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May 2018

Mia Keller Turns to Yoga After Lupus Diagnosis

By Testimonial

Yoga for Lupus, Client Testimonial, Benefits of Yoga, Sterling Hot Yoga, Mobile ALAfter being diagnosed with a disease, how likely would you be to start researching local yoga studios?

But Mia Keller did just that. “I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus,” she said. “I read up on the studio, as well as others, and Sterling was the one for me.”

Systemic lupus erythematosus—or simply lupus—is an autoimmune disease that is not curable, but can be managed. Caused by genetic or environmental factors, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the body.

Lupus affects everyone differently, and symptoms, such as swollen joints, hair loss and fatigue, can range from mild to severe. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that yoga can help manage lupus symptoms, and some doctors even recommend it as part of treatment.

Specifically, the main areas yoga can benefit those with lupus are:

  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Improved physical energy
  • Stress management
  • Pain management
  • Improved mood and coping

Mia has found all of these (and more!) in the hot room at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, where she has been practicing for three years off and on. Among the changes she’s experienced are: body transformation, strength, better sleep and less stress.

“I keep coming back because of the way it makes me feel inside and out,” she said. “I am stronger than I thought I was, and I can see my body changing.”

Mia is recently back to a regular practice at the studio after taking time to heal an ankle injury, but her dedication is still just as strong.

That wasn’t always the case. After her very first class, she said she was thinking to herself, “What the hell did I get myself into?”

Now it’s rare that a day goes by that Mia isn’t practicing or sharing her enthusiasm for the yoga and the studio with others.

“Sterling is a great place to practice,” she said. “They are very knowledgeable and experienced, and their teachers are awesome!”

Mia loves the fun, friendly community at Sterling and appreciates the cleanliness of the studio. And that just enhances her overall experience.

“I love my yoga practice,” she said. “I would not change it for the world. I feel strong after each class, inside and out!”

Mia understands that first-timers may be intimidated to try hot yoga or even try yoga at all. Her advice?

“You have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” she said. “It can really change your life.”

Ready to try yoga with Sterling? We have a great introductory special for new students! Sign up here to get 30 days of unlimited practice for just $30, and see how yoga could change your life too!

Get Hot! Inside Out, Bones to Skin

By News

The weather is starting to warm up, and it will get even hotter before you know it!

When that happens, very often people start to practice less often, feeling that they get plenty of heat outdoors.

But in reality, this is the time of year when you need to practice even MORE and here’s why:

  1. If you practice in the hot room, outside won’t seem so hot
  2. It’s nice to tighten and tone for beach season
  3. We have several classes on the schedule that aren’t as hot as the Sterling 60 and Gold 90–you have a choice!

It’s especially important when the weather heats up to HYDRATE! As a general rule, you should drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces every day. Try to drink even a little more during the hottest months. Water, coconut water and fresh juices are all good options.

Take care of yourself, and keep up your practice! You won’t regret the sense of accomplishment, the progress you see and the way you feel when you just show up on your mat. After all, the only class anyone regrets is the one they didn’t come to!

18 In 18 Challenge Update: Stay Focused on the Prize(s)!

By Announcement

The “18 in 18” Challenge is entering its fifth month, and we’ve still got several yogis with their eyes on the prize(s)! And they are good ones!

Of course, the chance to win an annual membership is the main draw, but the two available Fitbit fitness tracker runner-up prizes aren’t too shabby either!

Everyone who successfully completes 18 classes each month (or averages 18 classes a month for the year) gets a really cool Dri-FIT pullover.

But the best prize of all is the satisfaction of maintaining a consistent and regular practice. It’s an amazing achievement!

So if you’ve fallen a little short for a month or more, there is plenty of time to catch up! Several of you are well within reach of getting on track to finish the year with 216 classes!

These Sterling yogis completed at least 18 classes in April:

Sheri Granberry, 24 Paula Brown, 18
Mendy Bornfleth, 20 Reid Gilbert, 18
Lauren Hutto, 20 Sujin Kim, 18
Christy Lock, 19 Casey Kuluz, 18

Congrats, 30-Day Spring Challengers!

By Announcement

30 Day Challenge T-Shirt 2018 SpringWe all get busy, right? Between family, work and social activities, sometimes it’s hard to fit yoga into our schedules.

But if you’ve made a commitment to your practice at one time or another, then you know how special it is (and feels!) to maintain a consistent and regular practice.

That’s why we offer you several challenge opportunities throughout the year!

Our 30-Day Spring Challenge just wrapped up, and our “18 in 18” Challenge is ongoing. But there is nothing stopping you from starting now and making a commitment to yourself to practice three, four or more times a week!

Whether it’s a studio-wide or personal challenge, the Sterling staff is here to support and encourage you every step of the way. And if you have questions or need motivation, ask any one of these dedicated yogis who just completed 30 days of sweat, stretch and transformation in the spring challenge!

Robert Carlock, 42 Lauren Hutto, 30
Reid Gilbert, 35 Sujin Kim, 30
Sheri Granberry, 32 Christy Lock, 30
Casey Kuluz, 32 Danny Miller, 30
Mendy Bornfleth, 31 Scott Singleterry, 30
Paula Brown, 31 Jamie Wilson, 30
Jemimah Chen, 30 Michelle Wilson, 30
Stacy Galloway, 30 Chad Wood, 30