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Guest Teacher Debbie Vojik Joins Sterling Next Week!

Events | Nov 02, 2018

Guest Teacher Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile AL Debbie VojikWe are thrilled to welcome Debbie Vojik, owner of Baltimore Hot Yoga & Wellness, to the podium at Sterling this month! Debbie is no stranger to your Sterling teachers, as she has been the anatomy instructor at Sterling training since its inception in 2014.

Debbie, an RYT-500 instructor and certified yoga therapist, has been teaching Bikram yoga for 12 years. In addition, she teaches Inferno Hot Pilates, yin yoga and yoga nidra. She has also worked as a neonatal/pediatric intensive care nurse for many years.

With Debbie’s extensive teaching experience and practical application of anatomy, you will not want to miss the classes she will be leading while she is in town. See her schedule below and sign up now to reserve your spot in any or all!

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Inferno Hot Pilates, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10 – Master Class, 4:30 p.m. (90+ Minutes)*
Sunday, Nov. 11 – Yin + Yoga Nidra, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.*

*Please note the Saturday afternoon class will replace the regularly scheduled 60-minute hot yoga class at that time. Also, the yin class on Sunday afternoon will be 30 minutes longer than regularly scheduled.

Debbie will be leading anatomy and kinesiology workshops beginning next week, sharing her extensive knowledge with our teachers and students (the anatomy workshop is open to you!). If you are interested in the anatomy workshop, contact David at the studio.

Veterans Recovery Resources is November Karma Cause

Announcement | Nov 02, 2018

Karma Yoga Veterans Recovery Resources Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALOne of the many things we are grateful for during this month of thanksgiving is the sacrifice our men and women in uniform make on our behalf for our freedoms.

With Veterans Day this month, it is only fitting that we focus our Sterling Karma Cause efforts on Veterans Recovery Resources, a non-profit, community-based mental wellness program that is currently being developed by veterans for veterans.

Founder John Kilpatrick, one of our very own Sterling yogis, is a 31-year Army reservist is who committed to improving veteran well-being by removing barriers to mental health care. This is especially important as the Gulf Coast is home to the second largest concentration of veterans in the entire country.

John is passionate about providing a unique recovery program for veterans and their families suffering from substance abuse, PTSD and other mental health issues.

You can help support Veterans Recovery Resources’ efforts by making a tax-deductible donation online here or at the studio during our designated karma yoga classes.

The 5:30 p.m. class on Mondays this month will be open to the public for a donation that will go to this much-needed program and make an immediate difference. We look forward to seeing you then!

Sterling Represents at Making Strides Walk

News | Oct 28, 2018

making strides against breast cancer, breast cancer awareness, sterling hot yoga, mobile alThroughout October, we support Breast Cancer Awareness Month within our yoga community.

But we look forward each year to joining with our larger community during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Downtown Mobile.

Thank you to the members of the Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness team who helped represent the studio well this past Saturday! Pictured are (from left): David Roberts, Christy Lock, Lori Nelson Harris, Winterbreeze Manuel, Ingrid Brazier, Casey Kuluz, Danny Miller, Christy Persons, Jacqueline Bodet (and Penny Lane!) and Cassandra Holman.

Special thanks to Mary McAleer and Christa O’Harrow for their donations to the Making Strides team and everyone who has made donations to the Mitchell Cancer Institute Patient Assistance Fund.

You have one more chance this month to support our breast cancer awareness karma cause efforts, on Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m.! See image below for details! If you can’t make it to tomorrow night’s class but would like to make a donation, click here.

 

30-Day Fall Challenge Ends with Halloween Happy Hour

News | Oct 28, 2018

Yoga Challenge, Fall Yoga Challenge, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALSpeaking of dedication, congratulations to the 15 yogis who successfully completed the 30-Day Fall Challenge with at least 30 classes between Monday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Oct. 26. Great job!

We celebrated this awesome achievement with a special Halloween Happy Hour on Friday, followed by a challenge party complete with spooky treats!

All challenge winners present signed the challenge wall and picked up their T-shirts.

If you missed the party, just pick up your shirt and sign the wall the next time you come in to the studio to practice!

Scott Singleterry, 66 Paula Brown, 30
Christy Lock, 36 Sue Bruno, 30
Rick Grossi, 33 Stacy Galloway, 30
Jori McEntire, 33 Sujin Kim, 30
Audrey Williamson, 33 Winterbreeze Manuel, 30
Robin Shumaker, 31 Mary McAleer, 30
Mendy Bornfleth, 30 Katie Vogtner, 30
Callie Bragg, 30

 

18 IN 18 CHALLENGE UPDATE: Finally in the Home Stretch!

News | Oct 19, 2018

18 In 18 Challenge SHYWOur 18 in 18 Challenge is winding down, and we are so proud of the students who have remained committed to this amazing goal so far!

If you’re close, remember all you have to do is AVERAGE 216 classes for the year.

Don’t make it this far only to regret it later! And if you’re participating in the 30-Day Fall Challenge, remember your classes count toward BOTH challenges.

These students have completed at least 18 classes during September:

Scott Singleterry, 34 Stacy Galloway, 18
Mendy Bornfleth, 25 Sheri Granberry, 18
Sujin Kim, 20 Casey Kuluz, 18
Paula Brown, 19

These students have averaged 18 classes a month through the month of September:

Robert Carlock, 209 Total Casey Kuluz, 182 Total
Sheri Granberry, 198 Total Michelle Wilson, 169 Total
Mendy Bornfleth, 192 Total Paula Brown, 166 Total
Sujin Kim, 192 Total Danny Miller, 162 Total

One more quarter to go! You are all doing a GREAT job. Keep going!

 

Discover Your Calm Center Within with Betsey Grady

Events | Oct 12, 2018

Guided Meditation Betsey Grady Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALWithin each and every one of us lies our “center of calm.” Are you able to find yours or do you need help creating it?

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. for a guided meditation led by Betsey Grady, a Fairhope-based spiritual counselor, intuitive and meditation teacher. Drawing on her 20-plus years of experience, Betsey will use creative visualization to help you discover and explore your personal calm center, your personal inner sanctuary.

Cultivating this inner resource is valuable if you’re starting a meditation practice or refreshing one you already have. Developing this place of calm is the piece that makes meditation easier, and it can be applied everywhere from your yoga classes to your everyday life.

Prepare to be guided to easily relax the body and the mind and learn to journey inward, moving into this beautiful space of your calm and peace. Open to the public. $10 drop-in. Make plans now to attend!

 

Consistent Practice Makes Progress for Sujin Kim

Testimonial | Oct 06, 2018

yoga testimonial sterling hot yoga mobile al customer satisfactionFor two-and-a-half years, Sujin Kim couldn’t sit her hips on the floor between her heels and rest on her elbows in fixed firm pose, the first seated posture in the original hot yoga series. For three years, she couldn’t get her upper body relaxed on the floor.

“I thought I would never be able to master this pose,” she said. “For this particular pose, I just did not know what to do with my body…”

Through a consistent yoga practice, Sujin slowly but surely strengthened what she described as a weak lower back, knees and ankles to finally progress in her expression of the posture.

“I truly appreciate all the encouragement, commitment, dedication and, more importantly, challenges that every instructor provides for students’ best yoga experience and practice,” she said. “Without their loving and caring “pushes,” I couldn’t make it this far.”  

That’s not the only changes Sujin has experienced in her last three years practicing yoga, all at Sterling.

“After practicing the 26-posture sequence of hot yoga in the same order EVERY class for 60/90 minutes in the room heated to 100+ degrees, I get an exhilarating sense of freedom and fulfillment from the satisfaction that I pushed myself through all the physical and mental challenges of each posture,” she said.

Outside of the hot room, Sujin pursues an intense, goal-oriented lifestyle, but she said she needed something to help her achieve more mindfulness, presence and calm.

“I needed something to draw me to the present moment in order to enter a deeper and balanced  relationship with myself,” she said.

Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness was an ideal choice for her to begin her yoga journey because of its convenient location. The reason that she started her practice is the same reason she keeps coming back.

“I really enjoy and welcome the mental and physical challenge of the 26-posture sequence that forces me to give the best with my body at that very moment,” she said, “by embracing the present moment with a calming mind and being totally present with myself.”

Getting to that point took some time. During her first class, Sujin said for the entire 60 minutes of her first class she “wondered why in the world was I putting myself through this.”

Now, Sujin is motivated to practice regularly because she is so in tune with the benefits it holds for her.

“The benefits of hot yoga can be manifested in many different ways. One of them is preparing myself for whatever today has in store: pain and sadness or celebration and joy,” she said. “Being able to embrace myself and push through a tough class helps my attitude toward the ups and downs of daily life – bring it on!”

Are you ready to take the first step of your yoga journey? Sign up today for our $30 intro special, and you get 30 days of unlimited practice. It’s the best deal in town!

Support Our Breast Cancer Awareness Karma Causes This Month!

Events | Oct 05, 2018

breast cancer awareness karma cause karma yoga sterling hot yogaSterling Hot Yoga Mobile is a place of wellness and healing, and we are pleased to support groups like the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society that work to advance or provide these same ideals.

During October, we will offer you several opportunities to join us in raising money or to participate and support our efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Throughout the month, we will collect donations to benefit MCI’s Patient Assistance Fund, which helps offset things like transportation and treatment costs for individuals in need. You can make your pledge at the front desk, drop off a donation in our designated box during our karma classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., with the purchase of a pink T-shirt in our retail store or online here.

Monday’s 5:30 p.m. classes are open to the public, and we welcome non-Sterling members to attend by making a donation to our October karma cause.

Purchase a Sterling pink T-shirt and join our studio team, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness – Heat for Your Health!, for a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Downtown Mobile on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. Please register as part of our team and/or make a donation if you wish using this link.

Three years ago, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile founder Lucille Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer, but today she is cancer-free! Help us all month long to honor Lucille and other members of our studio who have met the challenges of breast cancer and continue to inspire us all with their determination in and out of the hot room.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Back By Popular Demand: Yin + Yoga Nidra Sunday, Oct. 7

News | Sep 29, 2018

Yin Yoga Nidra Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALOur first Yin + Yoga Nidra class was a big hit, and several of you asked almost immediately when we would offer it again. We’re excited to offer this very special 90-minute combination of yin yoga and yoga nidra class on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Once again, the first 60 minutes of class will combine the longer held postures of the yin class you know and love, followed by a 30-minute yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep.

Yoga nidra is a form of meditation that has been proven to activate the relaxation response, which helps improve the functioning of the nervous system and endocrine system. It’s also been proven to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Yin + Yoga Nidra is a great way to end your weekend and get prepared for the week ahead! Please join us Sunday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. for this special class! Open to the public for $10 drop-in. Reserve your spot here.

 

18 IN 18 CHALLENGE UPDATE: More Than Halfway There!

Announcement | Sep 28, 2018

18 In 18 Challenge SHYWOur 18 in 18 challengers are more than halfway to their goal. Just four months left in this year-long challenge!

These dedicated challengers have completed 18 classes for the month of August, and many of them are still in the game for earning a special Dri-Fit long-sleeved pullover, signing the challenge wall and being entered to win an annual membership and one of two Fitbit fitness trackers we’ll be giving away.

Please help us congratulate these dedicated yogis!

Robert Carlock, 24 Michelle Wilson, 20
Mendy Bornfleth, 23 Sheri Granberry, 19
Andrew Saunders, 23 Casey Kuluz, 19
Stacy Galloway, 20 Paula Brown, 18
Sujin Kim, 20 Amber Gaillard, 18
Danny Miller, 20