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Sterling Schedule Changes Effective Thursday, July 1

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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

Why Lavender Towels in Savasana?

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Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be used for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. 

That’s why we’re so excited to have brought back our cool lavender towels for you to enjoy during savasana!

If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to receive a lavender towel, that is absolutely no problem. Just let the teacher know. 

When you are finished with class, please place your used lavender towel in the basket just outside the hot room door with any rented Sterling practice towels.

We’ll take care of the rest. Enjoy!

How You Can Support Services for Veterans This Month

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Memorial Day is this month, and what a special time to remember the ultimate sacrifices our service men and women–and their families–have made.

In memory of them, we are asking you to join our May karma cause and “Be the Light” in our community for veterans.

We want to highlight and support Veterans Recovery Resources, which provides a unique by-veteran, for-veteran approach in delivering counseling, physical therapy, medical care and more. They are also one of our valued community partners!

Please help us support their much-needed role in being the light to one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the country.

If you’re not currently an active member, you can “Be the Light” by joining us for ANY class now through Memorial Day. Simply click this link and your donation gives you access to a class. Then schedule your class between now and Monday, May 31, it’s that simple! All proceeds go to this most important community service.

Sterling members are welcome to make donations to this worthy cause as well. If you can’t make it to a class, but want to make a donation, we will be accepting them through the end of the month.

We Need Your Votes to Bring Home TWO Nappie Awards!

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Well, we made it to the finals of the 2021 Nappie Awards thanks to YOUR votes! 

That means we’ll still need your help to bring home 2021 Nappie Awards in TWO categories, Best Yoga Studio and Best Yoga Instructor. 

Beginning TODAY at noon, start casting your votes here

Established in 2010, Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness was the first yoga studio in Alabama to offer Original Hot Yoga. 

Since that time, our schedule has expanded to include Yoga Sculpt (previously Iron Hour), Inferno Hot Pilates, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga.

That’s just our typical weekly schedule! 

Some of our special classes or workshops include: Candlelight Yin + Yoga Nidra, Platinum Plus (an intermediate hot yoga class), Hot Vinyasa Fusion and Gravity Yoga.

Not to mention our two very special community partners through which we offer yoga, USA’s Mitchell Cancer Institute and Veterans Recovery Resources.

We are committed to being an excellent source of health and wellness in the Mobile community, and we hope you’ll keep voting for us!

You can vote once per day now through Sunday, May 23 at midnight.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we will introduce our TWO teachers who are representing Sterling who have made the Nappie finals for Best Yoga Instructor: Michelle Ryan and Kenee Lacoste.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and votes!

 

It’s Time to Rock the Nappie Votes!

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Who’s the Best Yoga Studio in Mobile? Who’s the Best Yoga Instructor? Well, we hope you think that we are and the best instructor teaches here!

We’d love to make it to the finals of the 2021 Nappie Awards for the Best Yoga Studio and Best Yoga Instructor in Mobile, but we need your help.

Please nominate Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness as the Best Yoga Studio in Mobile and who among our awesome teachers is the Best Yoga Instructor in Mobile once per day between now and Sunday, March 28.

Click here to submit your choices for Best Yoga Studio, Best Yoga Instructor and more in the 2021 Nappies! You’ll find us in the Beauty, Health and Wellness categories.

Thank you for your continued support!

Happy Veterans Day!

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Many studies are touting the benefits of yoga for military members, including reduction in use of pharmaceutical medications, increased range of motion, decreased depression and more.

At Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, we are proud to count several military and veterans among our students. 

We have offered classes to military units, and we have teachers trained in trauma-informed and mindful resilience practices.

One of our community partners is Veterans Recovery Resources, a non-profit, community-based mental wellness program that is developed by veterans for veterans. One of our own Sterling yogis, John Kilpatrick, is a 30-year Army reservist and founder of the program. 

The goal of Veterans Recovery Resources is to improve veteran well-being by removing barriers to mental healthcare. John is passionate about providing a unique recovery program for veterans and their families suffering from substance abuse, PTSD and other mental health issues.

There are 64,000 veterans in the Gulf Coast area, the second largest concentration of these brave men and women in the entire country.

On this Veterans Day, we are especially thankful for those who have served and continue to serve. We are also proud to provide our support to these men and women and everyone in our community.

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!