20 Years of Sunrise Yoga Studio

It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since we first opened our doors! Since 2003, I have been committed to helping our community find growth, balance and peace through yoga. It is thanks to your continued support that we are able to celebrate this milestone. 

If you’re wondering where and when this all began, Sunrise Yoga was born out of my love of teaching and the desire to help people along their yoga journeys. When I started teaching yoga, I taught pretty much anywhere and everywhere. And I do mean anywhere! From your standard gym, to churches and corporate break rooms, and even in barns! As the number of students in my classes grew, I realized how much personal satisfaction I was receiving from teaching. This led me to start thinking about leaving behind the Yoga-Mobile (my personal car that was filled to the brim with props!), and opening my own studio. The first step in that process was launching Sunrise Yoga in 1993, while continuing to work full-time in IT. I managed to maintain that dual focus for 6 months before I decided to focus all of my energy on the studio. 

In the following years, I was able to bring in other instructors and offer more classes. By 2008 we were able to offer our first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, followed by a 300-hour program in 2011. 

Despite the challenges experienced by so many small businesses during the COVID pandemic, we were able to continue to meet the needs of you – our students and yoga family. We taught classes via Zoom, met students for practice outside, and created our online library of on-demand videos that is still being used by our students near and far. 

I am incredibly grateful to our loyal students and every member of the Sunrise family. This 20-year anniversary not only signifies a milestone in the dream I had years ago, but also the potential I see for the studio in the future. I truly believe that the more people practice yoga, the better the world will be.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support over the past 20 years. 

Valerie