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2020 Challenge Update: Eight Months Down, Four to Go!

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The end of our 2020 challenge is in sight for these dedicated challengers. Only four months to go! 

These students have showed up on their mats in the studio and at home to maintain a regular practice despite the unexpected challenges this year has brought. 

So congratulations are in order for their consistency!

Robert Carlock, 42
Sheri Granberry, 32
Audrey Williamson, 29
Mendy Bornfleth, 27
Candice Cravins, 25
Paula Brown, 20
Michelle Ryan, 22
Tyloria Crenshaw, 20

We know there are many other new students who have joined Sterling since the challenge began, and there’s a way you can get in on our annual challenge too.

If you’ve recently started practicing with us or maybe you’ve taken a little break, for every month you take 20 classes this year, you’ll get an entry into a separate drawing for some other great prizes. That means you’ve got four months to get four entries!

We’re so proud of our challengers and everyone who makes time to show up on their mat with Sterling, whether at home or online. 

Now more than ever it’s important to take care of yourself. Just know that we support you and your practice!

New Studio Policy: Wearing Masks Required

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In compliance with the City of Mobile’s ordinance requiring residents to wear face coverings in public places, we are also requiring our students to wear masks at the studio. 

Effective Friday, July 3 and for 30 days following, everyone will be required to follow these guidelines: 

  • Wear a face covering when you enter the studio
  • Wear face covering at all times while in the lobby
  • Enter the yoga room ASAP and secure your spot
  • Please keep face covering on until class begins 
  • You may choose to wear face covering during class (make sure breathing stays efficient if you do this) 

In addition, please also adhere to the following protocols that will continue to keep Sterling a safe and happy space for all! 

Please enter the yoga room through the first door (closest to the entrance) and exit through the second door (closest to the back exit) to avoid congestion. 

While Sterling is a unique community and we all enjoy connecting with our fellow yogis, please continue to maintain social distancing before and after class.

Thank you for your cooperation and support! 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Why It’s So Important

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Staying hydrated is essential if you regularly practice our hot yoga and Pilates classes. But in the summer, it becomes even more important.

Adequate hydration helps the heart pump more efficiently, optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, aids in digestion and more.

When practicing at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, we recommend drinking a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces (even more in the summer!) at least 40 minutes before class begins.

Drinking water is one of the best ways to stay hydrated. But you can get hydrated in other ways, such as by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Coconut water and other electrolyte replacements may help you bounce back after an especially hot day and/or yoga or Pilates session.

Some other tips to stay hydrated, even in the Gulf Coast summer heat:

– Invest in a reusable water bottle. Invest in a reusable water bottle. Keep it filled and close by, and take regular water breaks throughout the day. 

– Set water consumption goals daily and stick to them! Set water consumption goals and stick to them! It may help to set a schedule just to keep you on track.

– Infuse your water with flavor to make it more appealing. If the taste of water gets too boring, boost it with the addition of fresh fruit, like limes, lemons, berries, cucumbers and the like.

 

Sterling Reopening Guidelines, Livestreaming Classes Continue

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We’re excited to announce that Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness will reopen on Monday, May 18 at 6:15 a.m.! 

Our schedule is changing just slightly to accommodate extra cleaning between classes, so please check our online schedule and take note.

As we continue to adhere to public health guidelines for your safety, we will implement the following protocols until further notice: 

Temperature screenings will be conducted and questions regarding COVID-19 exposure will be asked upon your arrival.

Please continue to book your classes online as there will be no sign-in sheets at the front desk in order to minimize contact. The teacher or staff member will check you in when you arrive.  

Classes will be limited to 20 students each. The hot room has been marked in accordance with recommended social distancing guidelines. Ten students may waitlist the class, and 5 minutes before the class begins, we will allow students on the waitlist to enter the room. 

After you check in, we ask that you enter the hot room as soon as possible and prepare for your class.

Please respect social distancing in the lobby and common areas in the studio. In an effort to minimize contact, reduced seating will be available. 

Mat and towel rentals are temporarily suspended, as well as studio-provided props, such as blocks, blosters, straps and weights. We will have some of these items available for purchase at the studio.

Locker rooms are available for restroom use, but shower facilities are not being offered. 

If you prefer to continue taking classes virtually, that option is still available for every class on the schedule. We’re not going to let that stop you from practicing with us!

We are still offering $30 live streaming memberships for your first month so our new members can begin their practice with us.  

Stay connected to Sterling and our teachers by joining their livestream classes! ALL classes on our schedule can be practiced from your home, so even though we’re apart, we can be connected energetically.

Remember that even if you are practicing alone for the time being, we are still all in this together! Thank you for your presence (even virtually) that helps make Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness the special place and community that it is!

 

March 2020 Challenge Update: Reaching 20-Class Goals Despite Covid-19

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We know you know March was a crazy month for everyone. Even with all the changes and challenges presented by Covid-19, these students still stuck by their goals in the 2020 Renew You Challenge. 

We’re congratulating these students (at a distance) for making time for their practice:

Robert Carlock, 39
Mendy Bornfleth, 29
Audrey Williamson, 28
Candice Cravins, 26
Paula Brown, 24
Cassandra Holman, 24
Michelle Ryan, 22
Tyloria Crenshaw, 20

If you got behind last month, there is still plenty of time to catch up! 

We are updating your challenge cards with your April classes here at the studio. (But you cou can always check your visit log when you sign in to your Mind Body account to make sure you’re on track with your goals.)

Keep in mind you are working toward some great prizes at the end of the year! 

Everyone who completes 20 classes each month of 2020 will earn a place on the challenge wall and a long-sleeved Dri-Fit pullover, and will be entered to win an annual membership or one of two Fitbit fitness trackers. 

Miss a month? No problem! For each month that you do reach the 20-class mark, you’ll receive an entry to have a chance to win some other great prizes.

Everyone, keep up the great work!

 

Valentine’s Gift Ideas NOW Available at Sterling

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re showering your sweetheart with gifts or pampering yourself, you can get everything you need at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness!

Gift certificates are always available at Sterling if you want to give someone an intro, comeback, monthly or even annual membership. Click the link above and choose your gift amount. 

Treat your Valentine to a massage with Arnie Harrison, our on-site massage therapist. Get gift certificates for 60-minute sessions or 90-minute sessions here.  

Coastal Contours & Wellness is offering several specials this month that would make great gifts! Turn back the hands of time with OxyGeneo facials (buy two, get one FREE). Click here for details or to purchase.

Your Valentine would love to receive any of these gifts (and you too!) this year!

Inferno Hot Pilates: Tabata and HIIT Decoded

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If you’ve taken Inferno Hot Pilates, you’ve heard your teacher mention Tabata method or high-intensity interval training (HIIT), but what does that mean?

We’ll break it down! The Tabata method was created in 1996 by scientist Izumi Tabata to analyze the effectiveness of a HIIT program developed for the Japanese Olympic Speed Skating Team. 

His 20-seconds of intense workout at maximum effort (or 170% of VO2 max or maximum rate of oxygen consumption) followed by 10 seconds of rest was determined to improve cardiorespiratory endurance.

This very specific form of HIIT exercise burns fat, thanks to an elevated heart rate, and it protects and develops muscle tissue. 

When it comes down to it, Tabata and HIIT combined in Inferno Hot Pilates is a challenging, yes, but FUN workout!

If you haven’t tried it, you’ll have to visit us at Sterling. No other studio in town offers Inferno Hot Pilates, and we offer it five times a week! 

 

Inferno Hot Pilates: Where Did It Come From?

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Inferno Hot Pilates, the challenging, but fun workout you love, is relatively new.

Gabriella Walters, an accomplished track & field athlete, developed it in 2009 in response to a severe knee injury. 

The Budapest, Hungary native turned to meditation, yoga and Pilates, all of which influenced her signature high-intensity, low-impact workout.

In 2012, Gabi established her own dedicated Inferno Hot Pilates studio in Las Vegas after certifications in power yoga with Bryan Kest and Pilates with Balanced Body Studio.

Inferno Hot Pilates is a great fit for original hot yoga studios because classes are already heated. IHP is intended to be taught at 95 degrees and 40 percent humidity.

Today, Gabi has certified teachers throughout the United States, Europe and beyond!

 

Inferno Hot Pilates: Why It Hurts So Good!

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Nearly four years ago, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness added Inferno Hot Pilates to its schedule, and y’all have been getting stronger ever since!

But how does Inferno Hot Pilates work? Why is it so hot? And why should you take it? Here’s the answers to all your questions and more!

Inferno Hot Pilates is a challenging, full-body workout that targets and strengthens your core, arms and legs.

By applying Pilates principles to a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) approach, you get results very quickly!

Inferno Hot Pilates is a safer approach and protects your joints as all exercises are done on the mat and there is no running or jumping.

It works by keeping your heart rate up, thanks to the HIIT approach, and helps you burn fat. 

The smaller controlled movement of Pilates sculpt your body and create long, lean muscles. 

The heat loosens up the muscles quickly, and the humidity makes you sweat. 

Together that adds up to results and strength! 

Try Inferno Hot Pilates, exclusively at Sterling, five times a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays (starting Jan. 15), Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 a.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reach your fitness goals this year through a fun, challenging workout!

2019 Sterling Holiday Schedule

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Our 2019 Holiday Schedule gives you opportunities to practice AND time to enjoy the holidays with your friends and families.

We’ll offer our usual morning schedule on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31.

No classes will be schedule on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25.

You’ll have one chance to get your 2020 started off right on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1 with a 9:30 a.m. Original Hot Yoga 90-minute class.

Keep up with our schedule online or by checking the MINDBODY Online app (FREE download on Apple and Android devices).