We’re especially fond of free food samples and great skin care samples and quirky gadgets (but not so much on the sprays of perfume that waft over you upon entering a department store).
A sampling of something gives us the opportunity to try a product or service to see if it meets our standards, satisfies a need, and allows us to give something a test drive at an affordable (FREE!) rate without any expected commitment.
So, how would you like FREE SAMPLES of yoga and meditation?
If you are looking for a safe (and FREE) environment to try yoga and meditation, then mark your calendar for Saturday, January 5, 2019 . . . Sunrise Yoga Studio’s FREE YOGA DAY!
From 9:00 am – 12:30 pm that day you have the opportunity to try any of our 5 FREE yoga and meditation classes.
We want everyone who has had any inkling to test the yoga and meditation waters, no matter how tiny that inkling may have been, to have the opportunity to give yoga and meditation a try. Yes, we are passionate about yoga and meditation, and, yes, we think yoga and meditation is for every body and that every body is made for yoga and meditation. Yes, we’re unashamedly trying to expose you to our passion.
PLUS, SPECIAL ONE-DAY ONLY DISCOUNTS!
Purchase our New Student Special Intro Offer of 30 days for $30 and be entered in a raffle!
Bring a friend and enjoy free yoga, tea and snacks, and a Trunk Show with Twisted Friends Tie Dyes!
Questions? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net!
**Inclement weather make-up date is Saturday, 1/12**
We’ll see you on FREE Yoga and Meditation Day, Saturday, January 5th, 2019! What better way to begin the new year?!?
P.S. Remember our Senior Services donation collection at the Studio! Be a Santa for a Senior!
Read Valerie’s Notes below and read the full newsletter here. You’ll find lots of information about events and happenings at the studio!
The holiday season is in full swing!
Do you have your to do list, your grocery list, your decorating list, your holiday card list, your holiday gift list all prepared and ready to check, check, check?
List making can help keep anxiety and stress levels in check. List making can protect mental and physical energy levels from being depleted. List making can also keep priorities in balance. And list making can also be a means for remembering the joys in life as well as the many reasons we have to celebrate.
We hope you’ll consider adding one more list to your lists. Sunrise Yoga Studio is again supporting Senior Services this year for the holidays. Senior Services’ mission is to help older adults remain at home for as long as possible and to help them live with dignity.
Nothing is more important than one’s personal sense of dignity. Maintaining it, however, can be challenging, especially to the more vulnerable, and even more so during the holidays. Our self-worth can suffer from lack of acceptance, disregard, as well as lack of financial resources.
Will you help us give the gift of dignity this holiday season? Someone’s list of reasons to celebrate could use that big check mark you make possible through your gift!
On this Thanksgiving Day, it can be challenging to step out from the busyness and the activities and truly remember to be thankful. This day is a reminder to us that we can be in a state of thanksgiving and gratitude every day and to try to be present wherever we are.
Here at Sunrise Yoga Studio, we often get calls asking us, “What is Yoga?” The interesting answer to that question is, “What do you need it to be?”
The reason we answer it this way is because of the individual experience involved. Your experience will be different than someone else’s because your goals are unique, what type of yoga you do varies, and how you approach the techniques and guidance can be different. One of the advantages you have of coming to see us is that we consider what your needs are, such as wellness, fitness, mental clarity, spiritual growth, peace of mind, stress relief, vitality, healing, balance, pain relief, posture, better sleep, and stamina.
We are thankful yoga can provide so many benefits in ways that are as unique as the individuals participating in yoga. And we hope that, through your yoga journey, a deeper sense of gratitude will develop.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.
In an article for Greater Good Magazine, he states, “We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:”
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
The benefits of gratitude and the benefits of yoga are not surprisingly similar! How can you incorporate gratitude development in your yoga practice?
“It can be hard to live in a constant state of gratitude, but you can learn to cultivate it by practicing yoga,” says Lena Schmidt of The Chopra Center. She suggests, “Next time you’re on your mat, try these eight yoga poses that inspire gratitude. For the best results, hold each pose for five to 10 breaths.”
Child’s Pose (Balasana) – Find gratitude for your breath—a sign that you are alive and everything is possible.
Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana) – As you breathe calmly, consider one part of your body for which you are especially grateful.
Supported Reclining Heart Opener (Setu Bandhasana Variation) – Consider a friend or mentor who is dear to you and all you’ve learned from him or her. Allow the thought of this person to inspire feelings of love and gratitude in your heart.
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana) – Find gratitude for your feet and all the adventures they take you on.
Mountain Pose with Raised Hands (Tadasana + Urdva Hastasana) – Find gratitude for all of your hopes and dreams and the unknown adventure of the future.
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana) – Find gratitude for an aspect of your life or a talent you hold that you appreciate.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana) – As you open your heart, throat, and shoulders, find gratitude for all the courage you’ve summoned into your life, and how it’s helped you through challenges big and small.
Final Resting Pose (Savasana) – Find compassion and gratitude for your own journey, for all of your strengths and all of your struggles.
What are your thoughts on how yoga can help create a greater sense of gratitude? We’d love to know!
If today could be summed up in a sketch . . .
. . . what would you draw?
Or if you could capture today in a photograph, what would your camera capture?
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
We 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.
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.
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.)
. . . 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).
“Yoga’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.
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.
HealthCorps.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.
Celebrate 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.
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?
There’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?
GoatYoga.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.
CNN 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.
WorkforYourBeer 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.
. . . we hope, to Sunrise Yoga Studio, again!
Tomorrow (lucky Friday the 13th!), nominations open once again for the Winston-Salem Journal’s Readers Choice Awards. The nomination period runs through August 5th and we would greatly appreciate your nomination for Sunrise Yoga in the Health and Wellness section for Yoga Studios.
Your nominations and votes have given Sunrise Yoga the top spot in the Readers Choice in years past and we hope we have earned that again. We strive to do our best for you and this recognition is validation that our hard work is indeed recognized and appreciated.
There are many other categories and well deserving businesses that also deserve your nominations. What are some of your favorites in our area? We would love to hear about your picks for Readers Choice 2018!!
If you want to know how many years Sunrise Yoga has won the Readers Choice for Yoga Studios, send us an email to info@SunriseYoga.net!
Thank you for your support!
This week, someone asked why our Namasté the Market Way class is free. Sunrise Yoga offers this 45 minute free monthly class during the spring and summer at the Clemmons Village Farmers Market, a pretty cool place to hang out and find local vendors with some great products.
Perhaps it seemed odd to offer yoga at a farmers market? Does offering the class free somehow lessen its legitimacy? Did free mean it wasn’t led by a qualified instructor?
Whatever the reason for the question, we hope it indicated interest in the class and in giving yoga a try! For those who have stepped into the world of yoga, having easy access to yoga classes, free or not, makes it possible to deepen the practice, and broaden the understanding that yoga goes far beyond physical movement and body flexibility. If a free yoga class can help another person connect to yoga, we are all for it!
Those unfamiliar with Sunrise Yoga Studio may not realize we frequently offer free yoga classes. By offering our free Namasté the Market Way yoga class at the Clemmons Village Farmers Market, we get to connect with and give back to the community who has so positively supported us for the 15 years we have been in Clemmons. We have the opportunity to get to know our neighbors as well as support other local businesses. And if Mother Nature cooperates, we take the yoga outdoors for the added benefit of some good old vitamin D!
If outdoor yoga isn’t your thing but you are curious about yoga and want to learn more, our next free session at the studio will occur Thursday, June 21st, from 9:30-10:30 am. In celebration of International Yoga Day, students NEW to Sunrise Yoga can enjoy this class at no charge! (And, pssssst, that day, only at the studio, you can purchase our New Student Special of 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga for only $25! That’s a $5 savings off the regular purchase price!! 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.)
At Sunrise Yoga, we live the values of yoga! Yoga teaches us the importance of helping others. In addition to offering free yoga classes, we support and participate in our community through activities and donations to the Clemmons Food Pantry (Remember the Drive Away Hunger Golf Tournament, which Sunrise Yoga helps sponsor, is tomorrow, June 1st!), American Red Cross, For Katie’s Sake/Winston-Salem Foundation, National MS Society, American Heart Association, Second Harvest Food Bank, Make A Wish, SECU Family House, Arts for Life, and Senior Services of Forsyth County. Since 2004, we have raised over $33,000 and thousands of pounds of food and other items to support these local charities.
So, come take a free yoga class as they are offered, give yoga a try, and directly or indirectly, you too will be connected to our community!
Want to stay connected to Sunrise Yoga? Download our app from the Apple App Store or through Google Play. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn when special events like free classes are scheduled. Email us at email@example.com to subscribe.
Our Sunrise Yoga students and instructors have BIG hearts!
During this holiday season, we collected donations for Senior Services, Inc. whose mission is to help older adults remain at home for as long as possible and to help them live with dignity. We could not be more proud of how you responded to this need! Your donations filled three huge boxes and will provide much needed supplies for this wonderful organization and its clients.
Additionally, we donated $1 for every student who attended a class at Sunrise Yoga during this campaign. Your attendance turned into a whopping $559 donation for Senior Services! You showed up and we shared . . . a win win win for you, for us, and for Senior Services!!!
We are committed to the community around us and you help us keep that commitment in so many important ways. As 2017 comes to a close, we are very appreciative for each and every one of you and we truly cherish the connections we have to and through you. We look forward to continuing this journey with you into 2018!