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Michelle Ryan

Have You Tried Sterling’s New Classes? Here’s Why You Should!

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Inferno Hot Pilates New Sterling ClassesSince returning from our last Sterling Teacher Training in July, Lucille has been working to increase her strength, so she’s been focused on the Iron Hour and Inferno Hot Pilates classes.

She’s already noticed a few things as a result: first, she says she is definitely getting stronger.

She feels her core muscles tone, and sees her arms and legs getting more defined.

Second, she also notices how well everyone is doing in class.

It’s obvious how our Sterling yogis are able to control their breath, and although they are raising their heart rate and building strength, it’s all being done with mindfulness and breath.

The foundation we have all built with the Classic Sterling series is proving very valuable as we move to new experiences!

New Sterling Yoga Classes Yin Yoga Mobile ALDid you see what Bill said the other day?

“I took my first yin class this morning, I have been practicing the 26/2 for more than 6 years now and I have never taken any other type of yoga class so this was a first. I enjoyed it very much, and I am going to make it a point to add it to my regular practice. I have started practicing regularly again, and I believe the yin is going to get me back quicker to a solid 26/2 practice. The class is not heated, lasts about 50 minutes, and is non impact. BTW, the teacher (Michelle) was awesome.

Thanks, Bill! Glad you are enjoying our new classes!

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Sterling Summer Photo Challenge Winners Announced!

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Tree Pose Sterling Summer Photo ChallengeCONGRATULATIONS to everyone who supported the Sterling Photo Challenge!

It was truly inspiring and almost overwhelming to see the Mobile Sterling community share and support one another on this level!

There were:

  • 24 photos posted
  • 69 comments made
  • 37 shared posts
  • 680 likes

Congratulations, Yashika Agarwalla, Kate Percy and Cara Hemmer, for having the top three photos with the most likes.

And congratulations, Jessica Kynaston, you liked, commented, and shared the most. (Thanks!)

Everyone else who participated won a T-shirt. Please join us Saturday, August 13 at 9 .m. (right before Inferno Hot Pilates) to be a part of a group photo of everyone who participated in the Sterling Photo Challenge. Hope to see you all there!

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New Developments Around Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile

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Publix Shopping Center New DevelopmentAs many of you know, plans are full speed ahead for the development of the Publix shopping center all around us. We are thrilled with the opportunity!

More parking, more exposure to shoppers and more convenience for all our patrons!

We recently signed a new lease on our building, so rest assured, Sterling will be here for a long time!

Construction will begin in a few months, and we have been assured that parking and access will remain available!

Continue to support your Sterling studio and look forward to new developments!

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Sterling Summer Photo Challenge

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sterling hot yoga summer photo challengeIt’s summertime, and it’s time to show off your wonderful yoga self!

Join the Sterling Summer Photo Challenge and share photos of yourself in your favorite yoga posture around Mobile or on vacation!

And the best part is you can WIN BIG!

How Do You Enter?

Take an awesome photo of you (and your dog, and your kids, and your spouse) doing your favorite yoga pose.

Upload it to Instagram or Facebook and tag Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile.

Add the following hashtags: #SterlingHotYogaWorksMobile #SterlingHotYoga #SterlingPhotoChallenge #MidtownYoga

By 10 pm that same day, your photo will be uploaded to our “Sterling Photo Challenge” photo album on our SHYW Mobile Facebook page.

Then you get to vote! Everyone gets to vote!

How Do You Vote?sterling hot yoga summer photo challenge

To vote, do three things:

  1. “LIKE” the photo you see on the SHYW Mobile Facebook page.
  2. “COMMENT” on the photo you like.
  3. “SHARE” your favorite photo with all your friends on your own Facebook page!

BONUS ENTRY: If you don’t want your photo on Facebook, just vote and vote often! Everyone who likes the photos entered (and comments and shares) will also be entered into a drawing to win big prizes!

STERLING HOT YOGA WORKS T-SHIRTS ARE NOT REQUIRED, BUT ARE CERTAINLY ENCOURAGED!

Contest entries will run from July 1-July 31, 2016. On August 1, we will announce the winners on Facebook and on the studio chalkboard!

Be creative, be bold, be safe, be you and be STERLING!

Official Rules Apply:

  1. You must tag Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile on Facebook and/or Instagram for you to qualify and enter the contest.
  2. You can enter as many DIFFERENT photos as you want each day starting July 1.
  3. HAVE FUN, BE SAFE! Do not break the law.
  4. Vote as often as you want!

DISCLAIMER: Sterling Hot Yoga Works is not liable for injuries or damage to personal equipment/property that may occur during participation in the Sterling Summer Photo Challenge. Contest participant assumes all responsibility.

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Semi-Private Iron Hour Class Available

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sterling iron hour semi private classAnna will be hosting an Iron Hour semi-private class on Sundays at 8:15 a.m. starting July 10.

This is a class that is separate from any membership and is not included in the schedule.

It will include both the Iron Hour class and individual suggestions to support alignment in postures and to get the maximum benefit from your hard work!

Cost for the Iron Hour semi-private is $25 per person.

Sign up at the front desk or call the studio at 251-471-5775 to secure your spot.

Hope to see you there!

Sterling Water Bottle Sale Helps You Stay Hydrated

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sterling water bottle discountDid you get your Sterling water bottle yet?

It’s a hot, hot summer, so we want to help you stay hydrated for classand for your health!

Our colorful collection of Sterling water bottles is STILL 25% off.

This is a great deal, so take advantage of it while you can.

Large bottles, regularly $39.99, are only $30. Medium bottles, regularly $35.99, are just $26.99. And small bottles, regularly $34.99, are $26.24.

Stay hydratedand help hydrate the one you love! Sterling water bottles keep water and other fluids cold for HOURS on end.

They are perfect for our hot, Southern summers. Get yours today!

Vote for Sterling as Best in Mobile!

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lagniappe nappie awards 2016, sterling hot yoga, hot yoga, mobile alMOBILE, thank you so very much for your Nappie nominations in the Lagniappe’s annual “Best of” Mobile contest.

We are proud to announce that both Anna Percy AND Michelle Ryan are in the finals for Best Yoga Instructor in town!

PLUS Sterling Hot Yoga Works is a finalist for Best Yoga Studio!

We would appreciate your continued support and votes.

Remember, you can vote once per hour so vote now and vote EVERY HOUR by clicking here!

From June 2 – June 29, 2016, you have the opportunity to vote on the Top Six finalists in each category, and readers will have a chance to vote for all their favorites among those both online and in print.

Finalists were determined by readers who voted in the Nomination Period (April 21-May 18).

Winners will be announced in the July 21 issue of Lagniappe and recognized at the Nappie Awards Ceremony on Friday, July 22 at the Saenger Theatre.

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Sterling Introduces Inferno Hot Pilates

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inferno hot pilates, mobile al, sterling hot yogaSprite, Michelle and Lucille recently returned from Houston, where they attended an Inferno Hot Pilates teacher training! And now, they are excited to share this class with our Sterling community.

After just two classes, Lucille said she feels stronger and already can see muscle development.

Michelle, who has taken multiple Inferno Hot Pilates classes at Bikram Hot Yoga Huntsville, said it’s a challenging practice that delivers quick results and helps you realize greater potential in yourself!

The course was taught by the world-renowned Gabriella Walters, who designed and founded Inferno Hot Pilates. The class is a fun, challenging, full-body, low-impact, high-intensity practice using the principles of Pilates, including mindfulness, humility, control and breath.

Performed on a yoga mat and towel in a slightly heated room with energetic music, Hot Pilates is an amazing practice that strengthens muscles and burns fat. It is designed for all fitness levels. Both men and women love it!

Mobile is the first studio in Lower Alabama to offer this amazing class! I am confident that you, like me, will find this class to be life-changing!

We will offer Inferno Hot Pilates on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.*, Thursday at 8:15 a.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.* Starred class times will rotate with other offerings, so be sure check the schedule to verify class type.

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Breathe! Everything Else Is Optional!

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muscles of the diaphragm, breathing, hot yoga, sterling hot yoga

Muscles of the Diaphragm

The more I learn about the body, the more impressed I am with the original series that brought me to Mobile.

A while ago, I came across a 3D video of the diaphragm in action. (Take a look by clicking here or on the photo to the right.)

When you inhale, the diaphragm lowers, providing space and a vacuum in order to draw air into the body.

When you exhale, the diaphragm rises, to create positive pressure enough to push the air out of the lungs. It seems very simple, but truly, there’s nothing simple about it.

There are many muscles involved in the act of breathing.

We talk a lot about the intercostals, the muscles in between the ribs, but that’s really a simplification of the process.
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Muscles of the Thoracic Wall

Suffice it to say that there’s a lot involved in taking a breath. Check here or on the photo to the right for a nice primer.

Think about Pranayama Deep Breathing.

Think about how you are conditioning the muscles involved in breathing.

Think about how you are stretching and strengthening the very important elements that allow you to do the one thing that you MUST DO to stay alive! What a wonderful thing to do!

When we tell you “Breathe—everything else is optional,” we truly mean it!

If you or anyone else you know can come in and take a couple of deep breaths, that’s REALLY important! That’s all you need to do!

Because once you get the systems required to breathe down, everything else will come more easily.

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