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February 2020

Sterling Changed Tyloria Crenshaw’s Life in Multiple Ways

By Testimonial

Like many people when they seek out yoga, Tyloria Crenshaw was looking for something to help relieve stress when she discovered Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness in 2011. 

“I had gone through some life changes, and one of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said. “I saw a story on Today about Bikram yoga. I googled and found a studio in Mobile. I called Lucille, went by the studio and the rest, as they say, is history!”

Tyloria hadn’t practiced yoga prior to her start at Sterling, but the initial results were enough to keep her coming back! 

“When I first started, I dropped about 2 dress sizes and came off several medications,” she said. “Now that I have a consistent practice, my doctor just tells me to keep doing what I’m doing.”

But Tyloria didn’t stop there. 

“My friends encouraged me to share this [before and after] after so many people were shocked by my previous photo. The one on the left was taken Sept. 12; the one on the right Dec. 31,” she said. “What did I do? A major lifestyle change! I changed my eating, took a good long look at myself and stepped up my yoga practice. I made it through the holidays and gallbladder surgery and still managed to lose more than 20 pounds!”

Among those changes were giving up sugar, stepping up her yoga practice with the help of Sterling’s 2020 year-long yoga challenge and regularly using red light therapy with Coastal Contours & Wellness.

“I have lost 31 lbs since September, 4 inches off my waist and I’m building muscle in my legs and arms,” she said. “I’m so grateful for this challenge and this yoga. I’m committed to my healthiest self!”

Seeing those results is part of what keeps Tyloria motivated to keep practicing. 

“I see the changes in my body and my health overall, and everyone is always so positive and encouraging,” she said. “I get support from people as soon as I walk in the door. After a while, your body gets used to it and starts to crave the stretching, breathing and sweating. It’s great stress relief, it’s meditation and relaxation. I don’t have ANY trouble sleeping!”

But it wasn’t always as easy as Tyloria makes it seem now, going on nine years after she started practicing. 

“My first class was a 90-minute class, and it was taught by a visiting teacher,” she said. “It was challenging, but it was something I wanted to do. With every posture, I kept thinking ‘I’m going to learn this; I’m going to do this; I’m going to get this!’

“I wasn’t’ discouraged—just determined,” she said. “It was hot and I kept looking for ways to cool off. I was wiping sweat! But after a while, I was so focused on what I was trying to do, I didn’t worry about sweat or anything else.”

Along with Tyloria’s determination, staying focused on her newfound yoga practice was easier because Sterling was close by, convenient and it offered a flexible schedule. 

“Most of all,” she said, “ everyone was so friendly and positive. Even when I was feeling down, no matter what was going on with my day, I would be so glad to get the studio. It is truly my happy place!”

Since practicing consistently, Tyloria has noticed major changes in her body and mind, but she’s most surprised at the smaller changes that happen by being dedicated to showing up on her mat often. 

“I’m surprised by the way my body responds in small ways,” she said. “Maybe deeper breathing, greater stretching, lengthening and expanding. I’m building muscle and feeling and looking leaner. I’m amazed that I can put my leg over my head in standing bow (my daughter begs me not to tell people that) and that I finally can touch my forehead to the floor between my feet!”

Getting started can be intimidating for new students, but Tyloria said it doesn’t have to be because yoga is “equal opportunity.” 

“Anybody can do it! You don’t need special skills or equipment,” she said. The hardest part is getting in the room—just do it! You will get so much support from teachers and other students. It is the most positive, encouraging thing you can do for yourself. Your body will thank you and your mind will be grateful!”

But perhaps the biggest impact Sterling has had on Tyloria’s life is influencing her to become a yoga teacher. 

“Even as a teacher, I feel that my first responsibility is to a consistent yoga practice,” she said.

“I owe it to myself and to my students. I think the students are encouraged by it and I think it makes me a better teacher because I’m right there with them. Bottom line is that I believe I should ‘practice’ what I preach!”

Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness changed Tyloria’s life in many ways, and it can change yours too. To get started, sign up here for our 30-day intro and get unlimited classes for just $30! 

 

Spring Into Transformation with Our 30-Day Challenge

By Events

After the city’s biggest party has ended, it’s understandable that you may have the “good times” roll. (We’re not judging.) 

But if you want to get your practice and your body back on track, join our Spring Into Transformation 30-Day Challenge! 

To complete it, take 30 classes in 40 days to earn a Sterling challenge T-shirt, a spot on the prestigious challenge wall and have a chance to win cool prizes. 

Sign up now at the front desk! Classes can count toward the 30-Day and 2020 challenges for students doing both!

 

Mask On or Off, Love the Skin You’re In with This Deal on Two OxyGeneo Facials

By Announcement

Now that Mardi Gras is over, don’t hide behind those ornate masks. Show off your beautiful skin!

Coastal Contours & Wellness is making that possible with one of their March specials.

For a limited time, purchase two OxyGeneo facials for less than $120 each. Two treatments must be purchased to take advantage of this price. 

The OxyGeneo facial offers three treatments in one: exfoliation, infusion and oxygenation.

The benefits include: plumper skin; improved hydration; brighter skin; reduced appearance of pores; improved skin texture; and reduced hyperpigmentation.

Get more beautiful skin here before this deal is gone!

 

Fusion Pilates Now on Mondays at 8:15 AM

By Announcement

Fusion Pilates is a great way to strengthen your core, but that includes more than your abs!

Yes, you’ll get a challenging workout there too, but you’ll also work on strong arms and a strong spine.

Join us at Sterling on Mondays at 8:15 a.m. to build long, lean muscles, and tone and strengthen your body.

Please note that Monday’s Inferno Hot Pilates class has moved to Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m.

With this change, you’ll have the chance to take a class EVERY DAY at 8:15 a.m., and you can choose from Fusion Pilates, Inferno Hot Pilates and Iron Hour. All of these classes are excellent ways to get stronger this year!

Click here to reserve your spot in any Fusion Pilates class this month for just $10. See you on Mondays

 

Unwind With a Massage from On-Site Therapist Arnie Harrison

By Announcement

Balance your practice and your life’s demands by treating yourself to a massage from our on-site massage therapist, Arnie Harrison. 

Arnie is a gifted massage therapist offering services including reflexology, crania-sacral therapy, deep tissue therapy and warm stone massage. 

With more than 18 years of experience practicing massage in the United States and Costa Rica, Arnie adds a lot of value to our Sterling team.

Treat yourself or someone else to a massage with Arnie Harrison, our on-site massage therapist. Get gift certificates for 60-minute sessions or 90-minute sessions here. 

To set up an appointment, contact Arnie at 251-533-6048.

 

Who’s Sweating for Tacos? Our Taco Mama Promotion is ONGOING!

By Announcement

When you practice at Sterling, don’t forget to get your Taco Mama card punched at the front desk!

For every five classes you take with us, you can save 10 percent on your bill at Taco Mama.

And once you complete one card, remember to ask us for another one. That’s right, this promotion is ONGOING!

We hope you’re enjoying sweating for tacos with us. We teamed up with Taco Mama to give you an incentive to practice and because it’s a fun way for the best of Mobile to support each other.

Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness earned the 2019 Nappie Award for Best Yoga Studio in Mobile, and Taco Mama earned the 2019 Nappie for the Best New Restaurant in Mobile.

If you haven’t started working toward your first Taco Mama discount yet, ask for your card when you come in to practice. They’re available at the front desk!

 

2020 Mardi Gras Schedule Announced

By Announcement

The good times are about to get rolling here in the birthplace of Mardi Gras, especially heading into the final weekend of the season!

We’ll be offering an abbreviated schedule beginning Sunday, Feb. 23 or as we know it here in Mobile as Joe Cain Day.

You’ll have two opportunities on the morning of Joe Cain Day and Lundi Gras, Monday, Feb. 24 to stay on track with your practice (and your challenge!).

No classes are scheduled on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 25. Enjoy the day soaking up the last bit of Mardi Gras or enjoy a day of rest!

See you bright and early on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, when we return to our regular schedule!

 

Free Class for Someone You Love This Valentine’s Day at Sterling!

By Announcement

Bring your Valentine, your mom, your dad or your BFF to Sterling on Friday, Feb. 14, and your guest can practice for FREE!

We know it’s easy to fall in love with yoga and Pilates, so it’s natural to want to share these awesome practices with someone else.

Now you can! Every class on Valentine’s Day is FREE for your guest if he or she is a first-timer or a comeback who hasn’t practiced with us in six months or more.

Ask us about discounted specials in effect this Friday only!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We love having you as part of the Sterling community!

 

Valentine’s Gift Ideas NOW Available at Sterling

By News

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re showering your sweetheart with gifts or pampering yourself, you can get everything you need at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness!

Gift certificates are always available at Sterling if you want to give someone an intro, comeback, monthly or even annual membership. Click the link above and choose your gift amount. 

Treat your Valentine to a massage with Arnie Harrison, our on-site massage therapist. Get gift certificates for 60-minute sessions or 90-minute sessions here.  

Coastal Contours & Wellness is offering several specials this month that would make great gifts! Turn back the hands of time with OxyGeneo facials (buy two, get one FREE). Click here for details or to purchase.

Your Valentine would love to receive any of these gifts (and you too!) this year!

Join Guest Teacher Cheryl Alexander at Sterling This Week

By Announcement

Yoga has been a part of Cheryl Alexander’s life for more than two decades. 

We’re excited to welcome her to Sterling this week!

She began practicing in 1999, then soon after completed her first teacher training. 

Cheryl graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2003, and she has taught at many studios since.

But she has a unique connection to Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness. Cheryl introduced Lucille and Bill, the founders of the studio, when Lucille was passing through Houston.

She is also certified to teach hatha yoga, vinyasa, yin and Pilates, and she has served on the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training staff, most recently in 2012.

Cheryl’s strengths as a teacher include: her ability to effectively communicate the mechanics of the asana; her skill in creating playful, challenging sequences; and her ability to inspire her students to deepen their practice.

“Yoga gives me new life on a daily basis, and part of that is helping others thrive by giving them tools to nurture and empower themselves,” she said.

You can catch Cheryl’s class at Sterling on Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m.!