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Yoga Workshops!

Why does Sunrise Yoga bring in outside instructors for yoga workshops?

The yoga and meditation classes regularly offered at Sunrise Yoga, as well as workshops taught by Sunrise Yoga instructors, already provide a variety of opportunities and class specialties in order to make yoga and meditation available to all. We want everyone to feel not only welcome in our studio but excited to connect with a class/workshop appropriate for the yoga experience level while also addressing physical and emotional wellbeing.

Author and yoga instructor, Kathleen Bryant, writing for YogaBasics.com, believes “participating in a yoga workshop is empowering.” Why? What does that mean?

Valerie Kiser, yoga class, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCIn a regular yoga class, you are a participant student. You see and hear the directions from your instructor and move into and out of yoga poses. Your focus is primarily on your instructor and yourself. And your time in the class is usually between 60 to 90 minutes.

In specialized yoga workshops, you are also a participant student, but additionally, you are an observer, a researcher, and an explorer. Typically, a yoga workshop topic is covered through instruction, demonstration, explanation, and experimentation, sometimes over several extended sessions/days. The instructor is someone with extensive knowledge, education, and experience on the yoga workshop topic and is an expert at communicating and translating that expertise into useful, practical information for those attending the yoga workshop.

Yoga workshops help you deepen your yoga practice and discover new yoga connections. Again quoting Kathleen Bryant, “The intensive focus of a workshop will answer questions you didn’t even know you had, and help you feel established in a yoga lifestyle.”Julie Gudmestad, PT, Weekend Yoga Workshop, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

The yoga workshop environment should provide opportunity for questions that can be difficult to ask in a regular yoga class. Because the focus of a workshop is more specific, the questions can be addressed more extensively, and feedback offered in a more individualized and customized manner.

Julie Gudmestad, PT, Weekend Yoga Workshop, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCReflecting on past workshops at Sunrise Yoga through images taken during the workshops, one can quickly see that the workshops also offer opportunities to socialize, connect with other yogis, and genuinely have fun while learning. While in the explorer mode, one can find new ideas, new friends, and new introspection, in addition to developing a deeper yoga practice.

So, getting back to the original question, why does Sunrise Yoga utilize outside instructors for yoga workshops?

Well, our instructors like to learn too! Many of our instructors are the first to sign up for a yoga workshop by a visiting instructor. They know these workshops often fill up quickly and they don’t want to miss the opportunity to be a student. Their philosophy is “Semper discendum” . . . Always learn!

Additionally, an outside instructor brings a fresh perspective to the studio. Often, these instructors visit studios throughout the country and even internationally. They help us to “see” the studio, both physically and perceptually, through different eyes. These instructors’ opinions are valued and aid us in improving on what we do well and changing anything that isn’t up to par.

Are you ready to participate in a yoga workshop? Our workshops are posted on the workshops tab of the web site and in the Sunrise Yoga app. Registration is simple and easy!

Upcoming yoga workshops with visiting instructors at Sunrise Yoga include:

Julie Gudmestad, PT, Weekend Yoga Workshop, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCWeekend Workshop with Julie Gudmestad, PT and Iyengar-teacher, Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd-24th
Julie visits Sunrise Yoga annually and is well known around the world for her Anatomy Awareness in Asana workshops. For us, she will teach an asana workshop integrating just a sprinkling of anatomy to help illustrate important structural and alignment points. She specializes in beginning with simple movements for all levels of students and then gradually building to more challenging poses so that everyone is challenged in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This is an ideal workshop to take if you have never done one before. It’s also great for all students and teachers! (Prerequisite: 6 months of yoga experience. This will be an active workshop and is not appropriate for students with acute injuries or severely limiting conditions.)

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

Sound Immersion with Percussionist Bill Smith, Sunday, April 7th, 5:00-6:00 pmSound Immersion by Percussionist Bill Smith at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons NC
Discover a new level of relaxation and tranquility as you let the vibrations of gongs, bells and other instruments wash over you. A type of sound therapy, the sonic frequencies of these instruments have been known to alter brainwave states with positive results on a cellular and neurological level. 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. (Workshop cost is $12 if you register by April 1st; $15 after. Sunrise Yoga members receive a 10% discount when registering at the front desk.)
Visit Bill’s web site and listen to samples of his music! His music is also available on YouTube!

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

Sunrise Yoga Studio Weekend Yoga Workshops with Valerie KiserAND, this weekend, you can try a yoga workshop with Valerie Kiser, owner/director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy! Valerie’s expertise is quite well known in the yoga world!
Saturday 2/23 @ 9 am – 1 pm
Asana practice and anatomy lecture with focus on the lumbar spine.
Sunday 2/24 @ 9 am – 1 pm
Meditation & pranayama; asana practice focused on seated poses; history of yoga lecture.

Deepen your yoga practice & knowledge. Only 6 months prior yoga experience required, at Level 1 and above.
Members receive a 20% discount when registering at the front desk.

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

If you have suggestions for future yoga workshops, please let us know! If you have questions about yoga, yoga classes, yoga workshops, or any of the visiting instructors, please email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.

We hope to see you in one (or more!) of these fabulous yoga workshops! Remember you can register online, through the Sunrise Yoga app, or through the studio!!

You should be perfect for this job!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYour résumé is an ideal match for a role that is extremely important and critically vital. And, there’s no need to apply for the position! You’re already hired!

Plan your hours, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCYou are now, and always have been, Time Manager of your adult life. And you are the only one qualified to fill the role.

Oh sure, you may also have a J-O-B but that only consumes a portion of your life and time. Of the 168 hours in a week, how many of them do you truly manage, and, when you manage them, how are they being used? The more those hours bring to your overall satisfaction, the better you become to yourself and to others.Time flies, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

Rocks Pebbles Sand Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe story of the empty jar is one you’ve likely heard. The version below is from The Pursuit of Impact.

A philosophy professor once stood before his class with a large empty jar. He filled the jar with large rocks and asked his students if the jar was full. The students said that yes, the jar was full.

He then added small pebbles to the jar and asked again, “Is the jar full now?” The students agreed that the jar was indeed full.

The professor then poured sand into the jar and asked again. The students then agreed that the jar was finally full.

Until you value yourself, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCThe professor went on to explain that the jar signifies one’s life. The rocks are equivalent to the most important things in your life, such as family, health, and relationships. And if the pebbles and the sand were lost, the jar would still be full and your life would still have a meaning.

The pebbles represent the other things that matter in your life, such as your work, school, and house. These things often come and go, and are not permanent or essential to your overall well-being.

And finally, the sand represents the remaining small stuff and material possessions in your life. These things don’t mean much to your life as a whole and are likely only done to waste time or get small tasks accomplished.

The metaphor here is that if you start with putting sand into the jar, you will not have room for rocks or pebbles. This holds true for the things you let into your life too. If you spend all of your time on the small and insignificant things, you will run out of room for the things that are actually important. So in order to have a more effective life, you should prioritize important things in your life and then worry about pebbles and sand at a later time.

Time is limited. Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC“As a spiritual symbol the stone or the rock represents that which is eternal or truth itself. And in some traditions the stones are considered to be individual spirits, or—as in Jewish mystical traditions—silent beings. Even in yoga, stones and rocks are not without consciousness. They still contain the three gunas like all physical objects, but they simply have much more ‘tamas’—the slow and dense guna,” says Helen Avery in Wanderlust Media. (“There are three gunas, according to this worldview, that have always been and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world. These three gunas are called: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic), according to Wikipedia.)

Yoga is a system of wellbeing that encompasses spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical attributes. To move through our favorite yoga sequence requires patience, focus, and a deep stillness of the mind. Yoga is all about achieving wellbeing. And understanding our priorities and the management of our time contributes to that wellbeing.

 

You’re writing the story of your life, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC

“Yoga doesn’t take time. It gives you time.”  – Ganga White

The empty jar/rocks/pebbles/sand approach to prioritization and time management can, of course, be used to identify an overall life plan, but it works equally well for segments of life as well. For instance, if “Family” is one of your big rocks in your Life jar, you can envision a separate empty jar for Family and identify the big rocks related specifically to Family. Similarly, you could have a Yoga jar!

Time equals life, Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons,, NCHave you thought about what the big rocks would be if you had a Yoga jar? Has Sunrise Yoga helped you keep those big rocks as priorities? Do you have big rocks that were left out of your Yoga jar or that you would like to add to your Yoga jar? How do you go about keeping yoga a priority in your Life jar?

If you are new to Sunrise Yoga and you’re still exploring your Yoga jar, consider giving our Sunrise Yoga 30 for 30 plan a try! This plan is available to all new students and gives you unlimited 30 days of yoga on your first visit to our studio for only $30. It’s a great bargain! For less than the price of 2 drop-in classes, you can attend daily practice in all on-going, scheduled classes for 30 consecutive days (This does exclude “series” classes and special events.).

If you are already a student at Sunrise Yoga and you are refining your Yoga big rocks, then a class card or a Sunrise Yoga membership is a great approach to exploring and identifying what goes into your Yoga jar! There are many benefits to being a Sunrise Yoga member!

Still have questions? Please email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.

FREE SAMPLES

How do you like free samples?

We’re especially fond of free food samples and great skin care samples and quirky gadgets (but not so much on the sprays of perfume that waft over you upon entering a department store).

A sampling of something gives us the opportunity to try a product or service to see if it meets our standards, satisfies a need, and allows us to give something a test drive at an affordable (FREE!) rate without any expected commitment.

So, how would you like FREE SAMPLES of yoga and meditation?

If you are looking for a safe (and FREE) environment to try yoga and meditation, then mark your calendar for Saturday, January 5, 2019 . . . Sunrise Yoga Studio’s FREE YOGA DAY!

From 9:00 am – 12:30 pm that day you have the opportunity to try any of our 5 FREE yoga and meditation classes.

We want everyone who has had any inkling to test the yoga and meditation waters, no matter how tiny that inkling may have been, to have the opportunity to give yoga and meditation a try. Yes, we are passionate about yoga and meditation, and, yes, we think yoga and meditation is for every body and that every body is made for yoga and meditation. Yes, we’re unashamedly trying to expose you to our passion.

Sample Free Yoga Classes at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019Here are our FREE samples for you to try during our FREE yoga and meditation day!

Level 1 w/ Cathy @ 9 – 10 am
Level 2 Flow w/ Karen @ 9 – 10:30 am
Introduction to Meditation w/ Gwen @ 10:15 – 11:15 am
Back Care w/ Karen @ 11 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to Yoga w/ Elaine @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

PLUS, SPECIAL ONE-DAY ONLY DISCOUNTS!
Purchase our New Student Special Intro Offer of 30 days for $30 and be entered in a raffle!

Class size is limited – CLICK HERE to reserve your space or use the Sunrise Yoga app.

 

 

Bring a friend and enjoy free yoga, tea and snacks, and a Trunk Show with Twisted Friends Tie Dyes!Twisted Friends Tie Dye Trunk Show at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019 Twisted Friends Tie Dye Trunk Show at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019

 

Questions? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net!

**Inclement weather make-up date is Saturday, 1/12**

We’ll see you on FREE Yoga and Meditation Day, Saturday, January 5th, 2019! What better way to begin the new year?!?

 

P.S. Remember our Senior Services donation collection at the Studio! Be a Santa for a Senior!

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!