Cupid hearts. Valentine hearts. Candy hearts. Chocolate hearts.
We’ve all heard and read the healthy heart statistics. We don’t need to share them with you again. You know.
So, this month, this February, this American Heart Month, don’t use your head. Use your heart!
All of our yoga classes are heart healthy. Get started today!
We are featuring the Extended Side Angle pose this month, a pose that builds strength through the entire body. We are certain Cupid practices this pose in order to prepare for all the LOVE arrows he will be sending out next week!
The Sanskrit name for this pose is Utthita Parsvakonasana (oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna), which translates as follows:
utthita = extended
parsva = side, flank
kona = angle
According to http://www.yogaoutlet.com/, the Extended Side Angle pose “relieves stiffness in the shoulders and back. It provides a deep stretch to the groins and hamstrings, and it also improves stamina. This pose strengthens the legs, knees, and ankles, while also stretching and toning the abdominal muscles. It is known to be therapeutic for constipation, infertility, sciatica, menstrual discomfort, and low backache.”
We would love to show you where in your posing sequence to incorporate this pose and the proper steps for executing this pose! We have many classes available for all levels as well as one on one instruction. Book your time online, through our SYS app, at the studio, or by phone!
What pose would you like to see featured here in the future?
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!
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!
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.
A yoga practice is about proper pose alignment and it is about moving the body, bones, and muscles, but it is not only about these things. Yoga is much, much more than that! It also brings an awareness to our lives as we move through our day, whatever we may be doing, with a calm and centered mindfulness and focus. The practice of yoga can boost our confidence when we put ourselves out there and try a yoga class for the very first time, being courageous and try a different class , or when we try a new class or a new pose that challenges us. We will only know what we can do when we put forth the effort to try. Yoga can bring about a peacefulness within us as we learn to accept ourselves exactly where we are. This acceptance puts us in a positive space to accept what we cannot change and to be who we are and comfortable in our own skin. We are each human and imperfect. Yoga is a loving act of self-care in our lives to accept ourselves in a pose or class. We can extend this care and acceptance in our daily lives and in how we interact with the world and people around us. At Sunrise Yoga, we encourage yogis to develop a home yoga practice and one that fosters acceptance, peace, confidence, calm and focus. If we do this with yoga, then we can pick up what we learn and take what we learn everywhere we go. It is possible to live in a world and practice the loving kindness that is within each of us. We hope you will try a yoga class soon and see for yourself what yoga can do for your well-being. If you are not sure where to begin, give us a call at 336-778-1233 or review the class descriptions on our website.
We are one. Namaste.
Warrior I ~ Virabhadrasana I
Practicing Warrior I strengthens and stretches the legs, opens the hips and chest and stretches the arms. Warrior I helps develop mental focus, balance and being grounded to the Earth. This pose improves circulation and respiration, energizing the body. Have you practiced it today? Follow these steps and give it a try!
1. From Tadasana (Mountain Pose), step your feet 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 feet apart. Turn your right foot to the right keeping your right knee in line with your right foot. Step your left foot at about 45 degrees. Bend the right knee, making sure the right knee is directly over the right ankle.
2. Bring the hands to the hips. Square the shoulders to the front wall. Relax the shoulders down and draw the shoulder blades towards the spine to open the chest.
3. Inhale the arms over the head with the palms facing each other (or you may keep your hands on the knees or the hips). Keep the shoulders relaxed and the chest lifted.
5. Inhale deeply into the belly and chest, exhale press into the feet, fingers and crown, feeling your body expanding out.
6. Keep breathing and hold for 3-6 breaths.
7. To release, exhale and lower the hands down to the floor, straighten the right leg, turn feet forward and step back together in Tadasana. Repeat the pose on the left side of the body.
Thank you Claudia!
Claudia Carter has been our Yoga Advisor and Social Media Manager at Sunrise Yoga. Her role included posting on social media about our upcoming events and about the different aspects of a yoga. In addition, she handled the process of welcoming new students, staying in touch with them during the 30-day period of the Intro Offer, and worked with them on followed the steps to stay with us. Claudia also provided customer service for our current students. Claudia has recently accepted an opportunity to work full time and has resigned her position here at Sunrise. She hopes to get her schedule arranged so she can attend classes. We wish her the best and will miss her!
Jnana Mudra is a powerful mudra (or hand position) that brings about peace, calm, and spiritual progress. It has various health benefits and is one of the most practiced mudras. Jnana Mudra stimulates the root chakra, it eases tension and depression and relates to expansion and knowledge. This mudra is profoundly calming and brings a sense of openness and ease in meditation. It is one of the most recognized and widely practiced mudras. When used with pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation, Jnana Mudra can lessen drowsiness, inspire creativity, and increase mental focus. Jnana Mudra is most often practiced with the hands resting on the thighs. This mudra can be used lying down, sitting or standing whenever you have the time to practice it. Here is the “how to” do the Jnana Mudra: Connect the thumb and the forefinger (tip to tip). The other fingers are straight and relaxed and the pressure between the thumb and forefinger is light. We invite you to try the Jnana Mudra today. May it bring a sense of calm and serenity into your day.
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 sunriseyoga.net.
Wishing you a beautiful day!