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April Brings Guest Teachers, Special Classes to Sterling

Events | Apr 03, 2018

GPHL0281Make plans now to join guest teacher Chris De Vilbiss for a vinyasa class on Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Chris has experienced the transformative power of yoga, and he is excited to share what he has learned from his varied teaching background.

“My teachers are everything and I would not be here without them. I grew up in Maryland and went to Oklahoma to wrestle in university. Afterwards I learned yoga in order to release tension and re-design my self-image.

“During my Ph.D. at the University of Florida, I began to teach yoga. It was easy since I’d taught wrestling and engineering for years. I traveled for work and so I taught where I traveled to. I liked the feedback as a traveling teacher.

“After graduation, I trained yoga in India, and I’ve been on “teaching tour” ever since. One month with Doug Swenson who gave me 200-hr RYT, one month with David Garrigues, one month with BNS Iyengar.”

 

Donation Class for Seth Maness Saturday, April 7

Help make a difference for downtown fixture and Soul Kitchen manager Seth Maness this Saturday, April 7. Sprite will be leading a donation-based 90-minute class at 9:30 a.m.

This class is open to the public, so all are welcome! First-time practitioners should arrive 15-20 minutes before the class begins for registration.

Seth has been diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of appendix cancer. All proceeds will go to the Seth Maness Benefit Fund.

 

90 Minutes of Yin on Sunday, April 15

Do you ever feel like 60 minutes of yin just isn’t enough? If so, we’ve got a special class you’ll definitely want to take!

Join us for 90 MINUTES of yin and meditation on Sunday, April 15 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy the benefits of more time to improve your flexibility and the challenge of maintaining your stillness, breath and mental focus even longer!

This extended version of yin and meditation is an excellent way to set your intention for the new year.

If you have blocks, bolsters or a blanket you’d like to bring to class, please do as props we provide may be limited due to attendance. We can’t wait to share this new format with you!

 

Friday Happy Hour Yoga Continues!

HH Yoga With Friends Class Pic KeneeWe’ve got the healthiest and happiest happy hour in town, and we want to share it!

Join our Happy Hour Yoga with Friends class on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. This Sterling 60 class is FREE to first-timers and anyone who hasn’t practiced with us in six months or more.

Sterling members, bring friends! Even if you’re not a Sterling member right now (or don’t know one), the class is FREE so come on and make new friends!

18 in 18 Challenge: First Quarter Complete!

News | Apr 03, 2018

18 in 18 Yoga Challenge Hot Yoga Challenge Sterling Hot Yoga MobileThe first quarter of the “18 in 18” challenge is complete, and we’ve got quite a few yogis who are still in it to win it!

Three months in, these are the challengers who have averaged 18 classes a month from January through March.

To complete the challenge, all you have to do is average 18 classes per month for 2018. So if you fell a little short, there is plenty of time to catch up!

The students below have completed at least 18 classes in March:

Reid Gilbert, 25 Casey Kuluz, 21
Anne Adams, 24 Mendy Bornfleth, 20
Michelle Wilson, 24 Ellen Harvey, 20
Alison Lancaster, 23 Danny Miller, 20
Sujin Kim, 22 Paula Brown, 19
Sheri Granberry, 21 Stacy Galloway, 18

Those who complete the “18 in 18 Challenge” will be entered to win: an annual membership (1 available) and a fitness tracker (2 available). Everyone who successfully completes it will receive a long-sleeved Dri-Fit pullover with the Sterling logo and 18 In 18 challenge logo.

Keep making 2018 a year to remember! We’re so excited to cheer you on during this milestone challenge!

 

Anne Adams Faced Breast Cancer With the Help of Hot Yoga

Testimonial | Mar 03, 2018

Hot Yoga Benefits Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile Yoga for Cancer Patients Hot Yoga BenefitsNaturally flexible after a childhood and adolescence dedicated to ballet, Anne Adams was drawn to yoga.

More than 20-plus years of vinyasa, power yoga, gentle flows, and prenatal, laughter and breath yoga helped her maintain her flexibility—just as yoga had done for her mother. “My mother does yoga,” Anne said, “and is very flexible at 70.”

Flexibility is one of the top reasons many seek out yoga, along with balance, strength, weight loss and stress reduction.

But more than the flexibility, yoga helped provide Anne the strength and calm to navigate one of the toughest challenges of her life: cancer.

“Yoga helped me prepare for and recover from a bilateral mastectomy,” she said. “I was very diligent in my attendance prior to surgery and recovery to help with my anxiety and to boost the health of my body as much as possible, and it worked.”

She credits her consistent practice for helping her feel strong despite the surgery that left drains in her torso for six weeks.

“My strength from yoga (and Iron Hour and Pilates) helped me to be able to do very basic things that, had I not been so fit, would have made recovery tougher,” she said. “I was able to recover quickly and feel strong again very quickly.”

Physical strength wasn’t all Anne got from yoga. It gave her peace in times of stress, worry or pain.

“I used my yoga breathing to calm myself during doctor’s appointments,” Anne said, “and to quell the anxiety of having cancer with a young child or to deal with pain.”

Still, yoga provided more. Through yoga, Anne also found a compassionate yoga community that enveloped her in love and support before surgery, during recovery and after she returned to her practice.

“The yogis at the studio supported me throughout my breast cancer journey. When I worked so hard in classes working through my anxiety and cried at the end of class in full exhaustion, they let me do it, were comforting to me and let me get it out,” Anne said.

“They set intentions for their classes to send me good vibes while I was out recovering. They sent me pictures of classes in which I was a regular,” she continued. “They were encouraging when I returned and couldn’t quite do everything I was used to being able to do.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society, and there is a 1 in 8 chance that a woman will develop the disease. Not surprisingly, others in Anne’s support group knew what she was facing.

“Unfortunately, some of them had also had cancer, and they had important advice they shared,” she said. “They gave me a lot of fight, courage and strength, while also giving me genuine empathy because they actually understood.”

Anne has since resumed her practice with a passion, but it was getting back to her routine and getting back to her yoga community that fueled her.

“I had never had such a fire to get back to something,” she said. “I believed that the richly oxygenated blood would heal my surgical wounds faster and more thoroughly, and I wanted to prove to myself that I would fight for my health and that I could still be strong after a cancer diagnosis.”

Anne has been a part of the Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile community for more than three years, thanks to repeated invites from her friend Shellene McLean. A back injury forced an exercise hiatus, but when she resumed, she accepted her friend’s invitation and decided to try hot yoga “because it was a way to see her,” Anne said.

“I came back because y’all say to come back within 24 hours. I kept coming back because of the feeling afterwards,” she said. “It was very different from anything else I had done. It’s very hard, but it leaves me with a great feeling.”

That feeling differs from student to student, and sometimes it’s hard to describe. It can refer to the physical, mental, emotional or energetic self. But at the heart of it all is an acceptance of and peace with the present moment.

“Yoga teaches me humility, consistency and patience. And I’m constantly having to learn them again and again,” Anne said. “It teaches me that every class isn’t going to be the same, my balance isn’t going to be the same, nor is my flexibility. Consistency helps, but I have to continuously learn to be patient with the limits of my body.”

Like it did for Anne, yoga holds a wealth of benefits, but you’ll never know what those may be for you until you show up on your mat. “I would encourage others to try yoga to complement their other forms of exercise,” she said, “because in turn they will find so much more.”

Are you ready to find more of what you want in your life? Try our introductory special, $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice. We would love to see you on your mat!

Fascia Release Workshop Scheduled Saturday, March 10

Events | Mar 03, 2018

Fascia Release Workshop Sterling Hot Yoga MobileStill experiencing limited flexibility despite a consistent yoga practice?

Are you looking for a way to improve postural balance and help prevent injury?

Or maybe you’re a beginner and feel like your entire body feels sore and stiff and you are simply looking for a new way to find relief?

Join Manja on Saturday, March 10 from Noon – 2 p.m. for a fascia release workshop.

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles and envelops every part of the body, and injury, trauma, inflammation or poor posture can cause it to tighten.

This workshop is designed to provide you trigger point self-massage and myofascial stretching techniques to help you relax muscles, reduce pain, improve range of motion and much more.

All levels are welcome to attend. No prior knowledge required. All props provided. Cost is $25 per person. Sign up at the studio or by clicking here.

 

Platinum Plus Is Back March 31!

Have you tried our intermediate class yet? It’s a take on the 26/2 sequence from the beginner’s class with intermediate Ghosh postures and others you’ll recognize from vinyasa and yin.

Don’t feel like you have to be advanced to take this class. Just as in all of our other classes, the most important thing is to show up and try!

We recommend that you have practiced the 26/2 sequence for a minimum of three months before taking this class. Your next chance to try  Platinum Plus will be Saturday, March 31 at Noon. This class is offered for a $10 drop-in rate.

 

Friday Happy Hour Yoga Continues!

HH Yoga With Friends Class Pic KeneeWe’ve got the healthiest and happiest happy hour in town, and we want to share it!

Join our Happy Hour Yoga with Friends class on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. This Sterling 60 class is FREE to first-timers and anyone who hasn’t practiced with us in six months or more.

Sterling members, bring friends! Even if you’re not a Sterling member right now (or don’t know one), the class is FREE so come on and make new friends!

 

Get on Track With the Sterling Spring Challenge!

Announcement | Mar 03, 2018

30 Day Yoga Challenge Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile Benefits of YogaNow that you’ve had time to laissez les bons temps rouler for another Mardi Gras season, it’s time to recommit to your practice. What better way than with a challenge!

Our 30-day spring challenge started March 1, but there’s plenty of time to sign up! Between now and April 14, commit to taking 30 classes to earn your spot on the Sterling Challenge Wall and a Sterling Challenge T-shirt.

Complete the challenge and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of three FREE mat and towel combos, plus you’ll get all the benefits that come with a consistent practice!

Challenge cards are available now at the front desk, so sign up today! (If you’re working on your 18 in 18 Challenge, your classes count toward BOTH challenges.)

 

18 IN 18 CHALLENGE UPDATE: Two Months Down, 10 to Go!

We are so proud of all our “18 in 18” challengers who are practicing on a regular basis! There are others who didn’t make the list this month because we’re posting only the names each month of the students who reached the 18-class mark.

To complete the challenge, all you have to do is average 18 classes per month for 2018. So if you fell a little short, there is plenty of time to catch up!

The students below have completed at least 18 classes in February:

Darlene Arnold, 23 Paula Brown, 18
Reid Gilbert, 20 Stacy Galloway, 18
Sheri Granberry, 20 Alison Lancaster, 18
Casey Kuluz, 20 Christy Lock, 18
Sujin Kim, 20 Danny Miller, 18
Mendy Bornfleth, 19 Michelle Wilson, 18
Ellen Harvey, 19

If you’re a little behind and you need some incentive to catch up, sign up for the 30-Day Sterling Spring Challenge! Classes can count toward more than one challenge (such as during spring and fall 30-day challenges).

Those who complete the “18 in 18 Challenge” will be entered to win: an annual membership (1 available) and a fitness tracker (2 available). Everyone who successfully completes it will receive a long-sleeved Dri-Fit pullover with the Sterling logo and 18 In 18 challenge logo.

Make 2018 a year to remember! We’re excited to help encourage you toward completing this awesome goal!

 

Why Yoga and Massage Are Best Enjoyed Together!

News | Mar 03, 2018

Massage and Yoga Benefits of MassageThe combination of yoga with massage is an exceptional blend of healthfulness of mind and body.

Many people who make use of this combination will often discuss between themselves the benefits of massage before or after yoga.

Before yoga, massage can help relax the body and mind, allowing you to let go of the day’s distractions, while providing a more focused yoga session.

Concentration just may become easier in those intense poses!

Massage after a yoga session is magical. This is one of the most relaxing and tranquil states of mind you can experience.

Your muscles are warm and flexible, allowing the therapist to work deeply, stretching warm muscles and providing passive stretching (highly underrated in my book!)–all with less discomfort.

Be sure to schedule plenty of leisure time afterwards; you’ll want to enjoy this peaceful feeling as long as possible. Consider a warm stone add-on to deepen the bliss.

Are you ready to experience the luxurious combination of yoga and massage? Be sure to practice regularly, and schedule an appointment with Arnie at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile by contacting him at 251-533-6048 or arnie615@hotmail.com.

 

Danny Miller Experiences Benefits, Community Through Hot Yoga

Testimonial | Feb 03, 2018

DannyMiller SHYW Testimonial hot yoga benefitsThe thought of practicing yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees and regulated at 40 percent humidity can be an intimidating one for many people. But for Danny Miller, that was part of the intrigue.

“I was curious about ‘hot’ yoga, and I was looking for a challenge and a good sweat,” he said.

Now, six-and-a-half years later, Danny can safely say that hot yoga has become a way of life.

His journey into yoga began simply enough—he was looking for an exercise that was less stressful on his bones and joints. And in the hot room, he found it.

The sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced in original hot yoga is meant to be as restorative as it is strengthening.

The precise order of the postures in the heat offers multiple benefits, such as restoring range of motion to joints, healing chronic pain and relieving stress.

From a consistent practice, Danny has experienced improved flexibility, increased stamina, a stronger immune system, less inflammation and a better mental state. But that’s not the only thing that keeps him coming back to the hot room.

“The continued improvement in my flexibility and strength, and overall health,” he said. “And the new friends I’ve made along the way.”

Though he describes yoga as a “huge part” of his lifestyle, he said he still sees progress in his mental and physical toughness each year, and that’s been a pleasant, but surprising realization.

Danny remembers that the first class can be scary and intimidating, and, yes, it is really hot! But making the commitment to try can be the hardest, though most important part.

Beyond that, he did have some words of advice for the first-time student: “Just go in with no expectations,” he said,” and listen to your body.”

In Danny’s nearly seven years with Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile, he’s seen growth and transformation—from name changes to class offerings to ownership. But one fundamental thing has stayed the same.

“There’s an energetic atmosphere that everyone feeds off of,” he said, “allowing one to push further and to take their practice to the next level.”

Do you want to be a part of what Danny is talking about? Try our introductory special, just $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice, and you can experience what our yoga community has to offer!

Sterling Mardi Gras Schedule, Specials Announced

Announcement | Feb 03, 2018

SHYWMMardiGrasAlong the Gulf Coast, we know all about letting the good times roll this time of year!

To give you an opportunity to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities, we’ll be offering an abbreviated schedule as the season rolls along.

Sunday, Feb. 11 – Joe Cain Day
9:30 a.m. – Sterling 60 ONLY

Monday, Feb. 12 – Lundi Gras
Regular Schedule ALL DAY

Tuesday, Feb. 13 – Fat Tuesday
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!
ALL CLASSES CANCELLED

In the spirit of the season, we’re also offering 20 percent off all purple and green Sterling mats now through Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Purchase yours today!

 

18 in 18 Challenge: One Month Down, 11 to Go!

Announcement | Feb 03, 2018

18 in 18 Yoga Challenge Hot Yoga Challenge Sterling Hot Yoga MobileDid you make a commitment to yourself and your practice this year?

We’re trying to help you stay focused on that goal with our special “18 in 18 Challenge!”

So far, more than 65 students have signed up for the year-long challenge that encourages you to take 18 classes EACH MONTH of the year!

The students below have completed (or are on track to) at least 18 classes in January:
Sheri Granberry, 24 Danny Miller, 19
Darlene Arnold, 23 Paula Brown, 18
Sujin Kim, 23 Ellen Harvey, 18
Mendy Bornfleth, 22 Alison Lancaster, 18
Reid Gilbert, 22 Stacy Galloway, 18
Casey Kuluz, 21 Katie Vogtner, 18
Anne Adams, 19
You’ll complete the challenge as long as you average 18 classes a month for the year–that’s 216 total! Classes can count toward more than one challenge (such as during spring and fall 30-day challenges).

Those who complete the “18 in 18 Challenge” will be entered to win: an annual membership (1 available) and a fitness tracker (2 available). Everyone who successfully completes it will receive a long-sleeved Dri-Fit pullover with the Sterling logo and 18 In 18 challenge logo.

Make 2018 a year to remember! We’re excited to help encourage you toward completing this awesome goal! (And if you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time!)

 

New Schedule, New Publix Coming Soon!

Announcement | Feb 03, 2018

Midtown Publix Development Midtown Mobile Sterling Hot YogaChange is in the air! Sights and sounds of construction have been ever present around the studio for months now.

Very soon we will welcome new neighbors! Publix is scheduled to open on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and other tenants in the development, such as Rock N Roll Sushi, Taco Mama, G. Harvell Mens Clothier and other great businesses will help bring new life into our little corner on Old Shell Road.

We are excited that this new development will increase our visibility and improve parking–just to name a few!

Thank you for your patience as construction continues and the area undergoes its transformation. It’s a great time to be a part of Midtown Mobile, and we eagerly anticipate what the future holds for Sterling Hot Yoga!

 

New Schedule Effective Monday, Feb. 19

In keeping with this spirit of change, stay tuned because we’re going to release an updated schedule featuring more of what you asked for in our recent survey!

Some general updates include changing the start of evening classes to allow more of you to attend. Our 5:15 p.m. classes will now begin at 5:30 p.m., and our 6:30 p.m. classes will now begin at 6:45 p.m.

You can also expect to see more 90-minute classes, more vinyasa and more weekend afternoon classes. This schedule will go into effect Monday, Feb. 19!