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Michelle Ryan

Fall Challenge Begins Friday, Oct. 1!

By Announcement

Need some motivation to commit or recommit to your practice? There’s nothing like a challenge to get you going, and we’ve got a great one!

Sign up for our 30-Day Practice Makes Progress Fall Challenge, and take any combination of 30 classes at the studio or livestreaming in 31 days, beginning Friday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Complete the challenge, and you will earn a challenge T-shirt, the eternal recognition of signing the challenge wall and be entered into a drawing to win some great prizes! 

We’ll have a fun challenge party to celebrate your achievements, let you sign the challenge wall and announce our prize winners.

Ask about sign-up cards at the front desk!

 

Hot Vinyasa Fusion Returns Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

By Events

Looking for a class that combines the best of Bikram Yoga AND the best of vinyasa flow? We’ve got it! 

Hot Vinyasa Fusion is back on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Michelle will lead this 75-minute class that begins with several rounds of chaturangas, stretches and even some original hot yoga postures mixed in. 

Then it transitions to some balancing poses and floor work that will be very familiar if you practice the 26 and 2 regularly. 

It’s heated to about 100 degrees, so you will still work up a good sweat!

The original hot yoga sequence helps maintain and restore natural range of motion, but it is sometimes criticized for not having much of a focus on the upper body or hip openers. That’s where Hot Vinyasa Fusion comes in!

If you’ve tried it and loved it, your chance to practice it again is coming up soon. If you haven’t taken it yet, so is your chance to try it!

Sign up for the in-studio class here or the livestream option here!

 

How to Get Free Yoga and Support a Great Cause This Month

By Events

September is National Yoga Month, and it’s the perfect time to give it a try. We’re making it easier than ever with our September karma cause!

During the month of September, which is also Hunger Action Month, first-timers and comebacks can take up to two FREE classes with a donation of two non-perishable food items.  

Donations collected will benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. We invite everyone–even current members–to contribute to help us do our part to end hunger in our community.

Your support is needed now more than ever with continued impacts of COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida in our communities. 

We’ll accept food items through Thursday, Sept. 30.

First-timers, please arrive 15 minutes before class begins. Free class applies to any class on our schedule throughout the month of September! 

Visit our class schedule, select the class you want to sign up for and follow the prompts to create an account on Mind Body. 

Bring your donation to the studio, and you can take class for free!

 

Sterling Hot Yoga Provides Everything David Rubey Needs

By Testimonial

David Rubey took his first hot yoga class at what is now Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness about 10 years ago. Though he wasn’t able to begin practicing consistently at the time, he says he never forgot his experience at Sterling, and that’s part of the reason he came back.

“When I moved back to Mobile after establishing a yoga practice at the downtown Birmingham YMCA, I needed to find a studio here,” he said. “I picked Sterling because I had my very first yoga experience there and it was close to my house in Midtown.”

David resumed his yoga practice in Mobile during the COVID lockdown, and he said Sterling came to the rescue with virtual classes that helped him ease back into a routine after being out of it for several months. Though the online classes served their purpose, he was glad to get back into the hot room.

“There’s nothing quite like it,” he said.

David had mostly practiced hot vinyasa, but at Sterling, he has found everything he needs in the combination of instructors and classes offered.

“I can work on strength training in my yoga sculpt class or mindfulness meditation in yin yoga. I can work on flexibility in the 26/2 hot yoga class or go for a balance of strength, flexibility and meditation in my vinyasa flow class,” he said. “I don’t need any other memberships to the gym or other health clubs. All I need is the Sterling community of instructors and students and their hot yoga room. Overall, my decision to join Sterling has been a huge upgrade to my personal wellness.”

With consistent practice, David has noticed changes in mood regulation, body weight regulation, core strength, and flexibility which helps him avoid injuries during high impact activities like playing soccer.

“I have the ability to stay focused, present and be a good human even during the difficult times in life,” he said.

All it took for David to get hooked on yoga was to accept a friend’s invitation to take a class, and the result has been life-changing.

“Practicing yoga is one of life’s hidden gems. If you put effort into your practice, the benefits are priceless,” he said. “It is like a long-term investment in your mind, body and spirit that you will never regret.”

David has experienced firsthand how important and powerful the physical and mental benefits of his yoga practice are, and that’s something he says he will treasure forever. 

“My yoga practice has been an investment in my physical and mental health as well as my spiritual well being. It has helped me overcome addiction, recover from losses of loved ones and generally keeps me in a mindful and healthy lifestyle,” he said. “My yoga practice is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

How could yoga change your life? There is only one way to find out! Sign up for our 30-day new student special here so you can experience all the classes and benefits Sterling has to offer you!

Masks On for Breathing Exercises in Hot Yoga Classes!

By Announcement

Given the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, we are adjusting our mask requirements in our hot yoga classes.

Until recently, we taught closed-mouth breathing in pranayama to begin the class and blowing in firm to end it. We will encourage everyone to practice these again the same way.

If you prefer to practice these breathing exercises with an open mouth as they are typically taught, we will require masks on. 

This applies to the breathing exercises only, and the mask may be removed for the yoga practice.

Masks will be available at the front desk. Please continue to observe social distancing inside and outside of the hot room.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding!

 

New Class Added: Vin/Yin Combo!

By Events

Can’t decide between vinyasa flow or yin yoga? Now you don’t have to!

Experience an energizing vinyasa flow followed by the surrender of yin yoga in one NEW class. We’ll be offering Vin/Yin tonight and Monday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

It’s half vinyasa and half yin, but ALL amazing! It’s a great way to warm up the body in preparation for a deeper state of rest and meditation. 

Sign up now to reserve your spot in the studio here or get the link to join the class virtually here.

We can’t wait to see what you think about this exciting new combo!

 

Sterling Schedule Changes Effective Thursday, July 1

By News

Due to decreased demand, increased vaccinations and falling infection rates, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness will begin limiting the number of virtual classes being offered effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 1. 

We had to quickly transition to virtual classes (and for a period virtual-only) due to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders. For several weeks, this was the only way we could keep the Sterling community together!

If you regularly attend our streaming classes, please check the schedule to see what options are still available in this format.

To participate in these classes, you will need to register in advance to receive the link to join. The link will be sent approximately 15 minutes before the class begins.

Effective July 1, 2021, the following classes will be offered in the studio and online. All others will be in-studio only.

Mondays
7 p.m. Vinyasa Flow

Tuesdays
5:30 p.m. Inferno Hot Pilates
7 p.m. Original Hot 60

Wednesdays
5:30 p.m. Vinyasa Flow
7 p.m. Yin Yoga

Saturdays
8:15 a.m. Inferno Hot Pilates

Sundays 
10 a.m. Original Hot 60

View our complete schedule here. See you in class soon

Platinum Plus Now Scheduled for Saturday, July 10

By Events

Have you been missing Platinum Plus? It’s back on this schedule this month at Sterling on Saturday, July 10 at noon.

Platinum Plus is our 75-minute take on the intermediate hot yoga series, and it combines postures you would practice in the 26/2 of the beginner’s sequence, intermediate Ghosh postures and others similar to vinyasa or yin.

Don’t be intimidated by the word “intermediate.” Every pose has steps you work on as you progress. We do recommend that you have practiced the 26/2 sequence before taking this one.

This class is offered for a $10 drop-in rate. Reserve your spot here!

Studio Etiquette Reminders

By Announcement

What a challenge the past 18 months have been for all of us! It’s exciting to see more of you in the studio as we return to normal. We welcome regular members, old friends returning and new faces to our wellness community.

We would like to remind everyone of these tips to make your experience (and others’) most rewarding.

• Classes start on time. The studio is open at least 30 minutes before class, so don’t be late! Plan to give yourself a few minutes to “arrive on your mat” to be in the right frame of mind for class.

• Please leave all phones and keys in the cubbies in the lobby and locker rooms. Doors are locked during class, so your personal belongings are always safe!

You, your yoga mat, towel and water is all you need in the hot room.

• Please observe silence in the hot room. For some, that is the only meditation we will experience throughout the day, so you are welcome to socialize in the lobby before or after class.

 Please wait to leave until the teacher has left at the end of class. Use final savasana to absorb all those amazing benefits before you head out. Furthermore, we want to see you before you leave the studio!

• While official local and state ordinances have ended and studio guidelines have been relaxed, certain protocols are still followed. Mask-wearing is strictly optional. Classes are limited to 25 maximum capacity. The hot room carpet and other touch surfaces are still being sprayed with a virucide.

• Showers are again available. For your convenience, towels are available for rental at the front counter.

And so, we move forward! Thank you for your patience and for your ongoing support of Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness. See you in the hot room!

Schedule Changes Due to Tropical Storm Threat

By Announcement

Due to the threat of tropical weather and predicted heavy rain, we will not have the following classes at the studio on Saturday, June 19:

8:15 AM Inferno Hot Pilates

10 AM Original Hot 90

2:30 PM Vinyasa Flow

We will make another announcement tomorrow morning about the status of the 4:30 PM Original Hot 60.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe!

Regular schedule will resume Sunday, June 20 with Yoga Sculpt at 8:15 AM.