What’s special about us?
We keep our classes small, which means that:
- You get more personal attention from your teacher
- It is easier for you to see your teacher’s demonstrations
- You get to know your teacher
- We have a friendly and supportive community which will help you to enjoy your yoga practice to the fullest.
And we have chocolates available after every class!
Grab a chocolate after class to celebrate the great experience you had. We have a variety of chocolates in the arrival area for you to sample. Some of them are supplied by our members.
The Benefits of Smaller Classes
After practicing yoga for several years at a few local studios, I found myself wanting a more personalized level of instruction to aid me in deepening my practice.
I felt that I was not receiving this from the studios that I had been attending. My experience at other venues has been that the classes are simply too large to allow for any type of personalized attention.
From my first class at Sunrise Yoga, I knew that I had found exactly what I had been searching for. The class sizes are small and I found the atmosphere (both students and instructors) to be extremely welcoming.
The classes that I find most beneficial are Jack’s Ashtanga sessions during which he makes hands-on adjustments to correct alignment and he seems to intuitively know what each student is capable of. This knowledge allows him to guide students in a safe way to allow us to learn more about the postures and deepen our practices.
I also attend other classes at Sunrise and have experienced a much higher level of guidance than I have been used to elsewhere.
I believe that by having smaller class size, very knowledgeable instructors, and the willingness to provide personalized instruction, Sunrise Yoga offers a rare yoga experience.
Yoga helped heal my running injuries
I have always been an avid runner. Last winter, I suffered a mild hamstring injury and started looking for alternative ways to cross train. I participated in a number of different Yoga classes before I discovered Sunrise Yoga Studio. I must say, I love Jack’s Ashtanga Yoga classes. They are fun, encouraging, welcoming to people of many different fitness levels and can be as challenging or as undemanding as you would like them to be or as your body dictates them to be.
Yoga has definitely helped in the recovery of my injury and has been very beneficial to my running. It has helped improve my flexibility, balance, endurance, posture and breathing; as well as increase my (upper and lower) body strength. I have found that Yoga definitely compliments my running and gives my body a break from the vigorous pounding while maintaining my fitness level. I definitely plan to continue to participate in Jack’s classes. I may become a Yogi yet!
I also enjoy the dedicated spaces at Sunrise Yoga. The environment is clean, warm, inclusive and a comfortable place to practice Yoga.
6 Core Benefits of Yoga
There are many benefits to having a regular and frequent yoga practice. The key is that it is regular (at least once or twice a week) and consistent.
1 – Improve flexibility
Your range of motion tends to decrease, as you get older. Yoga helps to reverse this process by taking your joints through their full range of motion, increasing your flexibility gradually. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, and making your body more flexible. Your body alignment and posture will improve helping to relieve back, neck, hip and shoulder pain. You’ll be amazed at how much easier everyday activities like walking or running will become when you increase your flexibility. Your hockey, golf, basketball or baseball game will become better as you increase your flexibility.
I learned more about patience in yoga class
“Jack said it would take about 6 months for my fexibility to improve — actually I didn’t believe him at first! In the beginning you think that some of the poses are almost impossible to achieve, you think ‘how can my body ever do that?’ But he was right, it’s been 6 months and I’m just starting to grab my big toe from behind my back. Yoga practice teaches you humility and most of all patience! With dedication even just twice a week, you will be amazed at the flexibility and strength your body can achieve.”Tanya Chadrawy talking to Claudette during a break in the Thursday night Ashtanga class.
2 – Lessen your stress
Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. It also lowers blood pressure and heart rate, improves digestion and boosts the immune system. Yoga reduces the symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. Your lung capacity will improve, and so will the quality and depth of the breath. People, who practice yoga on a regular basis, will notice that they will have less upper respiratory infections, as a result of the quality of the breathing they practice during a yoga class.
Performing better on the job
“About a year ago I decided to take up yoga because I had injury after injury from running and soccer. I have a physically demanding job as a letter carrier and a challenging route. I needed to stay sound. I wasn’t thrilled about changing my lifestyle and the possible weight gain that would result from that change. I thought that I would do something that would help heal my body.”
“I tried two other beginner yoga sessions and finally came to Sunrise. I was so happy to find Jack’s Ashtanga class because he wooped my butt!”
“Now I feel I have found something that will keep me strong, fit, and healthy. It has also helped to strengthen my injuries. I am performing better on the job without the constant fear of re-injury.”
“I struggle with the binding poses, but since I intend to practice as long as possible, I’m confident it will improve with time.”
3 – Improve your energy level
You have to expend energy to gain more energy. But some types of exercise can get you feeling more energized immediately and this is one of them!
I haven’t had a cold in 3 years
“I thought that Sunrise Yoga would be an alternative to a gym environment. It is that and so much more. It has improved my state of mind. I’m more thoughtful, I have better coping abilities and I have more patience with people.”
“There are classes at Sunrise Yoga to suit everyone. Stephanie keeps the classes interesting. She tells you why poses help you as well as other interesting facts about alternative wellness.”
“As a result of attending classes at Sunrise Yoga, I am healthier, more flexible, I have better concentration and I haven’t had a cold in almost 3 years!”
4 – Strengthen, lengthen and tone your muscles
Yoga creates long, strong and lean muscles, from head to toe. Enjoy powerful muscles without adding bulk!
5 – Detoxify your body
By synchronizing breath and movement and gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the internal organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to all parts of the body.
This helps to flush out toxins from the system and to eliminate stress hormones as well as maximizing nourishment to your body. It improves your complexion, increases vitality and recharges your enthusiasm.
“At the age of 30, I had the misfortune of suffering a stroke. As a result, I suffered left side paralysis and was hospitalized in rehab for a month learning how to walk again and regain the use of my left arm/leg. Even though I am able to walk and function “somewhat normal”, I still had a problem with some minor ambulatory movements. I knew I did not want to go to a “gym” where the atmosphere is rushed and impersonal. I needed a more relaxed and understanding facility where I did not feel my progress was judged by how much I could lift or how fast I could move. I work in the area of sports medicine and decided to do some research on various forms of rehabilitation. My findings pointed me in the direction of YOGA… SUNRISE YOGA.”
“My goal was to restore movement, balance, and coordination at “my own pace” and not that of others. Jack and Stephanie are very professional in their teaching and understanding of each person’s individuality. Their knowledge is never ending. If you have a question they will answer it or find the answer. Even though they perform different styles of yoga, Ashtanga and Kripalu, they both compliment each other giving their clientele the opportunity to decide which style is best suited to their needs. The class times vary making it easy to accommodate your own schedule. The atmosphere is very friendly, thus making it more inviting and fun! It does not feel like a chore and, in turn, giving me more motivation to attend class!”
“I have only been practicing yoga for five months and happy to say I have noticed a huge difference in my strength, balance and coordination. I am achieving my goals slowly but noticeably. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!!!!!”
“THANK YOU SUNRISE”
6 – Lose weight permanently
A study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle linked yoga and weight loss. This 10 year study of over 15,500 men and women showed people who did yoga lost weight while the control group gained weight. Another study presented in 2006 at the America Heart Association found yoga helped overweight high school students lose weight while the control group gained weight. Yoga can help you lose weight in more ways than just by burning calories. It helps your hormonal balance, reduces food and alcohol cravings, and builds muscle.
New to Yoga?
If you are new to yoga, have a look at our New to Yoga program.