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Sterling Hot Yoga Likely Helped Save Reggie Wilson’s Life

Testimonial | Jul 02, 2018

Hot Yoga Benefits Yoga for Knee Injury Yoga for Cardiovascular HealthWhen Reggie Wilson started practicing at Sterling Hot Yoga in August 2014, he was carrying old aches and pains from lingering injuries from his service in the 82nd Airborne Division.

But the 22 classes he took during his introductory month and the three times a week practice he maintained after that could have well saved his life, according to Reggie, his wife and his doctor.

On Feb. 1, 2015, Super Bowl Sunday, Reggie went to the hospital after feeling tightness in his chest. Several tests helped doctors determine he had a 100 percent blockage in one of his arteries, and he underwent triple bypass surgery.

After surgery, the doctor asked what he had been doing. Reggie told him, “Sterling Hot Yoga.” The doctor said there’s a good chance yoga saved his life because his heart developed alternate routes around the blockage. Plus the strength of his systems helped him through the surgery with relative ease!

He returned to Sterling Hot Yoga during his recovery with modifications in his practice, then after knee surgery and knee replacement surgery less than two years apart, he made the decision to come back.

“After having two knee surgeries, my health was starting to decline,” he said. “I noticed that I did not have too many health issues when I was practicing yoga consistently.”

Over the past five years of Reggie’s practice off and on at Sterling, he’s experienced changes in body composition and sleep patterns and found more inner peace and relaxation, and that’s what keeps him committed to showing up on his mat.

“Yoga is truly a connection between the mind and the body,” he said. “The health benefits associated with yoga is the main reason that keeps me coming back.”

With a consistent practice, Reggie said he was even amazed at what he experienced and most importantly by what he learned about himself. “One of the most surprising things I have learned about myself is that I am capable of doing 20 times more than what I think I can do,” he said.

Yoga was—and is still—hard work, and Reggie realized that as soon as his first class. He said he thought, “This is going to take English bulldog determination, Bengal tiger strength and the tenacity to see it through.”

Now, it’s easy for Reggie to realize the benefits of yoga, and that’s what he stresses to anyone thinking about trying hot yoga for the first time.

“Yoga is the best investment you can make for your health and fitness,” he said. “By practicing yoga consistently, the return on this investment is priceless.”

Everyone at Sterling Hot Yoga is happy to see Reggie back in the hot room! He still has to take modifications in postures due to his knee surgeries, but most importantly that regular practice helps him feel better and stronger!

For that Reggie is thankful for David and “his staff of trained professionals” for welcoming him back to the studio.

We’d love to welcome you too so you can experience the benefits of yoga for yourself! Sign up here for our $30 introductory special, and you can try all of our classes UNLIMITED for 30 days!

Select Retail ON SALE! Get These Deals While They Last!

Announcement | Jul 02, 2018

Image-1 (1)It’s time to clear out the old and make room for the new!

We’re marking down (almost all of) our retail items so we can create space for new merchandise.

Take advantage of the following LOWER prices below on select items while they last!

Sterling Yoga Mats: Was $39, NOW $29.95
Youphoria Towels: Was $24.95, NOW $19.95
Sterling Water Bottles: Was $39.99, NOW $19.95
Sterling Tanks: Was $15, NOW $10
Flowy Tanks: Was $18, NOW $10
Sterling Pink T-Shirts: $5

*Prices shown do not include tax.

 

Enjoy a Healthy Happy Hour With Your Friends on Us

Events | Jul 02, 2018

HH Yoga With Friends Class Pic KeneeHas it been a while since you’ve practiced at Sterling? (We’re not judging!) If it’s been six months or more, you are invited to take our Happy Hour Yoga With Friends class on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. for FREE!

The same goes for your friends. (Let’s face it; we’ve all got someone we’re trying to convince to get in the hot room.) Whether they’re first-timers or it’s been six months or more, they get to practice for FREE too!

Don’t miss it! It’s the healthiest happy hour in town! This promotion applies to the first visit back only and to the 5:30 p.m. class on Friday only.

 

Slow Flow Vinyasa on Wednesdays

Manja continues to lead a 60-minute vinyasa slow flow class on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. Manja’s style of vinyasa yoga is offered in a non-heated room with a focus on postures that build strength, promote balance and increase flexibility in flow with the breath–making it another great complement to your hot yoga practice.

She received her 200-hour teacher training in 2014/2015 and also has extensive knowledge of hatha and kundalini yoga. This Wednesday morning class is offered for a donation of $10.

 

18 IN 18 CHALLENGE UPDATE: Congrats on Meeting the Halfway Mark!

News | Jul 02, 2018

18 In 18 Challenge SHYWThe “18 in 18” Challenge has hit the halfway mark, and we couldn’t be more proud of the dedicated yogis who have made such a strong commitment to their practice as a result.

Many of the usual suspects are still meeting the minimum monthly class requirement, but some new names have entered the list this month.

Remember, it’s possible to complete the challenge by averaging 18 classes per month over the course of the year. That means 216 total classes in 2018 are required to be entered to win the annual membership and one of the two Fitbit fitness trackers.

Everyone completes that overall total number of classes will receive a Dri-FIT pullover featuring the studio and challenge logos, as well as bragging rights for reaching such an amazing achievement!

These Sterling yogis completed at least 18 classes in May:

Stacy Galloway, 30 Sheri Granberry, 19
Robert Carlock, 29 Sujin Kim, 19
Mendy Bornfleth, 23 Paula Brown, 18
Reid Gilbert, 21 Amber Gaillard, 18
Christy Lock, 21  Danny Miller, 18
Michelle Ryan, 21 Michelle Wilson, 18
Casey Kuluz, 20

Carlos and Monica Gonzalez Find New Home in Mobile

Testimonial | Jun 04, 2018

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

Events | Jun 04, 2018

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

Announcement | Jun 04, 2018

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!

News | Jun 04, 2018

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

Mia Keller Turns to Yoga After Lupus Diagnosis

Testimonial | May 04, 2018

Yoga for Lupus, Client Testimonial, Benefits of Yoga, Sterling Hot Yoga, Mobile ALAfter being diagnosed with a disease, how likely would you be to start researching local yoga studios?

But Mia Keller did just that. “I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus,” she said. “I read up on the studio, as well as others, and Sterling was the one for me.”

Systemic lupus erythematosus—or simply lupus—is an autoimmune disease that is not curable, but can be managed. Caused by genetic or environmental factors, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the body.

Lupus affects everyone differently, and symptoms, such as swollen joints, hair loss and fatigue, can range from mild to severe. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that yoga can help manage lupus symptoms, and some doctors even recommend it as part of treatment.

Specifically, the main areas yoga can benefit those with lupus are:

  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Improved physical energy
  • Stress management
  • Pain management
  • Improved mood and coping

Mia has found all of these (and more!) in the hot room at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, where she has been practicing for three years off and on. Among the changes she’s experienced are: body transformation, strength, better sleep and less stress.

“I keep coming back because of the way it makes me feel inside and out,” she said. “I am stronger than I thought I was, and I can see my body changing.”

Mia is recently back to a regular practice at the studio after taking time to heal an ankle injury, but her dedication is still just as strong.

That wasn’t always the case. After her very first class, she said she was thinking to herself, “What the hell did I get myself into?”

Now it’s rare that a day goes by that Mia isn’t practicing or sharing her enthusiasm for the yoga and the studio with others.

“Sterling is a great place to practice,” she said. “They are very knowledgeable and experienced, and their teachers are awesome!”

Mia loves the fun, friendly community at Sterling and appreciates the cleanliness of the studio. And that just enhances her overall experience.

“I love my yoga practice,” she said. “I would not change it for the world. I feel strong after each class, inside and out!”

Mia understands that first-timers may be intimidated to try hot yoga or even try yoga at all. Her advice?

“You have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” she said. “It can really change your life.”

Ready to try yoga with Sterling? We have a great introductory special for new students! Sign up here to get 30 days of unlimited practice for just $30, and see how yoga could change your life too!

Get Hot! Inside Out, Bones to Skin

News | May 04, 2018

The weather is starting to warm up, and it will get even hotter before you know it!

When that happens, very often people start to practice less often, feeling that they get plenty of heat outdoors.

But in reality, this is the time of year when you need to practice even MORE and here’s why:

  1. If you practice in the hot room, outside won’t seem so hot
  2. It’s nice to tighten and tone for beach season
  3. We have several classes on the schedule that aren’t as hot as the Sterling 60 and Gold 90–you have a choice!

It’s especially important when the weather heats up to HYDRATE! As a general rule, you should drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces every day. Try to drink even a little more during the hottest months. Water, coconut water and fresh juices are all good options.

Take care of yourself, and keep up your practice! You won’t regret the sense of accomplishment, the progress you see and the way you feel when you just show up on your mat. After all, the only class anyone regrets is the one they didn’t come to!