Are you afraid to be in the yoga studio?
What is the most common reason people don’t try yoga? Marlynn Wei, MD, JD, and contributing editor for health.harvard.edu, drawing from information revealed in the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, reports, “Often, people see yoga as exclusive — designed primarily for young women or for those who are already flexible, athletic, or spiritual. This finding can hopefully inspire the yoga community to work on making yoga more accessible and inclusive, regardless of a person’s gender, age, current level of flexibility or fitness, or relationship with spirituality.”
In the Huffington Post, Dr. Wei also says, “The truth is that the practice of yoga is not about changing the brain, body, headstands, or even about gaining greater happiness and joy. If it were, it’d be just like taking a spinning class or doing a set of lunges at the gym. Yoga aims toward transcendence of all those things.”
While flexibility and stress relief are the most popular reasons for starting yoga (2016 Yoga in America study), “for most people, their primary reason for doing yoga will change. Two-thirds of yoga students and 85 percent of yoga teachers have a change of heart regarding why they do yoga — most often changing to spirituality or self-actualization, a sense of fulfilling their potential. Yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness,” states Dr. Wei.
So why is a yoga studio so intimidating to some people? Perhaps it relates to the perception gap between initial reasons to begin yoga and the developing reasons for an ongoing practice of yoga.
Silvia Mordini, writing for doyouyoga.com, says, “The most important contribution studios offer is community. Community defined simply is a place for gathering. A place where hearts can connect. A place where interaction and relationships develop in personal face-to-face relationships. Yoga studios provide that space where we can connect, learn, support, and celebrate each other. For students, this is critical in fostering personal growth and highest self-study, or svadhyaya. As students, we need teachers who can actually be with us.”
Likely, for those who are already practicing yoga, this resonates. But for someone new to yoga, this may create a stronger sense of being an “outsider” or someone who may not fit in. To the newcomer, it becomes more about what (and maybe who) is inside the studio rather than what’s inside themselves.
When you come to Sunrise Yoga Studio, we hope you immediately feel welcomed just as you are, wherever you are in your yoga journey. We believe this process can be entered by anyone at any time, regardless of age or fitness level, and, as our name implies, we encourage each person to daily engage in this process as the relationship with yoga is explored. Wherever you are in your process, we invite you to join us at Sunrise Yoga Studio to experience growth, balance and peace!
We agree with Silvia Mordini who describes what yoga studios should be:
☼ They Are a Safe Space
They hold safe space for you to be your most authentic self. They are a place where it doesn’t matter what your balance sheet is or what titles you have on your CV. A home where your mind can soften back into your heart.
☼ They Are a Place to Learn
Yoga studios are a place of learning with a skilled teacher. This includes techniques and adjustments related to proper physical alignment and an opportunity to be inspired by the philosophical teachings of yoga, along with gaining insight from the life experience of your teachers.
☼They Are a Place of Accountability
Yoga studios offer accountability and camaraderie in sticking with goals. The accountability for one another to help stay the course with healthy intentions, be they physical or emotional, can have a powerful effect on your practice.
☼They Are a Place of Community
A community gathering of likeminded people. Opportunities to make friends. I have always said to my students, “I’m interested in you gaining friends more than poses.”
☼They Are a Sacred Space for Transformation
We are in changing times where more and more yogis are learning yoga through Instagram and their practice is by themselves watching their laptop. And while these ways of practicing are great, nothing can really take the place of studios.
And guess what! While flexibility and stress relief motivate people to begin a yoga practice, “Many people stay in yoga for a sense of community, purpose, and self-actualization,” says Dr. Wei.
And further commenting on this idea of community, Silvia Mordini states, “There is power in this union. And if we harness the power of connection with loving intention we can influence even greater positive changes in the bigger community outside our yoga world. Community requires we take responsibility. To see that our actions, our thoughts, our words impact the connections we have with those around us: positive energy creates more positive energy. In community, there is power in union and connection.”
Come on in to our safe place and get connected. What’s inside our studio is an environment that will help you connect with and develop the best parts of what’s inside you!
Find a yoga class or book some one-on-one time! Download the Sunrise Yoga app through Google Play or the Apple App Store and explore all we have to offer. Or visit the web site or visit the studio! Let’s get connected!
Here’s an easy, significant Valentine you can give!
A donation to the Clemmons Food Pantry through Sunrise Yoga Studio of $25 or more automatically enters the donor in a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! Additionally, for every guest/new student at Sunrise Yoga during the month of February, Sunrise Yoga will donate $10.
Plus, Sunrise Yoga will match all donations made by Sunrise Yoga students!
Clemmons Food Pantry is a local non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to residents of Forsyth County who are in need. The Pantry was established in 2004 and since that time has extended its services to more than 175,000 people, serving more than 700 households a month. Each year over 320,000 pounds of food are distributed to needy individuals and families by the Pantry.
As the CFP notes, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking only the destitute, homeless or “other people” need food assistance. Hunger does not discriminate by age, gender or ethnicity – and you would be surprised how many people in our community are food insecure.”
According to CFP statistics, among households seeking food assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank’s regional network of partners:
69% have had to choose between buying food & paying utilities
68% have had to choose between food & medicine/medical care
66% have had to choose between food & paying for housing
65% have had to choose between food & paying for transportation
24% have had to choose between food & paying for education
In 2015, CFP began the “Client Choice” program, which allows clients to select their own groceries. CFP’s client facility resembles a small grocery store, and clients use shopping carts to choose for themselves what products they receive. Giving clients the opportunity to choose their own food lets them have a sense of dignity and control, limits waste (since they tend not to take food they won’t use) and allows them to tailor the help they receive to be the best possible fit for their own unique situation.
And with no paid employees, the CFP is able to use the majority of monetary donations to purchase food from Second Harvest as well as meat and produce from retailers and distributors.
A family of four can be fed for one month for $144. How many months can we help a family?
Be a good yogi. Give a great Valentine!
Email (Info@SunriseYoga.net) or call (336-778-1233) the studio of you would like to join Sunrise Yoga Studio in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign for Clemmons Food Pantry.
Your résumé is an ideal match for a role that is extremely important and critically vital. And, there’s no need to apply for the position! You’re already hired!
Oh sure, you may also have a J-O-B but that only consumes a portion of your life and time. Of the 168 hours in a week, how many of them do you truly manage, and, when you manage them, how are they being used? The more those hours bring to your overall satisfaction, the better you become to yourself and to others.
The story of the empty jar is one you’ve likely heard. The version below is from The Pursuit of Impact.
A philosophy professor once stood before his class with a large empty jar. He filled the jar with large rocks and asked his students if the jar was full. The students said that yes, the jar was full.
He then added small pebbles to the jar and asked again, “Is the jar full now?” The students agreed that the jar was indeed full.
The professor then poured sand into the jar and asked again. The students then agreed that the jar was finally full.
The professor went on to explain that the jar signifies one’s life. The rocks are equivalent to the most important things in your life, such as family, health, and relationships. And if the pebbles and the sand were lost, the jar would still be full and your life would still have a meaning.
The pebbles represent the other things that matter in your life, such as your work, school, and house. These things often come and go, and are not permanent or essential to your overall well-being.
And finally, the sand represents the remaining small stuff and material possessions in your life. These things don’t mean much to your life as a whole and are likely only done to waste time or get small tasks accomplished.
The metaphor here is that if you start with putting sand into the jar, you will not have room for rocks or pebbles. This holds true for the things you let into your life too. If you spend all of your time on the small and insignificant things, you will run out of room for the things that are actually important. So in order to have a more effective life, you should prioritize important things in your life and then worry about pebbles and sand at a later time.
“As a spiritual symbol the stone or the rock represents that which is eternal or truth itself. And in some traditions the stones are considered to be individual spirits, or—as in Jewish mystical traditions—silent beings. Even in yoga, stones and rocks are not without consciousness. They still contain the three gunas like all physical objects, but they simply have much more ‘tamas’—the slow and dense guna,” says Helen Avery in Wanderlust Media. (“There are three gunas, according to this worldview, that have always been and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world. These three gunas are called: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic), according to Wikipedia.)
Yoga is a system of wellbeing that encompasses spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical attributes. To move through our favorite yoga sequence requires patience, focus, and a deep stillness of the mind. Yoga is all about achieving wellbeing. And understanding our priorities and the management of our time contributes to that wellbeing.
“Yoga doesn’t take time. It gives you time.” – Ganga White
The empty jar/rocks/pebbles/sand approach to prioritization and time management can, of course, be used to identify an overall life plan, but it works equally well for segments of life as well. For instance, if “Family” is one of your big rocks in your Life jar, you can envision a separate empty jar for Family and identify the big rocks related specifically to Family. Similarly, you could have a Yoga jar!
Have you thought about what the big rocks would be if you had a Yoga jar? Has Sunrise Yoga helped you keep those big rocks as priorities? Do you have big rocks that were left out of your Yoga jar or that you would like to add to your Yoga jar? How do you go about keeping yoga a priority in your Life jar?
If you are new to Sunrise Yoga and you’re still exploring your Yoga jar, consider giving our Sunrise Yoga 30 for 30 plan a try! This plan is available to all new students and gives you unlimited 30 days of yoga on your first visit to our studio for only $30. It’s a great bargain! 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.).
If you are already a student at Sunrise Yoga and you are refining your Yoga big rocks, then a class card or a Sunrise Yoga membership is a great approach to exploring and identifying what goes into your Yoga jar! There are many benefits to being a Sunrise Yoga member!
Still have questions? Please email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.
Ground Hog’s Day
The anniversary of the launch of Facebook
The beginning of the Chinese New Year (It’s the year of the boar.)
Black History Month
American Heart Month
We live the values of yoga. Yoga teaches us the importance of helping others and Sunrise Yoga Studio has supported the Clemmons Food Pantry throughout our business history.
According to the Clemmons Food Pantry, in Forsyth County, 17% of residents are food insecure and almost 26% of children regularly face hunger and don’t know where they will get their next meal. A family of four can be fed for one month for $144. How many months can we help a family? Every donation will be a blessing to someone in our community.
Learn more about the Clemmons Food Pantry. And be a good yogi always, but especially in the month of February.
We thank you in advance for your generosity!
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.