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June 2018

Carlos and Monica Gonzalez Find New Home in Mobile

By Testimonial

Client Testimonial Yoga TestimoialWhen Carlos and Monica Gonzalez relocated to Mobile from Colorado, they knew they would have to find a new yoga studio to call home.

With a combined 15 years of practice between them (12 for Monica; three for Carlos), the couple had practiced mostly vinyasa, some Bikram method and “one attempt at aerial,” according to Monica.

So when they found Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, they found a studio that offered the classes they loved—and more!

But even more important than what was on the schedule, the “good vibe” they felt at the studio kept them coming back.

After her first class, Monica said, “I was grateful for the opportunity to have found a great place to practice yoga in my new hometown, Mobile.”

The Gonzalezes moved her to be closer to their son, who is attending the University of South Alabama where he is studying accounting.

Monica was the first to seek out yoga, looking for a way to reduce work-related stress. But she found so much more.

“My inner being is more accepting and loving of me and everything around me,” she said. “My days that start with yoga practice are more productive and joyful.”

Carlos began his yoga practice as a way to share time with Monica, but he’s found that he’s gained more flexibility through a consistent practice.

“I can bend more than I thought I could,” he said, “and that feels awesome!”

Right away, they’ve had to adjust to the heat and humidity of Mobile—in and out of the hot room. After his first class, Carlos said he thought, “OMG!!! It is really hot, but I did it!”

The Gonzalezes have experienced so many benefits from their yoga practice, and they emphasized those in their encouragement for first-time students.

“It is an exercise that works well as a standalone practice,” Carlos said. “Contrary to what most people believe, yoga is a complete workout, but it can also complement any other physical training practice.”

Just as she has experienced in her own consistent practice, Monica noted the mental and emotional gifts yoga can offer.

“Yoga is essential to be centered, to be loving and to get in good shape,” she said. “More importantly, yoga practice is for all ages.”

Carlos and Monica have quickly become a part of the Sterling community, and we are so happy to have them. (When you see them at the studio, please help us welcome them to Mobile and to Sterling!)

“I really enjoy all the people there,” said Carlos. “From the yoga instructors to all practitioners, it is a pleasant environment to practice.”

Monica continued: “This place has a genuine good vibe. You find the owner that treats you like a friend, his dog, Yogi, that is adorable, the teachers are committed yet gentle in helping you to improve, and your classmates are in their own practice or helping you to adjust to the new place. Thank you for receiving us with open arms!”

We’d love to make you feel welcome at Sterling too! Click here to sign up now for our introductory special—$30 for 30 days of unlimited practice—and be a part of something special in Midtown Mobile!

Vinyasa Weekend With Chris De Vilbiss

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Vinyasa Workshop Pranayama Breathing TechniquesJoin visiting teacher Chris De Vilbiss for a weekend of vinyasa workshops at classes at Sterling! These offerings will help you refine your vinyasa practice, particularly in finding strength needed to progress in arm balances and tips on preventing common yoga injuries, and provide you breathing techniques that will specifically benefit your hot yoga and vinyasa practice.

Shoulder Mechanics/Vinyasa Yoga with Arm Balances
Saturday, June 30: 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Learn to stabilize your shoulders and release tension around your neck, chest and arms in preparation for postures that bear weight on your hands or arms. Unlock the secrets to cure or prevent most yoga-related aches of wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck in this anatomy-rich workshop!

Immediately following, put what you’ve learned into practice in a 75-minute class with emphasis on shoulder and arm alignment for optimal strength for inversions and arm balances. All levels welcome!

Vinyasa Yoga/Pranayama Breathing Workshop
Sunday, July 1: 11:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Start with an invigorating vinyasa flow with emphasis on standing balance and hip extension, specifically lengthening and strengthening your psoas. Suitable for all levels.

Learn how to regulate mind activity with controlled breathing to evenly distribute energy throughout your nervous system in the pranayama workshop immediately after. Techniques covered will be ideal for the hot yoga or hot vinyasa practitioner. Some yoga experience is suggested to attend, but all levels are welcome!

Sign up for one or both days using this link. Members can take advantage of discounted pricing (both early-bird registration and day-of sign-ups. Non-members are welcome to join us too!

What’s Up With Wellness? A Guide to Extra Services

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ReikiWithManja

As you have probably noticed, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile has a new name!

We’ve slowly been making the transition to Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness to reflect the full range of wellness services that we make available to you.

In the hot room, you’re working on physical, mental and emotional wellness. These “extra” services we offer help you work on the same things in a different delivery.

Here’s a quick guide to those extras, plus contact information if you’d like to reach out to these wellness professionals to make an appointment or ask questions!

Arnie Harrison – Massage Therapist

Offers services including reflexology, crania-sacral therapy, deep tissue therapy and warm stone massage. Click link above for email or call 251- 533-6048.

Ginger Dunaway – Massage Therapist and Life Coach

Offers deep tissue and restorative modalities, including trigger-point work for specific pain patterns.Also provides life-coaching sessions over the phone or in person that help you discover meaning, focus and drive to identify and take your next step in life. Click link above for more.

Manja Leyk-Podratz – Reiki Energy Healing

Customized sessions that help balance energy, regenerate cells for optimum health, support recovery from illness and trauma, and increase spiritual awareness. Click link above for more.

 

 

18 in 18 Challenge Update: Whoa, We’re (Almost) Halfway There!

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18 In 18 Challenge SHYW

Exciting news, challengers! The “18 in 18” Challenge is ALMOST at the halfway mark, and we’re so excited that we’ve still got several yogis who are meeting the minimum monthly class requirement.

Remember, you don’t have to do 18 classes each month to be entered to win the annual membership or one of the two Fitbit fitness trackers. Just AVERAGE 18 classes a month.

That means there are some of you who are well within reach to getting back on track to finish the year with the 216 total required classes.

Stick with it! Everyone who meets that number gets a Dri-FIT pullover featuring the Sterling and challenge logos. Plus, what an awesome achievement maintaining a consistent practice all year long will be!

These Sterling yogis completed at least 18 classes in May:

Robert Carlock, 25 Casey Kuluz, 20
Sheri Granberry, 25 Reid Gilbert, 20
Sujin Kim, 23 Paula Brown, 19
Christy Lock, 21 Michelle Wilson, 19
Mendy Bornfleth, 20