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Flow Yoga

Karen Hoglund teaches Flow Yoga at Sunrise Yoga, Clemmons, NCHave you wondered what Flow Yoga is all about? Have you tried it?

Yogapedia defines Flow Yoga, also known as Vinyasa Flow Yoga, as, “a style of yoga where the practitioner moves gracefully from one pose to the next and the class, or practice, becomes almost like a dance. Generally, each movement in to or out of a posture is made on an inhalation or exhalation, so the yoga unites the breath with the movement in a choreographed sequence. The flowing movements may be combined with some longer holds of certain postures.”

Flow Yoga at Sunrise Yoga, Clemmons, NCFlow classes string poses together to make a sequence. The sequence may be fixed, as in Ashtanga in which the poses are always done in the same order, but most of the time vinyasa teachers have the discretion to arrange the progression of poses in their own ways,” says Ann Pizer in her Introduction to Vinyasa Flow Yoga article on verywellfit.com.

Our expert in Flow Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio is Karen Hoglund. Karen’s creativity and love of music combine to create a fun but challenging Flow Yoga experience.

At Sunrise Yoga, Flow Yoga is offered every Saturday morning, 9:00-10:30 am, at the Level 2 experience level. It is a more aerobic style class that improves strength and endurance. In this class, the poses are linked together with the breath. There is much more fluid movement involved and thus, the pace in the class is quicker.Flow Yoga at Sunrise Yoga, Clemmons, NC

If you aren’t already in our Flow Yoga class at Sunrise Yoga, try adding this style of class to your practice. You can register for the class through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

Questions about Flow Yoga? Email us at info@sunriseyoga.net to get more information. We would love to hear from you!

☼ FREE Yoga? ☼

FREE Yoga through Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThis 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. Namaste the Market Way, Free Yoga, Village of Clemmons Farmers Market, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

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!

FREE Yoga through Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThose 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!FREE Yoga through Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

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 info@sunriseyoga.net to subscribe.

Chair Yoga

The person in the image above is obviously an experienced yoga enthusiast and may be how many unfamiliar with yoga visualize what a yoga enthusiast should look like.

Chair Yoga Participant at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NCThe person in the image above is also a yoga enthusiast. She may not perform the same poses as the person in the first image, but she’s a yogi, nonetheless.

Yoga can be made accessible for just about anybody and any body. At Sunrise Yoga, Chair Yoga is offered twice per week so that even those with special health conditions have access to yoga classes. According to Wikipedia, “It (Chair Yoga) is in the process of being recognized formally as a type of yoga distinct from other types, such as Iyengar Yoga or Ashtanga yoga,” an indication that the need for this level of yoga exists. Chair Yoga Participant at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support,” says Kate Dusek, CHWC, LRT, in healthysetgo.com. She continues with, “It is beneficial for people with limited mobility and for those who want to practice yoga at their workplace.” So, while Chair Yoga in the studio may be for those unable to participate in other class levels, Chair Yoga can be beneficial for anyone who sits for extended periods of time and for those who simply want to work in a bit more yoga outside of the routine yoga practice!

Chair Yoga Participant at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

 

 

 

 

At Sunrise Yoga, Chair Yoga classes are appropriate for those with special health conditions, those who want a slower paced class, or those who are looking for a beginner level class. The class is appropriate to students who use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.

Most of the class activity is performed seated in a chair. For those who are able, some standing (with support) and floor movements may be given. For those who are unable, alternate poses appropriate for remaining seated will be given.

 

Joanne Spence, BSW, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and RCYT, writing for Yoga Alliance, lists 10 reasons for trying Chair Yoga:

10. Chairs don’t take up much floor space.
9. Chairs are easy to come by.
8. Chairs are accessible to anyone who can sit.
7. The quality and range of movement one can achieve from sitting in a chair is surprising.
6. A chair can be a great prop.
5. Chairs are a great aid to posture.
3. Chairs slow you down.
2. Using a chair is humbling. Practicing in one is good for the ego.
1. Using a chair allows REAL people to do REAL yoga.

“The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing fitness and health potential,” notes Lakshmi Voelker, founder of Get Fit Where You Sit™. The key is to work with your body where and how your body exists.

Those who participate in Chair Yoga may see improved range of motion and flexibility, involvement in a social activity, strengthened muscles and joints, and reduced stress. The classes at Sunrise Yoga include yoga poses for the body, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.Chair Yoga Participants at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Do you know someone who could benefit from Chair Yoga? Encourage them to visit Sunrise Yoga and try a class! It may change more than you might imagine!

Contact us at info@sunriseyoga.net if you have questions and/or if you need additional information.

Beginner Yogi?

When you were a beginner yogi (yesterday, a year ago, a decade ago??), what did you know about yoga and yoga poses? Did you have any familiarity with yoga poses, yoga terminology, yoga “etiquette”?

(Be sure to read to the end for a special offer for new yoga students!)

Beginner Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

 

Simply mentioning yoga to someone who has never experienced yoga can send a message of fear and intimidation to someone unfamiliar with yoga. What do you remember about your first yoga experience?

In her article, 10 Things to Know Before Your First Yoga Class, Lizzie Fuhr notes, “Revered in a yoga practice, the idea of a “beginner’s mind” means heading to your mat with no preconceived notions about what you can or can’t accomplish or poses you can or can’t do. Keeping this positive outlook and leaving expectations at the door will result in the best experience possible.”

Yoga for Beginners at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Yoga for Beginners at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NCYoga for Beginners at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Listed below are yoga poses recommended for beginners (New York Times (Kelly Couturier); doyouyoga.com (Kristin McGee); food.ndtv.com (Shivangana Vasudeva)).

What do you think? Would you have recommended differently?

• MountainBeginner Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC
• Child’s Pose
• Downward Facing Dog
• Plank
• Warrior 1
• Warrior 2
• Seated Forward Bend
• Four-Limbed Staff
• Cobra
• Tree
• Triangle
• Chair
• Boat
• Seated Half-Spinal Twist
• Bridge
• Corpse
• Sukhasna

If you are now practicing yoga, you obviously overcame any difficulties, challenges, or misconceptions about yoga after your first class. How was your first experience different from what you thought it would be?

Beginner Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Beginner Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Cathy Howe, Sunrise Yoga Instructor, demonstrates the half moon yoga pose using a yoga block.

 

“Some will tell you that yoga is too slow and boring instead it is an intense and holistic exercise. This ancient form of fitness with roots in India focuses on developing balance, strength and flexibility. Don’t let anyone misguide you as these are all consequences of practicing yoga and not prerequisites. No one expects you to master the poses on the very first day. Yoga is all about pushing past your body’s limits over time,” says Shivangana Vasudeva, NDTV.

 

 

Beginner Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC

Classes are available at Sunrise Yoga for those just beginning their exploration of yoga and for experienced students who wish to broaden and expand their practice. Each class contains yoga poses of the body, breathing practices, meditation, and relaxation. You and your instructor will develop a personalized approach to each pose creating a greater awareness of your body and mind in motion and in stillness. You are encouraged to work at your own pace honoring your limitations and abilities. Our staff is welcoming and highly trained to guide you through your yoga journey.

Sunrise Yoga has many classes appropriate for those new to yoga. Visit the Sunrise Yoga web site to see all the opportunities to move your yoga practice from an “I should do that!” stance to “I practice yoga!” stance. Our instructors are all trained and certified to help any level student.
Want to know more? Email us at info@sunriseyoga.net, call the studio at 336-778-1233, or visit us at 6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct #1, Clemmons, NC 27012.

PLUS . . . We have a special offer for new students!

30 Days of Unlimited Yoga for $30

We recommend all new students buy our low-priced unlimited 30 days of yoga on your first visit to our studio. 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.

Come join us!!!

Passion for Learning

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

Brad Henry

 

Sunrise Yoga Studio’s founder and owner, Valerie Kiser, definitely has a passion for learning! She has pursued certifications and education in many aspects of yoga not only to deepen her own understanding and practice but to share that knowledge and experience with others.

And because she wants yoga to be better understood as more than a means to becoming more physically flexible, Valerie makes sure Sunrise Yoga offers a variety of classes for all levels of experience and for all body types. While Valerie personally teaches many of the classes offered at Sunrise Yoga, she particularly enjoys the Select Your Study classes offered weekly on Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm.

In the Select Your Study classes, the topics vary week to week and could include things such as specific pose work or pose type, a therapeutic theme, a particular part of the body, or more! These classes are wonderful places to learn something new or dig a little deeper in your yoga practice.

 

February’s Select Your Study classes included Making Friends with Handstand, Heart Opening Yoga (for Valentine’s Day!), and Flow Yoga. And on Wednesday, February 28th, Valerie will cover Yoga for Golfers! And coming in March, Strength Training for the Yogi (March 7th), Level 4 Handstands & Backbends (March 14th), Chakra Sun Salutations (March 21st), and, since Spring brings some not so nice things, Yoga for Allergies (March 28th).

 

 

Valerie welcomes your suggestions for future classes. Is there something you would like to know more about that would help you in your yoga practice? Is there an area in your life where a yoga connection could be explored? Send Valerie an email (info@sunriseyoga.net) with your topic ideas and questions! We like making yoga fun. We like variety. And we want to help you be passionate about learning!

Select YOUR Study and fuel YOUR passion for learning!

What an All Levels Yoga Class Can Do For You

An All Level or Mixed Yoga class offers possibilities for you to explore a variety of poses ranging from easier to more advanced.  In these types of classes, yoga instructors offer students with a basic pose and give alternate options for students who are looking to explore and practice a more advanced form of a basic pose.  Newer students to yoga will develop better posture alignment, more body awareness, and core strength in the more basic variations.  To develop a healthy yoga practice, it is important to remember to listen to your body and be accepting of where your body can safely go in a yoga pose.  Give yourself permission to begin where you are! Communicating your needs with the instructor is another vital piece of a healthy yoga practice.  When you share your needs with your instructor, he/she is better able to offer guidance to meet your needs in the moment, in the pose. An All Levels class extends the possibilities for you to enjoy and challenge yourself while practicing poses safely by working at your comfort level and ability.  We invite you to check out our schedule and give an All Levels class a try!

Have a beautiful day!

Namaste.

 

How You Can Practice Yoga On and Off the Mat

How can we take the time to practice yoga when there are so many things to do in a day? We may think yoga only happens on the mat, but off the mat, yoga can happen anywhere and anytime.  We have the power to change our thinking from “I don’t have time for yoga today” to open our minds and ask ourselves “How can I practice yoga today?” Perhaps the suggestions below will help you think out of the box or “off the mat.”

  • Rise 15 minutes early to meditate
  • Spend time outside grounding yourself to the Earth
  • Complete tasks (dishes, eating, walking) mindfully
  • Read an article about yoga or listen to a podcast and share it with a friend
  • Take a moment or two throughout the day and center yourself with your breath
  • Stand in Tadasana in the grocery store or waiting in line anywhere
  • Practice a favorite pose and a new pose today
  • Practice an active pose and a passive pose
  • Be still and listen to your inner self and let go of outside circumstances
  • Speak up with kindness and honor your needs in the present moment
  • Include others in your yoga practices on and off the mat
  • Every day is an adventure – be flexible and gentle with YOU

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~The Bahagavad Gita~

Light and love to you. Namaste.

Join us for Sound Immersion and Restorative Yoga on March 31!

Are you ready to unwind with us on Friday, March 31?  Join percussionist, Bill Smith and yoga instructor, Cathy Howe for a soothing and relaxing class.  Discover a deep sense of tranquility as you the let the vibrations of gongs and bells wash over you as you relax through a series of restorative yoga poses.

After this type of practice, participants can have:

A profound sense of calm and improved mental focus

A refreshed feeling and positive outlook

Reduced stress and a better quality of sleep

A balance in the nervous system and a sense of well-being

A restored sense of equanimity with the world around you

Class size is limited to 20 students and is appropriate for all levels including brand new students.  Fee = $25; $20 before 3/24/17.

Register online, using the app or in the studio today at http://www.sunriseyoga.net/upcoming-events/

Sunrise Yoga is located minutes from Winston-Salem and High Point.  If you have not had the opportunity to participate in this type of class at Sunrise, we hope you will decide to give it a try and join us!  Have a beautiful day!

Namaste.

Join us for a Weekend Yoga Workshop with Julie Gudmestad!

Don’t miss this weekend opportunity to study with Julie Gudmestad!  The weekend focus: Muscle Imbalances & Yoga Solutions with a focus on Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders!

On Saturday and Sunday, March 25 & 26: 10 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 5 pm at Sunrise Yoga, minutes from High Point and Winston-Salem! 

Don’t miss this chance to study with one of the top yoga teachers and physical therapists in the country. Julie Gudmestad is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and a practicing physical therapist from Portland, Oregon. She is the former author of the Anatomy of a Yogi column in Yoga Journal Magazine. Teaching yoga and conducting workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe since 1975, Julie integrates her knowledge of the body into the structure of the yoga poses, creating a unique teaching style. She will progressively build the content from the ground up, integrating the principles of alignment and injury prevention into the sequence. The learning environment will be supportive and we always have fun!

Muscle imbalances can contribute to pain, injury, and chronic problems in any part of the body, and a thoughtful yoga practice can help to correct these imbalances. In this workshop, we will review the anatomy of important muscle groups, and how imbalances (strong vs. weak and tight vs. flexible) contribute to misalignments that set the stage for problems. Then we’ll practice yoga poses and sequences to help correct imbalances, improve alignment and relieve pain. Because the material builds sequentially, we strongly encourage you to take the entire workshop. Some previous study of anatomy is helpful but not mandatory. Receive CE credit for Yoga Alliance teachers. 

This workshop is not appropriate for students with problems that significantly limit their mobility or ability to do poses.

Sign up for the entire weekend or individual sessions at our website below.

Total Weekend Workshop Fee = $220 / Individual Morning Session Fee = $65 / Individual Afternoon Session Fee = $50

http://www.sunriseyoga.net/upcoming-events/