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Dot and Phil: One of the Studio’s First Power Couples!

Testimonial | Feb 13, 2019

Hot Yoga Benefits Client Testimonial Sterling Hot YogaNot many students can say they’ve been with Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness since the doors opened. But Phil Purpura and Dot Small can.

Dot actually was one of the very first students to practice at then Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile before it was officially open!

“My first class was on then-owner Lucille Moran’s wedding day,” Dot said. “The studio was not finished, and we had no heat and air. It was August, so I had a pretty good idea of what it would be like with heat.”

Dot and Phil’s yoga journey began when Dot met studio founders Lucille and Bill during their search for a home in Mobile.

“We immediately became friends,” she said (which should come as no surprise if you know Dot and/or Lucille!), “and I felt I had to try the yoga even though it didn’t appeal to me at the time. Turns out it was just what I needed most, and I’ve been practicing here ever since.”

For years, Dot said her chiropractor had been encouraging her to try yoga to address the chronic neck pain she had “from hitting too many bad golf shots.”

But that wasn’t what prompted her to start her yoga practice. So what finally got her and Phil in the hot room?

Dot says, “Lucille,” and Phil says, “Dot!”  

Like Dot, Phil had never practiced yoga, but once the studio was officially open, he’s been here faithfully too, and his regular practice has paid off and keeps him coming back.

“I noticed an improvement in flexibility and also it improved my golf game, strength and coordination. I sleep better too when I practice regularly,” Phil said. “All the benefits I’ve received are enhanced when I go consistently, stretch more and become better at the postures.”

That neck pain Dot was experiencing? It was better within a few weeks, according to Dot. After not going in for her regular appointments, she ran into her chiropractor, and when he asked where she had been, she said, “I told him I was doing yoga, and I was cured.”

But the other benefits Dot experienced were just as significant.

“The breathing was the biggest change. I thought I knew how to breathe, but I didn’t,” she said. “Another significant thing I noticed was that I could handle difficult situations better without becoming upset. The mental aspect for me was as great as the physical.”

Like many students, Dot and Phil found their first class to be challenging. Dot said, “If this is 90 minutes without the heat, I’m in trouble!” Phil said, “I was glad I made it through.”

But, as many students who keep coming back find out, Dot and Phil know practicing consistently is worth it, and the results can even be surprising.

“I am stronger than I thought and more coordinated than I imagined,” Dot said. “I love the heat!”

Though everyone in the room had different physical abilities, Dot was aware that everyone did the poses as best they could. She also noticed how much she had to focus during class.

“I had to focus on myself because if I looked around, I would lose my balance and I thought everyone else probably felt the same way,” she said. “I didn’t feel self conscious. “

Phil said he was surprised by how much flexibility and strength he could gain and how much he could grow in quieting his mind. “I thought I was pretty strong and in good shape,” he said, “but hot yoga showed me I have plenty of room to improve.”

Phil recently completed the 21-Day Healthy Habits Challenge at Sterling, which meant completing 21 classes in 21 days. Research shows it takes about three weeks to set a new habit.

“It exposed me to different classes, instructors and students, doing yoga at different times of the day, and I found there’s even more to all of the offerings at Sterling than I had previously experienced,” Phil said.

Several things have changed since Dot and Phil started practicing at Sterling. Of course, the name was different in 2010, but class offerings have changed as well.

“When I started and for the first few years, we only had 90-minute Bikram-style classes,” Dot said. “Then came Iron Hour, the 60-minute express hot yoga, vinyasa, Inferno Hot Pilates. I found that using the weights in Iron Hour and building my core in Inferno Hot Pilates made the regular hot yoga easier.”

Dot said she enjoys all the classes, but it’s the community she really loves.

“The Sterling instructors and the other students are like my family. They encourage me to come more, and it’s not just good for me; it is fun,” she said. “Even when I go to one of the classes that is not my norm, I know the instructors and everyone is friendly.”

The best thing a first-time student can do is just try, according to Phil. “It’s probably different than your preconceptions,” he said. “There are half a dozen different classes, each with different benefits for your body and your mind. You can’t get a feel for it until you try it.”

In short, said Dot, “It’s life-changing.”

Ready to try hot yoga and experience what it can do for you? Sign up here for our new member special, and get 30 days of unlimited practice for just $30!

Find Your Balance — In Your Practice and In Your Life

Events | Feb 13, 2019

Arm Balance Workshop Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALJoin Sprite on Saturday, Feb. 23 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. for an arm balance workshop to learn techniques and tips on finding and maintaining balance while practicing arm balancing postures.  

Balancing requires constant focus, which helps strengthen the connection to the present moment.

Yet, when the challenge of balancing on your hands is added, it requires even more mental focus, concentration and awareness.

As a result, arm balances can also help to increase self-confidence, courage and inner strength.

Learn more about the foundations for arm balancing, like body mechanics and leverage, as well as tips and stretches to help you fly.

Start with basics, then build on those to more advanced postures for those who are ready.  

This workshop will include arm balances that may be part of your Vinyasa Flow classes, plus instruction will be given on preparatory poses that help you build up to new ones to add to your practice.

Cost of the workshop is $15, and it is open to the public and designed for all levels. Sign up here!

Don’t miss this chance to challenge yourself, enhance your practice and learn something new!

Platinum Plus Returns Saturday, Feb. 16

Events | Feb 06, 2019

Platinum Plus Intermediate Yoga Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALIt’s been a little while, but Platinum Plus is back! We’re excited to offer this 75-minute combination of postures, which include the 26/2 of the beginner’s sequence, intermediate Ghosh postures and others similar to what you would practice in vinyasa or yin.

You don’t have to even consider yourself an “intermediate” yogi to take this class. All you have to do is TRY!

We recommend that you have practiced the 26/2 sequence for a minimum of three months before taking this class. This class is offered for a $10 drop-in rate.

Sign up here to reserve your spot!

Share the Yoga You Love with Someone You Love For FREE on Valentine’s Day

Events | Feb 06, 2019

Free Yoga Valentine's Day Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALWondering what to get for the people you love most on Valentine’s Day?

Give them the experience of a class at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, and on Valentine’s Day, the class is on us!

According to a recent study, more and more Americans–about 74 percent–prioritize experiences over things, so this is a great way to make a memory!

Bring a friend, a family member or your significant other to Sterling on Thursday, Feb. 14, and your guest can take the 5:30 p.m. Inferno Hot Pilates class or the 6:45 p.m. Original Hot 90 for FREE.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start so we can properly welcome your guest and he or she can fill out the short registration form.

We would LOVE to see you there!

Way to Set Those Healthy Habits!

News | Feb 06, 2019

2019 Healthy Habits Challenge Logo - SHYWWe kicked off the year with a 21-Day Healthy Habit challenge, and we’re so proud of these yogis who completed it!

It takes about three weeks to set a new habit, so completing 21 classes in 21 days helped these challengers create or reinforce a healthy habit for themselves.

Congratulations to the following:

Mendy Bornfleth
Paula Brown
Kirsten Kraljevic
Sandi Mahler
Danny Miller
Phil Purpura
Audrey Williamson

Three of these lucky yogis won the following grand prizes:

Kirsten (Juicing Bundle)
Danny (Canister of Superieur Electrolyte)
Audrey (Canister of Superieur Electrolyte)

Everyone earned a Sterling water bottle–just another way to support their new healthy habits!

Akashic Records Readings Available with Betsey Grady at Sterling!

Announcement | Jan 30, 2019

Akashic Records Readings Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile AL

Announcing our newest service at Sterling: Akashic records readings with Betsey Grady.

Betsey is an Akashic records consultant, as well as a gifted spiritual counselor, meditation teacher, reiki master and more.

In Sanskrit, Akasha means where all things are from. Not only are all experiences stored in these records, but also all future opportunities. Anything that has ever existed has records: books, buildings, businesses, relationships, etc.

During sessions, you will examine core beliefs that create recurring issues in your life and work to clear them on an Akashic level.

Betsey will be offering Akashic records readings at Sterling on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, March 9 from 10:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. both dates.

Reserve your session here!

Wellness Weekend Was Awesome!

News | Jan 30, 2019

Wellness Weekend Free Yoga Weekend Open House Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALThank you for making our annual Wellness Weekend a success!

We always look forward to opening our doors to share what we do with the community–old and new friends–and our dedicated family of regulars.

More than 200 students took advantage of our free yoga, free chair massage and free wellness info over the weekend. Of that number, 55 were brand new to Sterling!

During Wellness Weekend, we celebrated our 18 in 18 Challenge finishers, who completed or averaged 18 classes a month for every month of 2018. Wow!

Everyone received a DRI-FIT pullover embroidered with the studio and challenge logos, and they definitely earned the honor of signing the challenge wall.

Congratulations to everyone who finished this year-long challenge! Congratulations also to Mendy Bornfleth who won the annual membership, and to Christy Lock and Casey Kuluz who each won a Fitbit Charge 3.

If you couldn’t participate in Wellness Weekend or know someone who missed it, please know that our doors are always open!

Our new student intro special is always available–$30 for 30 days of unlimited practice. Plus we also have a great deal for returning students who haven’t practiced with us in six months or more.

Come back or come visit to take part in all of the exciting things happening at Sterling!

 

Christa’s Original Hot Yoga Practice Replaces Need for Knee Surgery

Testimonial | Jan 22, 2019

Yoga Benefits Yoga Testimonial Yoga for Knee Injury Sterling Hot Yoga MobileSometimes yoga testimonials can seem unbelievable. Could yoga really help the body repair itself enough to not need surgery?

But for Christa O’Harrow, it’s quite true. Four years ago when some knee problems flared up after her years of jogging, a friend gave her advice that would change everything.

“I required a knee operation and actually was scheduled for one when a friend suggested I try Bikram yoga instead,” Christa said.

At the time, Bikram Yoga Pensacola had just opened. “Not wanting to have the operation in the first place, I gave it a try,” she said. “The best decision I ever made!”

Not only did her newfound Bikram practice improve her knee problems, but also eliminated the need for the operation.

“I absolutely love the practice,” Christa said. “It’s not only beneficial for my body but also my mind.”

Before she discovered Bikram, Christa practiced hatha yoga and Baron Baptiste hot yoga. About 20 years ago, she sought out yoga for some of the reasons people usually do.

“I needed to improve my posture,” she said. “Sitting bent over a computer most days, along with dealing with a stressful career, I needed some relief.”

And, as usual, yoga provided that and more. “It changes your outlook on life,” Christa said. “For me, I became much happier and more grateful for being alive.”

Less than a year ago, Christa became a beautiful addition to Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness. (She even moved to be closer to us!)

“I moved to Mobile for a number of reasons, one being Sterling Hot Yoga,” she said. After Bikram Yoga Pensacola closed, she found Sterling’s environment to be “friendly and inviting” and the teachers “knowledgeable and helpful.”

Being closer to the studio helps Christa get more of the practice that her body craves.

“Honestly, it’s my lifeline. I need it,” she said. “I travel a lot and my body revolts after missing a week or two of Bikram. My joints ache and my knees act up.  For me, it’s the best way to keep old age at bay.”

Christa had her doubts about whether original hot yoga—the standard 26 postures and two breathing exercises—was the best way to prevent the aches and pains of aging. But, of course, consistency with the practice proved to her otherwise.

She said even the slower pace of the practice encouraged her to come back. “The yoga I practiced before Bikram was fast-paced flow, and as I aged, my ability to move slowed, so Bikram was perfect!”

Christa credits a consistent practice with keeping her “young, mindful and grateful,” and she has some simple advice for new students considering yoga.

“Do yourself a favor and try it,” she said. “Your body and mind will be forever grateful.”

Ready to get started? Click here to sign up for our new member introductory special, just $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice!

18 IN 18 CHALLENGE: Challenge Accepted, Challenge Completed

Announcement | Jan 16, 2019

18 In 18 Challenge SHYWOur 18 in 18 challengers finally made it, and we could not be more proud of their efforts!

We want to acknowledge everyone who signed up. Even if you didn’t finish it, we hope it at least encouraged you to get on your mat more. And if you did that, you did something great for yourself.

On Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:45 p.m. (right after the Happy Hour 60 at 5:30 p.m.), we’ll host a challenge party for those who finished. Cheer them on as they sign the challenge wall, get their DRI-FIT pullovers embroidered with the Sterling logo and challenge logo.

And find out who is going to win the annual membership AND the two Fitbit fitness trackers we’ll give away.

These are the dedicated students who completed at least 18 classes to finish out 2018:

Mendy Bornfleth, 21
Paula Brown, 18
Stacy Galloway, 33
Sheri Granberry, 18
Sujin Kim, 19
Christy Lock, 19
Scott Singleterry, 33
Michelle Wilson, 19

OVERALL CHALLENGE FINISHERS
Mendy Bornfleth
Paula Brown
Robert Carlock
Sheri Granberry
Sujin Kim
Casey Kuluz
Christy Lock
Danny Miller
Scott Singleterry
Michelle Wilson

 

Share Sterling With Your Friends or Come Back and Check Us Out for FREE!

Events | Jan 16, 2019

Wellness Weekend Free Yoga Weekend Open House Sterling Hot Yoga MobileWondering what Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness is all about? Wellness Weekend is your chance to sample everything we have to offer, all for FREE!

Beginning Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m., all of our yoga and Pilates classes will be FREE through Sunday, Jan. 27.

During this time, we’ll also be offering FREE chair massages by one of our resident massage therapists, Arnie Harrison. This will be available on Friday, Jan. 25 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. – Noon.

On Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m., Melanie Kaufman, one our yoga teachers and a holistic health coach, will lead a presentation about “4 Tips to Conscious Eating.” This is a great opportunity to learn how a yoga practice supports mindful eating.

Throughout the weekend, information about some of our additional services will be offered, including reiki healing by Manja Podratz, juicing by Heidi Pritchett, spiritual guidance by Tyloria Crenshaw and Akashic readings with Betsey Grady.

Start your weekend with us on Friday, Jan. 25 with the 5:30 p.m. Original Hot 60-minute yoga class, then stick around for a party at 6:45 p.m. celebrating our amazing students who completed the 18 in 18 challenge last year. They each did at least 18 classes a month for EVERY MONTH of 2018!

Reserve your spot for as many classes as you would like to try during Wellness Weekend. Use your Mind Body login to sign in here and book your  classes online. If you have any problems, just let us know!