When Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness (then Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile) opened in October 2010, Sheri Granberry took her first class at the studio during the first week.
She wasn’t new to yoga. Iyengar, Anusara, Jivamukti, Baptiste, Ashtanga and even Bikram were among the many styles she’d practiced before she landed at Sterling.
But it was the original hot yoga sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that has consistently motivated her to practice since then, and just last week, Sheri reached an amazing milestone of 2,000 classes!
For Sheri, her practice has become an essential part of her day. “It’s part of my world, just like bathing or brushing my teeth. It’s a body/mind reset,” she said. “For me as I age, it’s more moving meditation and less of attaining a goal in a particular posture.”
She equates that consistent practice with a “type of internal cleansing, a feeling of bodily rejuvenation and a restoration of a fresh day/approach to things,” she said.
Sheri also noted the source of her motivation to practice, her yoga buddy, Flora Thompson. (Read more about their friendship that blossomed at Sterling.)
“A very long time” ago, Sheri was first motivated to practice yoga as “a retaliation to all the Jazzercise that people were doing back then,” she said of the fitness craze that flourished in the ‘80s.
She had even practiced the original hot yoga sequence on her own outside of the studio setting, and she noted the difference it makes.
“It’s so much better to practice in a heated room! Your body is like steel,” she said. “It bends when heated, but rigid when cold.”
Many times, it’s easy for students to work too hard in postures, denying themselves the opportunity to find balance, or as Sheri put it, peace.
“The more you force a posture, the less likely you will ever make peace with that posture,” she said of the most surprising things her practice has taught her. “Also my body is never the same day to day.”
Sheri has been a fixture on the front row as long as most of us at the studio can remember. Her focus, dedication and warmth is what we all love about her!
“It’s a lifetime thing that benefits both body and mind,” she said. “It’s not about being able to do all the postures; it’s about showing up.”
That was her advice for first-time students, to simply show up. But in the 10-plus years she’s been at Sterling, we think she’s got some pretty great advice for everyone!
“Listen to the dialogue. Try not to fidget and add extra movements. Keep it fluid and soft. Try to incorporate some beauty in your practice with stillness and grace. Try not to compare yourself with others. You be you!”
We’d love for you to show up at Sterling and begin your yoga journey with us! Come join Sheri and our amazing community for one low introductory price if you’re a first-timer.