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!
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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!
This past Saturday, November 25th, was Small Business Saturday®. Sunrise Yoga is proud to be a small business but that, in no way, means we think small, and we suspect that is true of the many other small businesses in our area!
According to the U.S. Small Business Association, Small Business Saturday® is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.” We thank our students for helping us be a part of our community. You have helped us with many charitable campaigns as well as attended classes we have offered at sites throughout the community. You truly help us to take Sunrise Yoga outside the walls of the studio!
“Since its inception in 2010, this special day — the Saturday after Thanksgiving—”, according to Rhonda Abrams of USA Today, “has become the biggest sales day of the year for many small companies. For the big day last year, an estimated 112 million Americans shopped at small businesses and independent restaurants, spending about $15.4 billion, according to American Express. That’s about one-third of the American public buying at small businesses and a whole lot of cash infused into local economies.”
As an initiative of American Express, Small Business Saturday® brings attention to the 871,376 small business in North Carolina . . . and these 871,376 businesses make up 99.6% of all business in North Carolina (as reported by American Express using statistics from Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles). That’s a lot of small businesses doing big things!
Since a small business is one defined as having fewer than 500 employees, it is unlikely that Sunrise Yoga will ever move out of the small business category, and we’re ok with that! We want to always do our best to have the staff and facilities to serve our students and our community to the best of our ability and to always think big in terms of bringing awareness not only to yoga but to over all well being, for individuals and for our community.
We hope you feel that we are a BIG THING in a small package! We always appreciate your feedback and would welcome your thoughts on the impact small businesses have on our area!