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Classes Transition to Livestream Only with Threat of Hurricane Sally

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Hurricane Sally is in the Gulf of Mexico and is gaining strength before it makes landfall along the coast.

We are keeping an eye on the storm and making what we feel are necessary precautions for the safety of our staff and students.

Beginning tonight, Monday, Sept. 14, we will offer livestreaming classes ONLY at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. This temporary change will affect ALL classes on Tuesday, Sept. 15 as well. 

If you have already signed up to participate in studio for those classes affected, we will register you for the livestreaming option so you will receive the link to join the class online. 

Our staff will be teaching from the safety of their homes, and we encourage you to join us online if you are able. 

Thank you for your continued support of Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness. We are just as committed to making the yoga and Pilates practices we offer to you available to help you take care of yourself despite challenges that may arise.

Please remain aware of the weather conditions over the next several days and stay safe!

Practice FREE This Month With September’s Karma Cause

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Looking for a reason to return to your practice? Or do you have a friend or family member who’d like to check us out?

September is National Yoga Month, and it’s the perfect time to give it a try. We’re making it easier than ever with our September karma cause.

During the month of September, which is also Hunger Action Month, first-timers and comebacks can take up to two FREE classes with a donation of two non-perishable food items.

Donations collected will benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. We invite everyone–even current members–to contribute to help us do our part to end hunger in our community.

We’ll accept food items through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Let’s pitch in and do our part to give back to others and spread the benefits of yoga!

First-timers, please arrive 15 minutes before class begins. Free class applies to any class on our schedule throughout the month of September!

Visit our class schedule here, select the class you want to sign up for and follow the prompts to create an account on Mind Body.

Bring your donation to the studio, and you can take the class for free!

Kayla Gatlin’s Yoga Practice Helps Her Navigate COVID-19 Stress

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Kayla Gatlin is a respiratory therapist at Mobile Infirmary, and her job has become understandably more stressful during the COVID-19 pandemic. But she made a change a year ago that’s made all the difference. 

“When I moved to Midtown a year ago after some big life changes, I wanted to improve myself, body and mind,” she said. “[Starting my yoga practice] was the best thing I could have done for myself during that time.”

Kayla was never a big fan of going to the gym, and she never participated in any sports because she felt like she was too uncoordinated. But she didn’t let that keep her from trying yoga.

“I was very nervous about my first class, but after I arrived I was glad to see people of all ages, sizes and skill levels there. I was unable to do many poses, but I wanted to keep coming until I could do them all,” she said. “The staff at Sterling was so welcoming and encouraging, I couldn’t wait to come back.”

In the year that she’s been consistently practicing, Kayla has physically gained muscle tone and flexibility and mentally greater focus and more clarity and peace.

“I keep coming back because of the change it has made for me mentally and physically, and because of the staff and new friends I’ve made there,” she said. “I like mixing it up with Pilates and Iron Hour strengthening in addition to the regular vinyasa and Bikram classes. Going to the gym was never for me, and the classes help me to push myself further than I thought I could.”

Kayla used to feel “too uncoordinated” to participate in sports, but even that has changed through a consistent yoga practice.

“What I’ve learned is that with patience, practice, consistency (and a lot of hydration) anyone can be good at yoga,” she said. “It feels good to see how far I’ve come in my practice.”

Kayla is grateful for Sterling’s selection of day, evening and online classes that have made yoga accessible even with her 12-hour shift work schedule and the stress of the COVID pandemic, as well as Sterling’s continued commitment to safety at the studio.

“The staff at Sterling is exceptional. They are very understanding and accommodating to personal needs, work schedules, etc.,” she said. “During the COVID pandemic, they went the extra mile by offering online streaming classes and taking extra precautions by disinfecting the studio after each class and taking temps at the door so we could continue our practice safely, which I greatly appreciate.”

Kayla vividly recalls her first class and understands that trying yoga, much less hot yoga, for the first time can seem intimidating. But she wants to share some wise words with anyone considering a class.

“At some point in time, it was everyone’s first time in yoga. Everyone in the room around you has fallen, but they got back up. Never be afraid to try something new. Your practice is unique, don’t compare yourself to others, but strive to do your best in the body you brought to class,” she said. “The heat is not as overwhelming as it seems, and the more you practice the more you crave it.”

If you’re inspired to take your first yoga class, you’re welcome to join us! Every class is beginner-friendly, and we want to help you find relief from pain, anxiety, stress or whatever is prompting you to consider yoga.

You can get started for just $30. That gets you 30 days of unlimited practice with us to try all of the classes we offer. Take the first step and sign up here!

Gravity Yoga Workshop Series Begins Sunday, Sept. 13

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Feeling stuck in your practice? Maybe it’s a stiff back, locked-up hips, tight hamstrings or tight shoulders.  

Gravity Yoga is a mat-based, targeted mobility training method that has helped students all over the world improve their flexibility and move better. 

Michelle Ryan is leading a four-week Gravity Yoga workshop series, and there are just a few spots remaining in the studio and several more virtually. 

This workshop series will take place on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. beginning Sunday, Sept. 13 (the Sunday after Labor Day) at Sterling through Sunday, Oct. 4.

This series is limited to 10 students in the studio and 10 students via Zoom, for a total of 20. Not only will this allow all students to utilize the wall (both in the studio and at home) for some of the postures, but also will give me the opportunity to provide personalized feedback to each student. 

What’s Included

  • 4 Gravity Yoga classes in-studio or online (recordings of classes will be made available for one week) 
  • Weekly group and individual check-ins
  • A custom 15-minute stretch program to be completed daily (or as close to daily as possible you can between classes)
  • My availability for coaching, questions, etc.
  • 1 bonus Gravity Yoga class at the end of the four-week series on Sunday, Oct. 11, for a total of five classes

The cost of this workshop is $75 per student. Click here to reserve your spot and indicate whether you intend to participate in the studio or online.

Please contact Michelle if you have any questions!

2020 Challenge Update: Eight Months Down, Four to Go!

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The end of our 2020 challenge is in sight for these dedicated challengers. Only four months to go! 

These students have showed up on their mats in the studio and at home to maintain a regular practice despite the unexpected challenges this year has brought. 

So congratulations are in order for their consistency!

Robert Carlock, 42
Sheri Granberry, 32
Audrey Williamson, 29
Mendy Bornfleth, 27
Candice Cravins, 25
Paula Brown, 20
Michelle Ryan, 22
Tyloria Crenshaw, 20

We know there are many other new students who have joined Sterling since the challenge began, and there’s a way you can get in on our annual challenge too.

If you’ve recently started practicing with us or maybe you’ve taken a little break, for every month you take 20 classes this year, you’ll get an entry into a separate drawing for some other great prizes. That means you’ve got four months to get four entries!

We’re so proud of our challengers and everyone who makes time to show up on their mat with Sterling, whether at home or online. 

Now more than ever it’s important to take care of yourself. Just know that we support you and your practice!

2020 Labor Day Schedule Announced

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We work hard at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness to create the kind of yoga and Pilates experience you deserve, and we love what we do!

But we need a break every now and then, and we know rest is good for the body, mind and soul. So we’re offering an abbreviated holiday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Join us for one (or both!) of these classes:

8:15 a.m. – Inferno Hot Pilates

10 a.m. – Original Hot 90

Please enjoy the rest of the day off with your families and friends, and we’ll look forward to seeing you Tuesday, Sept. 8 when we resume our regular schedule.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Myrtle Delgado Brings Baptiste Power Flow to Sterling!

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Myrtle Delgado was a devoted runner, but injuries and physical therapy led her to consider other options. Three years ago, she found Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness and took her first yoga class.

“I was skeptical of the whole yoga “thing,” but knew I needed a change and wow, what a change!” she said. “The physical demands of yoga were very real and yet maybe most surprising for me were the mental and spiritual benefits that accompany this practice. During a 60- or 90-minute class the mind can quiet and things become clear.”

Myrtle credits these personal discoveries with leading her to Fish Tree Yoga Studio in Pensacola, where she earned an RYT-200 Hour certification in February 2020 with Jan Atkins. 

“This is when I learned and fell in love with the Baptiste Power Yoga!” she said. “The class is super-challenging on multiple levels. It is a vinyasa flow combining strength and balance through chaturangas, standing poses, forward bends, hip openers, introduction to back bends, arm balances and inversions all of which result in workout strengthening and toning the whole body! All the while it soothes the mind, bringing a calm and peace…”

Myrtle taught her first public class last Saturday, but if you missed it, you can join her Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m. for another power yoga class.

If you’re skeptical or prefer Inferno Hot Pilates or Bikram, that’s OK. Myrtle just encourages you to try it and see what you think. She was skeptical in the beginning too, but look at her now!

Reserve your spot online and be prepared for a challenging, but rewarding class this weekend.

Yoga On Tap Begins TONIGHT at Serda Brewing Co.!

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We’re working on offering those outdoor classes you’ve asked for, and we’re excited to announce our new outdoor yoga series “Yoga On Tap” in partnership with Serda Brewing Co.!

If you’ve been looking for a FREE vinyasa flow class in a fun outdoor space, join Bridget Reiter at one of our favorite local breweries downtown on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

EVERYONE is welcome! Bring yourself, bring friends — it’s a great way to stay connected to Sterling outside of the studio or learn a little bit more about it for anyone who hasn’t visited us yet.

Social distancing guidelines will be observed and space is limited, so please arrive early.

The first class is TONIGHT, Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. Don’t miss it!

If you’d like, you can hang around with your friends or make new ones over some of Serda’s local micro brews, including IPAs, sours, ales and more!

 

Nicole Ewing Begins Teaching Inferno Hot Pilates This Week!

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We’re so excited to bring Nicole Ewing on board as our newest Inferno Hot Pilates teacher!

You may have taken her Vinyasa Flow classes at Sterling, and we know she is going to bring the same energy and enthusiasm to our popular bootcamp-style workout class.

Nicole takes the podium on Friday, Aug. 14 at 8:15 a.m. for the first time teaching Inferno Hot Pilates at Sterling. If you can’t make that class, you can catch her Saturday, Aug. 15 at the same time!

Nicole is a certified personal trainer and an E-RYT-200 yoga teacher (meaning she has more than 1,000 teaching hours!), and she is always interested in learning more about new styles of yoga and movement.

We believe she is going to be a great addition to our team, and we hope you do too. Welcome to your new role at Sterling, Nicole!

Gravity Yoga Pop-Up Class Returns Sunday, Aug. 23

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Feeling stuck in your practice? Maybe it’s a stiff back, locked-up hips, tight hamstrings or tight shoulders.
 
The first Gravity Yoga class was such a success that we’re doing it again! Join Michelle Ryan on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 4:30 p.m. for a new type of class that will help you utilize the science of passive stretching to effectively change your body, improve your posture and increase your range of motion. 
 
Gravity Yoga is a mat-based, targeted mobility training method that has helped students all over the world improve their flexibility and move better.

Included in active Sterling memberships, but drop-ins welcome at a special rate herePlease reserve your spot as we continue to limit our class sizes.

Sunday’s class will be another pop-up class designed to gauge your interest in this style. If you have any questions prior to this class, please ask Michelle or contact her for more information!