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Coastal Contours Grand Opening Set for Thursday, July 18 at Sterling

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Coastal Contours and Wellness Grand Opening Open House Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALCoastal Contours & Wellness invites you to attend a grand opening on Thursday, July 18 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. to celebrate a NEW Prism Light Pod, Whole Body Photobiomodulation system.

Coastal Contours & Wellness specializes in all-natural, non-invasive health and wellness products and procedures to keep you looking and feeling your best.

Coastal Contours features ultrasound cavitation for body contouring and Prism Light Pod, whole-body cold laser therapy for performance recovery, chronic pain reduction, anti-aging and weight management.

Don’t miss the open house to learn more about how ultrasound cavitation can help you lose unwanted fat and cellulite and how Photobiomodulation can improve your quality of living in so many ways. 

RSVP to (251) 751-2073.

One 90-Minute Class and Teddy Ward ‘Was Hooked’ on Hot Yoga

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Benefits of Hot Yoga Yoga Testimonial Sterling Hot Yoga MobileIn October 2010, Teddy Ward took the original 90-minute hot yoga class for the first time at a new studio in town, then called Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile. He’d practiced vinyasa and slow flow for about 10 years prior, but he’d never experienced anything like the 90.

“After my first class, I was drenched in sweat, my forearms, wrists and elbows hurt, and my heart was beating so fast and my face was flushed. I didn’t think I’d ever cool down. I was worn out,” he said. “But I noticed an hour and a half later and even into the next day I had such focus and energy. I was able to cook dinner, complete tasks and prepare for the next day in a flow state. I went back the next evening for my second class.”

In the almost nine years since that first class, Teddy said some of the many benefits of his practice have included increased flexibility, balanced strength, joint comfort, peace of mind, weight loss, increased aerobic stamina and improved posture.

It was much more than he expected when he first considered trying yoga. “I needed to lose weight, and I needed to stretch,” Teddy said. “Prior to yoga, I did a lot of weight lifting but no stretching.”

Choosing what is now Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness was easy. “Sterling was and still is the first studio of its kind in Mobile,” he said. “I had never experienced the 90-minute heated series before my first class and I was hooked.” 

It didn’t take long for Teddy to consider becoming a teacher. About a year after he took his first 90, he was signed up for Bikram’s Yoga Teacher Training in Fall 2011. 

After all this time, the 90 is still Teddy’s favorite class. “It’s so complete, he said. “It’s a workout for my mind, body and spirit. When I’m done, I feel so relaxed and complete energized at the same time.”

But even more than the physical, mental and emotional benefits of his practice, Teddy said that, most surprisingly, the discipline he learned through yoga changed his life.

“Sometimes practicing yoga is like a storm that must be weathered. At times my egoic mind wants to go places my body is not ready for, and I have to take a step back and take a breath and continue on and do the things so can do with precision and intensity,” he said. “The things I can’t do…I can attempt. It’s more about the experience of the attempt than any particular outcome. I focus more how I feel on the inside rather than how it looks on the outside. 

“This has translated off my yoga mat and into my life. The experience and the work of life is the reward itself,” he continued. “In that respect, everything is yoga to me.”

Teddy, who also enjoys a career as a hairdresser, is able to stave off neck and shoulder pain, and discomfort in his wrists, hands and hips—the typical aches that come with the profession.  

“The second part of awkward pose even takes care of my toes,” he said, “so I’m able to stand on my feet for longer periods of time without cramping.”

As a teacher, Teddy is often asked advice on where beginners should start. “My answer is always the same: start where you’re at and go from there. Just START!” 

The 90-minute class is a great place to begin as it includes two sets of each posture, allowing students more time to become familiar with the postures. Plus, everything is within the natural range of motion. 

“I think the thing to overcome is not the heat or the teacher or the postures, but all the thoughts and reactions and things we tell ourselves about it,” he said. “Just get your ass to yoga class! The longer you wait, the more time you waste.”

Take Teddy’s advice! Sign up for our 30-day new member special here. It’s just $30, and it includes all of the classes we offer—including the original 90-minute class! 

 

Sterling Summer Bingo Challenge: Blackout Prizes Announced!

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Sterling Summer Challenge Bingo Prizes Grand Prizes Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALWe hope you’ve been enjoying the prizes you’re earning along the way, but there’s still plenty of time to get more stamps. The challenge ends Wednesday, July 31!

If you blackout your card, not only will you earn a challenge T-shirt, but you’ll get an exclusive discount on our Sterling water bottles–$13.95 plus tax!

You’ll also be entered to win one of two great prizes from Coastal Contours and Wellness, Grand prize is an Ultrasound Body Contouring Treatment ($145 value) or a Photobiomodulation Treatment ($35 value) that offers performance recovery, chronic pain management and so much more!

Keep practicing and keep playing!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! It’s Even More Important in the Summer!

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Importance of Hydration Summer Hydration Hydration and Hot YogaStaying hydrated is essential if you regularly practice our hot yoga and Pilates classes. But in the summer, it becomes even more important.

Adequate hydration helps the heart pump more efficiently, optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, aids in digestion and more.

When practicing at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, we recommend drinking a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces (even more in the summer!) at least 40 minutes before class begins.

Drinking water is one of the best ways to stay hydrated. But you can get hydrated in other ways, such as by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Coconut water and other electrolyte replacements may help you bounce back after an especially hot day and/or yoga or Pilates session.

Some other tips to stay hydrated, even in the Gulf Coast summer heat:

– Invest in a reusable water bottle. Invest in a reusable water bottle. Keep it filled and close by, and take regular water breaks throughout the day. 

– Set water consumption goals daily and stick to them! Set water consumption goals and stick to them! It may help to set a schedule just to keep you on track.

– Infuse your water with flavor to make it more appealing. If the taste of water gets too boring, boost it with the addition of fresh fruit, like limes, lemons, berries, cucumbers and the like.

We’ve got great hydration options at the studio just for you! Whether you need water, coconut water, Ultima electrolyte replacement or delicious WTRMLN WTR, we’ve got you covered to keep up your hydration or help you replenish after class! 

Sterling July 4th Holiday Schedule

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Holiday Schedule July 4th Schedule Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile Mobile ALJuly 4th is coming up next week, so in honor of the holiday, no classes will be scheduled next Thursday to allow our staff and our students a break.

We’ll be back to our regular schedule bright and early Friday morning with the Original Hot 60 at 6:15 a.m.

From everyone at Sterling, we wish each of you a safe and relaxing Independence Day. We look forward to seeing you back in the hot room on Friday!

 

You STILL Have Time to Sign Up and Play Bingo!

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Sterling Summer Bingo Challenge Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALAre you having fun playing bingo? You can still get in on the Sterling Summer Bingo Challenge!

Remember, you have until Wednesday, July 31 to get as many stamps on your card as possible.

As you collect rows or columns of stamps on your card, you’ll earn little prizes along the way, such as one stick of Ultima electroylte replacement, one WTRMLN WTR or coconut water, a FREE class pass for a friend, one month of UNLIMITED kangen water and a T-shirt when you complete the card.

Everyone who blacks out every square on their card will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a chance to win even bigger prizes!

Cards are available at the front desk! If you haven’t signed up yet, do it! If you’re playing bingo and you feel like you’ve gotten behind, you have plenty of time to jump back in!

 

Happy Hour Yoga With Friends AND Free Sushi!

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Happy Hour Yoga With Friends RNR SushiEvery Friday at 5:30 p.m., we celebrate “happy hour” at Sterling. It’s a little different than what you’d expect, but we want you to experience an hour of health and happiness–it’s what we serve!

This special class is open to your friends, family–anyone who’s never practiced with us before.

Even if it’s been a while (six months or more) since you joined us for a class, it’s free for you too!

Once a month, our Happy Hour Yoga also includes FREE sushi from our neighbors Rock N Roll Sushi Midtown!

On Friday, June 28, you–or a friend–can check out Sterling for free and enjoy some free sushi with us after class.

It’s a great way to get your weekend started. Please join us!

10 Reasons to Keep Up Your Practice This Summer!

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Reasons to Practice Hot Yoga in Summer Benefits of Practicing Yoga in Summer Sterling Hot Yoga“But it’s so hot outside!” We get it! Mobile is known for being super hot, super humid and super rainy (usually all three in a very short span of time).

But maintaining a regular practice when it’s just as hot outside is really good for you. Here’s 10 reasons why!

1. Strengthen your heat tolerance. Keep your cool outside of the hot room, literally.

2. Get fit for summer activities. If you spend more time outside running, playing golf, throwing a Frisbee, etc., you’ll have more strength and stamina.

3. Make progress in your practice. If you’re body is already warmed up, thanks to Mother Nature, you won’t need as much time to loosen up in the hot room.

4. It will keep you hydrated! Yes, you need more water (electrolytes too!) in the summer to bounce back.

5. You’ll make healthier eating choices. When you feel good, you’ll take better care of yourself!

6. Be better prepared for your next class. The heat prolongs the flexibility and relaxation you’ve achieved, so you’re body is ready to practice!

7. Keep your body and mind energized. We’re not saying you shouldn’t relax, but yoga can help you kick that sluggish summer feeling.

8. Spend more time with your yoga family. Being around a positive community like ours is good for your soul.

9. Get over the fear of the “fall return.” If you’ve maintained your practice, you’re already there!

10. Yoga is never a bad idea. If you’re tired, stressed, anxious, busy, show up anyway.

Ready to come back? We’ve got specials just for you!

 

June Karma Cause, International Day of Yoga Supports Alzheimer’s Association

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June Karma Cause Alzheimer's Association Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile AL International Day of YogaOn this year’s International Day of Yoga, Friday, June 21, we’re partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts to together fight the darkness of this disease.

We want to share our yoga with our community, so we’re opening up all of our classes on this day for FREE to the public with a donation to our efforts in “The Longest Day” fundraiser supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.

On this day, the summer solstice–the longest day of the year–organizations and people across the world will join together in creating a light so bright that it outshines the darkness of Alzheimer’s.

Join us for any class on Friday, June 21–check out our schedule here–and make your donation at the studio or online here.

Current Sterling members are also welcome to contribute to our Junekarma cause. (Plus, if you’re participating in the Summer Bingo Challenge, you’ll get a stamp on your card for your donation!)

Mandi Cameron Finds Transformation in Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates

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Yoga Pilates Transformation Before and After Workout Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALMandi Cameron admits she was unhappy, but she was more determined to make positive changes in her life. When she saw that Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness was offering an open house almost three years ago, she “jumped at the opportunity to try two free classes.”

“After the birth of my youngest daughter, I was extremely unhappy with not just my appearance, but my overall health,” she said.

It didn’t take long for her to decide she wanted to commit to Sterling. After the first class she took during that open house weekend, Mandi said, “I went straight to the front desk to sign up!”

That was almost three years ago, and her progress has been significant—in many ways.

“Most people probably don’t remember when I first became a member at Sterling,” she said. “I had not worked out consistently in years. I had just had my second child and my body was most certainly not in shape.

“I was so unhappy,” she admitted. “I hated taking pictures and I feared seeing anyone I knew out. I wanted change.”

Mandi found the change she wanted—and a lot more—by consistently practicing Inferno Hot Pilates and vinyasa flow.

“Honestly, a consistent practice at Sterling helped me to believe in myself. Every class, I try to take the opportunity to be a little better than the class before, stretch deeper, let go, push harder,” she said. “I never considered myself to be athletic, but Sterling has brought out the fitness fanatic in me!”

Sterling was an easy choice for Mandi. It’s only a couple of minutes away from her house, and the benefits she’s experienced—overall improved mood, greater flexibility that enhances her weightlifting, and ability to focus and stay in the present—are worth it!

When asked what keeps her coming back to practice, she sums it up in one word. “Um…sanity! Well, that was what kept me coming at first…that and sheer determination!,” she said. “The quick results you see sure help your drive to come as well. I absolutely love the feeling of sweating everything out— toxins, bad energy, a day that didn’t go right. I ALWAYS feel better after a class. I’ve never regretted taking a class for sure!”

If the process seems too easy, Mandi assured that it hasn’t been. “It was hard. There were a lot of early mornings in the cold, late nights rolling out my sore muscles, begrudgingly making healthier choices,” she said. “But I completely finally fell in love with working out and—MOST IMPORTANTLY—I fell in love with my own skin. Working out wasn’t a chore, but an opportunity to prove to myself what my body—what I—am capable of.”

For that, she credits Inferno Hot Pilates, one of Sterling’s most popular classes that is a bootcamp style, high intensity interval workout, for making her “absolutely fall in love with working out.”

“That hour I carved out for myself where I didn’t have to think about my to do list, what I needed to do for everyone else, just an hour to push myself to the limits while barely hanging on—it was everything I never knew I needed. And it didn’t stop there!,” she said. “Everything I had ever tried before at the gym that I hated? I started loving it. I can’t stop trying new lifts, new classes, learning new things.”

It should come as no surprise that Mandi is now an Inferno Hot Pilates teacher. She pours her heart and soul into every class, just like she does as a student, and everyone loves her and the challenging, but rewarding workouts she leads.

Because of her own journey, Mandi encourages others to try yoga at Sterling. “I think a lot of people are intimidated by the heat. I tell them to embrace it and use it to detoxify their spirit,” she said. “Also, everyone is so encouraging and that there are all levels in every class. You’re so focused on your personal practice that  no one is looking around, so don’t feel embarrassed or like you’re being scrutinized…. We’re all just trying to make it through, I promise no one noticed you fall out of a pose!”

Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness offers a new member special, $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice, to encourage everyone to experience all of our classes. But don’t expect the change you want to happen right away.

“Transformation is a slow journey. Real change is not a quick fix, but day after day of consistency, hard work and commitment. It’s also not linear. Everyone gets in a rut—we’re human!

“Honor yourself, make time for yourself every day, and if you’re unhappy like I was, make a decision right now to do something about it,” Mandi said, “or better yet, come try a class with me!”

For just $30, you can take a class with Mandi or any one of our other great instructors at Sterling. Click here to sign up and take the first step of your own transformation!