What 10 Things Am I Learning from Yoga?

Yoga reminds me to:

  1. Breathe in and out
  2. Take a moment or two throughout the day to be still and quiet
  3. Remember I am human like everyone else
  4. It’s okay to make mistakes
  5. Keep up the effort (in a pose and in life!)
  6. Look for joy and gratitude in my day
  7. Smile
  8. Ask for help
  9. Accept myself and be where I am!
  10. Remember to see the beauty and wonder that surrounds me

We would love to hear what yoga is teaching you!

Email us at info@sunriseyoga.net



What Fills Your Heart?

gratitude-jpegBeginning today and throughout the month of November, we would love to hear what fills your heart with thankfulness and gratitude.  There is joy and gratitude in a warm and sunny day; a heartfelt talk with a friend; and in a single moment of stillness and peace.  Gratitude exists in many aspects of life, sometimes we need to open our hearts and clear our minds to see it.

Where do you feel gratitude in your life or in your day, today?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunrise Yoga Studio

Living Lighthearted and Carefree!

spencer-oct-2016Sometimes, the bumps in the road can be quite challenging and leave us feeling defeated.  It can be hard to laugh and smile when life is happening around us.  Surrounding yourself with people who love, support and encourage you is a wonderful thing to do for yourself.  Letting go helps us to enjoy life, have a little fun and be playful!  May your spirits be lifted and the light radiate within you.  You will notice it and so will those around you!

Our skeleton, Spencer, has come out and is ready for Halloween here at Sunrise Yoga and wishes you a playful and spoooooooooooooky trick or treating kind of holiday this year!


Remember to carry a little extra lightheartedness in your pocket today!

From each of us to you, Namaste.

5 Helpful Tips on the Do’s of Yoga!


5 TIPS to help you and your fellow Yogis enjoy the beauty of Yoga inside and out!

  1. DO:  Be kind and accepting of yourself and others.  BE WHERE YOU ARE!
  2. DO:  Arrive a few minutes early to begin quiet centering time for yourself, which can help you let go of your day and allow you to focus on the present moment.
  3. DO:  Avoid applying lotions, perfumes and scents prior to a Yoga class as there are many people who have extreme sensitivities to scents.
  4. DO:  Dress comfortably and wear appropriate clothing.
  5. DO:  Yoga on an empty stomach and give yourself a couple hours after eating before attending class.

Wishing you a beautiful day, Namaste.


A quote for reflection:

“It’s okay if you don’t feel grateful in this moment, even if you know you have a lot to be grateful for. Let yourself feel whatever you feel. It will be a lot easier to focus on your blessings after you let the pain run through you.”  ~Lori Deschene

Gratitude can be challenging for many people in the world today.  Life’s troubles can be overwhelming and it is easy to get lost in the thought that life is only full of difficulties.  Part of feeling gratitude may flow more easily when we give ourselves permission to acknowledge and feel our honest and real feelings with ourselves and others who are supportive and loving.  Forcing gratitude is not being truthful about where we are in the moment.  We honor ourselves by feeling our feelings and that is when gratitude becomes possible.  Living in gratitude and joy is a part of life if we allow it to be.

Where do you see gratitude in your life today?

Wishing you a moment of heartfelt gratitude today and everyday.


Quote taken from the following link:  http://tinybuddha.com/wisdom-author/lori-deschene/

Living in the Moment, One Breath at a Time…

“From out of nowhere comes the simplest act, simplest power.
It comes in silently and brings life without any human intervention.

It goes out and then comes in again,
with the most beautiful rhythm.

So simple that it is astonishing.
So complicated that it is hard to understand.
So elusive that it is hard to tame.
Even with human technology, nobody controls it.
It comes and it goes.
There is no greater miracle than the miracle of breath.

One breath at a time, this miracle of life touches you.”

It is up to each of us to be aware and recognize this miracle of breath.
May it open us up to hope & joy ~ opportunities & possibilities ~ love & peace within us.
May we each have the courage in this moment to see the light within us and to share it with others.


*Quote taken from Prem Rawat

What is this “Om” Sound About?


It also can be spelled “Aum” and is composed of three syllables in this Sanskrit word.

  • The “A” and “aaahhh,” sound comes from the abdomen and represents our world awareness.
  • The “U” and “oooo,” sound comes from the heart and represents an awareness of our inner selves.
  • The “M” and “mmm” sound comes from the brain and represents our consciousness.

According to the Yoga Journal in an article on The Sound of OM,  “Om is a symbol for everything – past, present, and future – and beyond each of those to incorporate the entire universe.”

You may prefer to select another word that resonates with you that helps bring your focus inward before a yoga practice or during times you feel it is needed throughout the day. Many yoga classes begin with this chant. It is said to help people connect with themselves and within their place in the world before they begin their yoga practice and in the practice of this journey of LIFE.

Quote from Yoga Journal link:  http://www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/1141_1.cfm

What is Ahimsa…again???

When I first began taking Yoga classes in March of this year…I heard something wonderful (in addition to many other wonderful things I’ve learned)!

A description of AHIMSA!

Practicing Ahimsa in life and in Yoga is a non-harming practice of others and of myself. What Ahimsa means to me in Yoga is when I am doing a pose or movement I am unsure about, it feels not quite right in my body or my brain is trying to confuse me and I can feel overwhelmed. Ahimsa in Yoga reminds me I have choices. When one or all of these things may be happening, it my responsibility to honor my self physically, mentally, and emotionally and speak up in any class. Giving myself permission to care for my self by making a choice that is in my best interest is extending compassion and caring to myself.

A few choices that have helped me:
1- Before class begins, I have let the instructor know what issues are affecting me today.
2- Simply asking for help when I need it.
3- Identify the feeling I’m having and share it with the instructor (I feel uncomfortable. I feel pain. My lower back hurts.)
4- Treat myself as kindly as I would treat another person and honor I am human and with limitations.
5- I need a modification to the pose or movement.

I hope this blog post will gently remind you to practice Ahimsa in life and in Yoga!


Yoga Instructor Changes at Sunrise Yoga Studio

Becky pose


Becky Heiter has been an instructor at Sunrise Yoga Studio since 2009.  She has touched many of us who have had her as an instructor and have been a witness to her radiant and heart-filled spirit that shines brightly upon all those around her.  Becky’s love of Yoga is evident in her teaching and as she shares her knowledge and love of Yoga with others.  She has moved to the North Carolina coast and will be soon opening up her very own Yoga Studio!  We have enjoyed having Becky with us here at Sunrise!

We wish her the very best on her new journey!


Karen Fitgerald was a yoga instructor with Sunrise Yoga and took some time off for a few years and is returning to teach yoga with us!  She has been practicing yoga for 10 years. Karen began her practice as a physical exercise program. She quickly realized the benefits of yoga were much more than a physical exercise program. Yoga has had a positive effect on her life helping her stay balanced and centered especially through tough situations. Yoga allows Karen to do something for herself, each practice is different and leaves her feeling relaxed, energized and grounded. She wants to share her positive experience with others as a yoga teacher. Karen completed the 200 hour teacher training program at Sunrise Yoga Studio and is currently enrolled in the 300-hour Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga Studio. Karen believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice and have fun doing it.  

We are very happy to welcome back Karen as an instructor at Sunrise Yoga Studio!  


From each of us at Sunrise Yoga Studio





Thank you Dianne!

Dianne Matthews

Dianne was Sunrise Yoga Studio’s Office Manager since the Fall of 2015, up until mid-summer 2016. She has since accepted an opportunity to work full-time.  We miss her and are grateful for the time she was here with us.   Dianne enjoyed being a part of the Sunrise Yoga family.  She values time spent with family and friends and sharing her radiance with others.  Her positive, natural, and joyful attitude as Office Manager were contagious!  We wish her the very best and hope to see her in classes at Sunrise Yoga.

Thank you Dianne!  We know you will shine wherever you are!

Much love from all of us at Sunrise Yoga Studios!


Valerie, Amber, Colleen, Claudia, Cathy, Becky, Karen H., Karen F.,  Jessie, Sandra, Kim, Gwen, Elaine, and on behalf of each Sunrise yogi member who loved seeing your beautiful smile as they entered the studio

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