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Julia Szvath to Visit Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile

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julia svath holistic therapyThe last time Lucille was in Mexico, she worked with Julia Szvath to identify the patterns of thought that were not serving her and that may have caused the dis-ease she was diagnosed with or at least got in the way of her healing.

Through breath work, body work and emotional exploration, Julia’s holistic approach has helped Lucille to heal her body, mind and spirit.

Julia says that, “A holistic approach is crucial to achieving long-lasting positive results. Treating the whole individual as an interconnected being rather than treating a symptom or an illness is the key to re-establishing balance, peace and harmony. We all have the power to make ourselves happy and well.”

Julia will be in Mobile on March 22. If you are interested in working with her, let Lucille know. Learn more about Julia at exclusivepersonalretreats.com.

March Melting Pot Meditations and Other Class Updates

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eclipse guided heated meditation mobile alWe have had great response to our Melting Pot Meditations. In March, we are pleased to offer two different guided meditation sessions! Check them out!

On Wednesday, March 9, the Earth will experience a total solar eclipse, when the moon will pass between the earth and the sun.

In honor of all things sun and moon, yin and yang, pull and release, Betsey Grady will lead a guided meditation at 6:15 pm. Join us!

On Wednesday, March 23, Wes Singleterry will lead a hot guided meditation that you are sure to love!

Wes has been practicing meditation for seven years now, and he has honed his practice at Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Center in San Diego, California. Wes has attended many trainings at The Chopra Center and recently was certified in Primordial Sound Meditation.

Wes says that his meditationwes singleterry guided heated meditation mobile al sterling hot yoga practice has “reduced my stress and anxiety, helps me keep my focus, enhances my general mood to exquisite levels of relaxation, and assists me in attaining higher levels of alignment of heart and head. I feel more vibrant and more alive. The more I meditate, the more I want to meditate more.”

This is a guided, restorative rejuvenating breathing meditation for the purpose of enhancing your wellness and well-being. Don’t miss it!

And guess what? On this day, the earth will experience a LUNAR eclipse! How awesome is that?!

Ad Hoc Hot Yoga

silent class sterling hot yogaFor those who love to do two sets of every posture, we will offer an ad-hoc silent class on Friday, March 11
and on Friday, March 25. David Roberts will lead a silent class that will begin immediately after the Sterling 60 class. Use the first set as exploration; use the second set as therapy!

Rest-Air-Ation

People are loving the Rest-Air-Ation class! It’s a short, 30-minute class with a focus on breath, and it’s designed to provide grounding, calmness, open your heart and help you to just feel good.

We have noticed that nearly everyone who participates in Rest-Air-Ation feels so relaxed at the end of class, they fall asleep! Experience it for yourself on Fridays after the 9:30 class and on Saturdays after the 9:30 class.

Hot Bronze Flow

The Sanskrit word “Vinyāsa” refers to a transition between two different positions, so the emphasis is on the flow from one posture to the next. Vinyasa also means one breath, one movement. And we can tell by the response that you are loving the Hot Bronze Flow class!

Brooke will continue to offer Hot Bronze on Tuesdays at 6:15pm. Keep your eyes opensoon we will add more classes!

Kangen Water Is Now Available!

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kangen water health benefits sterling hot yogaAs many of you know, after Lucille was diagnosed with breast cancer, she incorporated a number of holistic therapies to improve her body’s immunity system and thus her overall health. A.J. Krause immediately stepped up to help (a million thanks, A.J.!) and provided her with Kangan water.

Cancer thrives in a low-pH (acid) environment and does not like a high-pH (alkaline) environment. Kangan water changes tap water, which usually has a pH of about 7, to a pH of 9.5. But it does much more than that!

Lucille says she feels so much better since incorporating Kangen water in her diet, and Bill also enjoys the benefits it provides! Now you can too! Many diseases have been linked to a lack of oxygen and a build up of toxic acid waste in our bodies.

In today’s world, most people’s bodies tend to be more acidic and oxygen-deprived due to environmental toxins, poor diets, nutritional deficiencies, stress and sleep deprivation, which leads to all kinds of health challenges including cancers. Kangen water promotes health by balancing our internal environment with the following properties:

1) High anti-oxidation: The presence of a great amount of active hydrogen ions in Kangen water contributes to its high anti-oxidation, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.

2) Micro clustering: The size of ionized Kangen water molecules are up to 5 times smaller than non-ionized water, allowing for better penetration, absorption and hydration.

3) Alkalinization: Helps to neutralize acidic waste and alkalinize body fluids for optimal health.

We will make Kangen water available at the studio for you in three ways so you can enjoy all of these benefits:

  • Fill up your bottle before and after class for $1
  • Fill up a gallon bottle for $2
  • Get unlimited water for $20/month (less than $1 per day!

Got questions? A.J. Krause will discuss the benefits of Kangen water with a short demonstration during the following dates and times:

  • Before and after evening classes on Monday, March 14
  • Before and after morning classes on Tuesday, March 15
  • Before and after morning classes on Saturday, March 19

Sterling’s Whole Health Challenge Begins Feb. 10

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Sterling Whole Health Challenge LogoAre you up for the challenge? Starting on February 10, pick your challenge level and commit to changing your life.

Anyone can do it, so make the decision to join Sterling and make a change to improve your body inside and out!

Read below about the different challenge levels, and let us know how you want to proceed. We’ll have sign up sheets at the front desk by Monday!

Level 1: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Open to Everyone/Any class package required

The goal for the Level 1 Challengers is to complete in the 45 days between February 10 and March 27 a total of 30 classes:

For Your Body: 20 classes in any combination of Gold/Sterling/Iron Hour/Bronze Flow
For Your Mind: 3 classes in any combination of Rest-Air-Ation or Melting Pot Meditation
For Your Body & Mind: Any 7 Sterling classes of your choice

Achieve your goal and get 1 month of free Kangan water and a challenge T-shirt.

Level 2: Detoxification Inside and out
Open to Everyone/$50 extra to participate

The goal for Level 2 Challengers is to detoxify the body and the mind and establish good habits through a conscious choice to eat clean and live well in order to:

  • Improve functioning of the immune system
  • Reduce cell inflammation
  • Regulate and reduce sugar in the body

The challenge includes:

  • The same practice goals as Level 1
  • Participation in Grocery Store Tour and Scavenger Hunt
  • Inclusion in a private Facebook group that will provide encouragement, information and guidance from Jenna, Lucille and other group members, recipes and more

Unlimited use of Kangan water during time at the studio (there will be a charge for take-home water)

Achieve your goal and get 1 month of free Kangan water, a challenge T-shirt and entry into a drawing for prizes including:

  • One month of free yoga
  • Water bottle
  • Mat
  • Towel

Level 3: Whole Health
Open to 10 people/$79 to participate

The goal for Level 3 Challengers is to track the detoxification and weight loss through the use of body composition analysis including:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Measurements of chest, waist, hips, thighs and biceps
  • Body fat percentage

Level 3 Challenge includes:

  • Same practice goals as Level 1
  • Same participation as Level 2
  • Body composition analysis with Jenna Zoghby, RD at start and conclusion of challenge.

Achieve your goal and get 1 month of free Kangan water and entry into a drawing for prizes including:

  • 3 free months of yoga
  • Water bottle
  • Mat
  • Towel

Brooke Nisbet Joins Sterling Hot Yoga

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Brooke Nisbet Sterling Hot YogaSterling Hot Yoga is honored and excited to welcome Brooke Nisbet to our studio. Brooke lives on the Eastern Shore and has been teaching yoga since 2012 and has been practicing various forms of yoga for more than 10 years.

As a teacher, Brooke takes pride in empowering others to find their strength and depth on and off of the yoga mat. She enjoys helping people to realize that what they learn and discover about themselves during yoga class (both mentally and physically) can be applied to their everyday lives!

Brooke is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher, and she holds a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of arts in elementary education. You are going to love Brooke!

New Sterling Classes to Be Added!

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new yoga class schedule

We are adding a few new offerings to the Sterling lineup! We encourage you to try each one and incorporate these classes into your practice. Keep your eye on the schedule—new class times may change and evolve in order to encourage best attendance.

Rest-Air-Ation: a 30-minute class focused on conscious breathing. This particular breath class is based on a Kundalini sequence designed to open the heart, provide a calming effect, eliminate unnecessary thoughts and feelings, and be more present. Rest-Air-Ation will be offered initially on Friday after the 9:30 am class and on Saturday after the 9:30 am class. As it grows, more classes will be added.

Melting Pot Meditation: In foundries, a melting pot is a metal, clay, or ceramic vessel in which metal is melted. At Sterling, we offer a class of guided meditation in order to allow your body to melt away your fears, concerns and trifling thoughts. Melting Pot Meditation will be led a few times a month by a variety of individuals skilled in the practice of mindful thinking and rumination. Betsey Grady led a very popular guided meditation a few months ago, and she will be back again on February 24. We will offer two melting pots in March. Check the schedule for this periodic offering so you don’t miss it!

Hot Bronze Flow: The Sanskrit word “Vinyasa” refers to a transition between two different positions, so the emphasis is on the flow from one posture to the next. Vinyasa also means one breath, one movement. If you practice Iron Hour, you will be familiar with some of the postures in Hot Bronze Flow, but there will be many more that will challenge your core, your balance and your mind. Brooke Nisbet will be leading Hot Bronze Flow on Tuesdays at 6:15pm. You’re going to love her!

Open House Features Free Classes All Day Dec. 5!

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Sterling Open House Free Yoga Classes Mobile, ALThis Saturday, December 5, we will hold a Sterling open house!

Join us all day for free classes, and wonderful opportunities for lots of holiday gifts of health!

Clothing, accessories and yoga packages will all be on sale! Be a part of it! Invite your friends and family to be a part of it too!

Here’s the schedule for Saturday:

9:30 am, A VERY SPECIAL Gold 90 class:
Michelle will lead the class, and Lucille and other teachers will walk around the room and provide assistance to those who want a bit of individual guidance in a posture or two! This class is for everyone, but we will focus on Sterling regulars who want a bit more instruction!

11:30 am, Rest-Air-Ation: Lucille will offer this healing and grounding 30-minute breathing class that’s designed to help open your heart, calm your nerves, strengthen your abs and shoulders, and just make you feel whole and healthy.

3:30 pm, Iron Hour: Tone and meditate! Anna will take you through a great complement to other Sterling classes with Iron Hour, a fun and energetic class!

4:30 pm, Sterling 60: Sprite will conclude the open house day with a fun and exciting Sterling 60 class! Join us for an hour of moving meditation designed to compress and stretch all systems of your body inside out, bones to skin.

Any questions? Ask our front desk!

How Hot Yoga Transformed Tom Palmer

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Tom Palmer Before and After Weight Loss Hot Yoga

Tom’s transformation since 2001 (with his son, Josh) has resulted in better overall health, discipline and more with a consistent hot yoga practice.

In 2001, Tom Palmer was in rough shape. He weighed 245 pounds and was on the verge of a physical breakdown.

His organs were starting to fail, and he was most certainly approaching a diabetic diagnosis.

Today, though, he stepped on the scale and was pleased to report that he has lost more than 100 pounds! Today he’s a fit and healthy 140 pounds!

Tom found yoga in 2007, which almost immediately helped him to shed significant weight.

But a continued practice helped him to gain discipline, dedication, focus, determination and, most importantly, self-respect.

Those characteristics allowed him to eat healthy and maintain a lifestyle that kept him healthy over the long run. Isn’t this what we all want?

Want to learn how Tom did it?

Come to Sterling! Sign up for our 30-day introductory special, and start your own journey to better health!

You probably didn’t even recognize our own Teacher Tom!

Thanksgiving, Black Friday Schedule Announced

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Thanksgiving Schedule‘Tis the season to be thankful! And we are thankful for all our wonderful clients and friends who practice at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile!

Please join us for a special Thanksgiving class on Thursday, November 26 at 8 a.m. This 90-minute class will be full of gratitude and sweatthe perfect way to start your holiday before digging in to the turkey!

Then, come back to the studio and bring your friends and family for FREE classes all day on Black Friday, November 27 to burn off the bird!

Black Friday Free Yoga ClassesHere is the Black Friday schedule:

8:15 am – Iron Hour

9:30 am – Sterling 60

11:00 am – Rest-AIR-ation*

4:30 pm – Gold 90

Choose your classes for the day, and join us! You’ll be so thankful that you did!

*Rest-AIR-ation is a 30-minute breathing meditation. You will experience restoration of the body, mind and spirit by reconnecting your breath to your body. You’ll also get some awesome abs and shoulders! The room is not heated, so you can pop in, pop off your shoes and experience Rest-AIR-ation!

Mobile’s Homegrown Hot Yoga Studio a Community Investment

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Bill Moran reflects on five years of running a hot yoga studio in Mobile, Alabama.

Bill Moran reflects on five years of changes while running a hot yoga studio in Mobile, Alabama.

Rewind the clock to April 2010. The U.S. was just coming out of a serious financial crisis, investment in new business was not advisable, and the discouraging news of the Air Force tanker contract being pulled away from Mobile was on everyone’s mind.

However, in those days of uncertainty Lucille Allen from Sacramento, California and Bill Moran from Houston, Texas purchased a residence and moved to Mobile, Alabama, and in June 2010, a blip in the business section of the Mobile Press-Register reported that a commercial lease had been signed on the old Naman’s grocery store at Old Shell and Florida, and furthermore it was going to be a “hot” yoga studio.

Mobile, and for that matter the entire state of Alabama, had never heard of such a thing.

It was recommended to us to use preferred vendors that were not local to Mobile, but our homework and commitment to using local vendors and products took us in the direction to keep our money “at home.”

After a few conversations of “you want to build WHAT?”, we engaged a local architect and construction contractor, obtained all the necessary permits and licenses, and so our investment in Mobile began.

In October of 2010, we opened as Bikram Hot Yoga Mobile at 2540 Old Shell Road. It was a humble beginning, limited class schedule, only Lucille and one other teacher and only a 90-minute class.

Business is an evolving landscape; products improve and change. I am old enough to remember rotary phones; and though now I have a smartphone, its roots are in that old rotary phone. My new phone is miles from that old device, and indeed the whole communication industry is something completely different. Owning a yoga studio is not much different. You have to change and evolve.

In January 2014, we changed our name to Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile and began offering a 60-minute class.  Then in January of 2015, we developed and began offering the Sterling Iron Hour.

Simultaneously in June 2014, Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher Training was founded, and we have graduated six of our teachers. As a side note, Sterling Teacher Training has trained nearly 100 teachers in the past two years from all over the world.

The feedback from studio owners as to the quality of the graduates and their podium readiness has earned Sterling TT the preferred teacher training program for many studios, and that number continues to grow. All Sterling teachers are Yoga Alliance certified and are required to obtain continuing education hours.

At Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile, we are proud of the fact that we are a homegrown studio; a fun fact is that Lucille and I are really the only transplants on staff.

What does it mean to be a homegrown studio? It means we are a committed part of the community. That commitment includes community outreach, supporting causes, assisting those in need with discounted or free yoga and, yes, even dog rescue and adoption.

It means that Mobilians, your friends and neighbors, are on the podium as first-rate qualified teachers. It means that we scour the industry for trends, new class offerings, take feedback from our clients to make SHYM a studio for Mobile.

It means that our revenue is spent in Mobile for teacher salaries, rent, utilities and even our personal living expenses, and we contribute to the tax revenues for the city and county of Mobile, as well as the great state of Alabama.

This is what Sterling is all about, and all we can say is thank you for supporting five great years of providing a top quality yoga program to the city of Mobile. With Airbus coming in, downtown revitalization and a renewed sense of community pride, we believe our best years are ahead.

Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile is truly a “homegrown” business.