“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!
Need some motivation to get fit this season? There’s nothing like a challenge to get you going, and we’ve got a great one!
Sign up for our Fit For Fall 30-Day Challenge, and take any combination of 30 classes at the studio in 31 days, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Oct. 31.
Complete the challenge, and you 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. class on Friday, Nov. 8.
We can’t wait to celebrate you and your achievements!
A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into making Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness what it has become in the last nine years.
We don’t want to be responsible for any blood or tears, so we’ll mark our milestone with a chance to sweat to the hits across the last (almost) decade in a very special Inferno Hot Pilates class!
Join Mandi on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. to workout to the best hits from 2010 to present.
Inferno Hot Pilates is a perfect complement to original hot yoga (and other styles) because it helps you build core strength fast.
Yes, it’s challenging, but it’s a great workout for your body and your mind. Together that adds up to a powerful transformation.
It’s a great way to celebrate our nine years of healing and transforming the Mobile community! Don’t miss it!
Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile was founded on the 90-minute class, and not too long ago that’s the ONLY class we offered!
There’s a reason that this healing therapeutic class was the only one on the schedule. Simply, it works!
To celebrate our birthday and our roots, we’re offering special Alumni 90s!
Any student who’s practiced with us is welcome to come back and take up to two Original Hot 90 minute classes (any one on the schedule!) in October for FREE.
We’re extending this special offer to anyone who’s not a current Sterling member. Take up to two 90s this month to check us out!
Teddy, our longest-tenured teacher, is back on the schedule too, so this is your chance to throw it back to some of our earlier years.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to the hot room!
This October, we’re celebrating how far we’ve come as a studio since Lucille and Bill Moran opened our doors as Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile back in 2010.
Over the last nine years, we’ve welcomed so many teachers and students seeking to heal or get healthy.
For the first several years, only the 90-minute original hot yoga class was offered. The Original Hot 60 was added in 2014 and the studio changed its name to Sterling Hot Yoga Works.
Iron Hour was added in 2015, followed by vinyasa, yin and Inferno Hot Pilates in 2016.
The studio name was changed again to Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness to reflect the well-rounded services the studio now offers, including yoga, reiki, massage, full-body light therapy and more.
We are all a part of this amazing legacy that Lucille and Bill began, and we thank you for your continued support.
To celebrate, we’ve got several promotions and events planned this month. Please join us in making our last year in single digits a special one!
Vinyasa Flow varies from class to class and teacher to teacher. The result is that you build a more balanced body and prevent repetitive motion injuries.
Vinyasa Flow targets your upper body strength and deepens your connection to your breath (an inhale or exhale initiates each movement).
Vinyasa Flow often begins with child’s pose and ends in savasana, and in between you move through a full life cycle of postures in between.
Vinyasa Flow requires stability to prevent injury. You don’t have to have the strength to begin with, but teachers will give you instruction on modifications and alignment to help you build the foundation of the postures.
Vinyasa Flow makes you more attentive. Because the class is different every time, you won’t always know what to expect, so you have to pay closer attention. (That will help you in any class!)
Try Vinyasa Flow on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. (both unheated) and Mondays at 6:45 p.m. (heated). You’ll love it!
On Fridays we celebrate with FREE yoga for first-timers and comebacks. And on some Fridays, we add FREE sushi to our celebration, compliments of Rock-N-Roll Sushi – Midtown!
Our Happy Hour Yoga With Friends class is the healthiest happy hour in town. Join us on Fridays at 5:30 p.m.!
Definitely make plans to be there on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. and hang out with us after class to socialize over FREE sushi!
Yoga makes you happy and being with friends makes you happy, so why not combine the two for even more happiness?
Sterling members, bring your friends for FREE! They must be a first-timer or have not practiced in six months or more. Only one free visit is allowed. Promotion applies to 5:30 p.m. class only.
Don’t have a friend yet who’s a Sterling member? Come take a FREE class anyway and make some new ones!
We look forward to seeing you on Fridays to toast to your happiness!
Candlelight Yin + Yoga Nidra will combine the slower-paced (and unheated!) practice of yin yoga with the calming meditation of a yoga nidra.
Don’t miss it on Sunday, September 29 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.! Reserve your spot here!
Yin yoga is practiced on the floor and features longer-held postures, which helps improve flexibility, patience and stillness.
Paired with yoga nidra, or “yogic sleep,” the two practices are relaxing and energizing.
In the powerful “dream state” of yoga nidra, the goal is not to sleep. Instead this powerful guided meditation helps address and alleviate many medical conditions, as well as reducing anxiety and depression, resetting negative thought patterns and beliefs, and more.
Non-Sterling members can experience this class at a special drop-in rate of $10. Reserve your spot here!
Be aware that this class fills up quickly, and while we do provide props, such as blocks and bolsters, at the studio, you are welcome to bring your own, as well as a blanket, small pillow or eye pillow to help make you comfortable during the yoga nidra.