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!
The yoga and meditation classes regularly offered at Sunrise Yoga, as well as workshops taught by Sunrise Yoga instructors, already provide a variety of opportunities and class specialties in order to make yoga and meditation available to all. We want everyone to feel not only welcome in our studio but excited to connect with a class/workshop appropriate for the yoga experience level while also addressing physical and emotional wellbeing.
Author and yoga instructor, Kathleen Bryant, writing for YogaBasics.com, believes “participating in a yoga workshop is empowering.” Why? What does that mean?
In a regular yoga class, you are a participant student. You see and hear the directions from your instructor and move into and out of yoga poses. Your focus is primarily on your instructor and yourself. And your time in the class is usually between 60 to 90 minutes.
In specialized yoga workshops, you are also a participant student, but additionally, you are an observer, a researcher, and an explorer. Typically, a yoga workshop topic is covered through instruction, demonstration, explanation, and experimentation, sometimes over several extended sessions/days. The instructor is someone with extensive knowledge, education, and experience on the yoga workshop topic and is an expert at communicating and translating that expertise into useful, practical information for those attending the yoga workshop.
Yoga workshops help you deepen your yoga practice and discover new yoga connections. Again quoting Kathleen Bryant, “The intensive focus of a workshop will answer questions you didn’t even know you had, and help you feel established in a yoga lifestyle.”
The yoga workshop environment should provide opportunity for questions that can be difficult to ask in a regular yoga class. Because the focus of a workshop is more specific, the questions can be addressed more extensively, and feedback offered in a more individualized and customized manner.
Reflecting on past workshops at Sunrise Yoga through images taken during the workshops, one can quickly see that the workshops also offer opportunities to socialize, connect with other yogis, and genuinely have fun while learning. While in the explorer mode, one can find new ideas, new friends, and new introspection, in addition to developing a deeper yoga practice.
So, getting back to the original question, why does Sunrise Yoga utilize outside instructors for yoga workshops?
Well, our instructors like to learn too! Many of our instructors are the first to sign up for a yoga workshop by a visiting instructor. They know these workshops often fill up quickly and they don’t want to miss the opportunity to be a student. Their philosophy is “Semper discendum” . . . Always learn!
Additionally, an outside instructor brings a fresh perspective to the studio. Often, these instructors visit studios throughout the country and even internationally. They help us to “see” the studio, both physically and perceptually, through different eyes. These instructors’ opinions are valued and aid us in improving on what we do well and changing anything that isn’t up to par.
Are you ready to participate in a yoga workshop? Our workshops are posted on the workshops tab of the web site and in the Sunrise Yoga app. Registration is simple and easy!
Weekend Workshop with Julie Gudmestad, PT and Iyengar-teacher, Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd-24th
Julie visits Sunrise Yoga annually and is well known around the world for her Anatomy Awareness in Asana workshops. For us, she will teach an asana workshop integrating just a sprinkling of anatomy to help illustrate important structural and alignment points. She specializes in beginning with simple movements for all levels of students and then gradually building to more challenging poses so that everyone is challenged in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This is an ideal workshop to take if you have never done one before. It’s also great for all students and teachers! (Prerequisite: 6 months of yoga experience. This will be an active workshop and is not appropriate for students with acute injuries or severely limiting conditions.)
Register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio.
Sound Immersion with Percussionist Bill Smith, Sunday, April 7th, 5:00-6:00 pm
Discover a new level of relaxation and tranquility as you let the vibrations of gongs, bells and other instruments wash over you. A type of sound therapy, the sonic frequencies of these instruments have been known to alter brainwave states with positive results on a cellular and neurological level. After this type of practice, participants can have reduced stress, a better quality of sleep, a profound sense of calm and focus and a refreshed feeling and outlook. (Workshop cost is $12 if you register by April 1st; $15 after. Sunrise Yoga members receive a 10% discount when registering at the front desk.)
Visit Bill’s web site and listen to samples of his music! His music is also available on YouTube!
Register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio.
AND, this weekend, you can try a yoga workshop with Valerie Kiser, owner/director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy! Valerie’s expertise is quite well known in the yoga world!
Saturday 2/23 @ 9 am – 1 pm
Asana practice and anatomy lecture with focus on the lumbar spine.
Sunday 2/24 @ 9 am – 1 pm
Meditation & pranayama; asana practice focused on seated poses; history of yoga lecture.
Deepen your yoga practice & knowledge. Only 6 months prior yoga experience required, at Level 1 and above.
Members receive a 20% discount when registering at the front desk.
Register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio.
If you have suggestions for future yoga workshops, please let us know! If you have questions about yoga, yoga classes, yoga workshops, or any of the visiting instructors, please email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.
We hope to see you in one (or more!) of these fabulous yoga workshops! Remember you can register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio!!
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!
Statistics seem cold and harsh. No one wants to be “just a number.”
But, we are all statistics . . . just by existing, each of us is a statistic. As statistics, we are measured in good ways as well as some not so good ways. From the time we are infants, we are measured in percentiles for height and weight, for instance. As we age, we might show more concern for the percentiles in which we fall for these two measurements.
Statistics help identify trends. “In 2016, an estimated 62.9 percent of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. The mobile phone penetration is forecasted to continue to grow, rounding up to 67 percent by 2019,” according to Wikipedia. Regardless of how you feel about cell phones, if you own one, you are part of that statistic and helped grow that trend!
As yogis, you are part of another trend . . . and this is a really good one! And, this trend is thousands of years in the making, not a fad that will disappear in a year or two!
Channel Signal, a consumer analytics firm, notes, “When compared to other similar forms of indoor recreation, yoga not only dwarfs the competition, it’s the only activity experiencing steady growth.”
The Good Body, an organization that reviews and provides case studies, insights, and analysis for health products, equipment and gadgets, provided the following data on yoga:
Where in these lists do you land? You’re a GOOD statistic after all. Where else within yoga would you be a good statistic?
If you aren’t yet a yoga statistic, let us help you get started! We have many yoga classes available to get you started. Find available classes through our Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.
Our yoga walls and yoga wall classes are more and more in demand! Our students have learned that the yoga wall is one of THE best yoga props available for moving deeper into poses, for a deeper understanding of alignment, and for simply being more playful in the practice of yoga.
Because of the increased demand for additional yoga wall space and yoga wall classes, we have added both! Our newer studio space now has beautiful yoga walls and we have added a new yoga wall class that will begin on Wednesday, January 2nd, 6:00-7:30 pm.
“The principle behind the Yoga Wall has been around for decades, originally designed by BKS Iyengar in the form of ropes attached to wall hooks to assist students in various yoga asana (poses),” notes The Great Yoga Wall. Today’s updated version consists of spring loaded sockets mounted in the wall that can receive adjustable straps that accommodate every height and body type.
At Sunrise Yoga Studio, Iyengar yoga is emphasized. Iyengar yoga places emphasis on alignment and introduces the use of props. Yoga props provide support, confidence, and relaxation and assist students in practicing poses that they might not have been able to do otherwise. When the yoga wall is utilized, it provides support, aids in balance and is appropriate for those brand new to yoga as well as those who are quite experienced with yoga. The support of the yoga wall in training ultimately allows poses away from the yoga wall to be more precise while the work at the yoga wall helps students access and develop deep core muscles.
The Great Yoga Wall notes the following benefits of practicing on the yoga wall where gravity can be appreciated and utilized:
☼ Builds strength in both the large and small muscle groups
☼ Aides in the ability to access various muscle groups in poses they are not yet able to achieve on the mat
☼ Offers many therapeutic benefits helping individuals heal from athletic injuries, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and Sciatica
☼ Can be used as a work-out tool to aid competitive athletes in cross-training and preparation for competitions
☼ Allows one to do hundreds of poses
☼ Can help students work through fear, build confidence, etc., so that they are able to take what they’ve learned on the Yoga Wall, to their mats and into their daily lives
☼ Uses specific postures and positioning, movement and breath, awareness to open the joints, connective tissue
☼ Allows standing postures, forward and back bends, twists and inversions
☼ Helps us feel great after doing yoga, because it is a balanced physical practice designed to open the spine in every direction
Just as a good yoga teacher can help you develop further in a yoga pose, so too can experiencing yoga in near weightless state by using the yoga wall! And an environment with a great yoga wall instructor (i.e., Sunrise Yoga Studio owner and director, Valerie Kiser) and an expanse of yoga wall together creates phenomenal opportunities for development in your yoga practice!
This class is appropriate for students with at least three months in Level 1 classes and above. The class size is limited.
Register through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio. Questions? Email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.
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!
Do you have trouble letting go?
Want to shift from “go-go-go” to “letting go”? Allow Elaine to lead you through supported yoga postures that will encourage deep relaxation in the Quieting the Mind session, Friday, 12/7, 6:00 pm.
Is this a time of letting go for you? What techniques have you found that help you really, truly, “let go”?
Register for Quieting the Mind with Elaine through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.
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!