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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). 

 

Sterling Wellness Services Available for You or Someone Else!

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Holidays got you stressed? We’ve got the answer for that too! Sterling is very fortunate to have skilled massage therapists and reiki energy healers on staff. 

Purchase gift certificates from Arnie Harrison for 90-minute massages or 60-minute massages from Arnie Harrison by clicking the link for online delivery. Gift certificates can also be purchased at the studio.   

Contact Manja for information on reiki sessions for yourself or someone else.

Whether you’re interested in these services for yourself or to gift to someone else, contact David at 251-471-5775 for more information.

 

Why You Should Make Time For Yin Yoga

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Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious? It’s common from time to time, but during the holidays, these feelings can shift into overdrive.

So what are you doing to take care of yourself? Practicing yoga does help. But it’s important to make time to incorporate less strenuous styles of classes into your practice. 

That’s where yin comes in. Without yin yoga, your practice isn’t whole. Think about the yin and yang symbol. 

If you’re only showing up on your mat for original hot yoga, vinyasa and even Inferno Hot Pilates, you need to balance your practice with yin.

Yin allows you time and space to slow down, to relax and to breathe. By holding postures longer at your edge (no pushing!) in a cooler room, you can stretch everything below the muscle and closer to the bone.

This makes yin a powerful internal practice, not only physically, but also mentally as well. 

By consistently taking yin yoga, you can experience improved flexibility, stronger focus, more patience nyasa and even Inferno Hot Pilates, you need to balance your practice with yin. This makes yin a powerful internal practice, not only physically, but also mentally as well.

By consistently taking yin yoga, you can experienced improved flexibility, stronger focus, more patience and reduced stress.

Sound great? Try yin on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.!

 

How Iron Hour Works With Other Sterling Classes

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Practicing Iron Hour consistently can help improve your upper body and core strength, which can help improve your balance in your original hot yoga and vinyasa classes.

A stronger core does more than help your balance in Standing Head to Knee and Standing Bow. It can help give you strength to twist in Triangle and Spine Twist too.

Like original hot yoga, vinyasa works the whole body, but the emphasis on the upper body is more pronounced, thanks to chaturangas and planks.

To be fair, both original hot yoga and vinyasa can help you build a strong core too, but the addition of weights in Iron Hour can add that little extra when you need to change up your routine.

Even practicing your grip on the weights in Iron Hour can refine smaller details of your practice like sealing your hands together in Half Moon and Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee.

If you haven’t tried Iron Hour, make plans to soon! We offer it three times a week at Sterling — 8:15 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Take at least one class a week for a month, and see your strength improve!

 

Iron Hour: Don’t ‘Weight’ Around! Here’s Why You Should Take This Class!

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Iron Hour was the first non-original hot yoga class we branched out with at Sterling.

But, like all the other classes we offer, it’s a great complement to the original hot yoga on which the studio was founded.

Iron Hour is based on a vinyasa flow, but it incorporates weights to further enhance the benefits you can receive from yoga. 

Promote Muscle Growth and Protect Muscles: With the addition of weights, muscle oxygenation is improved. This also protects muscles from tears and strains because weightlifting works muscles closer to the bones.

Strengthen Your Core: Using weights strengthens more than just your arms. But you have to strengthen the core of the body before you can strengthen arms and legs. Iron Hour can improve your posture, protect your lower back and even protect your internal organs with its focus on the core.

Improve Balance and Coordination: This is directly related to original hot yoga. Just think of the balancing series! But balance means more than standing on one leg; it also means discovering balance of ease and effort when muscles work together. Improving balance also improves your coordination and concentration — great skills off the mat too!

Build Bone Density: Lifting weights creates resistance, your muscles pulling against your bones. That introduces stress (in a good way!) on your bones. When your body detects this, it sends a signal to the cells in your bones that makes them stronger and denser.

Get Stronger With Age: Yoga can build bone density and muscle mass, but it’s recommended that you incorporate weights as you get older. Muscle mass decline begins at age 40, and by the age of 70 you could lose 30 percent if you stay sedentary. Iron Hour is a great way to complement your yoga routine and get stronger!

We offer Iron Hour three times a week – 8:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Make time for it and see how it changes your original hot yoga practice!

 

Original Hot 60: When and Why You Should Take This Class

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Many longtime practitioners will tell you that there’s no substitute for the Original Hot 90 Minute class. We agree!

So why do we offer the Original Hot 60? Plain and simple, we want to offer you as many opportunities as possible to practice.

We understand that sometimes it’s hard to make time for a 90-minute class, not to mention the time it takes to travel to the studio, get ready after, etc.

That’s where the Original Hot 60 comes in. While we recommend taking the 90-minute class as often as possible, take the 60-minute class when you can’t make the time commitment to the 90. 

Doing so will help you maintain your progress AND maintain a consistent practice — both good things!

Did you know that some studios limit their 60-minute classes to more experienced practitioners? 

Often, we see that newer students are attracted to the 60-minute class because the class length is less intimidating.  

Because of the faster pace of the 60, it offers more of a cardiovascular benefit, so be prepared for a good workout!