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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!!

☼ Happy ♥ Day! ☼

Here’s an easy, significant Valentine you can give!Sunrise Yoga Studio partners with Clemmons Food Pantry in February's Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign

During the month of February, Sunrise Yoga Studio is participating in the Clemmons Food Pantry’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign.

A donation to the Clemmons Food Pantry through Sunrise Yoga Studio of $25 or more automatically enters the donor in a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! Additionally, for every guest/new student at Sunrise Yoga during the month of February, Sunrise Yoga will donate $10.

Plus, Sunrise Yoga will match all donations made by Sunrise Yoga students!

Clemmons Food Pantry is a local non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to residents of Forsyth County who are in need. The Pantry was established in 2004 and since that time has extended its services to more than 175,000 people, serving more than 700 households a month. Each year over 320,000 pounds of food are distributed to needy individuals and families by the Pantry.

As the CFP notes, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking only the destitute, homeless or “other people” need food assistance. Hunger does not discriminate by age, gender or ethnicity – and you would be surprised how many people in our community are food insecure.”

According to CFP statistics, among households seeking food assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank’s regional network of partners:
69% have had to choose between buying food & paying utilities
68% have had to choose between food & medicine/medical care
66% have had to choose between food & paying for housing
65% have had to choose between food & paying for transportation
24% have had to choose between food & paying for education

In 2015, CFP began the “Client Choice” program, which allows clients to select their own groceries. CFP’s client facility resembles a small grocery store, and clients use shopping carts to choose for themselves what products they receive. Giving clients the opportunity to choose their own food lets them have a sense of dignity and control, limits waste (since they tend not to take food they won’t use) and allows them to tailor the help they receive to be the best possible fit for their own unique situation.

And with no paid employees, the CFP is able to use the majority of monetary donations to purchase food from Second Harvest as well as meat and produce from retailers and distributors.

A family of four can be fed for one month for $144. How many months can we help a family?

Be a good yogi. Give a great Valentine!

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, supports the Clemmons Food Pantry's February Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

Email (Info@SunriseYoga.net) or call (336-778-1233) the studio of you would like to join Sunrise Yoga Studio in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign for Clemmons Food Pantry.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

February is the month of . . .

Ground Hog’s Day
Valentines Day
The anniversary of the launch of Facebook
The beginning of the Chinese New Year (It’s the year of the boar.)
Mardi Gras
Presidents Day
Black History Month
American Heart Month

. . . it’s also the month of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a month long time to show love for our community by supporting the Clemmons Food Pantry.Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, supports the Clemmons Food Pantry's February Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

In addition to Chick-Fil-A, the Rotary Club of Clemmons, and Clemmons United Methodist Church, Sunrise Yoga Studio is supporting this Clemmons Food Pantry campaign.

We live the values of yoga. Yoga teaches us the importance of helping others and Sunrise Yoga Studio has supported the Clemmons Food Pantry throughout our business history.

During the month of February, a donation to the Clemmons Food Pantry through Sunrise Yoga Studio of $25 or more automatically enters the donor in a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! Additionally, for every guest/new student at Sunrise Yoga during the month of February, Sunrise Yoga will donate $10. Plus, Sunrise Yoga will match all donations made by Sunrise Yoga students!

According to the Clemmons Food Pantry, in Forsyth County, 17% of residents are food insecure and almost 26% of children regularly face hunger and don’t know where they will get their next meal. A family of four can be fed for one month for $144. How many months can we help a family? Every donation will be a blessing to someone in our community.

Learn more about the Clemmons Food Pantry. And be a good yogi always, but especially in the month of February.

We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Are you a yoga statistic?

☼ Are you a statistic? ☼

Yoga Classes at Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NC, Saturday, January 5, 2019Statistics seem cold and harsh. No one wants to be “just a number.”

But, we are all statistics . . . just by existing, each of us is a statistic. As statistics, we are measured in good ways as well as some not so good ways. From the time we are infants, we are measured in percentiles for height and weight, for instance. As we age, we might show more concern for the percentiles in which we fall for these two measurements.

Statistics help identify trends. “In 2016, an estimated 62.9 percent of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. The mobile phone penetration is forecasted to continue to grow, rounding up to 67 percent by 2019,” according to Wikipedia. Regardless of how you feel about cell phones, if you own one, you are part of that statistic and helped grow that trend!

As yogis, you are part of another trend . . . and this is a really good one! And, this trend is thousands of years in the making, not a fad that will disappear in a year or two!

Channel Signal, a consumer analytics firm, notes, “When compared to other similar forms of indoor recreation, yoga not only dwarfs the competition, it’s the only activity experiencing steady growth.”

yoga statistics

The Good Body, an organization that reviews and provides case studies, insights, and analysis for health products, equipment and gadgets, provided the following data on yoga:

☼ 36 million Americans practice yoga.
☼ There are thought to be 300 million yoga practitioners worldwide.
☼ Between 2012 and 2016 the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%.
☼ Approximately one in three Americans have tried yoga at least once.
☼ The number of over 50s practicing yoga has tripled over the last four years.
☼ Flexibility and stress relief are the most popular reasons for starting yoga.
☼ The number of American men practicing yoga has more than doubled since 2012.
☼ 1 in 10 US adults use yoga as a complementary health approach (a number that has doubled since 2002).

☼ Top 5 reasons for starting yoga:
61% to improve flexibility
56% for stress relief
49% for general fitness
49% to improve overall health
44% for physical fitness

☼ Noted benefits of yoga:
Relief from back pain
Promotes healthy eating
Improves sleep

Sunrise Yoga Studio, Clemmons, NCWhere in these lists do you land? You’re a GOOD statistic after all. Where else within yoga would you be a good statistic?

If you aren’t yet a yoga statistic, let us help you get started! We have many yoga classes available to get you started. Find available classes through our Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.