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July 4th Holiday Schedule Announced

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American Flag Independence Day July 4thWe will have the following schedule for the July 4th weekend.

Please take note:

Friday July 3
9:30am – Sterling 60

Saturday, July 4
Studio is CLOSED

Sunday, July 5
8:15am – Iron Hour
9:30am – Sterling 60

Monday, July 6
Regular Schedule


Enjoy your independence!

Get Ready for the Alchemy Challenge!

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Alchemy is the forerunner to modern chemistry.

Sterling Hot Yoga is billed as a ‘foundry for change.’

A regular practice can bring about physical, mental and emotional changes, and many of our students’ personal stories and experiences have reinforced that.

So to build on that idea of change, Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile is organizing an alchemy challenge.

What does that mean? Well, the definition of alchemy is “transforming a substance into great value; an elixir of life!”

When you practice Sterling Hot Yoga, you are chemically transforming your body and mind into something greater, better, stronger and, yes, you are creating an elixir of life!

So with that in mind, we are introducing the Alchemy challenge. Here’s how it works:

1.  Before your challenge begins, you will schedule a one-on-one meeting for a baseline analysis which will include:

  • Basic Nutrition Counseling
  • Basic Yoga Therapy Consultation
  • Body Composition Analysis, including: percentage of body weight that is fat; percentage of body weight that is muscle; and calculation of ideal weight.

2.  You will commit to the following schedule each week for four weeks:

  • Two Iron Hour Classes AND
  • Two Gold 90 OR Sterling 60 classes

3.  You will complete an exercise and nutrition diary to track eating and moving habits and general health (feelings, thoughts, sleep patterns, moods, etc.)

4.  After four weeks, you’ll meet again to review your nutrition diary and recalculate your body composition for comparison.

Body composition testing in Mobile can cost upwards of $200 for one test. At SHY Mobile, two consultations will cost you only $79 (in addition to your membership) for those on autopay and $109 for those on an introductory, comeback special or other non-autopay package.

If you want to do a second month of Alchemy, the price for a third meeting is $49 (in addition to your class package).

Space is limited – so sign up now for your transformation!

Samantha Finds Self-Acceptance On and Off the Mat

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samantha physical acceptance determination sterling hot yoga benefitsMany students try Sterling Hot Yoga for the physical changes they hope to see—a trimmer waistline, toned arms and legs, and improved balance, strength and flexibility.

But an even more profound change, in many ways, that comes with a hot yoga practice comes from within.

Samantha Wells knows that firsthand. She started practicing at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile just a few weeks before the 30-Day Spring Challenge began, having never tried hot yoga before.

“I avoided it like the plague,” she said of the heat.

Putting those former notions of hot yoga aside, she quickly committed to completing a 20-class goal to keep her newfound practice consistent and relied on her teammates to help hold her accountable.

What Samantha found on—and off—the mat was not what she expected.

Through sweat, patience and determination, she found a physical acceptance she didn’t realize she needed.

“The things I struggled with, I didn’t realize it,” she said. “But apparently I am. I didn’t realize it was an issue until it got better.”

About halfway through the challenge, Samantha posted this incredibly emotional account of her personal breakthrough on Facebook:

“This is me. This body is mine. It may not be what society tells us is ‘beautiful,’ but I am learning to love it,” she wrote. “What most people can’t see when looking at this picture is this body feels so much better than it did two months ago, it looks better than it did two months ago and it’s mine. And I’m proud of that.

“As I type this, tears are in my eyes. I’m afraid not everyone will see this body the way I have come to, but with everything I have I’m posting this so that other people can start to see their bodies as beautiful, too.”

Samantha’s new perspective on hot yoga was reinforced when she recently revisited her vision board to reflect on past goals and set new ones. She was struck by the irony of one of her posts that incorporated a popular hot yoga saying about the practice’s physical effects.

“I started hot yoga so I could ‘sweat like a pig and look like a fox,’” she said. “Two months in and I’m seeing that there’s so much more to it!”

Gradually, she said her negative self-talk was replaced with a positive, encouraging voice “telling me that I am strong, that I do have a lot to show for my hard work, that the results I’m looking for will come—with time.”

That self-acceptance gave way to a more determined Samantha during a recent kayaking experience. Despite typically avoiding such activities because of her weight, she decided to give it a try.

“The more I fell out, the more determined I was to do it,” she said. “This is a new concept for me. I usually give up, but that day I did not!”

Perhaps that resolve to overcome challenges outside of the hot room was strengthened by her resolve in it. Not only did Samantha meet her 20-day goal commitment, but she exceeded it by four classes!

During that time, there were physical changes, too, she said, that included increased flexibility, regulated blood sugar, improved muscle tone and a feeling of balance.

But most importantly hot yoga made her believe and accept that she is beautiful from the inside out, and she is eager for others to experience their own internal and external transformations.

“Join me if you’d like,” she said. “I’ll come with you to your first class, and we can be beautiful together!”

Come practice with Samantha and get started on your own yoga journey with our 30-day introductory special!

Jana Gets Over the Hump in Camel After a Year

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Jana Rocker reaches her ankle in Camel after one year of practicing at Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile.

Most new students who practice at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile are intimidated by the level of heat in the hot room.

Jana Rocker was, too, when she signed up for her first class a little more than a year ago.

“I am terrible with heat,” she said. “But the yoga helped me a lot. I can actually go outside in the heat and it does not bother me.”

Taking that first step to try hot yoga wasn’t an easy one. Cancer took its toll on Jana’s life at a young age.

She lost her arm as a result and watched helplessly as friends suffered and died from the disease.

That experience fueled her calling to pursue cancer research, but she dropped out of graduate school in 1995 when a professor told her she couldn’t do science with one arm.

For 10 years, Jana battled PTSD, depression and anxiety until she realized she was “just settling for the status quo and not growing at all as a person or working in my passion.”

“PTSD was still a problem working in a cancer center for a few years,” she said. “I still have my moments, but one thing I swear by is yoga. The ability to control my anxious responses to the hot room has carried off the mat into my life in amazing ways!”

She ranks her decision to try hot yoga as “one of the life-changing scary moments of life.” Though the yoga studio website assures that hot yoga is for everyone, she still wasn’t sure how it would be for her having one arm.

Jana does her best in each and every class and she follows modifications on various postures to get the benefits from them.

With master’s and Ph.D. in hand, Jana now works for the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute “to help others not have to go through what I went through,” she said.

Between her demanding schedule of research and publishing, plus a move, Jana came up just a little short of her 15-class goal during the 30-Day Challenge. But she saw its merit as a learning opportunity.

“One thing I have learned from fitness challenges is I have a hard time completing them,” she said. “Life manages to derail my plans, but I just have to go with it.”

Jana did manage to reach a pretty exciting milestone nonetheless. She was able to reach back and grab her heel in Camel.

“When I first started a year ago, I couldn’t even lean back at all,” she said. “I had zero core and back strength. With one arm, it’s all core and back for me!”

Hot yoga’s impact on Jana’s life doesn’t end there. In the year she’s been doing yoga, she’s lost 30 pounds, experienced fewer gout attacks and gained mobility in her fused ankle.

“My right ankle is fused,” she said. “I could move it up and down, but I couldn’t rotate it. I kept trying in reverse Savasana, and now I can actually rotate the ankle.”

Jana is such an inspiration to everyone who practices at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile. She is proof that Sterling Hot Yoga Works works!

If you’d like to see what benefits your hot yoga journey holds for you, get started today with our 30-day introductory special!

Memorial Day Schedule Announced

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American Flag Memorial DayMemorial Day is coming, and we will have an abbreviated schedule the weekend before.

Please note the following changes to the regular SHY Mobile class schedule:

Friday, May 22
Normal Schedule

Saturday, May 23
9:30am Class ONLY

Sunday, May 24
8:15am and
9:30 am Classes ONLY

Monday, May 25
5:15 pm and
6:15 pm classes ONLY

Enjoy your holiday and stay safe!

Mobile Yogis in Training on Sunday Afternoons

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The Sterling Hot Yoga Summer Teacher Training begins on June 21 in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, just outside of Cancun.

This session, we have three fascinating and wonderful people from Mobile joining us: Michelle Ryan, Sprite McDonald and Scott Singleterry. In addition, Sara Dumas will be joining us in the Fall training!

All four of our trainees are already working to prepare for their trainingthey are watching anatomy videos, completing their CPR and first aid certifications, studying their verbal cues and more!

We are also using the Sunday 4:30 pm class as a workshop of sortsthe trainees are standing on the podium to get used to the view; they will be teaching a posture or two; and depending on the people in class, they may lead a silent class!

Also during class, I will be providing them with insight on bodies and proportions, what to be looking for, how to keep people safe and more.  If you are interested in learning some teaching “secrets,” come to class on Sunday afternoon! It’s fun!

Rachhpal Gill Returns to Mobile

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Rachhpal guest teacher hot yoga sterling yogaSterling Hot Yoga Mobile will have a very special and very popular visiting teacher returning soon! Rachhpal Gill, a.k.a. “the breathing yogi,” will be on the podium May 16, 17 and 18.

During his classes, Rachhpal provides so much helpful instruction on how to breathe in and out of the hot room.

Make sure you check out the SHY Mobile teaching schedule so you won’t miss the opportunity to learn from the breathing yogi. You will love it!

To learn more about Rachhpal’s approach to the breath in yoga and his background, read this post on the Casa Om blog.

 

 

Sterling Yoga Retreats

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Are you yearning for a relaxing vacation on the beach with excellent food, awesome adventures and great yoga?

Join us for a few days or a week at Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher Training in lovely Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes south of the Cancun airport. It’s a lovely and safe village right on the beach!

You’ll stay at the penthouse suites at Las Casitas, overlooking the Caribbean ocean! A few minutes walk to the north will have you at Casa Om, where the training is being held; a few minutes walk to the south is the lovely town of Puerto Morelos with events, shops and restaurants.

Best of all, a few steps from your home will have your toes in amazing turquoise Caribbean water. Just beyond the shore is the world’s second largest barrier reef, where you can snorkel and see extraordinary sea life!

At Casa Om, you can participate in as much of the training as you like; you can practice yoga twice a day, and sit in on lectures that include anatomy, history of yoga, customer service, communication, conflict resolution and more!

During the week, you will join us for amazing vegetarian meals twice a day, and on weekends, you will eat at Casa Om on Saturday morning and then enjoy the town’s restaurants on Saturday night and Sunday!

Excursions include swimming with whale sharks (they don’t bite!), the largest fish (they are not whales or sharks) in the ocean. Or how about swimming in a cenote? These are the freshwater caves and pools across the Yucatán Peninsula and the waters are said to be quite healing! (I can tell you that jumping in can be quite invigorating!) Or just relax on the beach and swim with turtles.

The Sterling Retreat includes:
– Pick up and drop off at Cancun Airport
– Penthouse accommodations at Las Casitas on the beach
– Gourmet vegetarian meals at Casa Om
– Mats and towels for yoga
– Laundry of all yoga clothing
– Two hot yoga classes each weekday; optional class on Saturday
– Participation in all lectures/training at Sterling Teacher Training (check dates for specific lectures) at Casa Om
– Bicycles and snorkel gear

Additional costs for:
– Snorkeling at reef
– Dinner on Saturday and all meals on Sunday
– Mexican cooking school
– Massage/spa treatments
– Raw chocolate class
– Shopping
– Your flight to Cancun

Costs are:
– $205 per person, per day, single occupancy
– $162.50 per person, per day, double occupancy

Start looking for flights now and let us know when you want to arrive and how long you want to stay! You are guaranteed to love it!

The Spring Challenge Begins Soon!

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Sterling Hot Yoga Spring ChallengeThis challenge will be different than any other we’ve done before and you are going to love it!

Here are the steps:

STEP 1:  Choose the number of classes you will complete in the 30 day period:  15, 20 or 30.

STEP 2:  Choose your mix of class types — your challenge must include the Gold 90, Sterling 60 and Iron Hour. You get to pick how many of each class you will take.

STEP 3:  Choose a personal affirmation that you will commit to saying at least once during every class. Your challenge card will give you options — they include affirmations such as:

  • “I now achieve my goals with joy and laughter.”
  • “My gratitude is strong and constant.”
  • “I love who I am and whom I’m becoming.”

STEP 4:  You will be assigned a team. Work with your team members to encourage them to keep coming, to get encouragement, to work together, to make friends and to ensure success for all!

WHAT DO YOU WIN?

1.  If you complete your personal goal, you will receive a challenge T-shirt and you’ll be able to sign the Challenge Wall.

2.  If your team collectively completes more classes than any other team, your team gets two prizes:

  1. One person on the team will be randomly chosen to receive three months of free yoga!
  2. Your team gets to choose one person to receive three months of free yoga. That person can be in or out of your group. It can be whomever your team chooses. So now you are not just doing the challenge for yourself, or for your team. You’re doing it for someone you choose who needs the yoga!

THE FINE PRINT

1. Challenge begins on the first class on April 19 and ends after the last class on May 18, 2015.
2. Each person must complete a challenge card and keep it on file at the studio.
3. Participation will be confirmed by studio software — make sure to sign in for class!
4. All classes must be completed at SHY Mobile. Hot yoga classes completed at other locations will not apply to this challenge.
5. Teams will be randomly assigned by SHY staff.
6. Team members will be posted on the chalkboard.
7. Winners will be announced on May 23 after the 9:30 class. We will host a party at the studio for all challengers!