When: January 13-20, 2018
Lexington KY 40503
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These personal challenges—these “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 yoga—for at least 10 years, she said—Rowena 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 through—and completed—each one.
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.”
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In 2001, Tom Palmer was in rough shape. He weighed 245 pounds and was on the verge of a physical breakdown.
His organs were starting to fail, and he was most certainly approaching a diabetic diagnosis.
Today, though, he stepped on the scale and was pleased to report that he has lost more than 100 pounds! Today he’s a fit and healthy 140 pounds!
Tom found yoga in 2007, which almost immediately helped him to shed significant weight.
But a continued practice helped him to gain discipline, dedication, focus, determination and, most importantly, self-respect.
Those characteristics allowed him to eat healthy and maintain a lifestyle that kept him healthy over the long run. Isn’t this what we all want?
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You probably didn’t even recognize our own Teacher Tom!
She and one of her childhood best friends spent four hours together catching up after reconnecting through social media.
But it was something that her friend spoke about with such animation that caught Sylvia’s attention, and that was hot yoga.
“I’ve made it a practice to try to honor other people’s passions,” Sylvia said.
Now her friend’s passion has become her own—December will mark the sixth year since Sylvia has incorporated hot yoga into her life.
“It’s changed my life on so many levels,” she said, crediting the practice with healing her physically and emotionally.
After three years of practice, Sylvia said she finally felt the rod in her back didn’t limit her. A continued commitment to hot yoga helped her heal through injuries and open her shoulders.
“The list goes on and on,” she said.
Sylvia introduced her youngest daughter to hot yoga, but two years passed before she got hooked on it, she said. Not until she texted her mom that she wanted to try it again did it become her decision, and that was key.
“Try hot yoga because you want to try it, not because someone else wants you to,” Sylvia advised. “As long as you do it for yourself, not someone else.”
That doesn’t stop Sylvia from trying to introduce the practice that she loves so much to others. She explained that she’ll give lessons in pranayama deep breathing—the breathing exercise at the beginning of every class—to anyone she brings.
“If I feel comfortable,” she said, “then the rest of the class is easy.”
Finding comfort—in and out of the studio—has been a challenge at times for Sylvia. She’s had issues with claustrophobia, but fortunately yoga is ideal for its relaxation techniques that alleviate that anxiety.
A loving, welcoming, accepting environment is exactly what Sylvia said she has found at Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington—both in and out of the hot room.
“I’ve laughed out loud, I’ve cried,” Sylvia said, describing the range of reactions she has had in class. “But I’m in a place where I’m free to express that. It’s a very loving environment. It’s welcoming and safe.”
But that doesn’t mean Sylvia isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone. She and a friend just recently celebrated their first season of their kayak rental business, Central Kentucky Kayaking.
The two decided they wanted to open a business together and had an opportunity to buy property with frontage, but they hadn’t planned on a kayak rental business from the outset.
“Everything just happened like it was supposed to for us to be able to do this,” Sylvia said.
Perhaps it’s a side effect of her hot yoga practice that’s pushed Sylvia into being open to new experiences. After all, that sums up her practice journey.
“I have a new experience in every class I have. I learn something about myself in every class,” she said. “I love the fact that the sequence is the same so you can measure yourself.”
Sylvia isn’t just learning something new about herself; she said she makes a conscientious effort to tune in to the dialogue, as well.
Even after six years of practice, she said she still hears something new. And she’s taken her attentiveness to detail in yoga postures outside of the hot room to be a better listener.
The positive physical, mental, emotional and spiritual changes Sylvia has experienced from her hot yoga practice have not gone unnoticed by SHY Lexington owner Jodi.
“Sylvia is an amazing spirit and light in our studio. This yoga is so cool because it brings awareness,” she said. “It allows you to connect with your breath and body, and in the end, all of the things that aren’t serving you disappear.”
Though Sylvia must face the ups and downs of life as everyone does, a consistent hot yoga practice appears to give her the positive outlook to help manage them.
“Every time Sylvia practices, the joy in her life shines brighter,” Jodi said.
Sylvia had equally high praise for Jodi and the yoga community at SHY Lexington. “I’m grateful Jodi is around, and I’ve gotten to know her,” she said. “I love the community there. I love the support from friends at the studio.”
There isn’t one part of Sylvia’s life that her hot yoga practice hasn’t affected.
“I developed a new life philosophy since I started practicing,” she said. “It’s more evolved, more open, and it’s still evolving. It’s practice, not perfection.”
And the steamy conditions in the hot room have helped Sylvia manage the local climate, too.
“I love the heat,” she said. “I don’t know how I survived winter without yoga.”
Feeling the chill of winter weather? Join Sylvia at Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington and warm up with our $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga introductory special, and begin your journey today!
In 2003, Zip Irvin had come to a crossroads in his life as a graduate student at North Carolina State University and musician in Raleigh.
“The quality of my life was getting worse, and the length would get shorter if I continued on that path,” he said.
Then he found hot yoga.
His interest was piqued after he kept seeing a hot yoga studio near Wake Forest, and finally he decided he would check it out.
Though he likens his first class experience to “a crying version of Jabba the Hut,” Zip just kept going.
He was even more motivated to consistently keep practicing after the owner of the studio called him and encouraged him to stick with it.
“There was an authenticity of him wanting me to come back to practice. He was very much like Jodi,” Zip said, comparing him to the Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington studio owner. “She wants people to be there for more than just business. I’m very grateful for that.”
After 11 years of practicing hot yoga, Zip has experienced numerous physical and mental benefits. Among them weight loss, regulated metabolism, lower blood pressure, mental acuity, stress management, and greater focus and determination.
“My ability to breathe has been greatly enhanced,” he said. “Overall, every aspect of my life has been enhanced.”
The sociology professor at Eastern Kentucky University especially credits his hot yoga practice for being able to handle stress better.
“There has been dramatic improvement in my ability to handle stuff, just general day-to-day stuff,” Zip said.
Multiple studies have confirmed that yoga helps reduce stress and anxiety, enhances mood and improves an overall sense of well-being.
For Zip, that’s just the beginning. He said his hot yoga practice has also helped him quit drinking alcohol and realize his potential.
“I can do a 30-day challenge in 20 days,” he said. “It pointed me to the reality that my capacity is much greater than I have ever given it credit for.”
Though he lives 27 miles from SHY Lexington, Zip makes the time to practice, which he does four to seven times a week. “My Sterling hot yoga practice is the centerpiece of my workout regimen,” he said.
“Zip’s consistent yoga practice is amazing considering his commute,” Jodi said. “It’s a pleasure to have Zip as such a big part of our community; he is such a wonderful person.”
For Zip and others, Jodi noted the impact of a consistent hot yoga practice, particularly on the ability to handle stress.
“It lays the groundwork so the peaks and valleys of life aren’t so high or low,” she said.
Speaking from personal experience, Zip encouraged anyone considering hot yoga to just give it a try.
“Do it and come back as much as you can,” he said. “Give it 30 days.”
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After years of channeling his athleticism into soccer and jogging, he said, “I just thought yoga was too easy.”
But thanks to his wife—and a free pass that got her to practice for the first time in another town with a friend—Matt now practices four to five times a week at Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington.
“I’m pretty much addicted to it,” he said.
Matt knows firsthand about addiction. “I was basically dying,” he said. “But I got clean, and I felt better.”
That’s been 28 years ago, and hot yoga has been part of his recovery process for one-and-a-half of those years.
“I’d been working out for 20 years,” he said. “But I’d never done yoga. I just thought yoga was too easy.”
After practicing with a friend while visiting in another town, his wife signed them up at the Lexington studio when they returned home.
That first class for Matt was anything but easy.
“It just killed me,” he said. “It was hard as hell, I didn’t like it and it hurt.”
But that was just the beginning. He practiced once a week, aware of the back pain he suffered from multiple car accidents. Within two or three months, the pain diminished.
Now a regular practitioner, he said, “I couldn’t tell you the last time I took ibuprofen.”
The benefits that Matt has received go well beyond pain management. He said he’s lost 15 pounds and gotten stronger. And that’s just the physical transformation.
“I’ve got more self-confidence, I’m more relaxed, I feel better and I’m happier,” he said. “It’s the wonder exercise—it fixes everything.”
Had it not been for his wife, he might have given up on hot yoga.
“She kept pushing me,” he said. “She knew it was good for me.”
Now that he’s been positively transformed by hot yoga, Matt is on a mission to share it with others. He regularly shares free class passes and encourages others to visit the studio.
“Matt is such a great ambassador for yoga,” said Jodi, owner of Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington. “He does a great job of bringing in people.”
Matt’s own road to recovery, plus his work with the Hope Center, which provides services for homeless and at-risk people in Lexington, makes him an inspirational example to others.
“His work is a life-changing and life-altering catalyst for change,” Jodi said. “He is also introducing change—healing and recovery—through yoga,” Jodi said.
A Stanford University study confirms that yoga is an effective complement to treating addiction.
Roy King, Ph.D. and M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, has studied the biological impact of yoga on drug abuse.
He found that dopamine is elevated when drugs enter the body and that craving for dopamine is what drives addicts to continue to use.
Practicing yoga and meditation, however, diminishes the dopamine cravings, which can help to curb drug addiction, according to the study.
Matt praised not only the hot yoga offered by Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington, but the atmosphere as well. “All of the teachers are so great, friendly, personable and willing to help,” he said. One of the teachers from the studio, Brandy, even teaches yoga once a month to the homeless at the Hope Center.
“It is our pleasure to hold space for healing for Matt through his journey in yoga,” Jodi said. “His practice is constantly evolving.”
Whether you’re looking to build strength, gain flexibility, reduce stress or you’re just not sure, hot yoga holds the promise of transformation for everyone.
Take advantage of our $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga introductory special and begin your journey at Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington today!
The world turns pink around this time of year, signaling renewed focus on breast health and breast cancer awareness.
Pink ribbons, pink hair, even pink football gear worn during NFL games serve as a subtle reminder that annual preventive care screenings, early detection and treatment are the best defense against breast cancer.
But many in the yoga community would add something else that wellness regimen: their yoga practice.
Whether they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or were undergoing treatment, so many women at studios across the country credit their hot yoga practice for helping them manage their anxiety, regain their physical strength, and heal their bodies and their spirit.
Sterling Hot Yoga Mobile owner Lucille Moran was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer and already she can feel the positive benefits of her yoga practice.
“In sorting out a plan for health, I have learned that breast cancer has very high rate of cure,” she wrote in a client newsletter. “Every year there are more breakthroughs in therapies, and women and men are gaining more options.
“I’m lucky because the tumor was caught early, is isolated in one location and is very slow growing,” she continued. “I am convinced that our yoga has kept my body as healthy as it could be.”
Some physicians are even starting to recognize yoga’s therapeutic benefits for cancer patients.
In 2008, Dr. Timothy McCall, a physician specializing in internal medicine and the medical editor for Yoga Journal magazine, detailed some of these yoga benefits for cancer patients in the medical journal Oncology.
Among them, reduced anxiety, longer and more restful sleep, better mood and lower levels of fatigue.
McCall praised yoga as being part of a cancer treatment regimen for its adaptability based on a student’s diagnosis and overall level of health.
Because so many forms of yoga exist—from gentle to more vigorous sequences—there is something accessible to nearly everyone.
Join us in celebrating the first-ever Hot Yoga festival. Incredible lineup + an amazing way to kick off your practice this fall:
One Fire will be hosted at Pure Om in Bethesda, Maryland
7832 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda MD 20814 (minutes outside Washington, D.C.)
One Fire is a Yoga Festival who’s mission is to highlight the best of the hot yoga world, building bridges within the hot yoga community and between the hot yoga community and other yoga traditions in a festive environment.
It will be an amazing 4 days of fun, love, laughter, and of course, lots and lots of yoga!
Look for our Sterling Hot Yoga Booth.
Day passes and complete four day passes are available.
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