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Big Things Come in Small Packages!

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!

Bring a Friend for FREE!

Have you been waiting for just the right time to invite someone you know to a yoga class with you? Whether it’s Level 1 Yoga with Valerie (in featured photo), Gentle Yoga, Back Care Yoga or Restorative Yoga (this Sunday, February 26 at 3:30-5 pm), here’s your chance to introduce yoga to your friends, neighbors, family and co-workers!  Check out our class schedule and class descriptions on our website or using the Sunrise Yoga app (found in your app store).

Bring a friend who has never been to Sunrise Yoga Studio between February 20 – March 5! If your friend signs up for our New Student Special Offer of $30 for 30 days, you’ll BOTH be entered to win a free month of yoga! The more friends you bring, the more times you get entered to win!   Spread the word and share your love of yoga while this offer is available!  Sunrise Yoga Studio is minutes from Winston-Salem and High Point, so why not take advantage of this limited time special today!


Enhance Your Life with Yoga Today!

Yoga is a practice that focuses on centering ourselves in the present, using the muscles within the body with purpose, building strength and endurance, and promoting healthy alignment. It is a practice that can teach us about patience, commitment, and acceptance of where we are in the moment and to be there.  Yoga encourages us to concentrate on the here and now as we move in and out of poses, bringing a balance to our practice and our lives.  As we repeat familiar poses, whether in a studio or in a home practice, we build our confidence and become willing and ready to try new poses.  We begin to believe we are capable to challenge ourselves while being mindful of self-care in our practice.  Yoga can bring a sense of peace, relaxation and calm to your everyday life ~ you will learn to become increasingly self-aware of what your body can and cannot do and what you are ready to do.  We encourage you to try a class today!  Browse our schedule and class descriptions online ( or using our app (search your app store for Sunrise Yoga).  We hope to see you in a yoga class soon!


SYS Staff Highlight – Colleen Weiss

Colleen is our Receptionist weeknights and Saturday mornings.  She is a former sales and marketing executive in the music, art publishing and sports arenas.  About a decade ago she transitioned into non-profit work at the Forsyth Humane Society and the SECU Family House.  Colleen is a passionate animal advocate and an avid reader.  She incorporates the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron into her daily life and looks forward to developing a yoga practice that will complement her meditation practice.  Colleen has a wonderful smile and an easy-going and centered soul.  We are very happy to have her at Sunrise Yoga Studio!  Come on out to say hello and while you are visiting, why not stick around and join us for a yoga class!

Have a beautiful day!


Restorative Pose Highlight

Supta Baddha Konasana  (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)

Props needed for pose:  

  1. Bolster or 1-2 firm blankets folded lengthwise to match thickness of a bolster
  2. Blanket or pillow for head support
  3. Blocks or pillows to support the knees
  4. A strap or belt to help the feet stay together (optional)
  5. Eye bag if you desire

How to get in the pose:

  1. Place the bolster or blankets 3 inches behind your buttocks to support your spine.
  2. Place a blanket to support your head.
  3. Place the strap around your waist/lower back and under your feet as your bring the feet together in Bound Angle Pose.
  4. Make a big loop in the strap and tighten comfortably.
  5. Place blankets or pillows to support both your knees so there is relaxation without gripping.
  6. Lie back and be sure you are comfortable.  If you are uncomfortable, try rearranging the props to by adding height or taking height away.
  7. Relax in this soothing pose that can help ease your mind and heart.


Feeling out of control? Frazzled? Unable to focus? Rushing from one thing to the next thing to the next?  Forgetting the power of the breath? Perhaps meditation would help bring you a sense of calm and centeredness, bringing awareness to your humanness.  To spend time in quiet thought, focused on an object or sound, or simply being focused on breathing are a few suggestions to get you started on including meditation in your life.  How to get started?  There are many guided meditations out there online and with the use of apps in this age of technology.  It is suggested to start with 3-5 minutes of daily practice to get in the habit of bringing meditation into your life.  For some people, focused breathing works, for others, concentrating on a flower or other object works best.  One of the most accessible ways to experience the overall benefits of meditation is to listen to a guided meditation, which we offer monthly at the studio.  This can be an incredibly enjoyable, healthy and inspiring way to achieve inner peace. You will learn to achieve a state of deep inner stillness, so that your mind can be cleared of clutter and unwanted thoughts. You will learn to strengthen the body to aid in a sitting meditation practice and how breath can be used to calm the mind.

Our next Guided Meditation is on Sunday, February 12 from 11 am – 12 pm.  We are minutes from Winston-Salem and invite you to join us.  Have a beautiful day!


Looking for Yoga Classes Designed for Beginners and Not Sure Where to Start?

Have you been thinking about how to get started with yoga? Why not let this week be your week to try yoga! With several free classes coming up Saturday, January 21 at Sunrise Yoga, we invite you to hop in your car and come on out to strike a yoga pose with us! Classes are 45 minutes in length and are designed JUST FOR BEGINNERS. Our instructors excel in providing a safe and healthy atmosphere where individuals are free to practice poses appropriate for any level. Props are used to encourage healthy alignment in many various yoga poses.

– New Beginnings with Jessie @ 1-1:45 pm: Learn 5 Basic Beginner Yoga Poses! Poses are easily incorporated into a regular practice.

– Hip to be Square with Cathy @ 1:30-2:15 pm: Counteract the negative impact of a sedentary lifestyle with hip openers to improve your posture and support the health and comfort of your back.

– Playful Practice on the Yoga Wall with Valerie @ 2-2:45 pm: Find out what it’s like to feel weightless, lengthen your spine & have fun with yoga poses. (Please pre-register as class size is limited).

– Open Heart with Gwen @ 2:30-3:15 pm: Increase your confidence with yoga poses that expand the chest and rib cage making them more receptive and free.

Sunrise Yoga Studio is located in Clemmons, minutes from Winston-Salem and with 4 free classes to choose from, you can’t go wrong! Sign up for one or more at on the “Classes” tab or download the Sunrise Yoga app to select your classes. And if you can’t make it Saturday, come on in any other day and check out our 30 days for $30 New Student Special!

15 Reasons Why NOT to do Yoga?


Having a hard time getting to a yoga class?  It’s often said, once you get there, you’re happy you came.  If you can relate to one or more of the 15 following reasons why you can’t make it to the studio for yoga, may we suggest you put one foot in front of the other, grab your keys, and start your car.  We hope the following list will give you a laugh and encourage you to come on out anyway!  Hope to see you soon!

  1. I’m not designed to be a pretzel
  2. I forgot my mat
  3. It’s too cold out
  4. I don’t understand Sanskrit
  5. My hamstrings need a day off
  6. I don’t follow directions well with descriptive words like right, left, or the other side
  7. My pajamas don’t match my workout tops
  8. The floors are too cold for my feet
  9. I already practiced breathing today
  10. When I make eye contact in class, I start giggling
  11. My muscles are sore after
  12. I cannot make myself get in the car
  13. The class might be full
  14. I need to rest today
  15. Savasana is not long enough

Happy 2017!


Wishing each of you a very Happy and Beautiful New Year!

Take care of you and see you in 2017!

From all of us at Sunrise Yoga, Namaste.


Happy Holidays from Sunrise Yoga!


Just a reminder of our yoga class schedule from Friday, December 23, 2016 – January 1, 2017.

Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!


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