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Phillip Ward Finds Low Back Pain Relief and More at Sterling

Testimonial | Apr 03, 2018


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Phillip Ward, once an avid weightlifter and CrossFitter, was looking for something to soothe his low back pain when he found Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile.

“I was into weightlifting for about 10 years and began to practice CrossFit for a little over a year before I came to Sterling,” he said. “I started having discomfort in my lower back and thought that integrating yoga into my strength training routine would be a good way to relieve some of the physical pain.”

After just a few yoga sessions, Phillip said the pain went away. As he incorporated Iron Hour and Inferno Hot Pilates—some of Sterling’s popular strength-training classes—into his practice, he realized he found something special.

“I felt that I had found a routine that benefited the entire body—from head to toe, inside and out,” he said. “It wasn’t long before I cancelled my CrossFit membership and focused my time and energy in the hot room.”

Phillip has been a consistent practitioner at Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile for two years, and he took that dedication to the next level last year when he became a Hot Pilates teacher. Exercises in his classes are challenging, no doubt influenced by his strong fitness background.

Even as a student, Phillip has gained more from his practice than physical strength. “I feel stronger, physically and mentally,” he said. “I have more energy during the day (when I need it) and I sleep like a baby. My attitude is more positive, and I am a much more pleasant person to be around (especially in the mornings).”

The emphasis on the present moment in yoga or the concentration and focus in other classes have made an impact on Phillip’s mindset off the mat.

“Small things no longer bother me,” he said. “I approach larger obstacles in life with a clearer head and make much better decisions.”

A consistent practice, Phillip said, has led to him feeling “stronger, more confident and happier” in his everyday life, and he described those feelings as being “contagious.”

As a student and teacher, Phillip has diligently worked as an ambassador for Sterling, encouraging friends and family alike to attend classes and experience the positive benefits they hold.

After all, that’s how he got his start at Sterling in the first place. Thanks to one of his best friends who was a teacher at the studio, Phillip tried a class and has been practicing regularly ever since.

“When a class ends I am already looking forward to the next one. I find that I can hold a posture a little longer, I can balance a bit better, and I can breathe deeper into a pose with less effort in each class,” he said. “It just kind of clicks. I love it. It’s like a drug for me.”

Understanding that not everyone may take to the yoga practice like he did, Phillip did have some words of advice for new students. “Don’t give up after the first class,” he said. “To truly experience yoga, you may need stick with it for a while. You might find that it’s not your cup of tea, and that’s fine, but you’ll never know the benefits if you give up after one or two classes.”

Even if one class doesn’t resonate, Sterling has a variety of options, ranging from heated to unheated. Some classes are ideal for building strength; others are recommended for improving flexibility.

“Try to attend each one at least once to see if there is one class that suits you the best,” he said. “I find that each one offers a different experience, but they all fit together like pieces of a puzzle.”

To get started at Sterling, first-time students can take advantage of our $30-for-30-day introductory special. Sign up here to begin your yoga journey with us!

Sterling Hot Yoga announces 9th Original Hot Yoga (Bikram) Series Teacher Training New Orleans 2018

News | Mar 12, 2018

Join Sterling Hot Yoga at Yes Yoga, New Orleans for our 9th Teacher Training focused on the Original Hot Yoga (Bikram) series

Sterling Hot Yoga is excited to our 9th #BikramYoga teacher training at YesYoga in New Orleans! This is a unique opportunity to learn how to teach this life changing series with the convenience of an eight weekend training.  Join the energy of our growing community of teachers teaching the original hot yoga. Learn to live a celebrated life and help your students and those around you do the same.

This comprehensive training will cover

  • Anatomy, Joint movement
  • Teaching with passion and compassion
  • Yoga History and Philosophy
  • Customer Service and Sales Techniques
  • Mindbody Online
  • Managing Front Desk
  • Yoga Room and Students
  • How to help grow a business
  • Teach full classes before graduation
  • Deepen your practice and more

Sterling Hot Yoga works is a registered school with Yoga Alliance.
Trainees who complete the Sterling Training Program are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher – RYT 200.

Visit SterlingHotYoga.com or apply HERE today.

Sterling Hot Yoga
Teacher Training
www.SterlingHotYoga.com
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INCLUDED IN TRAINING PACKAGE

  • Homework assignments and other preparatory material
  • Training manuals
  • Small group training
  • Opportunity to teach several full classes before graduation
  • Opportunity to register for RYT-200 certification with Yoga Alliance
  • A Sterling t-shirt
  • Sterling gift and certificate upon graduation

PRICING INFORMATION

  • $4,100 per person
  • $3,900 early bird discount if paid in full by May 1st.

Yes Yoga in New Orleans

8838 Oak street
New Orleans LA 70118

504-605-3347

Yes Yoga in New Orleans, Has state of the art studios were purposely built with your comfort and yoga practice in mind.  Our studio is conveniently located on Oak Street near the heart of New Orleans. Our amenities include a state of the art heating system, locker rooms with showers, the best retail boutique.  We offer over Bikram-inspired hot yoga classes every day in addition to Hot Power Vinyasa and Yin.  Our schedule includes 60 and 90 minute classes to meet the needs of our students and their busy schedules.  Our teachers teach with compassion and will motivate and challenge you so that you can receive maximum benefits each time you come in.

Yes Yoga in New Orleans is a healthy, healing and clean environment. The owners kindly request that there be no smoking, drugs, alcohol, or pets on the property. We fully expect trainees respect these wishes.

REFUND POLICY

  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • No refunds will be made after program start date

DATES 2018

  • July 14, 15
  • July 28, 29
  • August 18,19
  • August 25, 26
  • September 15, 16
  • September 22,23
  • October 13,14
  • October 20,21

Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training

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8th Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher training at CasaOm Riviera Maya, Mexico focused on the Original Hot Yoga (Bikram) series

News | Feb 20, 2018

Join Sterling Hot Yoga July 22 – August 18, 2018 for our 8th TT at the beautiful Casa Om on the Riviera Maya Mexico focused on the Original Hot Yoga (Bikram) series

Sterling Hot Yoga is excited to our 8th #BikramYoga teacher training at CasaOm on the Riviera Maya Mexico! This is a unique opportunity to learn how to teach this life changing series with the convenience of a 28 day training.  Join the energy of our growing community of teachers teaching the original hot yoga. Learn to live a celebrated life and help your students and those around you do the same.

This comprehensive training will cover

  • Anatomy, Joint movement
  • Teaching with passion and compassion
  • Yoga History and Philosophy
  • Customer Service and Sales Techniques
  • Mindbody Online
  • Managing Front Desk
  • Yoga Room and Students
  • How to help grow a business
  • Teach full classes before graduation
  • Deepen your practice and more

Sterling Hot Yoga works is a registered school with Yoga Alliance.
Trainees who complete the Sterling Training Program are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher – RYT 200.

Visit SterlingHotYoga.com or apply HERE today.

Sterling Hot Yoga
Teacher Training
www.SterlingHotYoga.com
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INCLUDED IN TRAINING PACKAGE
  • Double Room at Casa Om and Board (2 Healthy Meals from Private Chef 6 days/week)
  • Homework assignments and other preparatory material
  • Training manuals
  • Small group training
  • Opportunity to teach several full classes before graduation
  • Opportunity to register for RYT-200 certification with Yoga Alliance
  • A Sterling t-shirt
  • Sterling gift and certificate upon graduation

PRICING INFORMATION

  • $7,400 per person
  • $6,900 early bird discount if paid in full by March 15.
  • $7,100 early bird discount if paid in full by April 30.

 

  • Single Room requests will require additional payment

REFUND POLICY

  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • No refunds will be made after program start date

DATES

  • Fly into CUN airport July 22, 2018 and Depart CUN airport Aug 18, 2018

Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training

 

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Danny Miller Experiences Benefits, Community Through Hot Yoga

Testimonial | Feb 05, 2018

Danny Miller Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile Yoga Benefits TestimonialThe thought of practicing yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees and regulated at 40 percent humidity can be an intimidating one for many people. But for Danny Miller, that was part of the intrigue.

“I was curious about ‘hot’ yoga, and I was looking for a challenge and a good sweat,” he said.

Now, six-and-a-half years later, Danny can safely say that hot yoga has become a way of life.

His journey into yoga began simply enough—he was looking for an exercise that was less stressful on his bones and joints. And in the hot room, he found it.

The sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced in original hot yoga is meant to be as restorative as it is strengthening. The precise order of the postures in the heat offers multiple benefits, such as restoring range of motion to joints, healing chronic pain and relieving stress.

From a consistent practice, Danny has experienced improved flexibility, increased stamina, a stronger immune system, less inflammation and a better mental state. But that’s not the only thing that keeps him coming back to the hot room.

“The continued improvement in my flexibility and strength, and overall health,” he said. “And the new friends I’ve made along the way.”

Though he describes yoga as a “huge part” of his lifestyle, he said he still sees progress in his mental and physical toughness each year, and that’s been a pleasant, but surprising realization.

Danny remembers that the first class can be scary and intimidating, and, yes, it is really hot! But making the commitment to try can be the hardest, though most important part.

Beyond that, he did have some words of advice for the first-time student: “Just go in with no expectations,” he said,” and listen to your body.”

In Danny’s nearly seven years with Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile, he’s seen growth and transformation—from name changes to class offerings to ownership. But one fundamental thing has stayed the same.

“There’s an energetic atmosphere that everyone feeds off of,” he said, “allowing one to push further and to take their practice to the next level.”

Do you want to be a part of what Danny is talking about? Try our introductory special, just $30 for 30 days of unlimited practice, and you can experience what our yoga community has to offer!

 

James Willis Changes Mindset About Yoga, Changes His Life

Testimonial | Jan 08, 2018

James Willis Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile Testimonial Weight Loss Benefits of YogaSeveral years ago, James Willis took his first yoga class on the day after Thanksgiving with results for which he wasn’t so thankful. “It was so overwhelming to me that I was unable to get through the entire class,” he said.

He tried again the next year—on the day after Thanksgiving again—with similar results.

But James knew he needed to make a change. Deconditioning, past injuries and poor lifestyle choices were taking their toll.

“Over the years, I’ve had several lower back operations; experienced severe limitations from chronic pain elements (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis), and had bilateral knee problems from years of running and playing league tennis,” he said.

“I also ruptured my left Achilles tendon in 2005. These factors, unfortunately, contributed to a low phase in my life that I believed would be permanent.”

Rather than giving up, James changed his mindset. But he admits it was a struggle between his inner critic and his determination, especially during the first two to three months of the regular practice he began in June 2016.

And then there was the heat. “The heat only intensified my struggle until I ultimately learned how to soothe the intensity of my emotional responses,” he said.

Ultimately, his determination was stronger than self-criticism. “I had reached a point where I realized I needed to adopt a different mindset and consider a healthier approach (with reasonable goals) to living,” he said. “I decided to take control of my circumstances and improve my quality of life.”

Since then, James has maintained his practice, incorporating hot 26/2, hot hatha, yin and restorative yoga styles into his routine.

“Because of the benefits of yoga, I started modifying my diet and levels of nutrition to accommodate my regular yoga schedule which directly led to a reduction in weight within the first year of 53-plus pounds,” he said.

James credits yoga for being “a life-changing experience” personally and professionally. His successes led him to incorporate yoga into his practice as a mental health professional with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I am working to gain credentials for teaching a broad spectrum of trauma-sensitive yoga techniques to some of our military service members and veterans,” he said.

Multiple research has shown the positive impact yoga and meditation can have on the health and healing of military communities, particularly in the treatment of PTSD. In some military programs, yoga has become mandatory.

At Sterling, James said he has found a “wonderful sense of community and support” with a schedule that offers options to help maintain a consistent practice and a location that’s convenient to his office and home.

But it’s the sense of health and fulfillment on the physical, psychological and spiritual levels that keeps him coming back.

He’s grateful for overcoming his initial struggles, so he has some words of advice for new students or anyone considering trying yoga for the first time.

“If you care enough about yourself, commit to practicing three months of consistent yoga,” he said. “The benefits of yoga will eventually consume your life, for the better.”

While James cautions that it won’t be easy initially,  the struggles, the challenges hold valuable lessons.

“Expect a war between your mind and body as you establish a new direction in your life course,” he said. “Embrace the benefits of each class; refrain from making any judgments, comparisons, or setting any expectations for yourself; and honor where you are at each moment.”

What does yoga have in store for you? You’ll never know unless you try! Get started with our introductory special—$30 for 30 days of UNLIMITED practice—and experience how yoga can change your body, your mind and your life!

 

Sterling Hot Yoga and The Hot Room Indianapolis Yoga Teacher Training

News | May 16, 2017

Join us for the first and only training in Indianapolis focused on the Original Hot Yoga (Bikram) series

Sterling Hot Yoga is excited to team up with The Hot Room – Hot Yoga Indianapolis for our next and 7th #BikramYoga teacher training in Indianapolis! This is a unique opportunity to learn how to teach this life changing series with the convenience of an eight weekend training.  Join the energy of our growing community of teachers teaching the original hot yoga. Learn to live a celebrated life and help your students and those around you do the same.

This comprehensive training will cover

  • Anatomy, Joint movement
  • Teaching with passion and compassion
  • Yoga History and Philosophy
  • Customer Service and Sales Techniques
  • Mindbody Online
  • Managing Front Desk
  • Yoga Room and Students
  • How to help grow a business
  • Teach full classes before graduation
  • Deepen your practice and more

Sterling Hot Yoga works is a registered school with Yoga Alliance.
Trainees who complete the Sterling Training Program are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher – RYT 200.

Visit SterlingHotYoga.com or IndyHotRoom.com and apply today.

Sterling Hot Yoga Works
Teacher Training
www.SterlingHotYoga.com
The Hot Room Indianapolis
3855 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
info@indyhotroom.com
317-650-7736
TRAINING DATES IN INDIANAPOLIS:
Saturday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

& Sunday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm

  • Nov 4 & 5
  • Nov 11 & 12
  • Dec 2 & 3
  • Dec 16 & 17
  • Jan 6 & 7
  • Jan 20 & 21
  • Feb 3 & 4
  • Feb 24 & 25
Note: Weather Make Up Dates: Feb 10, 11 – Graduation make up Feb 31, March 1
INCLUDED IN TRAINING PACKAGE
  • Homework assignments and other preparatory material
  • Training manuals
  • Small group training
  • Opportunity to teach several full classes before graduation
  • Opportunity to register for RYT-200 certification with Yoga Alliance
  • A Sterling t-shirt
  • Sterling gift and certificate upon graduation

PRICING INFORMATION

  • $3,600 per person
  • $3,400 early bird discount if paid in full by August 1st.
REFUND POLICY
  • Student will receive a full refund (less deposit) if cancellation occurs within (14) days of the the start of the training program.
  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • No refunds will be made after program start date

The Hot Room Indy Sterling Hot Yoga

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Yoga and wellness Retreat in Mexico Winter 2018

News | May 02, 2017
Yoga Retreat Vacation
Riviera Maya Yoga and Wellness Retreat
with Hosts Debbie with Baltimore Hot Yoga and Wellness & Jodi with Sterling Hot Yoga
Winter 2018
What: Yoga Retreat at Villas Shanti
When: January 13-20, 2018
Where: Puerto Morelos, 20 min south of Cancun, Mexico
Who: Debbie with Baltimore Hot Yoga and Wellness & Jodi with Sterling Hot Yoga
Rest, Recover, RELAX with us in Paradise
Join Sterling Hot Yoga Works for a week of yoga and fun at charming Villas Shanti, on the warm sandy beaches of Puerto Morelos, Mexico.  We will offer daily yoga practice and plenty of down time in paradise to explore on group excursions and enjoy quality beach time. Options include, exploring the mayan ruins, snorkeling in the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, jumping into fresh water cenotes, and more! Eat freshly prepared food in a beautiful and a relaxing atmosphere. You will come back Happy, Healthy and Relaxed!

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– 7 nights stay in Villa Shanti steps from the ocean
– Daily Yoga + Fitness offerings (not obligatory)
– Direct Airport to Villa transfer by our driver
– 5 Brunch + 3 Dinners
– Snorkel Excursion by boat
Optional:
– Individual Yoga therapy Session with Debbie
– Half Day Cenote tour (Jungle Blue Lagoons)
– Full Day Mayan ruins tour
– Scuba Diving
– Raw Chocolate Workshop
– Trip to nearby Playa De Carmen for Shopping/Dinner
– Spa Treatments (Therapies, Massage)
Example of a Typical Day:
-7:45am Vinyasa or 26 posture Yoga Optional
-9:00am Hot Pilates Optional
-10:45am Brunch
-Personal Time (Beach, Excursion, Explore town, Spa)
-6:30pm Dinner (or dine out in town)
-8:30pm Meditation or Relaxing Yoga
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High Season Rates:
Single Room $1899 pp
Shared Double Room $1499 pp
Mailing or Drop off Address for Checks:
Sterling Hot Yoga
C/O Jodi C.
185 Pasadena Drive #140
Lexington KY 40503
Email Jodi@SterlingHotYogaWorks.com with questions or to notify of check in mail
More Info Visit HERE
Arrive CUN airport Jan 13
Depart CUN airport Jan 20
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Hot Yoga Retreat in Mexico Summer 2017

News | Apr 26, 2017
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Riviera Maya Sterling Retreat
Summer 2017
What: Yoga Retreat at Casa Om
When: Choose any dates between June 18-July 15, 2017
Where: Puerto Morelos, 20 min south of Cancun, Mexico
Rest, Recover, RELAX with us in Paradise
Join Sterling Hot Yoga Works for a week of yoga and fun at boutique villa Casa Om, on the warm sandy beaches of Puerto Morelos, Mexico.  We will offer daily yoga practice and plenty of down time in paradise to explore on group excursions and enjoy quality beach time. Options include, exploring the mayan ruins, snorkeling in the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, jumping into fresh water cenotes, and more! Eat freshly prepared food in a beautiful and a relaxing atmosphere. You will come back Happy, Healthy and Relaxed!
Included:
– 6 nights stay in Casa Om steps from the ocean
– Daily Yoga offerings (not obligatory)
– Direct Airport to Villa transfer by our driverSummerRetreat2
– Daily Brunch + Dinner
Low Season Rates:
Single Room $1299 pp
Shared Double Room $1199 pp
Mailing or Drop off Address for Checks:
Sterling Hot Yoga
C/O Jodi C.
185 Pasadena Drive #140
Lexington KY 40503
Email Jodi@SterlingHotYogaWorks.com with questions or to notify of check in mail

Winter Retreat: Riviera Maya, Mexico Jan 14–21, 2017

News | Sep 05, 2016
Yoga Retreat

 

Riviera Maya Sterling Retreat
What: Yoga Retreat at Villa Shanti
When: Jan 14 – 21, 2017
Where: Puerto Morelos, 20 min south of Cancun, Mexico
Rest, Recover, RELAX with us in Paradise
Join Sterling Hot Yoga Works for a week of yoga and fun at Villa Shanti, on the warm sandy beaches of Puerto Morelos, Mexico.  We will offer daily yoga practices including Yin, Sterling, Vinyasa and meditation. We offer plenty of down time in paradise to explore on group excursions and enjoy quality beach time. Options include, exploring the mayan ruins, snorkeling in the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, jumping into fresh water cenotes, and more! Eat freshly prepared food in a beautiful and a relaxing atmosphere. You will come back Happy, Healthy and Relaxed!
Included:
– 7 nights stay in Villa Shanti steps from the ocean
– Daily Yoga and meditation offerings (not obligatory)
– Direct Airport to Villa transfer by our driver
– Daily Brunch + 3 Dinners
– Daily Happy hour
– Snorkel Excursion by boat
Beach Adventures:
When you’re not on the mat, explore the surrounding areas of Puerto Morelos, read a book by the ocean, go snorkeling and discover an underwater paradise or take a trip to the Mayan ruins. At Sterling retreats, we want you to have the perfect balance of yoga, adventure and relaxation. For this reason, we have not included excursions or spa services in your investment. Villa Shanti offers several tours and adventures to enjoy during your stay.  You may also indulge in healing bodywork and more below.
– Half Day Cenote tour (Jungle Blue Lagoons)
– Full Day Mayan ruins tour
– Scuba Diving
– Raw Chocolate Workshop
– Trip to nearby Playa De Carmen for Shopping/Dinner
– Spa Treatments (Therapies, Massage)
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Book your flight into CUN Cancun International Airport
Arrive Sat, Jan 14, 2017 and Depart Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Example of a Typical Day:
8:30am Yoga and Meditation
10:00am Brunch
Personal Time (Beach, Excursion, Explore town, Spa)
5:00pm Happy Hour with Hors d’oeuvre
5:30pm Dinner (or dine out in town)
8:30pm Meditation or Relaxing Yoga
Early Bird Rates by October 31, 2016:
* Save $200 (by check) – Check made to FortyFour,LLC and save $200 off regular rate by October 31, 2016
$1599 Single pp (Check payment)
$1199 Double pp (Check payment)
*Save $150 (by credit card) – Purchase online using credit card by October 31, 2016 and Save $150 off regular rate use the code retreat upon checkout
$1649 Single pp (online code retreat)
$1249 Double pp (online code retreat)
Accommodations:
Single Room apartment with kitchenette $1799 pp
Shared Double apartment with kitchenette $1399 pp
Mailing or Drop off Address for Checks:
FortyFour, LLC
C/O Jodi C.
185 Pasadena Drive #140
Lexington KY 40503
Email Jodi@SterlingHotYogaWorks.com with questions or to notify of check in mail

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Rowena Strengthens Practice Through 50 Feats of Fitness

News | Mar 30, 2016

Rowena_IH challenge adWhen Rowena Mahloch turned 50, she spent the next year challenging herselfthen celebrating all the things she pushed herself to do.

These personal challengesthese “50 Feats of Fitness”ranged from developing a handstand and holding a plank to setting a goal of completing 50 Iron Hour classes at Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington.

“The reason I started is I just wanted to celebrate what I can do,” Rowena said. “At some point, I’m not going to be able to do all these things.”

A regular practitioner of hot yogafor at least 10 years, she saidRowena was already looking for something to develop upper body and core strength before the studio started offering Iron Hour classes about a year ago.

“The Iron Hour classes are perfect for that,” she said. “I can definitely see improvement in upper body and core strength.”

Beyond that noticeable difference, Rowena said she can see improvements in much smaller ways in her hot yoga practice.

“My grips are more secure,” she said. “Iron Hour has helped me make tiny adjustments to take my hot yoga practice further. Especially the extension in half moon, I’m trying to use my upper body.”

Rowena credits her strong practice with more than just the time she’s spent on her mat and more than the added strength that Iron Hour has helped develop.

In her decade of practicing hot yoga, Rowena has practiced in other studios, but she said there is just something different about SHY Lexington.

“The main difference is the community spirit. People know each other, and they are all supportive,” she said. “There is a huge difference in the quality of instruction. All of the teachers are on the same page in terms of philosophy and mindset.”

She feels like this gives her a strong foundation, and instructors at other studios have noticed, complimenting her practice, even down to the minutiae of the postures, she said.

Finishing her “50 Feats of Fitness” in a year’s time was challenging enough, but Rowena encountered other difficulties as she powered throughand completedeach one.

Rowena_handstand For example, the handstand challenge was difficult because she had to work through fear caused by her wrist injury. Still, at the end of 30 days, she was able to do a handstand. “It was against a wall, but at least I did it,” she said.

When Rowena reached her Iron Hour goal, she said she felt a real sense of accomplishment because not only did she complete the classes, but also she had to make the commitment a priority, working the studio’s class schedule into her own.

“The Iron Hour challenge was difficult just because of the length of time,” she said. “It was difficult in terms of needing to plan.”

Rowena’s dedication to her showcases of strength did not go unnoticed. “Rowena is an inspirational person because she is always challenging herself, and that in turn inspires those around her,” said SHY Lexington owner Jodi. “We are honored to have supported her through one of her 50 challenges, and we are so proud of her.”

On and off her mat, Rowena is known as someone who doesn’t back down in the face of a challenge. “In the bigger Lexington community, she is always raising funds, supporting different agencies or forming groups to inspire people,” Jodi said.

Just a few of the organizations she’s involved with include: the Community Action Council (board member and Program Development Committee chair), Lexington-Fayette Urban County (LFUC) Human Rights Commission (commissioner), CASA of Lexington (court-appointed special advocate) and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (volunteer crisis counselor and former board member).

Rowena’s commitment and drive on her mat have led to physical differences and all-around changes off of it. “I became more conscious about my eating habits. As I progressed, I made changes in life to find better health,” she said. “I feel like I have a heightened awareness of my health. I realized I could practice yoga throughout my entire life. It’s something I could carry through to the end.”

Are you ready for a challenge? You don’t have to do 50 Iron Hour classes like Rowena did to get stronger! Sign up for the $30 for 30 day introductory special at SHY Lexington, and get fit today!