Category Archives for SYS Staff/Instructors

Meet Lolly (aka Kim)!

This is Kim (who’s hoping to soon be called Lolly!) . . . a familiar face to yoga students at Sunrise Yoga!Kim ("Lolly") with her granddaughter. Kim is a certified yoga instructor at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC.

Kim and her husband, Lynn, have a new little cowgirl in the family, their granddaughter, 6 month old Emersyn, and they are looking forward to entertaining and educating her at their “mini farm”. On the farm they have horses, cows, chickens, dogs, and a miniature donkey, all wonderful things for “Lolly” and “Pop” to show off to Emersyn!

Kim teaches Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Back Care Yoga, Level One Yoga, and All Levels Yoga at Sunrise Yoga. You can find her teaching schedule here.

Kim came to yoga hoping to improve range of motion after breast cancer treatments. She found that yoga brought her so much more than physical flexibility and strength. The awareness and peacefulness that she found with yoga encouraged her to deepen her practice.

Kim completed a 330-hour teacher training program at Triad Yoga Institute and began teaching in 2008. She graduated from the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training program as a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher and is now a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) with Yoga Alliance.

Kim believes that anybody in any body can benefit from yoga and she enjoys sharing the yoga experience.

If you have had any classes with Kim, leave her some love here on the blog or send her a message to

Kim Crawford, graduate of the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training program as a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher, a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) with Yoga Alliance. Kim teaches yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC.P.S. Today is International Women’s Day! We are honored to have many fabulous women as part of Sunrise Yoga Studio!

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 ( 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!

Missions with a Dose of Yoga!

Meet Sandra!

Yoga has brought balance to her life as well as the ability to honor time for herself. Sandra shares those with all her students through her teaching. Sandra is a former triathlete, marathoner, and competitive cyclist who still enjoys running and cycling.

As such, she found that Yoga brought balance to her body as well as her mind. Her particular interests are for sharing her love of yoga with kids and families. Sandra says she teaches yoga because she wants to share the tremendous benefits yoga has to offer for the physical body and for the mind. She wants students to have fun and to enjoy the sense of community during her classes.

Sandra also enjoys using yoga to communicate with locals on mission trips in which she participates. Sandra has participated in Hands of Hope NC mission trip to Dominican Republic.

She is a Level 2 Radiant Child Certified Instructor and has completed the 330-hour teacher training program at Triad Yoga Institute. She has also completed a Certification program for Prenatal Yoga. She has completed the Triad Yoga’s 500-hour teacher training program.

You can find Sandra at Sunrise Yoga on Mondays  for Levels 1 & 2 Yoga. Check the schedule for a time that works for you!

Karen Hoglund – She’s Got Your Back (and Mind and Spirit)!

Meet Sunrise Yoga instructor, Karen Hoglund!

Karen became a student of yoga in 1999, eventually receiving her 330-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Triad Yoga Institute in 2004 and her 500-hour certificate from Triad Yoga’s Vidya program in 2008. In January of 2017 she began her 1000-hour certification program to become a certified yoga therapist with East Coast Yoga Therapy.

Karen’s challenges with her back (scoliosis) have taught her how important good alignment is and how yoga can strengthen the body while reducing pain. She is inspired by music and ancient traditions so her flow classes often have playlists geared to the sequence, sprinkled in with the occasional myth, and all classes are interwoven with pranayama, asana, and short meditations to hopefully bring us into balance and add a little peace into our lives.

Karen is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level (RYT500).

If you don’t already follow Karen on Facebook, look her up! She is currently posting a series of meditations that began January 1st and will continue through January 21st. You can also find Karen on Friday leading this week’s Quieting the Mind class (6:00-7:30 pm) which will be a New Year’s Walking the Labyrinth Meditation, open for all levels. In this class, you will set your intentions for 2018 in a meditative walk of the labyrinth to release what is no longer serving you, encouraging restoration, rejuvenation and transformation.

Karen also leads the Back Care Yoga class (Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm, and Saturdays, 11:00 am-12:30 pm) and Level 2 Flow Yoga class (Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 am).

Questions for Karen? Email us at

Meet Elaine Round!

Meet Sunrise Yoga instructor, Elaine Round!

Elaine was initially drawn to yoga in 2007 when a gym director gently prodded her to join a class. Physically humbled by the experience, yet left with an unexpected feeling of calm, she decided to explore this yoga thing further.

Two years into her practice, she enrolled in the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training Program as a way to deepen her knowledge of yoga. After completing the program as a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher, she pursued an additional 40 hours of training with Roger Cole in Restorative Yoga. With this training (and influences from many others), she brings to Sunrise classes designed to allow the body and mind to let go.

Elaine earned a PhD in Genetics from University of Washington. This interest in biology in general fuels her interest in the biology of why yoga has the effect it does on people and in the biology behind restorative yoga, in particular.

Elaine also studies Vedic Chanting with Sonia Nelson and Cheryl Oliver and is enrolled in the Yoga Therapy program with East Coast Yoga Therapy.

Want to know more? Enroll in a class with Elaine!

SYS Staff Highlight ~ Valerie Kiser

Sunrise Yoga Studio Clemmons NC

Valerie Kiser is the owner and director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching yoga since 1999 and is a 500-hour experienced registered yoga teacher (500 E-RYT) and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) through the Yoga Alliance. Her first teacher training was completed with Cindy Dollar, an Iyengar-certified teacher in Asheville, NC. Valerie has completed a 1200-hour Advanced Teacher Training and Yoga Therapeutics certification from Sun and Moon Yoga Studios in Fairfax/Arlington, VA with JJ Gormley. Valerie is also a Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, a Relax and Renew Advanced Trainer ® (Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater), an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer, a certified Y4C (yoga for cancer) teacher, and an iRest Teacher-in-Training Level II (Yoga Nidra).  She is an IAYT-certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and the co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy (an 800-hour program that certifies yoga therapists).  Valerie believes that yoga is a practice that allows us to take charge of our own lives through growth, balance, and peace. Yoga is an exploration that leads us to greater awareness in mind, body, and spirit. Yoga brings union, harmony, and joy; it renews our energy and restores our spirit.

We have wonderful yoga instructors at Sunrise!  We invite you to take a look at our website where you will be introduced to all of our staff at Sunrise Yoga Studio!  Have a beautiful day!


SYS Staff Highlight – Amber W. Eng

Amber is our Office Manager who works weekday mornings from 9 am-1 pm.  She completed her college education at Western Carolina University with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education (BK). She taught preschool special education in the North Carolina County Public Schools from 1998 until 2015. Amber loves the beach and the mountains, spending time with friends and family, writing and taking pictures of landscapes, especially sunrises and sunsets. She began taking yoga classes at Sunrise Yoga in March of 2016. Practicing yoga has helped guide Amber on a journey to live mindfully in the present and with a grateful heart. Yoga is an important part of her overall health and well-being. She appreciates the opportunities she has to talk with new and current students and sharing the benefits of yoga with others from her own experience. Amber enjoys being a a part of the Sunrise Yoga family!  We invite you to explore our website where you can meet all of our staff.

We are minutes from Winston-Salem and if you are a new student, we have a New Student Special for you, 30 days of yoga for $30!  For more information about our studio and what we offer, take a look at our class descriptions and class schedule on our website at

Wishing you a beautiful day!






Cathy Howe – Instructor Highlight

Cathy began her yoga practice by attending a free class at Sunrise Yoga in 2004.  Over time, she slowly expanded her interest in yoga from a once-weekly practice to enrollment in the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training program.  When it comes to her own practice, Cathy believes “slow-and-steady wins the race,” and that persistence and honest effort do, in fact, deliver remarkable results regardless of age and physical ability. Cathy also believes in practicing ahimsa, which simply means taking a non-harming approach in yoga and in life and encourages her students to be where they need to be and to be accepting of that.  Yoga helps her stay fit, feel young, and maintain a sense of peace and well-being.  She graduated from the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training program as a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT500.  Join Cathy in Back Care Yoga on Tuesdays at 6 pm or Level 1 on Saturdays at 9 am!  She would love to see you!
Wishing you love and light, Namaste.