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Michelle Ryan

Iron Hour: Don’t ‘Weight’ Around! Here’s Why You Should Take This Class!

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Iron Hour was the first non-original hot yoga class we branched out with at Sterling.

But, like all the other classes we offer, it’s a great complement to the original hot yoga on which the studio was founded.

Iron Hour is based on a vinyasa flow, but it incorporates weights to further enhance the benefits you can receive from yoga. 

Promote Muscle Growth and Protect Muscles: With the addition of weights, muscle oxygenation is improved. This also protects muscles from tears and strains because weightlifting works muscles closer to the bones.

Strengthen Your Core: Using weights strengthens more than just your arms. But you have to strengthen the core of the body before you can strengthen arms and legs. Iron Hour can improve your posture, protect your lower back and even protect your internal organs with its focus on the core.

Improve Balance and Coordination: This is directly related to original hot yoga. Just think of the balancing series! But balance means more than standing on one leg; it also means discovering balance of ease and effort when muscles work together. Improving balance also improves your coordination and concentration — great skills off the mat too!

Build Bone Density: Lifting weights creates resistance, your muscles pulling against your bones. That introduces stress (in a good way!) on your bones. When your body detects this, it sends a signal to the cells in your bones that makes them stronger and denser.

Get Stronger With Age: Yoga can build bone density and muscle mass, but it’s recommended that you incorporate weights as you get older. Muscle mass decline begins at age 40, and by the age of 70 you could lose 30 percent if you stay sedentary. Iron Hour is a great way to complement your yoga routine and get stronger!

We offer Iron Hour three times a week – 8:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Make time for it and see how it changes your original hot yoga practice!

 

Fusion Pilates Now on Tuesdays at a NEW Time

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Fusion Pilates is a great mindful workout in which you get personalized feedback that helps you build strength and tone!

In this class, Ashley Keigley, a very experienced teacher and student, will help you focus on the fundamentals of alignment that are essential to all the other classes we offer. 

If you haven’t tried this class yet, you can get the special drop-in rate of $10 – which has been extended through November! Additional dates for this class in November are Nov. 12 and Nov. 19. 

These classes are included in active Sterling memberships. If you aren’t an active member, ask us about comeback specials for returning students and intro specials for first-timers. 

Congratulations, Fall Challengers!

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Last week, the Fit For Fall 30-Day Challenge came to an end, and we’re so proud of everyone who signed up to challenge themselves!
 
Completing 30 classes in 31 days is quite a challenge. But so many of you made the commitment to push yourself anyway.
 
Whether you completed the challenge or not, we hope that you enjoyed the benefits of practicing consistently — which is really the ongoing challenge!
 
Congratulations to the following students who successfully finished at least 30 classes in 30 days:
 
Robert Carlock, 36
Mendy Bornfleth, 31
Candice Cravins, 31
Audrey Williamson, 31
Paula Brown, 30
Ellen Taylor, 30
 
Everyone who completes the challenge will earn a challenge T-shirt, the eternal recognition of signing the challenge wall and an entry into our drawing at the challenge party for some cool prizes.
 
The top three prizes are: 1 Ultrasound Cavitation Treatment ($140 value); 3 Light Pod Sessions ($99 value); and a massage from Arnie Harrison ($65 value). 
 
You’re invited to attend the challenge party immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Happy Hour class on Friday, Nov. 8. We’ll also draw for challenge prizes at that time.
 
We can’t wait to celebrate you and your achievements!

Spooky Silent Original Hot 90: Practice If You Dare!

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Who’s gearing up for Halloween? We are at Sterling!

There’s a super scary playlist in the works for our Spooky Silent Original Hot 90 minute class Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6:45 p.m.

Join Tyloria as she leads the class with minimal dialogue.

Because of this, it’s recommended that you’ve taken several original hot yoga classes prior to this one.

Everyone is welcome to show up in costume. We’ll award the best one with a great prize!

Not an active Sterling member? This class is open to the public for a special drop-in of just $10!

Come practice with us if you dare! We can’t wait to see you on Halloween! 

 

Original Hot 60: When and Why You Should Take This Class

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Many longtime practitioners will tell you that there’s no substitute for the Original Hot 90 Minute class. We agree!

So why do we offer the Original Hot 60? Plain and simple, we want to offer you as many opportunities as possible to practice.

We understand that sometimes it’s hard to make time for a 90-minute class, not to mention the time it takes to travel to the studio, get ready after, etc.

That’s where the Original Hot 60 comes in. While we recommend taking the 90-minute class as often as possible, take the 60-minute class when you can’t make the time commitment to the 90. 

Doing so will help you maintain your progress AND maintain a consistent practice — both good things!

Did you know that some studios limit their 60-minute classes to more experienced practitioners? 

Often, we see that newer students are attracted to the 60-minute class because the class length is less intimidating.  

Because of the faster pace of the 60, it offers more of a cardiovascular benefit, so be prepared for a good workout!

 

October Karma Cause: Donate or Join Us in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

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Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile is a place of wellness and healing, and we are pleased to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute that works to advance or provide these same ideals.

Purchase a Sterling pink T-shirt and join our studio team, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness – Heat for Your Health!, for a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Downtown Mobile on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. 

Please register as part of our team and/or make a donation if you wish using this link.

Four years ago, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile founder Lucille Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer, but today she is cancer-free!

Help us honor Lucille and other members of our studio who have met the challenges of breast cancer and continue to inspire us all with their determination in and out of the hot room.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Happy Hour Yoga With Friends Is Happier With FREE Sushi on Oct. 25

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Do you have a friend you’ve been trying to get to yoga? Or has it been a while since you practiced with us?

Every Friday, our Happy Hour Yoga With Friends class at 5:30 p.m. is designated for us to welcome friends–new and old–for FREE!

But on Friday, Oct. 25, we’ll be offering FREE sushi too, compliments of our neighbors at Rock N Roll Sushi-Midtown.

Whether you’re a first-timer, a comeback or an active Sterling member, you’re welcome to join us for Happy Hour and enjoy some great sushi immediately following the class.

If you’re a current member, we need your help to show our visitors what an awesome community Sterling is. 

If you’re a first-timer or comeback, we want you to join us to experience all the exciting classes and events we offer!

 

Help Us Grant Magic Moments to Sick Children in Alabama

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You’ve probably heard of organizations that grant wishes to terminally-ill children. 
 
But did you know there is a wish-granting organization dedicated solely to children in Alabama?
 
On Monday, Oct. 21, we’re celebrating Magic Moments Day with a karma class to collect donations to support this very worthy cause.
 
Magic Moments is devoted to creating magic moments in the lives of children in Alabama with chronically life threatening medical conditions. 
 
A magic moment allows children and their families to forget, even if just for a little while, the fear and pain of their illness. 
 
Our Original Hot 60 minute class on this date is open to the public and FREE with a donation supporting Magic Moments.
 
If you aren’t able to attend the class, you can make a donation online here. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

Christy Lock Finds Community and So Much More at Sterling

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Christy Lock relocated to Mobile from Atlanta in April 2016 for a job, but making that transition was tougher than she thought it would be.

“Aside from my partner, I didn’t know anyone,” she said. “That wasn’t a huge deal because I’m an extrovert who is fairly outgoing.”

The small-town Alabama native jumped in, joining civic organizations and getting involved with professional communities, but Christy didn’t feel a connection with anyone. 

“In addition to the challenges of breaking into a new social scene, things at work weren’t what I thought they would be,” she said. “I didn’t feel fulfilled in my personal or professional life, and I was beginning to regret the move to Mobile.”

It didn’t take long for the stress of all of that to take a toll. When her mental and physical health began to suffer, Christy turned to exercise. 

“I’m a huge fan of group fitness, but I was challenged to find a gym that I enjoyed—if I liked the classes, the schedule didn’t fit or if the schedule fit, I didn’t care for the classes,” she said. “I was in a slump, so I came up with a million excuses.”

Until October, when Christy made the decision to try a class at Sterling. She had taken a few yoga classes at gyms here and there, but she admits she didn’t know anything about yoga when she started.

“To be honest, I’m not sure I fully recall my first class,” she said. “However, I remember being greeted by the door (I was probably running late), and everyone was so welcoming. It was a small 90-minute class taught by Lucille. The rest was history.”

But it wasn’t always easy. Christy said it took some time to get used to the practice and figure out pranayama breathing, which she “didn’t understand at all,” she said. “It took me several months before I figured it out.”

Christy made the commitment to keep showing up and setting intentions, and the consistency paid off. “The postures began to feel more natural and my focus shifted,” she said. “All of the extra stuff that work and life brought I was able to set aside for my time in the hot room. 

“After classes, I noticed that I felt strong, yet refreshed. I started connecting with other yogis and looking forward to seeing them in classes,” she said. “I found myself a part of a group that valued encouragement, strengths and humor, which was just what I needed.”

Christy had finally found the answer to the community and connection she was looking for and a group fitness setting that improved her physical and mental health.

“Now, I’m in a much better space, both personally and professionally, and I attribute much of this to the work I’ve done for myself through yoga and the encouragement of the community at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness,” she said. 

Specifically, Christy said a consistent yoga practice has given her more mental clarity and focus, stress relief, a sense of community a more positive mindset. 

Prior to practicing a Sterling, Christy hadn’t practiced yoga consistently, but she knows the secret to what keeps her motivated.

“The challenges,” she said, referring to various studio-wide challenges often held throughout the year. “I don’t know why, but I NEED to fill out all of the cards.”

The other thing that keeps her coming back to practice is the community she was searching for when she first moved to Mobile.

“The people—I love the sense of community and the energy at Sterling!” she said. “The encouragement from the instructors and the camaraderie of the regular yogis is empowering.”   

Christy said she can’t remember what she thought about her first class experience. But “what did I get myself into?” is “sometimes what I think before going into some of my recent classes though… haha!”

Most surprisingly, Christy has found through a consistent yoga practice that she was not as connected with herself as she thought she was.

“I’m not at intentional as I thought, especially in relation to my mind body, and breath. I was surprised at how out of tune I was with my body before I started practicing,” she said. “Yoga has helped me set better boundaries and let go of things that steal my energy. Now, I pay attention to what I need from my practice and what the practice needs from me. I can see the payoff when I step off of my mat.” 

Christy remembers what it’s like to want to try yoga, but come up with reasons not to. She’s been there! But she’s got this great advice for first-timers.

“Give it a few classes to figure it out. Do what you can. Some days are better or easier than others—and that’s OK,” she said. “No one is watching you (except the instructor) because they’re focused one their practice or in their own heads. Plus, it’s too hot to worry about what anyone else is doing. And drink lots of water!”

Push past your excuses today and get started with our intro special. Sign up here to get 30 days of unlimited practice for just $30. It’s the best deal in town and you’ll be a part of a great yoga community too!

 

We’re Testing a NEW Class on Mondays! Try Fusion Pilates on Monday, Oct. 21

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Want to improve your posture, reduce low back pain, restore range of motion and get great abs?
 
Try our NEW class we’re introducing on Monday mornings at 8:15 a.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 21.
 
Ashley Keigley, a Sterling student (one of our own!), will be leading this Fusion Pilates class that focuses on core strength, proper posture, flexibility and toning. 
 
This one-hour class incorporates blocks and bands, and it is an excellent complement to building the fundamentals you need to be successful in any other class we offer.
 
Ashley, who owned a Pilates studio in Pensacola before she moved to Mobile, is certified in both mat and equipment Pilates, and she has more than 11 years of teaching experience and 16 years of practicing.
 
We are excited about testing this class to see how it is received. We hope you love it, and if you do, we’ll find a permanent place on our schedule for it!