Happy Thanksgiving!

Yoga and Gratitude, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;

and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

On this Thanksgiving Day, it can be challenging to step out from the busyness and the activities and truly remember to be thankful. This day is a reminder to us that we can be in a state of thanksgiving and gratitude every day and to try to be present wherever we are.

Here at Sunrise Yoga Studio, we often get calls asking us, “What is Yoga?” The interesting answer to that question is, “What do you need it to be?”

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe reason we answer it this way is because of the individual experience involved. Your experience will be different than someone else’s because your goals are unique, what type of yoga you do varies, and how you approach the techniques and guidance can be different. One of the advantages you have of coming to see us is that we consider what your needs are, such as wellness, fitness, mental clarity, spiritual growth, peace of mind, stress relief, vitality, healing, balance, pain relief, posture, better sleep, and stamina.

We are thankful yoga can provide so many benefits in ways that are as unique as the individuals participating in yoga. And we hope that, through your yoga journey, a deeper sense of gratitude will develop.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

In an article for Greater Good Magazine, he states, “We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:”

Physical

• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

Psychological

• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness

Social

• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.

The benefits of gratitude and the benefits of yoga are not surprisingly similar! How can you incorporate gratitude development in your yoga practice?

“It can be hard to live in a constant state of gratitude, but you can learn to cultivate it by practicing yoga,” says Lena Schmidt of The Chopra Center. She suggests, “Next time you’re on your mat, try these eight yoga poses that inspire gratitude. For the best results, hold each pose for five to 10 breaths.”

Child’s Pose (Balasana), Valerie Kiser,, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCChild’s Pose (Balasana) – Find gratitude for your breath—a sign that you are alive and everything is possible.

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana) – As you breathe calmly, consider one part of your body for which you are especially grateful.

Supported Reclining Heart Opener (Setu Bandhasana Variation) – Consider a friend or mentor who is dear to you and all you’ve learned from him or her. Allow the thought of this person to inspire feelings of love and gratitude in your heart.Supported Reclining Heart Opener (Setu Bandhasana Variation), Valerie Kiser, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana) – Find gratitude for your feet and all the adventures they take you on.

Mountain Pose with Raised Hands (Tadasana + Urdva Hastasana) – Find gratitude for all of your hopes and dreams and the unknown adventure of the future.

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana) – Find gratitude for an aspect of your life or a talent you hold that you appreciate.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Camel PoseCamel Pose (Ustrasana) – As you open your heart, throat, and shoulders, find gratitude for all the courage you’ve summoned into your life, and how it’s helped you through challenges big and small.

Final Resting Pose (Savasana) – Find compassion and gratitude for your own journey, for all of your strengths and all of your struggles.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Corpse Pose

What are your thoughts on how yoga can help create a greater sense of gratitude? We’d love to know!

Namaste and Happy Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving! With gratitude from Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NC

Our Instructors Are the Best!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga InstructorsWe have really incredible, wonderful, caring yoga instructors at Sunrise Yoga Studio!

If you’ve taken yoga classes at Sunrise Yoga, no doubt you agree that our yoga instructors are top notch. But what makes a yoga instructor top notch?Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Cathy Howe

 

 

 

Researching this question led to quite a few lists of the must have characteristics of a good (better yet, great) yoga instructor. What quality would be at the top of your list?Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Elaine Round

Of the eight resources reviewed, every one of them noted a good yoga instructor should have the ability to observe the surroundings and situations of the classroom, and, by paying attention to detail and drawing from the instructor’s yoga knowledge base, adjust the pace and difficulty level of the class. Leave out the word “yoga” and you have a description of a good instructor of any subject! Remaining aware of your surroundings means watching students without making them feel uncomfortable and, as they practice each pose, assisting them when necessary. Having the mental flexibility to adjust lets students know the instructor is aware and cares about their students’ wellbeing.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Gwen McLaughlin

Another frequently mentioned quality is language or voice. The yoga instructor’s voice is a powerful tool used to guide students in and out of poses. The language and the tone of voice help the instructor tell the yoga story. The better the communication from the yoga instructor, the deeper the students can immerse themselves in their yoga practice. A good yoga instructor knows how to use language and voice to calm or energize, support or challenge, reinforce or educate. Adjusting language and voice ties back to the ability to observe the surroundings and demonstrates compassion in both words and actions.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Tom Ward

Awareness and adjustments also relate to being present and authentic. While presence may seem a bit vague, a good yoga instructor’s teaching will reflect his or her presence and help the student stay focus and engaged. The yoga instructor’s authenticity will come across in the messages shared and the manner in which they are shared. Personalization will infuse the instructor’s energy level into the class and create the appropriate type space for each yoga class.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Sandra Gentry WellsSunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Lisa Kushner

It would seem to go without saying that preparation, study, attention to detail, and an emphasis on safety would be evident in all yoga instructors, not just good ones, and yet these attributes were mentioned less frequently than the qualities above. A love and respect for yoga would also be expected and might be manifested in the instructor’s desire to continue learning as well as in the instructor’s own ongoing practice of yoga.

One quality mentioned only once but that would be at or near the top of our list is trust. Yoga classes can be a place of sanctuary, a place to be open to trying without fear of failure or ridicule, a place to let go of the rest of the world for a brief time. If the student doesn’t have a sense of trust in the yoga instructor to create this type space, the student will not have fully experienced quality yoga.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Karen HoglundSunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Kim Crawford

Sunrise Yoga holds our instructors to high standards. Our instructors have all undergone rigorous study and testing to acquire the certification necessary to teach. They must demonstrate their teaching and leadership abilities before joining the Sunrise Yoga staff.

You, however, hold our instructors to even higher standards. You come to Sunrise Yoga expecting good instructors and quality yoga classes. You are looking for an instructor who will share not only knowledge of yoga but who will also be a light and an inspiration for you.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Jessie RymarchykThe instructors themselves hold themselves to standards even higher than we do or you do! Some things simply can’t be learned and our instructors have inborn desires to learn, to teach, to lead, to grow, and to inspire. They continuously challenge themselves to bring yoga classes to you that bring yoga into your world and help you see your world through the eyes of an enlightened yogi.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Karen FitzgeraldTo conclude, we quote from yogapedia.com. “Perhaps most crucially, there is no one perfect yoga teacher and yoga teaching is not an exact science. There is space out there in the sphere of inspirational yoga classes for a huge variety of teaching styles and techniques. The common denominator, though, is that all good yoga teachers care deeply about their yoga and about their students.”Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor, Mary Ellen Tuohy

Today is not a “salute your yoga instructor day” or any special day related to yoga instructors. Every day at Sunrise Yoga is a day we are proud of our instructors and honored to have them as part of our staff. We hope you concur.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Instructor and Director, Valerie KiserIf you have a quality you look for in a yoga instructor we haven’t mentioned, please comment. If your Sunrise Yoga instructor has a quality you particularly admire, please let us know.

 

We thank you as students for being a part of who our instructors are and what Sunrise Yoga is. You elevate our good qualities and help direct us to be our best!

Check out all our instructors on our web site.

Is yoga instructor in your future? We offer yoga teacher training! Find out more here!

 

 

 

Commentary about the qualities mentioned above for a good yoga instructor can be found on the following web sites:

https://www.yogiapproved.com/yoga/habits-great-yoga-teachers-share/

Top 10 Qualities of a Great Yoga Teacher

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2061/11-Qualities-of-the-Ultimate-Yoga-Instructor.html

7 Qualities of a Great Yoga Instructor

https://www.doyouyoga.com/10-qualities-of-an-amazing-yoga-teacher/

https://www.expandinglight.org/free/yoga-teacher/articles/general/good-vs-great.php

https://www.yogapedia.com/2/7040/yoga-practice/5-qualities-of-a-good-yoga-teacher

https://beyogi.com/qualities-of-a-great-yoga-teacher/

https://www.yogajournal.com/blog/what-makes-a-good-teacher

Relax and Restore

Restorative Yoga with Sound Immersion, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCIn the every day world things can get busy and stressful and it can become difficult to drown out the noise that’s part of being an adult. Every so often we need a way to disconnect but recharge, shut down but tune in, relax but restore.

If any of these situations resonated with you, come join Percussionist Bill Smith and Sunrise Yoga Instructor Cathy Howe for a wonderful session of restorative yoga with sound immersion!Restorative Yoga with Sound Immersion by Percussionist Bill Smith at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NC

Discover a deep sense of tranquility as you the let the vibrations of gongs and bells wash over you as you relax through a series of restorative yoga poses. After this type of yoga practice, participants can have reduced stress, a better quality of sleep, a profound sense of calm and focus and a refreshed feeling and outlook.

Come relax and restore, Sunday, November 11th, 5:00-6:30 pm. REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 4, 2018, AND SAVE $5 OFF THE WORKSHOP PRICE!

 

If you have participated in restorative yoga and sound immersion before, please tell us what you think!

Restorative Yoga with Sound Immersion by Percussionist Bill Smith at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NCRestorative Yoga with Sound Immersion by Percussionist Bill Smith at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NC

Register for this workshop through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

Visit Bill’s web site and listen to samples of his music! His music is also available on YouTube!

 

Have you registered?

Learn more about the practice of yoga by attending one of our yoga workshops! Our yoga workshops, although they vary in terms of instruction and topic, focus on the core approach of yoga – helping everyone move toward greater wellness and wellbeing.

Enhance your knowledge of yoga, try different yoga practices, and strengthen your understanding of different yoga poses and movement techniques at one of Sunrise Yoga Studio’s yoga workshops. Outside of our regular class schedule, we bring in incredible guest yoga instructors to teach yoga workshops that focus on different aspects of yoga and the many benefits it provides to the mind, body, and spirit.

Cindy Dollar Yoga Weekend at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe next yoga workshop at Sunrise Yoga brings back a very popular yoga instructor, Cindy Dollar. Cindy has been helping people live more flexible and balanced lives since 1985. She teaches yoga classes and offers private yoga instruction in Asheville, and leads yoga workshops throughout the Southeast. Cindy’s been voted one of the Best Yoga Teachers in Western North Carolina for the last ten years. She is the former owner of Asheville’s One Center Yoga and, we are happy to have her back at Sunrise!

In a commentary on commitment to yoga, Cindy says, “Frequently, potential students will find reasons not to attend before they attend the first class. They feel like they are too stiff, too old, too tired, too short, too heavy, or too “fill-in-the-blank.” Perhaps they think these issues will magically disappear and then they can come to class. In actuality, all those issues might not go away by coming to class. Nevertheless, one’s relationship with “too stiff, too old, too tired, too short, or too heavy” will change as one develops a loving relationship with one’s body through focusing on the strength, flexibility, and stability that it already has.”

Cindy brings her incredible yoga experience and knowledge to Sunrise Yoga Friday through Sunday, November 2nd – 4th. Her sessions include:

Yoga for Emotional Wellbeing, Friday, November 2nd, 6:00-8:00 pm (Individual session cost is $45.) covering yoga to help release tension and stress, calm and focus the mind, and increase clarity of mind. In this session, you will shift into a sense of being grounded and resilient.

Yoga from a Different Angle, Saturday, November 3rd, 9:30 am -12:30 pm (Individual session cost is $65.) where you will experience the world through the yoga lens while practicing twists, inversions and a variety of poses that let you see the world from a different angle, both literally and figuratively.

Working Toward Stillness, Saturday, November 3rd, 2:00-4:00 pm (Individual session cost is $45.) in which you will travel the roadmap to a rewarding meditation practice. Explore asanas (postures) that help prepare you for sitting, along with meditation techniques to help you cultivate the serenity and quietude that meditation offers.

Yoga for Sciatica, Sunday, November 4th, 9:30 am-12:30 pm (Individual session cost is $65.) where you can explore underlying causes of back pain & discover how to find relief through your yoga practice.

If you would like to experience the full Cindy Dollar weekend workshop, you will save $10 over the individual session registration fees. The cost for the full weekend yoga workshop is $210.

Register for the full weekend or for individual sessions through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

Future yoga workshops at Sunrise Yoga include:

Sound Immersion with Percussionist Bill Smith and Restorative Yoga with Cathy Howe, Sunday, November 11th, 5:00-6:30 pm (Workshop cost is $20 if you register by November 4th; $25 after. Sunrise Yoga members receive a 10% discount when registering at the front desk.) Discover a deep sense of tranquility as you the let the vibrations of gongs and bells wash over you as you relax through a series of restorative yoga poses. 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.Percussionist Bill Smith and Restorative Yoga with Cathy Howe Workshop at Sunrise Yoga, Clemmons, NC

Saturday Morning Workshop with Valerie Kiser (owner/director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy), Saturday, December 1st, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Workshop cost is $40 if you register by November 24th; $50 after. Sunrise Yoga members receive a 20% discount when registering at the front desk.) Yoga class with an emphasis of working toward Handstand; anatomy of the lower arm. Deepen your yoga practice and knowledge. Only 6 months prior yoga experience required at Level 1 and above.

Sunday Morning Workshop with Valerie Kiser (owner/director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy), Sunday, December 2nd, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Workshop cost is $40 if you register by November 24th; $50 after. Sunrise Yoga members receive a 20% discount when registering at the front desk.) Discuss and practice digital pranayamas; discuss therapeutics related to the lower arm; and enjoy a yoga practice to put the discussions into practice. Deepen your yoga practice and knowledge. Only 6 months prior yoga experience required at Level 1 and above.

Cheryl Fenner Brown, Yoga for Cancer Survivor, workshop at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCHealing Yoga for Cancer Weekend Intensive with Cheryl Fenner Brown (C-IAYT, ERYT 500), Friday through Sunday, February 15th-17th (Workshop cost is $240 if you register by February 3rd; $275 after. Participants will receive 12 hours towards their CEC’s for Yoga Alliance.) This weekend immersion for yoga teachers and health care practitioners teaches the theory and practice of yoga therapy for cancer patients and survivors, as well as how both active and contemplative practices can help ease treatment side-effects. Learn about the anatomy of cancer and how yoga helps strengthen the immune system. In addition, learn how to adapt common asanas for patients in active treatment, what is safe and what should be avoided. Finally, learn how to use contemplative practices that bolster emotional and spiritual well-being, including mudras (hand gestures), pranayama (breathing), mantras (chanting and sound), sankalpa (intention), and yoga nidra (guided relaxation). Cheryl’s Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship feasibility study was presented at IAYT’s Symposium on Yoga Research and the Society of Integrative Oncology’s annual conferences in 2015 and highlighted in Yoga Journal. From this work she developed a 50-hr Healing Yoga for Cancer teacher training that is offered nationwide.

Weekend Workshop with Julie Gudmestad, PT and Iyengar-teacher, Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd-24th. More information to come soon!Julie Gudmestad Yoga Workshop at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Our goal at Sunrise Yoga is to provide a variety of yoga experiences and opportunities through ongoing classes as well as specialized yoga workshops to help you deepen your yoga practice and discover new yoga connections. We’ll see you on the mat!

Questions? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net or call the studio.

What is today?

If today could be summed up in a sketch . . .

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC yoga sketch. . . what would you draw?

Or if you could capture today in a photograph, what would your camera capture?

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC foggy road

Trying to encapsulate a day with a sketch or photo or words or by any other means can be quite difficult. Our days are full and often over scheduled. Taking the time to even think how a day would be “captured” much less actually capturing it may seem a frivolous use of time.

Yoga is defined as union or unite.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYoga, in Sanskrit, means to completely know yourself and to be at peace in yourself,” says gaia.com.

Yet, we can’t be at peace without slowing ourselves down, stopping, assessing, reflecting.

If you can’t take time every day to capture your life, at least take time once a week to do that. Make your yoga or meditation time a means of slowing down. Make yoga and meditation a time of uniting yourself with yourself.

 

Maybe you can’t sketch. Maybe you aren’t a photographer. Maybe you aren’t a poet. Maybe you don’t journal.

But, you do yoga. You meditate.

You, therefore, are an artist. Use your artistry to be at peace.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

 

 

 

If you haven’t found the yoga or meditation class for you, please contact us for assistance. We have many classes for all levels and we can help you find the class for you, the artist.

October is . . .

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, October National Breast Cancer Month

 

October is . . .

. . . a time of pumpkin spice everything and usually, lots of fall color! We typically think of fall color including oranges and yellows and reds but fall color also includes a lot of PINK!Pink Fall Leaves

October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the awareness materials and branding are pink! During October, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and collaborating organizations work to raise awareness of the importance of early detection steps and treatments.

According to Wikipedia, “In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol.” This symbol is quite prevalent all year long but especially in October.

 

The breastcancer.org site notes that,

“Research in breast cancer patients has shown that yoga may be able to help:

improve physical functioning
reduce fatigue
reduce stress
improve sleep
improve quality of life

Kim Crawford, Sunrise Yoga Studio Instructor, Breast Cancer SurvivorOur own Sunrise Yoga instructor, Kim Crawford, discovered yoga as part of her breast cancer journey. She tried yoga to improve her range of motion after breast cancer treatments but discovered much more!

Kim says, “Yoga helped me through that journey and I guess my one thought about yoga and breast cancer is that they are both personal journeys. Once I committed to yoga my breast cancer journey became easier, calmer, less frightening and stressful. Yoga gave me strength from within.”

Cancer is scary regardless of who it affects and where it attacks. Research is improving every day and we are, hopefully, coming closer and closer to cures for all the types of cancers that exist.

In February, Sunrise Yoga will host Cheryl Fenner Brown, C-IYAT, ERYT 500, and her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship workshop to Sunrise Yoga. While this workshop is only for yoga teachers and health care practitioners, we want you to know about it as our Sunrise Yoga instructors will be participating! We want to do what we can to help raise awareness and beat the odds for our yoga students.Cheryl Fenner Brown, Yoga for Cancer Survivorship, workshop at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Be diligent in staying aware of your health. The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers a free “Know the Symptoms” Guide for breast cancer. Download it and do a self-assessment.

If you feel comfortable, share your yoga and cancer story with us. You might be the “pink push” someone else needs!

Questions for us about how yoga can help with cancer? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.

Make Time to Hang Out!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallIf the thought of hanging from straps attached to a wall intimidates you, you aren’t alone! “I had assumed wall yoga was just for yogi pros, but I was totally wrong,” says Chelsey Hamilton for Health.com. “I kept seeing impressive images of yogis suspended in acrobatic poses. Although they seemed so graceful floating in midair, I was having a hard time picturing myself attempting these gravity-defying feats. I worried I wasn’t quite experienced enough.”

Ms. Hamilton’s concern didn’t last long . . . and neither should yours!

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.

 

The Great Yoga Wall notes the following benefits of practicing on the yoga wall where gravity can be appreciated and utilized:Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Wall

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

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallCan 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!Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga Wall, with owner and director, Valerie Kiser

The Spirit of Yoga notes, “It is said in Yoga, that ‘you are only as old as your spine.’ Thus, as long as you have a healthy and flexible spine, your ability to participate in life is endless! To open the spine in every direction without compression = hang upside down and practice yoga!”

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Yoga WallCome “hang” with us at Sunrise Yoga! We offer a Yoga Wall class on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:45 am. AND, we have a special Select Your Study session on Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00-7:30 pm, that is a spinal sequence on the Yoga Wall!

Class size is limited. Level 1 and above. Register through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Florence is a beautiful name. It is of Latin origin and means blossoming and prosperous. Of course, if your first name is “Hurricane“, the name isn’t quite as beautiful.

Hurricane Florence first appeared off the coast of the Carolinas in late August. She took her own sweet time in making up her mind where to make landfall and then literally slow danced her way through North and South Carolina leaving evidence of her presence along the way.

Many communities are suffering greatly from Hurricane Florence‘s devastation. More than 30 people died during the storm, most trapped in their cars by flooding. Towns like Wilmington and New Bern are dealing with catastrophic flooding with homes, businesses, and roads under water. More than 19,000 people fled to shelters in North Carolina and around 900,000 power outages were reported. Private meteorologists estimate $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damages. (Picture to the right is of Sunrise Yoga instructor and shelter volunteer, Cathy Howe, with Hurricane Florence evacuee, Frederick, at the Winston-Salem shelter opened for hurricane victims.)Sunrise Yoga Instructor, Cathy Howe, with Hurricane Fran evacuee, Frederick

What does this have to do with yoga?

Sunrise Yoga is lending a hand to the impacted communities across North and South Carolina as they begin to recover from the terrible flooding from Hurricane Florence in September.

American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Disaster ReliefWe will accept monetary donations from September 17th-September 30th for the American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief in conjunction with a special FREE yoga class to celebrate National Yoga Month.

Join us for this FREE yoga class!FREE Yoga Class at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, to raise funds for American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Saturday, September 22nd, 10:30-11:30 am.

Can’t make the class? Drop off or mail your donation at/to the studio.

Register for this FREE yoga class through the Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.
https://www.sunriseyoga.net/schedule/

Attendees who are NEW to Sunrise Yoga may also take advantage of a ONE DAY ONLY special offer! 30 Days of Yoga for $25! (Available only to those NEW to Sunrise Yoga. Must attend this class and must purchase in studio.)

Yoga for good! See you Saturday!

National Positive Thinking Day

☼ It’s National Positive Thinking Day! ☼

National Positive Thinking Day#OnePositiveThought

The Life is Good® apparel and accessories company conducted a survey this summer on optimism and positivity and ran a campaign leading up to today, National Positive Thinking Day. The goal was to “put more positivity into the world, one post at a time.” For every positive thought shared, Life is Good® donated $1 to the Life is Good Kids Foundation to support the men and women who dedicate their careers to helping children heal from the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.

Overall, the survey found that 75% of us are optimistic and 25% are pessimistic, and even though 54% feel negative about world affairs, 86% are still optimistic for the future.

Krishna Kumar Mishra, Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, in Optimism as Predictor of Good Life, cited a 1985 study (Scheier and Carver) which states, “individuals who hold positive expectations for the future are assumed to believe that good things will occur in their lives, and tend to see desired outcomes as attainable and to persist in their goal-directed efforts. In contrast, individuals who hold negative outcome expectations for their future are assumed to expect bad things to happen, and tend to withdraw effort more easily,  become passive  and finally  to give  up on  achieving their  goals.”  Mishra’s own study of 426 participants “revealed that optimism was positively correlated with life satisfaction.”

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC“One study highlighted how optimism or pessimism may affect, or even predict, your recovery from a major life event. Those who had a more positive outlook bounced back faster than those who did not,” according to Georgetown Medical Clinic. Additionally, optimists tend to, “Be more likely to practice preventive health measures because they believe their actions make a difference.”

Further, “Optimists tend to see setbacks as specific, temporary, and changeable. Because of this, they are motivated to take action. Non-optimists tend to look at setbacks as general, permanent, and hopeless—symptoms of widespread failure that cannot be changed or managed.”

Two statistics from the Life is Good® survey showed:

People who meditate are 9% more likely to be optismistic than those who don’t.

People who meditate are more optimisticPeople who exercise at least once a week are 41% more likely to be optimistic than those who don’t.People who exercise are more optimistic

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe Art of Living suggests the ability “to control our mind and keep it centered” is a “skill can be nurtured when we give our minds the time and space to decelerate and rest for a while.” The site suggests twenty minutes of meditation per day can facilitate this.

“The peace and happiness we access on our mats is no accident.

 

 

Although many write it off as just another exercise-induced dopamine high, yoga goes deeper than that. The mind-body connection created in yoga is thought to facilitate change at a cellular level.

When we weave positive intention into our movements, we are imprinting these thoughts, not only on our minds, but also on our bodies. We are effecting change on our mat that will allow for change off our mat,” states Caroline Layzell, in DoYouYoga.

Plus, “The more positive, blissful, and happy we are, the more sharp and alert we become,” according to Hengameh Fazeli, Gaia.com.

Arun Goel, Health and Yoga, that to develop positivism, we must embrace the concept of “Attitudinal” Yoga. According to this concept of yoga, the path to a positive attitude can be found through a 3-step approach, namely,

  • Awareness
  • Acceptance; and
  • Attitude

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCAt Sunrise Yoga, you will find the opportunity to reduce stress, to breathe freely, and to gain strength, flexibility, and peace of mind and as the Sunrise Yoga Studio logo suggests, we are about growth, balance, and peace. We want our studio, and ultimately your yoga practice, to find the mind, body, spirit connection that comes from the practice of yoga and meditation.

Life is Good® listed 10 reasons yoga is for optimists:

1. Celebrate – yoga celebrates little wins …maybe even just showing up to class or touching your toes!

2. Change your perspective – being upside down can flip a negative outlook right on its head.

3. Taking time to relax and unplug  – “me time” is so important to your well-being, and yoga can be that perfect time to shift your focus inward and do something good for yourself.

4. Improve your mood – Even optimists can find themselves in a bad mood – yoga is proven to improve and elevate your mood, especially through back bending poses like Bow or Wheel.

5. Breathing – Deep breathing that is done during yoga is one of the best and easiest stress relievers. It also helps to oxygenate the blood and awaken the brain. Doing some deep breathing exercises for just a few minutes can help reset your whole day.

6. Trying something new – shutting down the negative voice in your head that says you will fall if you try a new arm balance or try to tackle the crow pose. Shut off the “I don’t think I can do this” part of your brain and get to it.

7. Meditation – letting go of all thoughts, releasing negativity and tension, and creating new space for new opportunities.

8. Overcoming the impossible and conquering fears – sitting silently in stillness or diving into an impossible looking/challenging pose can be very scary! With consistent yoga practice things become possible, and can make you more resilient and prone to looking for the silver lining.

9. Healthy body – yoga helps to achieve fitness goals and improve health conditions in the body which leads to an overall better life.

10. Gratitude – yoga teaches you to live in the present and be grateful for what you have and what you can do now.

 

We have classes for all levels of experience in both yoga and meditation at Sunrise Yoga Studio. Celebrate National Positive Thinking Day by participating in a class and let’s spread a little more optimism and positivity into the world!Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

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

 

Use the hashtag #OnePositiveThoughtWithSYSYoga and share your thoughts with us!

In celebration of National Yoga Month, Sunrise Yoga is offering a FREE YOGA class for students NEW to Sunrise Yoga Studio on Saturday, September 22nd, 10:30-11:30 am! Attendees may also take advantage of a ONE DAY ONLY special offer! 30 Days of Yoga for $25! (Available only to those new to Sunrise Yoga. Must attend this class and must purchase in studio.)

 

National Yoga Month!

☼ September is National Yoga Month! ☼

National Yoga Month - Yoga at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

. . . of course, we think EVERY month should be National Yoga Month, but the Department of Health & Human Services has designated September as the time period to “educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle (as stated by Yoga Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization, that fosters an awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits and provides individuals with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being).

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYoga’s reputation is one of increasing flexibility, reducing back pain, and stress reduction. It has been used by Medical Professionals as part of a comprehensive program to lower risk of heart disease and can be an effective tool towards mindful eating, and weight management.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

 

 

 

 

A regular practice of yoga leads to healthier food choices in the appropriate amounts. You learn to listen to the body’s cues of hunger and satiety,” says Nova Southeastern University.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCHealthCorps.org notes, “Back in 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated this month as National Yoga Awareness Month, one of a select number of yearly health calendar observances. During the first year of this designation, thousands of yoga enthusiasts participated in a ten-city yoga health festival tour that featured lectures, classes, music, entertainment, and exhibits. The movement has grown worldwide with global awareness campaigns helping to educate, inspire, and motivate people to adopt a healthier lifestyle with yoga being one possible core habit.”

On Saturday, September 22nd, Sunrise Yoga Studio will honor and celebrate National Yoga Month by offering a FREE yoga class for those NEW to Sunrise Yoga Studio.

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, National Yoga Month, Free Yoga ClassCelebrate National Yoga Month with the owner and director of Sunrise Yoga, Valerie Kiser, 10:30-11:30 am and take advantage of a One Day Only Special Offer of 30 Days of Yoga for $25! Students must attend this class and purchase in the studio only.

Create your account ahead of time online at SunriseYoga.net, using our Sunrise Yoga app, or come early and register at the studio!

At the close of National Yoga Month on September 30th, yogis around the world are encouraged to practice yoga at 7 p.m. in order to produce a “wave of yoga” across the globe. Let us know if you did the “yoga wave“!

If you have questions about National Yoga Month, about yoga in general, or about Sunrise Yoga Studio please email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.