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Candice Cravins Finds Fitness and Wellness Home at Sterling

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Candice Cravins, a long-distance runner who had practiced vinyasa flow and hot vinyasa flow before she started practicing at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness in January of this year, wasn’t sure anything could have prepared her for the initial shock of entering the hot room. 

“All I could think was ‘does it really need to be this hot in here!?’” she said. “I made it through, picked up my “I Survived” button and the front desk and thought “when can I take my next class?”

Though Candice had taken her first yoga class in college, she was “totally new” to the traditional 26+2 format when she took the Original Hot 60 at Sterling earlier this year. 

“I loved the structure and order of the class, along with the extra challenge of the heat, made a mental note to invest in more sweat-wicking leggings and later returned to take advantage of the “30 Days for $30” offer,” she said. 

As a newcomer to Mobile, Candice passed by the studio every day on her way to the University of South Alabama, and she kept thinking “I really need to try that place out!,” she said. 

When she took a look at the class schedule online, Candice was surprised by the variety. “I loved that I could get my high-intensity interval, strength and core training, in addition to yoga, all in one place and in a group format,” she said. “It also helped that the studio is only about a mile away from my home.”

While building her career as a young professional in academia in California, Utah and Texas before landing in Mobile “by myself and not knowing a soul” in June of 2016, Candice said she was looking for a place to call home and connect with others who valued fitness and wellness. 

“Although I had met a lot of wonderful people and had positive experiences at other fitness facilities during my time here, nowhere really felt like “home” to me,” she said. “With fitness and wellness being such an essential part of my life, it was crucial for me to find a place that felt like home where I could connect with other like-minded individuals.”

Candice credited the community at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness as the reason she keeps coming back to practice. 

“I feel like Sterling does a great job of fostering a sense of community and belonging for their members, and everyone I’ve met at the studio has been so kind, down-to-earth and welcoming,” she said. “The accountability is great, too—you know your yoga friends expect to see you, so you show up to class!”

Thanks to her regular practice at Sterling, Candice said she’s become a stronger runner.

“Hot yoga and Pilates have been game-changers for my running: a stronger core, improved flexibility and breathing technique, and better muscle recovery are just a few of the benefits I have noticed after practicing yoga,” she said. “It has allowed me to more quickly acclimate to the heat. Outside of my running, I’ve noticed improved mental focus and mindfulness.”

Practicing yoga and Pilates also helps Candice manage her very busy schedule. 

“As a long-distance runner and indoor cycling instructor, I am always moving, often at a very fast pace. Marathon training and teaching group fitness classes, along with my full-time job in academia, had me wanting to slow things down a bit,” she said. “I knew that yoga could be a great way for me to not only slow things down, find balance and better manage life’s daily stresses, but that it could also improve my running—I now say, “do yoga, run stronger!”

That consistency has paid off for Candice, even in ways that surprised her. 

“Consistency really is key to anything in life—whether it be success in fitness, relationships or your career, to breaking bad habits and forming good ones. I had always had a passing interest in yoga, but never practiced consistently until recently,” she said. “I was really surprised at how much of a difference a consistent yoga practice made in such a relatively short period of time, especially in terms of being more mindful of my breathing patterns.

“It’s made a noticeable difference in how I work through my daily runs and has also made me more aware of subtle nuances in my daily life and how I respond to stressful situations.”

What can a consistent yoga practice give you? There’s only one way to find out! Sign up here for our new member special, $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice!

Candice said, “The hardest part is showing up! It’s okay to be nervous, it’s okay to be a little intimidated—acknowledge that trying something new is scary. It was everyone’s first yoga class at some point! 

“Take it one step at a time, and celebrate all the tiny victories and improvements along the way.”

What Makes 90 Minutes of Original Hot Yoga So Special?

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When Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile was founded in 2010, the Original Hot 90 was the ONLY class on the schedule.

Some students still swear by this sequence of two sets of 26 postures and two breathing exercises.

Multiple studies have proven that this healing, therapeutic sequence is the best medicine for many aches and pains.

All movements are within the body’s natural range of motion, and practicing regularly can help maintain or restore the movement potential of joints.

For many, the 90-minute class is considered the prescription the body needs, while the 60 is the maintenance when taking a 90 isn’t possible.

If you haven’t tried the 90-minute class, do your body and your mind a favor and take it! 

You have five opportunities every week to work it into your schedule and see what it’s all about!

Congratulations, Sterling Bingo Challengers, and Grand Prize Winners!

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Many students signed up for our Sterling Summer Bingo Challenge, but only seven blacked out their entire card!

Congratulations to these lovely ladies who blacked out their cards and earned a special Sterling Summer Bingo Challenge T-shirt!

Candice Cravins
Myrtle Delgado
Haley Hall
Olivia Harmon
Christy Lock
Laura Noah
Katie Turner

Myrtle and Christy won our grand prizes! Myrtle won the Ultrasound Body Contouring Treatment ($145 value) and Christy won the Prism Light Pod Treatment ($35 value) from Coastal Contours and Wellness.

Keep up the great work, everyone!

 

Try a Prism Light Pod Treatment for Yourself! Share These Deals With Friends!

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If you’ve practiced at the studio within the last several months, you’ve seen one of our transformations!

Behind the new doors in the lobby is this Prism Light Pod, which offers whole-body, cold-laser therapy for performance recovery, chronic pain reduction, anti-aging and weight management. 

If you haven’t tried one of these treatments yet from Coastal Contours and Wellness, you’re invited to try one for FREE!

It only takes 15 minutes, and you can complete it before or after you practice. 

Among the nearly 50 students who have done Prism Light Pod treatments, their top three reasons are: weight loss, arthritis relief and chronic pain management. 

First-timers and comebacks can take advantage of Sterling membership specials that include three Prism Light Pod treatments.

Please contact us if you have questions or when you’re ready to sign up!

Wellness Is More Than Yoga! Get to Know Our Other Services

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Body Contouring Full Body Light Therapy MassageJust like all of our classes work together at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, so do our wellness services!

They can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and make you look and feel great. 

Our resident massage therapist, Arnie Harrison, offers reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, deep tissue therapy and warm stone massage. 

Check him out on Facebook, email him or call him at  251-533-6048 to set up an appointment. You may even see him around the studio between clients or practicing in the hot room!

Our newest wellness services are being offered by Coastal Contours and Wellness, including body contouring and full-body light therapy treatments.

Whether you want to lose stubborn fat and cellulite or enhance performance recovery, pain management and more, check out these services.

If you have questions, ask Michael or Sue Bruno. They’re usually at the studio too between appointments assisting clients, scheduling new ones and discussing the benefits of what they offer.  

We’re so lucky to have both of these great service offerings at the studio for your convenience!

 

Last-Minute Bingo Strategies & Reminders to Earn Stamps!

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Sterling Bingo Challenge StrategiesNeed those last few stamps on your bingo card? Let us help you strategize! 

You can earn a stamp for donating to the June karma cause, The Alzheimer’s Association. We extended the deadline until tomorrow, Wednesday, July 31. Donate at the studio or online here.

If you need a double, try Vinyasa Flow at 5:30 p.m., followed by Yin Yoga at 6:45 p.m. Trust us on this.

Wednesday night will also be your LAST opportunity to get your stamp for taking a 90-minute class (9:30 a.m.) and a yin yoga class (6:45 p.m.). 

If you’ve got questions, comment on our bingo posts on our social media. We’re happy to help you finish the challenge strong!

BREAKING NEWS: Sterling Wins Nappie for Best Yoga Studio in Mobile!

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Nappie Awards 2019 Nappies Sterling Hot Yoga Best Yoga Studio in MobileWe did it! Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness won the Nappie Award for the Best Yoga Studio in Mobile!

But we could not have achieved this amazing honor without the support and votes of our students and friends.  So thank you!

Thank you also to our friends, our students, our staff and our teachers for making us THE BEST!

Join us at the formal presentation of the Nappie Awards Friday, July 26 at The Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile to celebrate.

Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Awards presentation begins at 7 p.m., so you have time to take the Happy Hour class too!

Free Yoga and Free Sushi Is Back for Happy Hour on Friday, July 26!

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Happy Hour Yoga With Friends Free Yoga Free Sushi Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALDo you have a friend you’ve been trying to get to yoga? Or has it been a while since you practiced with us?

Every Friday, our Happy Hour Yoga With Friends class at 5:30 p.m. is designated for us to welcome friends–new and old–for FREE!

But on Friday, July 26, we’ll be offering FREE sushi too, compliments of our neighbors at Rock N Roll Sushi-Midtown.

Whether you’re a first-timer, a comeback or an active Sterling member, you’re welcome to join us for Happy Hour and enjoy some great sushi immediately following the class.

If you’re a current member, we need your help to show our visitors what an awesome community Sterling is.

If you’re a first-timer or comeback, we want you to join us to experience all the exciting classes and events we offer!

Silent 90 Music Series Continues with the Music of Elton John

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Silent 90 Music Series Elton John Rocketman Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALThe next installment of our Silent 90 Music Series is back this month! Concentrate and meditate to the sounds of Elton John on Thursday, July 25 at 6:45 p.m. 

Michelle will lead the class to music of “The Rocket Man,” whose career spans the late ’60s through the current decade and whose life was brought to the big screen in a biopic of the same name.

We recommend that students have completed at least 10 Original Hot Yoga classes before taking this class.

During a silent class, expect no dialogue. The teacher leading the class will demonstrate and announce each of the postures from the beginner’s series and when to change.

No current membership? No problem! This class is available at a special drop-in rate of only $10. Reserve your here spot today!