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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!

Kayla Gatlin’s Yoga Practice Helps Her Navigate COVID-19 Stress

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Kayla Gatlin is a respiratory therapist at Mobile Infirmary, and her job has become understandably more stressful during the COVID-19 pandemic. But she made a change a year ago that’s made all the difference. 

“When I moved to Midtown a year ago after some big life changes, I wanted to improve myself, body and mind,” she said. “[Starting my yoga practice] was the best thing I could have done for myself during that time.”

Kayla was never a big fan of going to the gym, and she never participated in any sports because she felt like she was too uncoordinated. But she didn’t let that keep her from trying yoga.

“I was very nervous about my first class, but after I arrived I was glad to see people of all ages, sizes and skill levels there. I was unable to do many poses, but I wanted to keep coming until I could do them all,” she said. “The staff at Sterling was so welcoming and encouraging, I couldn’t wait to come back.”

In the year that she’s been consistently practicing, Kayla has physically gained muscle tone and flexibility and mentally greater focus and more clarity and peace.

“I keep coming back because of the change it has made for me mentally and physically, and because of the staff and new friends I’ve made there,” she said. “I like mixing it up with Pilates and Iron Hour strengthening in addition to the regular vinyasa and Bikram classes. Going to the gym was never for me, and the classes help me to push myself further than I thought I could.”

Kayla used to feel “too uncoordinated” to participate in sports, but even that has changed through a consistent yoga practice.

“What I’ve learned is that with patience, practice, consistency (and a lot of hydration) anyone can be good at yoga,” she said. “It feels good to see how far I’ve come in my practice.”

Kayla is grateful for Sterling’s selection of day, evening and online classes that have made yoga accessible even with her 12-hour shift work schedule and the stress of the COVID pandemic, as well as Sterling’s continued commitment to safety at the studio.

“The staff at Sterling is exceptional. They are very understanding and accommodating to personal needs, work schedules, etc.,” she said. “During the COVID pandemic, they went the extra mile by offering online streaming classes and taking extra precautions by disinfecting the studio after each class and taking temps at the door so we could continue our practice safely, which I greatly appreciate.”

Kayla vividly recalls her first class and understands that trying yoga, much less hot yoga, for the first time can seem intimidating. But she wants to share some wise words with anyone considering a class.

“At some point in time, it was everyone’s first time in yoga. Everyone in the room around you has fallen, but they got back up. Never be afraid to try something new. Your practice is unique, don’t compare yourself to others, but strive to do your best in the body you brought to class,” she said. “The heat is not as overwhelming as it seems, and the more you practice the more you crave it.”

If you’re inspired to take your first yoga class, you’re welcome to join us! Every class is beginner-friendly, and we want to help you find relief from pain, anxiety, stress or whatever is prompting you to consider yoga.

You can get started for just $30. That gets you 30 days of unlimited practice with us to try all of the classes we offer. Take the first step and sign up here!

Who’s Sweating for Tacos? Our Taco Mama Promotion is ONGOING!

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When you practice at Sterling, don’t forget to get your Taco Mama card punched at the front desk!

For every five classes you take with us, you can save 10 percent on your bill at Taco Mama.

And once you complete one card, remember to ask us for another one. That’s right, this promotion is ONGOING!

We hope you’re enjoying sweating for tacos with us. We teamed up with Taco Mama to give you an incentive to practice and because it’s a fun way for the best of Mobile to support each other.

Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness earned the 2019 Nappie Award for Best Yoga Studio in Mobile, and Taco Mama earned the 2019 Nappie for the Best New Restaurant in Mobile.

If you haven’t started working toward your first Taco Mama discount yet, ask for your card when you come in to practice. They’re available at the front desk!

 

Set Healthy Habits in 2019 With a Special Sterling Challenge!

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2019 Healthy Habits Challenge Logo - SHYWSet healthy habits with our 2019 Healthy Habits Challenge! Since it takes about three weeks to form a habit, we’re encouraging you to take 21 classes in 21 days to successfully complete the challenge and get your year off to a healthy start!

Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a drawing for these prizes: one Juicing Bundle from Heidi Pritchett that includes SIX fresh juices and THREE juice shots; and one of two 70-serving canisters of Superieur Electrolyte Replacement.

Everyone who completes the challenge will earn a Sterling water bottle to help you support your new healthy habit!

Challenge begins Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 and ends Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

Sign-up cards available at the front desk soon!

 

Platinum Plus Returns Nov. 17

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Platinum Plus Intermediate Hot Yoga Original Hot Yoga Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile ALIt’s been a little while, but Platinum Plus is back! We’re excited to offer this 75-minute combination of postures, which include the 26/2 of the beginner’s sequence, intermediate Ghosh postures and others similar to what you would practice in vinyasa or yin.

You don’t have to even consider yourself an “intermediate” yogi to take this class. All you have to do is TRY!

We recommend that you have practiced the 26/2 sequence for a minimum of three months before taking this class. This class is offered for a $10 drop-in rate. Sign up here!

 

Experience Sterling During Our FREE Wellness Weekend!

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Sterling Hot Yoga Wellness Weekend Free Yoga Classes

Have you been wondering what Sterling Hot Yoga is all about? Or have you wanted to get started on improving your total wellness this year? During the Sterling Wellness Weekend, you can do both!

Enjoy FREE classes all weekend, starting Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. Sample all of our classes: 60- and 90-minute 26/2 hot yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, yin, power vinyasa and Iron Hour.

Plus, learn more about the benefits of Kangen water and Reiki healing, and have your muscle tension and spinal alignment evaluated by Corsentino Chiropractice—all at NO charge!

Get started on the path to better health TODAY! We’ll be offering membership specials and discounts ALL weekend!

Click on this link to view the weekend schedule: www.shywmobile.com/schedule. You can go ahead and reserve your spot in any of the FREE classes! Sign up today! First-timers, please arrive at the studio 15-20 minutes before your class so we can give you a quick studio tour!

New Fall Schedule Begins Sept. 26!

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Fall Hot Yoga Pilates Schedule Mobile ALYou’ve been waiting for the new schedule and here it is!

We take a lot of thought and care in adjusting and developing a schedule to meet the needs of our loyal yogis. We hope this new schedule will serve you and help you to keep your practice going!

Monday
6:15 am: Sterling 60
9:30 am: Gold 90
5:15 pm: Sterling 60
6:30 pm: Iron Hour

Tuesday
8:15 am: Iron Hour
9:30 am: Sterling 60
5:15 pm: Inferno Hot Pilates
6:30 pm: Sterling 60

Wednesday
6:15 am: Sterling 60
9:30 am: Gold 90
5:15 pm: Vinyasa
6:30 pm: Yin

Thursday
8:15 am: Iron Hour
9:30 am: Sterling 60
5:15 pm: Inferno Hot Pilates
6:30 pm: Sterling 60

Friday
6:15 am: Sterling 60
8:15 am: Inferno Hot Pilates
9:30 am: Yin
5:15 pm: Sterling 60

Saturday
8:15 am: Inferno Hot Pilates
9:30 am: Gold 90

Sunday
8:15 am: Iron Hour
9:30 am: Sterling 60
2:30 pm:  Gold 90
4:30 pm: Yin

Sterling Summer Photo Challenge

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sterling hot yoga summer photo challengeIt’s summertime, and it’s time to show off your wonderful yoga self!

Join the Sterling Summer Photo Challenge and share photos of yourself in your favorite yoga posture around Mobile or on vacation!

And the best part is you can WIN BIG!

How Do You Enter?

Take an awesome photo of you (and your dog, and your kids, and your spouse) doing your favorite yoga pose.

Upload it to Instagram or Facebook and tag Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile.

Add the following hashtags: #SterlingHotYogaWorksMobile #SterlingHotYoga #SterlingPhotoChallenge #MidtownYoga

By 10 pm that same day, your photo will be uploaded to our “Sterling Photo Challenge” photo album on our SHYW Mobile Facebook page.

Then you get to vote! Everyone gets to vote!

How Do You Vote?sterling hot yoga summer photo challenge

To vote, do three things:

  1. “LIKE” the photo you see on the SHYW Mobile Facebook page.
  2. “COMMENT” on the photo you like.
  3. “SHARE” your favorite photo with all your friends on your own Facebook page!

BONUS ENTRY: If you don’t want your photo on Facebook, just vote and vote often! Everyone who likes the photos entered (and comments and shares) will also be entered into a drawing to win big prizes!

STERLING HOT YOGA WORKS T-SHIRTS ARE NOT REQUIRED, BUT ARE CERTAINLY ENCOURAGED!

Contest entries will run from July 1-July 31, 2016. On August 1, we will announce the winners on Facebook and on the studio chalkboard!

Be creative, be bold, be safe, be you and be STERLING!

Official Rules Apply:

  1. You must tag Sterling Hot Yoga Works Mobile on Facebook and/or Instagram for you to qualify and enter the contest.
  2. You can enter as many DIFFERENT photos as you want each day starting July 1.
  3. HAVE FUN, BE SAFE! Do not break the law.
  4. Vote as often as you want!

DISCLAIMER: Sterling Hot Yoga Works is not liable for injuries or damage to personal equipment/property that may occur during participation in the Sterling Summer Photo Challenge. Contest participant assumes all responsibility.

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Breathe! Everything Else Is Optional!

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muscles of the diaphragm, breathing, hot yoga, sterling hot yoga

Muscles of the Diaphragm

The more I learn about the body, the more impressed I am with the original series that brought me to Mobile.

A while ago, I came across a 3D video of the diaphragm in action. (Take a look by clicking here or on the photo to the right.)

When you inhale, the diaphragm lowers, providing space and a vacuum in order to draw air into the body.

When you exhale, the diaphragm rises, to create positive pressure enough to push the air out of the lungs. It seems very simple, but truly, there’s nothing simple about it.

There are many muscles involved in the act of breathing.

We talk a lot about the intercostals, the muscles in between the ribs, but that’s really a simplification of the process.
muscles of the thoracic wall, breathing, hot yoga, sterling hot yoga

Muscles of the Thoracic Wall

Suffice it to say that there’s a lot involved in taking a breath. Check here or on the photo to the right for a nice primer.

Think about Pranayama Deep Breathing.

Think about how you are conditioning the muscles involved in breathing.

Think about how you are stretching and strengthening the very important elements that allow you to do the one thing that you MUST DO to stay alive! What a wonderful thing to do!

When we tell you “Breathe—everything else is optional,” we truly mean it!

If you or anyone else you know can come in and take a couple of deep breaths, that’s REALLY important! That’s all you need to do!

Because once you get the systems required to breathe down, everything else will come more easily.

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Sterling’s Whole Health Challenge Begins Feb. 10

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Sterling Whole Health Challenge LogoAre you up for the challenge? Starting on February 10, pick your challenge level and commit to changing your life.

Anyone can do it, so make the decision to join Sterling and make a change to improve your body inside and out!

Read below about the different challenge levels, and let us know how you want to proceed. We’ll have sign up sheets at the front desk by Monday!

Level 1: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Open to Everyone/Any class package required

The goal for the Level 1 Challengers is to complete in the 45 days between February 10 and March 27 a total of 30 classes:

For Your Body: 20 classes in any combination of Gold/Sterling/Iron Hour/Bronze Flow
For Your Mind: 3 classes in any combination of Rest-Air-Ation or Melting Pot Meditation
For Your Body & Mind: Any 7 Sterling classes of your choice

Achieve your goal and get 1 month of free Kangan water and a challenge T-shirt.

Level 2: Detoxification Inside and out
Open to Everyone/$50 extra to participate

The goal for Level 2 Challengers is to detoxify the body and the mind and establish good habits through a conscious choice to eat clean and live well in order to:

  • Improve functioning of the immune system
  • Reduce cell inflammation
  • Regulate and reduce sugar in the body

The challenge includes:

  • The same practice goals as Level 1
  • Participation in Grocery Store Tour and Scavenger Hunt
  • Inclusion in a private Facebook group that will provide encouragement, information and guidance from Jenna, Lucille and other group members, recipes and more

Unlimited use of Kangan water during time at the studio (there will be a charge for take-home water)

Achieve your goal and get 1 month of free Kangan water, a challenge T-shirt and entry into a drawing for prizes including:

  • One month of free yoga
  • Water bottle
  • Mat
  • Towel

Level 3: Whole Health
Open to 10 people/$79 to participate

The goal for Level 3 Challengers is to track the detoxification and weight loss through the use of body composition analysis including:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Measurements of chest, waist, hips, thighs and biceps
  • Body fat percentage

Level 3 Challenge includes:

  • Same practice goals as Level 1
  • Same participation as Level 2
  • Body composition analysis with Jenna Zoghby, RD at start and conclusion of challenge.

Achieve your goal and get 1 month of free Kangan water and entry into a drawing for prizes including:

  • 3 free months of yoga
  • Water bottle
  • Mat
  • Towel