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Enhancing Yoga With Meditation

News | Jul 01, 2017
by Wes Singleterry

Benefits of MeditationThere’s no wrong way to meditate. The important thing is that we meditate. Why?

Meditation can enhance the “is”-ness of what is by helping us be present in the present moment, deepen, broaden and heighten whatever experience it is we are focusing upon and reduce the fight or flight syndrome.

Meditation is a contrast to yoga in that the body is stretched in an opposite direction than yoga. Physically, yoga stretches the body in one direction and meditation relaxes the body opposite the stretch. As a side effect of the experience, the mind, body and spirit are broadened, deepened and heightened.

For me, my meditation experience has uplifted me physically as well as mentally and spiritually. On the physical side, meditation has enhanced my life in the way of stress reduction, deeper sleep cycles and simply relaxation in general.

On the mental side, I have learned to meditate myself to sleep at night. As a result, I have deeper longer sleep cycles, and awaken fully rested, rejuvenated and restored.

Being so, I am more productive, efficient and effective in work and play. I have also become less angry. Spiritually, I have a deeper, broader, higher perspective of self and relations with others. I have learned to be comfortable in the midst of uncomfortable situations.

So how does meditation enhance yoga? Expansion. The farther we go in one direction, the farther we CAN go in the other direction.

Life is about finding bliss. In each yoga and each meditation I experience, I learn something new about myself, which propels me closer to my bliss. I am happy, healthy, wealthy. Namaste!

Welcome Two New Teachers to Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile

News | Jul 01, 2017

New Sterling Teachers Sterling Hot Yoga MobileThe Mayan Coast here is a beautiful and special place.

It’s where each of the Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile teachers learned to teach the 26/2 sequence that is a key portion of our studio class offerings.

The Sterling approach to teaching is one of compassion and accessibility.

The goal and intention of every teacher on the Sterling staff is to give you a positive, yet challenging experience every time you show up on your mat in the hot room.

In just over two weeks, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile will welcome two new teachers, but they should be familiar faces to you!

Kenee Lacoste and Tyloria Crenshaw will return to the podium in two weeks. Already they are doing a fantastic job!

While at training here in Mexico, they are spending hours every day taking classes, learning anatomy, studying dialogue and teaching postures.

When they return home, they will be amazing additions to what is already an incredible staff of teachers.

Please join us in welcoming Kenee and Tyloria back to Mobile! Both of them will be teaching their first classes in Mobile on Monday, July 17. Check the schedule and plan to give them a warm Sterling welcome when their return to their home podium!

 

Sterling Spring Challenge a Great Success!

News | May 02, 2017

Sterling Hot Yoga Challenge WinnersNinety amazing yogis entered the Sterling Spring Challenge, and each should be recognized for their commitment and desire to improve their bodies and minds through a consistent practice.

Now, they’ve set a foundation for moving forward. We all encounter challenges that become distractions, but recognizing that challenges only make you stronger lead to satisfaction when your goal is finally achieved. If you fell short, be assured that with strength and determination, you have already reaped the rewards of practicing!

Congratulations to the 37 yogis who completed the Sterling Spring Challenge of 30 classes in 45 days. What an accomplishment! The top three finishers were:

Jimmy Green: 54 classes

McKayla Cusker: 50 classes

Elizabeth Teel: 37 classes

At the challenge party and during the days following, it was exciting and rewarding to see the smiles of satisfaction as the wall was signed and T-shirts were picked up!

Congratulations also to Hali Davidson, Jennifer Mathers and Shannon Reeves who won the drawing to receive a free Sterling mat!

Whether you finished the challenge, there is always another opportunity and plenty of room on the wall for your signature! Keep practicing and get ready for the Fall Challenge!

Kangen Makes Water Healthy!

News | Apr 05, 2017

Kangen Water HealthyAs yogis, we know the importance of proper hydration before and after a rewarding class in the hot room.

But the key to receiving maximum benefit from water consumption really is the quality of the water.

Here are some more great reasons to consume Kangen water on a daily basis:

– 9.5 pH, highly alkaline water, providing an antioxidant boost, helping to fight off free radicals that can lead to cancer, diabetes and heart disease

– Can help to speed up weight loss, especially with a consistent exercise program, like that offered at Sterling Hot Yoga!

– Helps to balance out the effects of an overly acidic diet

– Makes hydrogen more biologically available to the body

– Rich in minerals, purged of impurities

– Tastes great!

According to Sterling member and Kangen water expert A.J. Krause, “If you make it a goal to drink one gallon of Kangen water a day in your for the next month, you will see changes in your appearance, your performance and your overall health that will convince you that good alkaline water really does make a difference.”

Look for even more testimonials in the next few weeks from other Sterling members who have seen the positive results from drinking Kangen water.

Monthly unlimited supply is only $20; that’s 66 cents a day! Isn’t that worth a try to experience Kangen water yourself?

New Juice Partnership an Early Success!

News | Mar 03, 2017

cold pressed juices Mobile ALWe recently partnered with FOY Superfoods to provide us with fresh, cold-pressed juices, and the response has been outstanding!

The Fountain of Youth (FOY), locally owned and operated by Liz Garza and John Smith, is Mobile’s first cold-pressed juicer and superfood bar.

The mission at FOY is simple: make fast, high nutrition food a realistic and accessible option for all people.

Here’s a summary of the juices available from FOY. Let us know your favorite, and we’ll do our best to have them ready for you every week!

Beet’l Juice: beet, apple, carrot, celery, lime, ginger

Bon Temps: beet, spinach, lemon, pineapple

The Glow: pineapple, ginger, coconut

Green Goddess: spinach, pear, apple, celery, cucumber

Kale Yeah: kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon

Pear-a-Dise: pear, pineapple, spinach, ginger

Revive: kale, cucumber, pineapple, ginger

Vanilla Cloud: almond milk, coconut, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg

At Sterling, we offer nutrition for the body and mind in the form of yoga, Pilates, meditation, massage, and energy and spiritual healing. The philosophy of wellness encompasses so many ways to nourish the body and mind!

FOY Superfoods makes an important statement on their website: “embracing healthy living as a sustainable lifestyle.” What a perfect way to define a business!

We’re proud to partner with FOY and look forward to other exciting offerings from them in the near future!

Have You Tried Sterling’s New Classes? Here’s Why You Should!

News | Aug 11, 2016

Inferno Hot Pilates New Sterling ClassesSince returning from our last Sterling Teacher Training in July, Lucille has been working to increase her strength, so she’s been focused on the Iron Hour and Inferno Hot Pilates classes.

She’s already noticed a few things as a result: first, she says she is definitely getting stronger.

She feels her core muscles tone, and sees her arms and legs getting more defined.

Second, she also notices how well everyone is doing in class.

It’s obvious how our Sterling yogis are able to control their breath, and although they are raising their heart rate and building strength, it’s all being done with mindfulness and breath.

The foundation we have all built with the Classic Sterling series is proving very valuable as we move to new experiences!

New Sterling Yoga Classes Yin Yoga Mobile ALDid you see what Bill said the other day?

“I took my first yin class this morning, I have been practicing the 26/2 for more than 6 years now and I have never taken any other type of yoga class so this was a first. I enjoyed it very much, and I am going to make it a point to add it to my regular practice. I have started practicing regularly again, and I believe the yin is going to get me back quicker to a solid 26/2 practice. The class is not heated, lasts about 50 minutes, and is non impact. BTW, the teacher (Michelle) was awesome.

Thanks, Bill! Glad you are enjoying our new classes!

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New Developments Around Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile

News | Aug 10, 2016

Publix Shopping Center New DevelopmentAs many of you know, plans are full speed ahead for the development of the Publix shopping center all around us. We are thrilled with the opportunity!

More parking, more exposure to shoppers and more convenience for all our patrons!

We recently signed a new lease on our building, so rest assured, Sterling will be here for a long time!

Construction will begin in a few months, and we have been assured that parking and access will remain available!

Continue to support your Sterling studio and look forward to new developments!

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Sterling Summer Photo Challenge

News | Jul 01, 2016

sterling hot yoga summer photo challengeIt’s summertime, and it’s time to show off your wonderful yoga self!

Join the Sterling Summer Photo Challenge and share photos of yourself in your favorite yoga posture around Mobile or on vacation!

And the best part is you can WIN BIG!

How Do You Enter?

Take an awesome photo of you (and your dog, and your kids, and your spouse) doing your favorite yoga pose.

Upload it to Instagram or Facebook and tag Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile.

Add the following hashtags: #SterlingHotYogaWorksMobile #SterlingHotYoga #SterlingPhotoChallenge #MidtownYoga

By 10 pm that same day, your photo will be uploaded to our “Sterling Photo Challenge” photo album on our SHYW Mobile Facebook page.

Then you get to vote! Everyone gets to vote!

How Do You Vote?sterling hot yoga summer photo challenge

To vote, do three things:

  1. “LIKE” the photo you see on the SHYW Mobile Facebook page.
  2. “COMMENT” on the photo you like.
  3. “SHARE” your favorite photo with all your friends on your own Facebook page!

BONUS ENTRY: If you don’t want your photo on Facebook, just vote and vote often! Everyone who likes the photos entered (and comments and shares) will also be entered into a drawing to win big prizes!

STERLING HOT YOGA WORKS T-SHIRTS ARE NOT REQUIRED, BUT ARE CERTAINLY ENCOURAGED!

Contest entries will run from July 1-July 31, 2016. On August 1, we will announce the winners on Facebook and on the studio chalkboard!

Be creative, be bold, be safe, be you and be STERLING!

Official Rules Apply:

  1. You must tag Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile on Facebook and/or Instagram for you to qualify and enter the contest.
  2. You can enter as many DIFFERENT photos as you want each day starting July 1.
  3. HAVE FUN, BE SAFE! Do not break the law.
  4. Vote as often as you want!

DISCLAIMER: Sterling Hot Yoga Works is not liable for injuries or damage to personal equipment/property that may occur during participation in the Sterling Summer Photo Challenge. Contest participant assumes all responsibility.

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Breathe! Everything Else Is Optional!

News | May 02, 2016
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Muscles of the Diaphragm

The more I learn about the body, the more impressed I am with the original series that brought me to Mobile.

A while ago, I came across a 3D video of the diaphragm in action. (Take a look by clicking here or on the photo to the right.)

When you inhale, the diaphragm lowers, providing space and a vacuum in order to draw air into the body.

When you exhale, the diaphragm rises, to create positive pressure enough to push the air out of the lungs. It seems very simple, but truly, there’s nothing simple about it.

There are many muscles involved in the act of breathing.

We talk a lot about the intercostals, the muscles in between the ribs, but that’s really a simplification of the process.
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Muscles of the Thoracic Wall

Suffice it to say that there’s a lot involved in taking a breath. Check here or on the photo to the right for a nice primer.

Think about Pranayama Deep Breathing.

Think about how you are conditioning the muscles involved in breathing.

Think about how you are stretching and strengthening the very important elements that allow you to do the one thing that you MUST DO to stay alive! What a wonderful thing to do!

When we tell you “Breathe—everything else is optional,” we truly mean it!

If you or anyone else you know can come in and take a couple of deep breaths, that’s REALLY important! That’s all you need to do!

Because once you get the systems required to breathe down, everything else will come more easily.

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