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January 2018

James Willis Changes Mindset About Yoga, Changes His Life

By Testimonial

James Willis Yoga Testimonial Benefits of Yoga Weight LossSeveral years ago, James Willis took his first yoga class on the day after Thanksgiving with results for which he wasn’t so thankful.

“It was so overwhelming to me that I was unable to get through the entire class,” he said.

He tried again the next year—on the day after Thanksgiving again—with similar results.

But James knew he needed to make a change. Deconditioning, past injuries and poor lifestyle choices were taking their toll.

“Over the years, I’ve had several lower back operations; experienced severe limitations from chronic pain elements (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis), and had bilateral knee problems from years of running and playing league tennis,” he said.

“I also ruptured my left Achilles tendon in 2005. These factors, unfortunately, contributed to a low phase in my life that I believed would be permanent.”

Rather than giving up, James changed his mindset. But he admits it was a struggle between his inner critic and his determination, especially during the first two to three months of the regular practice he began in June 2016.

And then there was the heat. “The heat only intensified my struggle until I ultimately learned how to soothe the intensity of my emotional responses,” he said.

Ultimately, his determination was stronger than self-criticism. “I had reached a point where I realized I needed to adopt a different mindset and consider a healthier approach (with reasonable goals) to living,” he said. “I decided to take control of my circumstances and improve my quality of life.”

Since then, James has maintained his practice, incorporating hot 26/2, hot hatha, yin and restorative yoga styles into his routine.

“Because of the benefits of yoga, I started modifying my diet and levels of nutrition to accommodate my regular yoga schedule which directly led to a reduction in weight within the first year of 53-plus pounds,” he said.

James credits yoga for being “a life-changing experience” personally and professionally. His successes led him to incorporate yoga into his practice as a mental health professional with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I am working to gain credentials for teaching a broad spectrum of trauma-sensitive yoga techniques to some of our military service members and veterans,” he said.

Multiple research has shown the positive impact yoga and meditation can have on the health and healing of military communities, particularly in the treatment of PTSD. In some of those programs, yoga has become mandatory.

At Sterling, James said he has found a “wonderful sense of community and support” with a schedule that offers options to help maintain a consistent practice and a location that’s convenient to his office and home.

But it’s the sense of health and fulfillment on the physical, psychological and spiritual levels that keeps him coming back.

He’s grateful for overcoming his initial struggles, so he has some words of advice for new students or anyone considering trying yoga for the first time.

“If you care enough about yourself, commit to practicing three months of consistent yoga,” he said. “The benefits of yoga will eventually consume your life, for the better.”

While James cautions that it won’t be easy initially, the struggles, the challenges hold valuable lessons.

“Expect a war between your mind and body as you establish a new direction in your life course,” he said. “Embrace the benefits of each class; refrain from making any judgments, comparisons, or setting any expectations for yourself; and honor where you are at each moment.”

What does yoga have in store for you? You’ll never know unless you try! Get started with our introductory special—$30 for 30 days of UNLIMITED practice—and experience how yoga can change your body, your mind and your life!

Special Classes Scheduled in January

By Events

Yin and Meditation 90 Minute Class Sterling Hot Yoga MobileDo you ever feel like 60 minutes of yin just isn’t enough? If so, we’ve got a special class you’ll definitely want to take!

Join us for 90 MINUTES of yin and meditation on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy the benefits of more time to improve your flexibility and the challenge of maintaining your stillness, breath and mental focus even longer!

This extended version of yin and meditation is an excellent way to set your intention for the new year.

If you have blocks, bolsters or a blanket you’d like to bring to class, please do as props we provide may be limited due to attendance. We can’t wait to experiment with this new format and share it with you!

 

Platinum Plus Returns Saturday, Jan. 13

Have you tried our intermediate class yet? It’s a take on the 26/2 sequence from the beginner’s class with intermediate Ghosh postures and others you’ll recognize from vinyasa and yin.

Don’t feel like you have to be advanced to take this class. Just as in all of our other classes, the most important thing is to show up and try!

We recommend that you have practiced the 26/2 sequence for a minimum of three months before taking this class.

Your next chance to try  Platinum Plus will be Saturday, Jan. 13 at Noon. This class is offered for a $10 drop-in rate.

 

Friday Happy Hour Yoga Continues!

free yoga, TGIF yoga, happy hour yoga, sterling hot yoga mobileWe’ve got the healthiest and happiest happy hour in town, and we want to share it!

Join our Happy Hour Yoga with Friends class on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. This Sterling 60 class is FREE to first-timers and anyone who hasn’t practiced with us in six months or more.

Sterling members, bring friends! Even if you’re not a Sterling member right now (or don’t know one), the class is FREE so come on and make new friends!

 

Slow Flow Vinyasa Class on Wednesday Mornings

If you’re looking to add another vinyasa class to your routine, remember there is an unheated, slow flow class on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. This is an all-levels class led by Manja, who guides you as you develop strength, improve balance and enhance flexibility.

This class is offered for a $10 drop in rate, so this class is open to the public. No Sterling membership or package is required to attend. Please support this class to ensure it continues to be available on our schedule!

Special Challenge Helps You Commit to Your Practice ALL YEAR!

By Announcement

18 in 18 Yoga Challenge Hot Yoga Challenge Sterling Hot Yoga MobileHappy New Year! As we welcome 2018 at Sterling, we do so with even more anticipation than usual.

That’s because new and exciting things are happening AT the studio and AROUND the studio!

As you may know, the Midtown Publix Development, featuring retail shops and restaurants, is nearing completion and is expected to be open early this year.

At Sterling, we are ready to help you achieve your health and wellness goals in 2018!

Of course, we’re planning special classes, events and challenges throughout the year. But one of the things we’re most excited about (and hope you will be too!) is our 18 In 18 Challenge that’s designed to help keep you committed to your practice all year long!

18 In 18 Challenge

Who’s ready for a challenge unlike any other?

This year, we’re challenging you to take 18 classes in EACH MONTH of 2018 in the “18 in 18 Challenge.”

You’ll complete the challenge as long as you average 18 classes a month for the year. Classes can count toward more than one challenge (such as during spring and fall 30-day challenges).

Those who complete the “18 in 18 Challenge” will be entered to win: an annual membership (1 available) and a fitness tracker (2 available). Everyone who successfully completes it will receive a long-sleeved Dri-Fit pullover with the Sterling logo and 18 In 18 challenge logo.

Make 2018 a year to remember! Sign-up information available soon!

 

Support Vets Recovery Resources at 2018 Charity Chase 5K

By News

Mobile Charity Chase Veterans Recovery Resources

Get outside and support your favorite nonprofit in the 2018 Charity Chase 5K on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the University of South Alabama!

This event brings various charities and businesses together to raise money for deserving organizations who give back to the Mobile area.

Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile and Veterans Recovery Resources will be just one of the many supporters on hand! We’ll have a joint booth to share more about the resources we offer our community.

If you’d like to race for your favorite cause, sign up here! If you can’t make the Charity Chase, but would still like to show your support for Veterans Recovery Resources, you can purchase a T-shirt here. All funds will go directly to the organization to help provide access to mental wellness assistance for military and veterans along the Gulf Coast.

 

Welcome Massage Therapist Arnie Harrison!

By Announcement

Arnie Harrison Massage Therapy Sterling Hot Yoga MobileWe are excited to announce that Arnie Harrison, a massage therapist with nearly 18 years of experience, is joining Sterling to provide his wellness services!

Arnie started his own business in Wilmington, NC after serving in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman (Medic). His business blossomed quickly as he developed a reputation for delivering sincere, professional massage practices.

“My interest in improving services for my clients led me to reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, deep tissue therapy and warm stones,” he said. “With almost 18 years of experience practicing massage in the USA and Costa Rica, I have returned home to offer my services to Mobile.”

To schedule an appointment with Arnie (Alabama Massage and Bodywork License #1802), contact him at 251-533-6048 or via email at arnie615@hotmail.com.