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Mel and Chanda Washington Find Strength, Flexibility and Each Other at Sterling

Testimonial | Mar 12, 2019

Mel and Chanda Washington Testimonial - SHYWStrength, balance, flexibility and peace often come to mind when you think of what you could expect to find at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness. But two students found all of that—and each other.

Mel and Chanda Washington were dedicated yogis before they met at Sterling and married in 2017. Both had only ever practiced original hot yoga or the Bikram method before the studio brought them together.

For Mel, as a competitive tennis player and runner, he was looking for something that would help improve his flexibility and fitness. About 17 years ago, he found it.

“I no longer run road races,” he said, “but I still enjoy long bike rides and hot yoga.”

In 2011, Chanda’s childhood dreams of being a dancer were replaced with the gift of yoga.

“I was always drawn to it,” she said of yoga. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a dancer. I didn’t make it, but yoga seemed close. I signed up as a birthday present to myself.”

Not long after then Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile opened in 2010, Mel moved to Mobile from New York City.

“I was looking for a hot yoga studio to continue my practice,” he said. “Lucille (the founder and original owner) welcomed me like family, and it has been like home ever since.”

Chanda was intrigued by the thought of hot yoga. “I am also an athlete and enjoy a good sweat,” she said.

From day one, she was hooked. The first class left her feeling like she could “fly,” she said. “I knew the moment after my first class that I would do this yoga for the rest of my life.”

Though Mel’s reaction to his first class was somewhat different, he was determined to keep coming back.

“My first class was in NYC. I remember how hot and crowded the room was. Within the first 15 minutes, I was on the floor gasping for air,” he said. “However, I stayed in the room and survived my first 90-minute class. I was determined to get better, so yoga became part of my weekly workout regimen.”

That approach has paid off. Mel said his regular practice improves his balance, flexibility and overall fitness, and the desire to improve keeps him coming back.

The most surprising thing he’s learned from his many years of practice is to take the practice one day at a time.

“Every experience or day is different. Accept what your body can do on that day,” he said. Hydrate before class.”

Chanda has experienced greater strength and flexibility through a regular practice, but she gets even more than physical benefits from yoga. “When I am practicing, I am able to calm my mind,” she said.

And it’s that feeling that keeps her coming back. “I need hot yoga in my life,” she said. “The feeling I get after practice is always amazing. It doesn’t matter what is going on in my head or in my body, I always feel better after class.

Like Mel, Chanda has learned patience with herself and her body. “Some days the poses are easy and some days not so easy. I have a very competitive nature.” she said. “I have learned to be easier on myself and remember that yoga is a practice and that every class I show up on my mat is is a good class.”

While the practice provides life-changing benefits, it’s still accessible for first-time students. Every class is a beginner’s class!

“It will change your life! Not only will it change your body, but it will change the way that you think both in and out of the hot room,” Chanda said. “You will be a better person!”

Mel’s advice for first-time students? “Remember to breathe and stay in the room.”

Mel and Chanda said they feel a deep sense of belonging at Sterling.

“SHYW is like family,” Mel said. “They care about your health and well-being.”

Chanda agreed.

“Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile is my happy place! As a regular at Sterling, I feel like I am part of a family, a healthy family that looks out for each other, motivates each other and nurtures each other’s growth,” she said. “It will also always be a special place for me because it is where I met my husband.”  

What can you find at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness? Only one way to find out! Sign up for our new member special. It’s $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice. Click here to get started!

Sweat and Stretch to the Chill Sounds of Pink Floyd in a Special Silent 90!

Events | Mar 04, 2019

Silent Hot Yoga Class to Music Pink FloydThis month we’re setting your yoga experience to music in a special silent Original Hot 90!

Join David Roberts and the sounds of the legendary English musicians of Pink Floyd on Thursday, March 21 at 6:45 p.m.

Breathe, sweat and stretch to the meditative and instrumental lyrics of this progressive rock band.

We recommend that students have completed at least 10 Original Hot Yoga classes before taking this class.

No current membership? No problem! This class is available at a special drop-in rate of only $10. Click here to reserve your spot!

 

2019 Mardi Gras Schedule: So You Can Let the Good Times Roll!

Announcement | Feb 20, 2019

Mardi Gras schedule Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile AL holiday scheduleThe peak of the Mardi Gras season is fast approaching! If you want to take part in these good times — and even if you don’t — we’ll still be here for you.

But we’ll be offering an abbreviated schedule beginning Joe Cain Day, Sunday, March 3 through Fat Tuesday, March 5.

This will give you a chance to enjoy the revelry, but still get some yoga in your schedule. Plus, it will allow our hard-working staff to get a little down time.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! See below for our schedule:

Sunday, March 3 – Joe Cain Day
9:30 AM ONLY – Original Hot 60

Monday, March 4 – Lundi Gras
9:30 AM ONLY – Original Hot 90

Tuesday, March 5 – Fat Tuesday
NO CLASSES

 

Need to Get Your Practice Back on Track? Sign Up for the 40-Day Spring Challenge

Events | Feb 20, 2019

Spring Into ShapeLooking for a reset button on your 2019 goals? We’ve got it!

Join our 40-Day Spring Into Shape Challenge and get your practice back on track!

You can still let the good times roll during Mardi Gras, because this challenge won’t start until after the last moonpie is thrown.

All you have to do is take 30 classes in 40 days, between Wednesday, March 6 and Sunday, April 14.

When you reach that goal, you’ll earn a challenge T-shirt, a spot on the prestigious Challenge Wall AND $10 off a massage with on-site massage therapist Arnie Harrison.

Sign-up cards will be available at the front desk soon!

 

Betsey Grady’s Akashic Reading Helps Woman Find Love

Announcement | Feb 20, 2019

Akashic Records Readings Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile AL

Wondering what an Akashic reading is all about? Read more about it in one of Betsey’s client’s own words!

“My big question was whether or not to keep trying to find a significant other, or to just focus on being happy living the single life. Betsey quickly tuned in and was able to reflect some of my history right off the bat. She pointed out that I’d never officially put it out there (so to speak) that I wanted a relationship.  

“Well, I did that during the session, and shortly thereafter Betsey says, laughing, “I keep getting stuff abot comic books, does that mean anything to you?” It totally did! I love comic books!! (This was especially funny because I wasn’t wearing anything that would have given that away.)  

“Betsey mentions that she keeps picking up on comic books, she sees that there is someone here in the area who would be a match for me, and she then asks me what I think about men with beards. I laugh because (at the time) I was not a particular fan, but she says that there’s a guy in the area who is involved in comic books and has a beard, so I should go to cons or do some cosplay or something to find him.  

“As an aside, she also mentions a new comic shop that she heard has opened up in town, and says she’ll give me directions to find it after the session because the more shops I go to and the more I get involved in the scene the sooner I will meet him.  

“After this, she connected with my late Father, which was very meaningful to me, and we discussed some issues in my family. We actually covered quite a bit during the course of the session, and the time seemed to fly by!   

“After the session she gave me directions to the comic shop, and I went there later that day. I had fun shopping, and ended up having a great time talking to the owner for 2 hours about all sorts of things that day! I left the shop thinking “That guy’s awesome, I wonder if he’s going to introduce me to my soulmate?”

“Of course, it didn’t occur to me that he had a beard until I found myself going back to the shop just about every weekend, each visit having great conversations with the owner, and well, long story short: now we are married. And less than a year after my session with Betsey!  😉 So, yeah, I highly recommend getting a reading with Betsey – if you’re doing your spiritual work and you’re open and ready for what’s next, she will get you the information you need!”

C.W. – Mobile, AL

Click here to schedule your session with Betsey! She’ll be at Sterling Saturday, March 9 from 10:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

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!