What Yoga Can Bring to Our Daily Lives

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.

Pose Highlight: Warrior I ~ Virabhadrasana I

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.

Namaste.

The What, How and Why of Jnana Mudra

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.

Namaste.

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 sunriseyoga.net.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

What an All Levels Yoga Class Can Do For You

An All Level or Mixed Yoga class offers possibilities for you to explore a variety of poses ranging from easier to more advanced.  In these types of classes, yoga instructors offer students with a basic pose and give alternate options for students who are looking to explore and practice a more advanced form of a basic pose.  Newer students to yoga will develop better posture alignment, more body awareness, and core strength in the more basic variations.  To develop a healthy yoga practice, it is important to remember to listen to your body and be accepting of where your body can safely go in a yoga pose.  Give yourself permission to begin where you are! Communicating your needs with the instructor is another vital piece of a healthy yoga practice.  When you share your needs with your instructor, he/she is better able to offer guidance to meet your needs in the moment, in the pose. An All Levels class extends the possibilities for you to enjoy and challenge yourself while practicing poses safely by working at your comfort level and ability.  We invite you to check out our schedule and give an All Levels class a try!

Have a beautiful day!

Namaste.

 

How You Can Practice Yoga On and Off the Mat

How can we take the time to practice yoga when there are so many things to do in a day? We may think yoga only happens on the mat, but off the mat, yoga can happen anywhere and anytime.  We have the power to change our thinking from “I don’t have time for yoga today” to open our minds and ask ourselves “How can I practice yoga today?” Perhaps the suggestions below will help you think out of the box or “off the mat.”

  • Rise 15 minutes early to meditate
  • Spend time outside grounding yourself to the Earth
  • Complete tasks (dishes, eating, walking) mindfully
  • Read an article about yoga or listen to a podcast and share it with a friend
  • Take a moment or two throughout the day and center yourself with your breath
  • Stand in Tadasana in the grocery store or waiting in line anywhere
  • Practice a favorite pose and a new pose today
  • Practice an active pose and a passive pose
  • Be still and listen to your inner self and let go of outside circumstances
  • Speak up with kindness and honor your needs in the present moment
  • Include others in your yoga practices on and off the mat
  • Every day is an adventure – be flexible and gentle with YOU

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~The Bahagavad Gita~

Light and love to you. Namaste.

Join us for Sound Immersion and Restorative Yoga on March 31!

Are you ready to unwind with us on Friday, March 31?  Join percussionist, Bill Smith and yoga instructor, Cathy Howe for a soothing and relaxing class.  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:

A profound sense of calm and improved mental focus

A refreshed feeling and positive outlook

Reduced stress and a better quality of sleep

A balance in the nervous system and a sense of well-being

A restored sense of equanimity with the world around you

Class size is limited to 20 students and is appropriate for all levels including brand new students.  Fee = $25; $20 before 3/24/17.

Register online, using the app or in the studio today at http://www.sunriseyoga.net/upcoming-events/

Sunrise Yoga is located minutes from Winston-Salem and High Point.  If you have not had the opportunity to participate in this type of class at Sunrise, we hope you will decide to give it a try and join us!  Have a beautiful day!

Namaste.

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.

Join us for a Weekend Yoga Workshop with Julie Gudmestad!

Don’t miss this weekend opportunity to study with Julie Gudmestad!  The weekend focus: Muscle Imbalances & Yoga Solutions with a focus on Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders!

On Saturday and Sunday, March 25 & 26: 10 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 5 pm at Sunrise Yoga, minutes from High Point and Winston-Salem! 

Don’t miss this chance to study with one of the top yoga teachers and physical therapists in the country. Julie Gudmestad is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and a practicing physical therapist from Portland, Oregon. She is the former author of the Anatomy of a Yogi column in Yoga Journal Magazine. Teaching yoga and conducting workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe since 1975, Julie integrates her knowledge of the body into the structure of the yoga poses, creating a unique teaching style. She will progressively build the content from the ground up, integrating the principles of alignment and injury prevention into the sequence. The learning environment will be supportive and we always have fun!

Muscle imbalances can contribute to pain, injury, and chronic problems in any part of the body, and a thoughtful yoga practice can help to correct these imbalances. In this workshop, we will review the anatomy of important muscle groups, and how imbalances (strong vs. weak and tight vs. flexible) contribute to misalignments that set the stage for problems. Then we’ll practice yoga poses and sequences to help correct imbalances, improve alignment and relieve pain. Because the material builds sequentially, we strongly encourage you to take the entire workshop. Some previous study of anatomy is helpful but not mandatory. Receive CE credit for Yoga Alliance teachers. 

This workshop is not appropriate for students with problems that significantly limit their mobility or ability to do poses.

Sign up for the entire weekend or individual sessions at our website below.

Total Weekend Workshop Fee = $220 / Individual Morning Session Fee = $65 / Individual Afternoon Session Fee = $50

http://www.sunriseyoga.net/upcoming-events/

 

 

Trikonasana/Triangle Pose

Trikonasana or Triangle Pose opens the hip joints, inner thighs and the hamstrings.  The pose also helps improve breathing by creating space between the ribs.  Please exercise caution if you experience sacroiliac discomfort or any discomfort.

How to get into the pose:

  1. Stand in Tadasana/Mountain Pose (Use a wall, chair, block/s for support if needed for alignment or balance).
  2. Separate feet 3 /12 – 4 1/2 feet apart (what is comfortable for your body) and extend arms in line with your shoulders out to the side.
  3. Turn left foot slightly in and your right foot out at 90 degrees to practice on your right side.
  4. Roll your right thigh outward without moving your right foot.
  5. Hinge at the right hip crease and reach out to your right, keeping your torso in line with your right thigh.
  6. Place your right hand to the outside of your ankle  (using any props that are appropriate for your body to maintain proper alignment) while your left arm extends upward.
  7. Turn your head to look up at your left hand (only if it is comfortable and appropriate for your neck).
  8. To come out, extend through left arm, ground your left foot and lift your right arm to come into Tadasana/Mountain Pose.
  9. Repeat on the other side.

Have a beautiful day!  Namaste.

 

 

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