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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.

Jenna Zoghby Joins the Sterling Team

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Jenna ZoghbyWe are pleased to welcome Jenna Zoghby to the Sterling team as the studio’s very own registered dietitian and nutrition consultant!

She will be offering some wonderful services soon, but in the meantime, get to know Jenna and take note of her healthy holiday eating tips.

Jenna, a Mobile, Alabama native, attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School and graduated as Student Government Association president.

At the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, she developed a strong interest in the healing abilities of a healthy lifestyle. In 2013, Jenna received a degree from the College of Human Environmental Sciences in Food and Nutrition.

After college, Jenna worked for the Mobile County Health Department, educating pregnant women and new mothers in healthy nutrition.

In 2014, Jenna was accepted into Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Association. She worked with local dietitians in Mobile, Alabama to complete an internship focused on the business of nutrition.

In 2015, Jenna passed the Registered Dietetic Exam and became a Registered Dietitian. She is currently registered and licensed in Alabama working at the Mobile County Health Department. She works with adults and children practicing medical nutrition therapy to improve lives with healthy lifestyle modifications. She specializes in weight-loss counseling.

“I became interested in nutrition when I realized that combining healthy physical activity and healthy eating can decrease the risk of many life-threatening diseases,” she said. “At age 13, I was told that my asthma would probably never go away, but after I changed my diet, I no longer needed any medication.”

“I was introduced to Sterling Hot Yoga over the summer. I had done yoga before, but not like this,” she said. “The healing effects and mental clarity that the classes provide are very powerful. I love it! This type of physical activity does more than contribute to weight loss; it helps me be a happier me! I’m thrilled to be part of the Sterling team!”

As the holidays approach, and your kitchens and work space fill with candies, baked goods, and all types of tempting treats, keep these healthy tips in mind:

  • Make a list, make a list, make a list. I cannot say it enough. During the holidays, manufacturers spend big money to sell you things you really don’t need. If you plan ahead for what you need and only buy those things, it can really help.
  • During the holidays, our normal schedule changes. We have more errands, family in town and plans to keep up with. Keep healthy snacks in your house, the car and your purse so that you’re not tempted to grab junk food all day.
  • If you have time off, add extra workout sessions (like Sterling Hot Yoga!) that you aren’t able to normally attend. Your body will thank you!
  • When you sit down at the table, remember to keep half your plate full of fruits and/or veggies. If your usual holiday meal doesn’t have at least one non-starchy vegetable that’s not loaded down with butter and sugar, you might be the person to start the tradition. Try a fresh green salad or roasted broccoli instead.
  • Treat yourself! Have whatever delicious dessert your Aunt Jane brought. The problem arises when you take a few pieces home. After the holiday meal, get rid of the leftover sweets in the house. Give them away or throw them awayjust get them out!

Thank you, Jenna! We look forward to your Sterling guidance!

Walk with Sterling and Make Strides Against Breast Cancer!

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Join the Sterling team or donate as we support the American Cancer Society in making strides against breast cancer!

Join Team Sterling Hot Yoga and the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 a.m. to help “Make Strides Against Breast Cancer!”

SHY Mobile will be closed that morning to encourage everyone to come and walk with our staff.

At 8 a.m. we will join hundreds of individuals and local teams as an expression of hope that a cure can be found through research and a celebration of those who have survived cancer.

Why do you walk? Maybe you walk in honor of a breast cancer survivorthe memory of their journey still fresh in your mind.

Maybe you’ve lost loved ones to breast cancer and you are walking in their memory.

Maybe the memories of your own breast cancer experience motivate your efforts.

Or maybe you walk to make sure no one ever has to hear the words “you have breast cancer.”

Whatever your motivation, when you join, you help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against breast cancer.

Because of the dollars you raise and the steps you take, the American Cancer Society is able to help those touched by breast cancer in every community today and work to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.

Click HERE to donate or to sign up for Team Sterling Hot Yoga and walk with us to Make Strides!

Can You Handle the Scariest Hot Yoga Class Ever?

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scariest class ever halloween sterling hot yoga

Experience hot yoga Halloween style in the “Scariest Class Ever” on Friday, Oct. 30 at 5:15 p.m. at SHY Mobile!

Think hot yoga and Halloween have nothing in common? Think again.

Sterling Hot Yoga is presenting the “Scariest Class Ever” on Friday, Oct. 30 at 5:15 p.m. to kick off your Halloween weekend in style.

We’ll lead a class with three sets of each pose!

(Well, we’ll still do just one set of spine twist to give you a little break.)

Not frightened yet?

You might ask, “How long will the class be?” And the scary answer is, “As long as it takes!”

After class, stick around for some cookies, cake pops and a scary Halloween drink to kick off your spooktacular weekend.

Be sure to get in the spirit and wear a costume. If you do, we’ll give you a coupon for 25% off clothing in our retail area.

Please join us and have a BOO-tiful class!

 

Paint Cathedral Square Pink on Saturday, Oct. 10

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paint cathedral square pink breast cancer awareness free hot yoga class

Join us for yoga in Cathedral Square on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.! Help us paint the square pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Ready to welcome fall?

Come join us for FREE yoga classes in Cathedral Square this Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.!

Not only can you enjoy yoga on a beautiful Saturday morning, but also welcome the fall harvest for the fall season of Market on the Square.

Now in its 14th season, Market on the Square is a great place to find fresh veggies, pasta, seafood, dairy products, breads and other baked goods.

You’ll also find other locally produced items like candles, pottery, soaps and more.

If you join us to practice yoga, we ask that you wear pink to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Help us paint the square pink as we share the healing and restorative benefits of yoga! Stop by the studio and purchase a one of our Sterling pink breast cancer awareness T-shirts or wear some pink of your own!

The event is free, so bring your friends and family. Just bring your mat, towel and water, and practice with us!

Our Sterling pink T-shirts will be available at the square on the day of the event. Proceeds from our T-shirt sales and all donations at the square will be going to the Mitchell Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Endowment Fund.

Let’s make an impact and paint the square pink!

 

Sterling Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts Now Available!

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Sterling pink breast cancer awareness t-shirts

Crew neck style T-shirts available for men. (Guys, you look hot in pink!) V-necks and tanks available for ladies.

As practitioners, we have all experienced the wonderful healing and healthy side effects of hot yoga.

For breast cancer patients, hot yoga has been proven to be just as beneficial.

This month during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share those positive aspects with our community.

One of the most visible ways to do that is to wear one of our new pink Sterling T-shirts!

Designed specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, these shirts share the simple—but powerful—message of “Heat. Health. Hope.”

Shirts are available as pink crew necks for men or pink V-necks or hot pink tanks for women. Each style is $20 (including tax).

To pay it forward, $5 from each sale will be donated to the Mitchell Cancer Institute‘s “Breast Cancer Patient Endowment Fund,” which is used to help cover the costs of patients’ diagnostic workups, transportation to appointments, and co-pay assistance.

Please help us promote our support for those who have experienced breast cancer. Buy a shirt today!

And if you buy a shirt, you get a FREE class card to give to a breast cancer survivor to share your love with yoga!

Studies Note Yoga Benefits for Cancer Patients

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yoga benefits for cancer patients breast cancer awareness hot yogaThe world turns pink around this time of year, signaling renewed focus on breast health and breast cancer awareness.

Pink ribbons, pink hair, even pink football gear worn during NFL games serve as a subtle reminder that annual preventive care screenings, early detection and treatment are the best defense against breast cancer.

But many in the yoga community would add something else to that wellness regimen: their yoga practice.

Whether they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or were undergoing treatment, so many women at studios across the country credit their hot yoga practice for helping them manage their anxiety, regain their physical strength, and heal their bodies and their spirit.

Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile owner Lucille Moran was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer and already she can feel the positive benefits of her yoga practice.

“In sorting out a plan for health, I have learned that breast cancer has very high rate of cure,” she wrote in a client newsletter. “Every year there are more breakthroughs in therapies, and women and men are gaining more options.

“I’m lucky because the tumor was caught early, is isolated in one location and is very slow growing,” she continued. “I am convinced that our yoga has kept my body as healthy as it could be.”

Some physicians are even starting to recognize yoga’s therapeutic benefits for cancer patients.

In 2008, Dr. Timothy McCall, a physician specializing in internal medicine and the medical editor for Yoga Journal magazine, detailed some of these yoga benefits for cancer patients in the medical journal Oncology.

Among them, reduced anxiety, longer and more restful sleep, better mood and lower levels of fatigue.

McCall praised yoga as being part of a cancer treatment regimen for its adaptability based on a student’s diagnosis and overall level of health.

Because so many forms of yoga existfrom gentle to more vigorous sequencesthere is something accessible to nearly everyone.

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the close-to-home reminder that yoga can have a profound impact on one’s health, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile invites you to begin your practice today.

Now is a great time to invite friends who’ve never tried yoga or encourage someone to come back to the hot room!

Saturday, Sept. 19 kicks off Mobile/Baldwin Yoga Week as part of National Yoga Month. From Sept. 19 – 26, anyone can donate five pieces of canned or dry food (Thanksgiving type) in exchange for a free class at SHY Mobile and other participating studios in the area.

All donations will go to the Bay Area Food Bank to help families in the central Gulf Coast enjoy a healthy and fruitful Thanksgiving holiday.

If you’d like to donate and give the gift of a free class, bring in some canned food yourself and get a free class card to hand out to interested yogis in the future.

And remind them that it’s good for their health!

Sterling Celebrates National Yoga Month in September

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sterling hot yoga, natural awakenings magazine cover, national yoga monthSeptember is recognized as National Yoga Month, and the 5th Annual Mobile/Baldwin Yoga Week will be celebrated this month as well.

Sterling Hot Yoga is participating in several activities related to both!

To commemorate this occasion, our local edition of Natural Awakenings magazine reached out to the Mobile/Baldwin yoga community for a photo shoot.

September’s issue highlights some of the amazing mental and physical benefits that yoga has to offer.

If you’ve seen the magazine, then you might have recognized some of your favorite Sterling yogis featured in the September issue, including Sprite on the front cover! Click the photo above to see the entire issue, as well as other photos from the shoot taken by local photographer Brock Larsen.

Brock chose Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile for the site of the shoot largely because of the “incredible transformation process that it’s currently undergoing,” he told Natural Awakenings. “Rather than destroying the beautiful old buildings and putting in new, Mobile Airport Authority Is honoring its history through renovation. I think this is very much in line with yoga philosophy–improving is great, but it’s just as important to be happy where you are now.”

Hopefully, we can inspire people to give hot yoga a try this month!

yoga life fairYoga Life Fair

On Saturday, September 19, Sterling will be part of the Yoga Life Fair! Starting at 2:30 p.m., at the Fairhope Pier Park, join us for healthy refreshments, live music and a full schedule of yoga classes from beginner to advanced, chair yoga, aerial yoga, meditation, paddleboard yoga and more!

Sterling will have a table at the event and Anna will lead a hot (in all sense of the word) class! Be a part of it! For more details, visit www.YogaLifeFair.com or find the Yoga Life Fair page on Facebook.

bay area food bankYoga Month Food Drive

Have a friend who’s interested in coming to Sterling? Make it a win/win!

As part of yoga month celebrations, from Sept. 19 – 26, donate five pieces of canned or dry food (Thanksgiving type) in exchange for a free class!

All donations will go to the Bay Area Food Bank to help families in the central Gulf Coast enjoy a healthy and fruitful Thanksgiving holiday! And if you don’t have someone who wants to come that week, bring in some canned food yourself and get a free class card to hand out to an interested yogi in the future!

For more information about solving hunger, www.bayareafoodbank.org.