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Here’s an easy, significant Valentine you can give!Sunrise Yoga Studio partners with Clemmons Food Pantry in February's Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign

During the month of February, Sunrise Yoga Studio is participating in the Clemmons Food Pantry’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign.

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!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, supports the Clemmons Food Pantry's February Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

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.

You should be perfect for this job!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYour 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!

Plan your hours, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYou are now, and always have been, Time Manager of your adult life. And you are the only one qualified to fill the role.

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.Time flies, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Rocks Pebbles Sand Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe 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.

Until you value yourself, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe 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.

Time is limited. Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC“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.

 

You’re writing the story of your life, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

“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!

Time equals life, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons,, NCHave 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.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

February is the month of . . .

Ground Hog’s Day
Valentines Day
The anniversary of the launch of Facebook
The beginning of the Chinese New Year (It’s the year of the boar.)
Mardi Gras
Presidents Day
Black History Month
American Heart Month

. . . it’s also the month of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a month long time to show love for our community by supporting the Clemmons Food Pantry.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, supports the Clemmons Food Pantry's February Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

In addition to Chick-Fil-A, the Rotary Club of Clemmons, and Clemmons United Methodist Church, Sunrise Yoga Studio is supporting this Clemmons Food Pantry campaign.

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.

During the month of February, 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!

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!

Are you a yoga statistic?

☼ Are you a statistic? ☼

Yoga Classes at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019Statistics 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.”

yoga statistics

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:

☼ 36 million Americans practice yoga.
☼ There are thought to be 300 million yoga practitioners worldwide.
☼ Between 2012 and 2016 the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%.
☼ Approximately one in three Americans have tried yoga at least once.
☼ The number of over 50s practicing yoga has tripled over the last four years.
☼ Flexibility and stress relief are the most popular reasons for starting yoga.
☼ The number of American men practicing yoga has more than doubled since 2012.
☼ 1 in 10 US adults use yoga as a complementary health approach (a number that has doubled since 2002).

☼ Top 5 reasons for starting yoga:
61% to improve flexibility
56% for stress relief
49% for general fitness
49% to improve overall health
44% for physical fitness

☼ Noted benefits of yoga:
Relief from back pain
Promotes healthy eating
Improves sleep

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCWhere 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.

More Yoga Wall!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallOur 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.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Wall

“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.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallAt 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.

Want to see the yoga wall in action? Click HERE to watch a video of students utilizing the yoga wall and HERE to see another video of another use of the wall!

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

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Owner/Director, Valerie Kiser using the Yoga WallJust 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.

FREE SAMPLES

How do you like free samples?

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.

Sample Free Yoga Classes at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019Here are our FREE samples for you to try during our FREE yoga and meditation day!

Level 1 w/ Cathy @ 9 – 10 am
Level 2 Flow w/ Karen @ 9 – 10:30 am
Introduction to Meditation w/ Gwen @ 10:15 – 11:15 am
Back Care w/ Karen @ 11 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to Yoga w/ Elaine @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

PLUS, SPECIAL ONE-DAY ONLY DISCOUNTS!
Purchase our New Student Special Intro Offer of 30 days for $30 and be entered in a raffle!

Class size is limited – CLICK HERE to reserve your space or use the Sunrise Yoga app.

 

 

Bring a friend and enjoy free yoga, tea and snacks, and a Trunk Show with Twisted Friends Tie Dyes!Twisted Friends Tie Dye Trunk Show at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019 Twisted Friends Tie Dye Trunk Show at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019

 

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!

Let Go!

Do you have trouble letting go?

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
~ Tao Te Ching

Elaine Round, Quieting the Mind, Letting Go, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCWant 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.

“Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”

~ American writer, Melody Beattie.

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.

Keeping Things in Check

The Sunrise Yoga December Newsletter is out!

Read Valerie’s Notes below and read the full newsletter here. You’ll find lots of information about events and happenings at the studio!

 

Valerie Kiser, Owner/Director of Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe 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.

See the full list of Senior Services items needed here.

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!

Stretched to the Max

☼ The holidays often stretch you to the max . . . ☼

As we go through the holiday season, we often find ourselves stretched to the max . . . we try to stretch our time (and our wallets) to fit in all the holiday events and holiday shopping . . . and all that stretching can lead to holiday stress! Yikes!

But, are you aware that the right kind of stretching . . . yoga, for the body, meditation for the mind . . . can help reduce stress?

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Forward Fold“Life can be filled with chaos and stress. Soon joints begin to hurt, backs hurt, and people find themselves moving stiffly as they feel tense. Stretching is one way to help remove stress from life and bodies,” according to https://stress.lovetoknow.com/

Yoga International (https://yogainternational.com/) says, “there are three types of stretching, and we may do them all, to varying degrees, in yoga:
1. static (holding a position)
2. dynamic active (bringing a joint repeatedly through its range of motion)
3. PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, one technique of which requires the contraction of the target muscle when it is stretched, followed by a more passive stretch with the muscle relaxed)”

And, https://allstressmanagement.com/ notes the following ten benefits of stretching:
1. Improve joint range of movement, without compromising joint stability.
2. Prevent Injury.
3. Decreases muscle soreness after exercise.
4. Promotes circulation, increases blood supply and nutrients to muscles and joints.
5. Develops mind, body awareness as the body is allowed to move more freely when stretching is applied with focussed attention.
6. Enhances co-ordination, by allowing freedom of movements.
7. Improves posture with the structures being more balanced and even.
8. Reduces stress and pain by getting rid of tension and the lactic acid in the body.
9. Loosens the minds control of the body.
10. Enhances performance and quality of life.

Keep your holiday stress at bay this year through stretching! Join Valerie this Wednesday, December 5th, during her Stretch Everything Select Your Study Session. In this class you will practice yoga poses that stretch each part of your body, which can make every day movement easier and more flexible. The class is open to all experience levels.

Register through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

Questions about stretching? yoga? stress? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.

We need your feedback!

Are instructional yoga videos on yoga poses something you would like us to post more frequently? Please watch the video on Tree Pose (Vrksasana) and give us your feedback! More pose instructions? Other video requests?

If you would like to register for a Sunrise Yoga class, use our Sunrise Yoga app, register online, or through the studio.