||” el_class=”get_my_copy”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1411476638326{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;background-color: #eaeaea !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_custom_heading text=”This is custom heading element with Google Fonts” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

We Have a Mobile App!


We’ve gone mobile!

Download our NEW Mobile App today!

Optimize your time and maximize the convenience of signing up for classes from your device!  From this app, you can view class and special event schedules, sign-up for classes and workshops, view ongoing promotions, and studio contact information.  You can also click through to our social media pages and more!

Or simply search for Sunrise Yoga Studio and you will find it in your app store!

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2016 Yogathon at Sunrise Yoga

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yogathon Proceeds from Sunrise Yoga Studio are Presented to the American Red Cross

After the terrible flooding that occurred in North Carolina in October, the instructors and students of Sunrise Yoga wanted to do
something to help. On Friday, October 28th, Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons held a Yogathon to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for NC.   The Yogathon was one continuous class that went from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Instructors took turns leading the class and participants could come in and out as schedules allowed.  Thanks to the generosity of those who participated and from those who couldn’t attend but also made donations, we raised $2500!   In the picture, studio owner Valerie Kiser (on left) and instructor Cathy Howe (on right) present the check to Charles Gwinn, Chapter Chair for Winston-Salem, NC Piedmont Triad American Red Cross.   We were happy to be able to help our NC community this way and always look for ways to support the community!


Happy Thanksgiving to You


Thanks to everyone who shared with us what fills your heart on these “Gratitude Posters.”  It is a beautiful and wondrous time here at Sunrise Yoga.  We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings to you and your loved ones!

The light in us embraces the light in you, Namaste.




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