In July 2015, I attended a 40-hour Yoga Therapy training co-taught by Valerie Kiser of Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons and Terry Brown of Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro. The complimentary teaching styles of Valerie and Terry meshed very well. Their personalities are quite compatible, and it is obvious they are very comfortable working together. The depth of their knowledge, education and experience with Yoga Therapy became quickly apparent. The topics covered in this training were varied, starting with an introduction to yoga therapy and the role of the yoga therapist versus the yoga teacher. Other topics included therapy for neurologic conditions (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease), therapy for bony and muscular anatomy (spine, wrists, fibromyalgia), as well as internal organs (kidneys, digestion, pelvic floor dysfunction, menorrhagia), and other disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia. Each topic was covered in great detail, with anatomy and other information pertinent to the issue provided. Proper documentation was also addressed, with exercises regarding gathering information and history from a new student, as well as progress notes. The students also took part in observing and assisting with a Yoga Therapy class as part of the training. A comprehensive manual was provided with detailed explanations and photo illustrations to go along with each issue addressed. The class sizes were substantial, and Valerie and Terry did a great job with individual attention during practice exercises, and keeping the classes progressing at a good pace and on time. Ample time was given for questions and discussion throughout the training. I would very highly recommend taking all or part of this training to anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of specific issues or embarking on a longer-term Yoga Therapy training.
Valerie is the owner and director of Sunrise Yoga Studio and the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training Programs (200 and 300 hour) as well as co-owner of East Coast Yoga Therapy. She has been teaching yoga since 1999 and became a yoga therapist in 2006 as a natural progression of teaching yoga and the desire to help students on a more personal level. Her love of learning carries her to study with the top teachers across the country.
Valerie’s first teacher training was completed with Cindy Dollar, an Iyengar-certified teacher in Asheville, NC. Valerie is a 500-hour experienced registered yoga teacher (500 E-RYT) and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) through the Yoga Alliance. Valerie has completed a 1200-hour Advanced Teacher Training and Yoga Therapeutics certification from Sun and Moon Yoga Studios in Fairfax/Arlington, VA with JJ Gormley.. She is an IAYT-certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). Valerie is also a Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, a Relax and Renew Advanced Trainer ® (Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater), an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer, and an iRest Teacher-in-Training Level II (Yoga Nidra).
Valerie believes that yoga is a practice that allows us to take charge of our own lives through growth, balance, and peace. Yoga is an exploration that leads us to greater awareness in mind, body, and spirit. Yoga brings union, harmony, and joy; it renews our energy and restores our spirit.