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How We’re Getting Into the Spirit of Halloween at Sterling!

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We’re excited about the month of October at Sterling, and with so many fun classes we’re planning, we hope you will be too! 
 
Most of them are inspired by Halloween, and who wouldn’t want more chances to celebrate that?
 
Don’t forget that the 30-Day Fall Challenge begins Friday, Oct. 1 and ends Sunday, Oct. 31. We’re encouraging everyone to practice 30 classes during that time, and we think these creative options will definitely inspire you to participate!
Sunday, Oct. 3 – 4:30 PM
Wheel Yin Yoga 
Experience your yin yoga practice in a new way! Deepen your backbends, open your shoulders, massage your spine and more by incorporating a yoga wheel. Wheels will be available for purchase or rent at the studio, or you are welcome to bring your own if you have one.
Monday, Oct. 18 – 7 PM
Spooky Vinyasa Flow
Experience a challenging vinyasa flow with a creative take to make it spooky! Some familiar posture names may be changed to help get you in the mood for Halloween. Join Bridget to get into the spirit of the season and have even more fun flowing!
Tuesday, Oct. 19 – 5:30 PM
’80s-Themed Inferno Hot Pilates
Break out your neon, jellies, leg warmers and big hair, and get ready to sweat to the fabulous tunes of the ‘80s! We’re encouraging everyone to dress up for this one, and since Halloween is coming up, there’s no better time to get in costume. Expect to have even more fun than usual!
Thursday, Oct. 28 – 7 PM
Silent Original Hot 90
Your teacher will lead the class while practicing with you! To get into the spirit of the season, we’ll turn the lights down and the music up. Sweat, stretch and breathe to a Halloween-inspired playlist, and experience the 26/2 in a new and different way!
Friday, Oct. 29 – 5:30 PM
Sunday, Oct. 31 – 10 AM
Scary 60 – Original Hot 60
You think you know the Original Hot 60, but not in this class! Will you do one set or two? What postures will you flow through? We can’t tell! Just know that this will be a great challenge for your body and your mind, and if you like knowing what’s next, it may be a little scary too!
Saturday, Oct. 30 – Noon
Platinum Plus
Maybe it’s a little scary to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but you and your practice will be better for it! Platinum Plus is a 75-minute intermediate-level original hot yoga class that is designed to do just that. Work toward advancing your practice with us! $10 drop-in. 
We encourage you to register in advance for these classes because we do expect there will be even more interest in them! You can book classes through Mind Body, and if you have any questions, please let us know!

NEW! Wheel Yin Yoga Class on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 PM

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Have you ever used a yoga wheel?
 
It’s a great prop to help massage the spine, assist in deep backbends and aid in flexibility, and we’re introducing them at Sterling!
 
Join Michelle on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. for a yin yoga class that will incorporate yoga wheels. 
 
We’ll have wheels available at the studio for sale or rent, or you can bring your own. 
 
We also encourage you to bring a thick towel or thin blanket if you do participate.
 
Wheels are commonly associated with deepening backbends and assisting in reducing tightness in the chest and shoulders. 
 
But this class will also make use of the wheel in forward folds and hip-opening poses. 
 
Sign up here in advance so you will have access to a wheel and to reserve your spot. Class size is limited! 
 
This is the first of what we hope are even more wheel yoga classes, so we hope you can join us and let us know what you think!

Fall Challenge Begins Friday, Oct. 1!

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

Platinum Plus Now Scheduled for Saturday, July 10

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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!