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Get to Know Nappie Award Best Yoga Instructor Finalist Michelle Ryan

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Almost ten years ago in Savannah, Ga., I discovered Bikram Yoga. Upon a co-worker’s suggestion, I tried it in 2011 and have been practicing regularly ever since.

Quite simply, I fell in love with the practice for what it did for my body, mind and spirit. That quickly translated into a desire to become a teacher and share that with others.

Since completing Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher Training (a 200-hour training in original hot yoga) in Summer 2015, I have been certified to teach: Yoga Sculpt (yoga with weights), Yin, Inferno Hot Pilates, Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Resilience Training for military and veterans, Gravity Yoga and Breath Coaching! I am now E-RYT 200 certified with nearly 2,000 teaching hours to my credit.

I am the first (and still only) yoga4cancer-trained teacher in Alabama, and prior to COVID-19, I had been teaching regular classes for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Last year, I completed a training for Yoga for Nervous System Disorders, and I had been working with an MS patient prior to COVID as well. Last year, I also completed a yoga for traumatic brain injury training offered by the Love Your Brain Foundation

I most recently completed a training for Mindful Resilience for Compassion Fatigue, which helps identify and implement self-care techniques for healthcare professionals, caregivers, first responders, teachers and more to help prevent burnout. Later this year, I will complete Level 1 & 2 Adaptive Yoga training offered through Mind Body Solutions that makes yoga poses accessible to all students regardless of ability.

My goal has always been to seek out and learn from the masters, so I have studied with Bernie Clark, Bryan Kest, Esak Garcia, Ben Sears, Jimmy Barkan, and Scott Lamps and Ida Jo, the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga, and many others. In addition to the hundreds of hours of in-person and online workshops and trainings since Sterling training, I have taught at studios in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Kentucky. 

For the better part of two years beginning in 2017, I taught for Mike Winter, the owner of Hot Yoga Houston and a graduate of Bikram’s first teacher training in 1994. Mike opened the first original hot yoga school in the state of Texas and is well-known in the yoga community for his high standards and dialogue-based instruction he expects from his teachers. He has trained and coached many teachers and studio owners in his 25-plus-year career, and I consider myself just one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity.

In 2018, I was honored to join the Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher Training team to share the philosophy and history of yoga, with an emphasis on the origins of original hot yoga. I have participated in trainings in New Orleans, Huntsville and Arlington, Texas.

When I began practicing, I took 10 classes and signed up for the 60-Day Challenge, a 90-minute class every day for that period! It was the best way to devote myself to the practice right from the start. Though I’m not able to practice every day, I make every effort to show up on my mat as often as I can.

There really is no substitute for me for sweating, stretching and pushing my way through a class alongside the students I teach. I am currently participating in Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution, an amazing journey into meditation, self-inquiry, and personal and group yoga practice.

When not studying, practicing or teaching yoga, I put my undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism to use as a freelance writer and marketing consultant, assisting clients with social media, blogging, website content and more. My Sterling training was just the first step of a continual journey, and I believe that is evidenced by my ongoing commitment to learning and growing as a teacher.

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We Need Your Votes to Bring Home TWO Nappie Awards!

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Well, we made it to the finals of the 2021 Nappie Awards thanks to YOUR votes! 

That means we’ll still need your help to bring home 2021 Nappie Awards in TWO categories, Best Yoga Studio and Best Yoga Instructor. 

Beginning TODAY at noon, start casting your votes here

Established in 2010, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness was the first yoga studio in Alabama to offer Original Hot Yoga. 

Since that time, our schedule has expanded to include Yoga Sculpt (previously Iron Hour), Inferno Hot Pilates, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga.

That’s just our typical weekly schedule! 

Some of our special classes or workshops include: Candlelight Yin + Yoga Nidra, Platinum Plus (an intermediate hot yoga class), Hot Vinyasa Fusion and Gravity Yoga.

Not to mention our two very special community partners through which we offer yoga, USA’s Mitchell Cancer Institute and Veterans Recovery Resources.

We are committed to being an excellent source of health and wellness in the Mobile community, and we hope you’ll keep voting for us!

You can vote once per day now through Sunday, May 23 at midnight.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we will introduce our TWO teachers who are representing Sterling who have made the Nappie finals for Best Yoga Instructor: Michelle Ryan and Kenee Lacoste.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and votes!

 

New Health Service Now Available at Sterling!

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Ready to improve your relationship with food? Whether you’re ready to simply try something new or you need to target allergies or an illness that has complicated your relationship with food, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness is pleased to offer a new service on site that can help!

Heather Fowler, owner of ComplEATly Well, is now meeting with clients at the studio for one-on-one coaching, consultations and more. 

She graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition with an added Specialty in Hormone Health. She is a certified Integrative Women’s Health Coach with a Level 2 Master Class Certification from Precision Nutrition.

Heather can help you and your family with regard to women’s health, women’s hormones, and child nutrition and body neutrality with custom nutrition plans based on your needs.

For more information about Heather or ComplEATly Well services, visit www.compleatlywell.com. You can also schedule a free consultation there today!

Safety Guidelines Revised With Governor’s New Order

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With Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement of the “Safer Apart” order effective Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m., we will be making a few changes at Sterling.

While masks are no longer required, we still strongly encourage you to wear them at the studio in the common areas until you get on your mat to practice. You do not have to wear your mask while you practice.

We will continue to take staff and student temperatures upon arrival with the continued safety of everyone in mind.

With this announcement, we have reopened our shower facilities for students to use after class, and we are also bringing back a popular amenity—lavender towels!

Thank you, everyone, for continuing to comply with our safe operating guidelines and for your support of Sterling. We could not have made it through the last year without you!

Outdoor Vinyasa and Yin Classes Return This Weekend!

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Now that the weather is warming up, we’re going to bring back our outdoor classes!

These proved to be a popular option before we put them on hold for the winter, so we hope they give you an option to enjoy the great outdoors and your yoga practice at the same time!

Join us on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. in the space next to the Moorer Public Library on McGregor Avenue for vinyasa flow. Sign up here!

On Sundays at 4:30 p.m., we’ll meet at the stone monument, the “Rites of Passage,” between St. Joseph’s Chapel and the Student Center on the campus of Spring Hill College. Sign up here

Outdoor classes are included in all active Sterling memberships. If you’re not an active member, you can still participate! Your first class is on us, then drop-ins are $15 after that.

Sign up in advance to reserve your spot. We’ll have plenty of space to socially distance!

Keep in mind, there will be no livestreaming options with our outdoor classes. In case of inclement weather, we’ll move class back to the studio. Stay tuned to your email and our social media channels for updates!

Yoga on Tap Continues on Tuesdays at Serda Brewing Co.

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Our outdoor yoga series “Yoga On Tap” in partnership with Serda Brewing Co. continues! 
 
If you’ve been looking for a FREE vinyasa flow class in a fun outdoor space, join Bridget Reiter at one of our favorite local breweries downtown on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
 
EVERYONE is welcome! Bring yourself, bring friends — it’s a great way to stay connected to Sterling outside of the studio or learn a little bit more about it for anyone who hasn’t visited us yet.
 
Social distancing guidelines will be observed and space is limited, so please arrive early.
 
Join us Tuesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. If you’d like, you can hang around with your friends or make new ones over some of Serda’s local micro brews, including IPAs, sours, ales and more!

Thank You for Supporting Our LoveYourBrain Karma Class!

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During March, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month, Sterling hosted a special karma class to help raise money and awareness to help support those affected by traumatic brain injury (including concussion). 

We want to thank everyone who donated, participated in class or helped spread the word.

Because of each of you, Michelle met her $300 fundraising goal to fulfill one of the components of her training with LoveYourBrain, a nonprofit that provides yoga, retreat and meditation programs internationally to build community and foster resilience for people affected by TBI. 

Thank you so much for your support in making the healing power of yoga accessible for everyone!

Congrats to Our Healthy Habits Challengers and Winners!

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Congratulations to our 21-Day Healthy Habit challengers, Mendy Bornfleth, Robert Carlock, Kaitlyn Holman and Danny Miller! These dedicated yogis completed 21 classes in 21 days, putting them well on their way to setting and keeping the healthy habit of practicing yoga regularly. ⠀

These dedicated yogis completed 21 classes in 21 days, putting them well on their way to setting and keeping the healthy habit of practicing yoga regularly.

Congratulations also to these challenge prize winners: Danny, nutritional counseling from The Delicious Dietitian with Bridget Reiter; Kaitlyn, juicing bundle from Heidi Pritchett; and Mendy, organic soaps from MelAsana Soap

In March, we challenged everyone to set healthy habits with our 2021 Healthy Habits Challenge! Since it takes about three weeks to form a habit, the challenge was to take 21 classes in 21 days and get your year off to a healthy start!

Did you miss the Healthy Habits Challenge? You can start your own at any time! But if you prefer to push yourself along with others at the studio, stay tuned!

The Healthy Habits Challenge is the first of four 21-day challenges we’ll offer this year. For every one you complete, you’ll get an entry into a special prize drawing, and if you complete all four challenges, you’ll be entered into a separate drawing when we celebrate your accomplishments at the end of the year.

Keep up the great work!

Sheri Granberry Hits Major Class Milestone at Sterling!

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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. Click here to get started!

It’s Time to Rock the Nappie Votes!

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Who’s the Best Yoga Studio in Mobile? Who’s the Best Yoga Instructor? Well, we hope you think that we are and the best instructor teaches here!

We’d love to make it to the finals of the 2021 Nappie Awards for the Best Yoga Studio and Best Yoga Instructor in Mobile, but we need your help.

Please nominate Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness as the Best Yoga Studio in Mobile and who among our awesome teachers is the Best Yoga Instructor in Mobile once per day between now and Sunday, March 28.

Click here to submit your choices for Best Yoga Studio, Best Yoga Instructor and more in the 2021 Nappies! You’ll find us in the Beauty, Health and Wellness categories.

Thank you for your continued support!