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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!

18 In 18 Challenge Update: Stay Focused on the Prize(s)!

Announcement | May 04, 2018

The “18 in 18” Challenge is entering its fifth month, and we’ve still got several yogis with their eyes on the prize(s)! And they are good ones!

Of course, the chance to win an annual membership is the main draw, but the two available Fitbit fitness tracker runner-up prizes aren’t too shabby either!

Everyone who successfully completes 18 classes each month (or averages 18 classes a month for the year) gets a really cool Dri-FIT pullover.

But the best prize of all is the satisfaction of maintaining a consistent and regular practice. It’s an amazing achievement!

So if you’ve fallen a little short for a month or more, there is plenty of time to catch up! Several of you are well within reach of getting on track to finish the year with 216 classes!

These Sterling yogis completed at least 18 classes in April:

Sheri Granberry, 24 Paula Brown, 18
Mendy Bornfleth, 20 Reid Gilbert, 18
Lauren Hutto, 20 Sujin Kim, 18
Christy Lock, 19 Casey Kuluz, 18

Congrats, 30-Day Spring Challengers!

Announcement | May 04, 2018

30 Day Challenge T-Shirt 2018 SpringWe all get busy, right? Between family, work and social activities, sometimes it’s hard to fit yoga into our schedules.

But if you’ve made a commitment to your practice at one time or another, then you know how special it is (and feels!) to maintain a consistent and regular practice.

That’s why we offer you several challenge opportunities throughout the year!

Our 30-Day Spring Challenge just wrapped up, and our “18 in 18” Challenge is ongoing. But there is nothing stopping you from starting now and making a commitment to yourself to practice three, four or more times a week!

Whether it’s a studio-wide or personal challenge, the Sterling staff is here to support and encourage you every step of the way. And if you have questions or need motivation, ask any one of these dedicated yogis who just completed 30 days of sweat, stretch and transformation in the spring challenge!

Robert Carlock, 42 Lauren Hutto, 30
Reid Gilbert, 35 Sujin Kim, 30
Sheri Granberry, 32 Christy Lock, 30
Casey Kuluz, 32 Danny Miller, 30
Mendy Bornfleth, 31 Scott Singleterry, 30
Paula Brown, 31 Jamie Wilson, 30
Jemimah Chen, 30 Michelle Wilson, 30
Stacy Galloway, 30 Chad Wood, 30

Phillip Ward Finds Low Back Pain Relief and More at Sterling

Testimonial | Apr 03, 2018


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Phillip Ward, once an avid weightlifter and CrossFitter, was looking for something to soothe his low back pain when he found Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile.

“I was into weightlifting for about 10 years and began to practice CrossFit for a little over a year before I came to Sterling,” he said. “I started having discomfort in my lower back and thought that integrating yoga into my strength training routine would be a good way to relieve some of the physical pain.”

After just a few yoga sessions, Phillip said the pain went away. As he incorporated Iron Hour and Inferno Hot Pilates—some of Sterling’s popular strength-training classes—into his practice, he realized he found something special.

“I felt that I had found a routine that benefited the entire body—from head to toe, inside and out,” he said. “It wasn’t long before I cancelled my CrossFit membership and focused my time and energy in the hot room.”

Phillip has been a consistent practitioner at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile for two years, and he took that dedication to the next level last year when he became a Hot Pilates teacher. Exercises in his classes are challenging, no doubt influenced by his strong fitness background.

Even as a student, Phillip has gained more from his practice than physical strength. “I feel stronger, physically and mentally,” he said. “I have more energy during the day (when I need it) and I sleep like a baby. My attitude is more positive, and I am a much more pleasant person to be around (especially in the mornings).”

The emphasis on the present moment in yoga or the concentration and focus in other classes have made an impact on Phillip’s mindset off the mat.

“Small things no longer bother me,” he said. “I approach larger obstacles in life with a clearer head and make much better decisions.”

A consistent practice, Phillip said, has led to him feeling “stronger, more confident and happier” in his everyday life, and he described those feelings as being “contagious.”

As a student and teacher, Phillip has diligently worked as an ambassador for Sterling, encouraging friends and family alike to attend classes and experience the positive benefits they hold.

After all, that’s how he got his start at Sterling in the first place. Thanks to one of his best friends who was a teacher at the studio, Phillip tried a class and has been practicing regularly ever since.

“When a class ends I am already looking forward to the next one. I find that I can hold a posture a little longer, I can balance a bit better, and I can breathe deeper into a pose with less effort in each class,” he said. “It just kind of clicks. I love it. It’s like a drug for me.”

Understanding that not everyone may take to the yoga practice like he did, Phillip did have some words of advice for new students. “Don’t give up after the first class,” he said. “To truly experience yoga, you may need stick with it for a while. You might find that it’s not your cup of tea, and that’s fine, but you’ll never know the benefits if you give up after one or two classes.”

Even if one class doesn’t resonate, Sterling has a variety of options, ranging from heated to unheated. Some classes are ideal for building strength; others are recommended for improving flexibility.

“Try to attend each one at least once to see if there is one class that suits you the best,” he said. “I find that each one offers a different experience, but they all fit together like pieces of a puzzle.”

To get started at Sterling, first-time students can take advantage of our $30-for-30-day introductory special. Sign up here to begin your yoga journey with us!

Wellness Weekend Open House (FREE YOGA!) This Month

Events | Apr 03, 2018
Wellness WeekendWant to share your love of Sterling with a friend or family member? Invite them to our Wellness Weekend Open House!

This FREE event kicks off on Friday, April 20 with our 5:30 p.m. Happy Hour class and continues through Sunday.

During this time, ALL classes are FREE! Plus, we’ll have representatives from local businesses and organizations who support our mission of health, wellness and healing.

We’re excited to welcome Betty Motes, who will deliver an interactive presentation on the importance of proper spine alignment; and Ginger Dunaway, a certified life coach who will discuss how she can help clients find balance, clarity and fulfillment in their lives.

Representatives from Veterans Recovery Resources, a community-based mental wellness program for veterans, and The Health Hut, a local source for quality vitamins, supplements, organic foods, essential oils and more, will also be available to provide information about their services.

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!