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Sylvia Warms Up to Hot Yoga Through Rekindled Friendship

A rekindled friendship (thanks to Facebook) and a heart open to new experiences led Sylvia Boggs to hot yoga. 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…
Jodi Chmielewski
November 26, 2015
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Zip Credits Hot Yoga for Dramatic Stress Management

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…
Jodi Chmielewski
November 4, 2015
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Matt Helps Heal Himself and Others Through Hot Yoga

Matt Leyton was against trying hot yoga. 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…
Jodi Chmielewski
October 25, 2015
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Yoga Beneficial to Cancer Patients, Studies Say

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…
Jodi Chmielewski
October 8, 2015
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Sterling Hot Yoga – One Fire – Hot Yoga Festival

Join us in celebrating the first-ever Hot Yoga festival. Incredible lineup + an amazing way to kick off your practice this fall: OCTOBER 1 – 4, 2015 One Fire. Hot Yoga Festival. 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…
Jodi Chmielewski
September 5, 2015
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Special Lexington Yoga Class to Raise Money for Doula

Show up for Katie at SHY Lexington's special donation-based class to help provide her a much-needed doula during childbirth after her husband passed away earlier this year. Of all the moments in life where you wouldn’t want to be alone, giving birth is probably one of the biggest ones. But that’s exactly where Katie Powell finds herself. Her husband, Zac, passed away unexpectedly on July 4, leaving her to deliver their first child—a son due on Oct. 27—without him. Though her family and his family are somewhat close by, none are really local. Prior to losing her husband, Katie, like…
Jodi Chmielewski
September 4, 2015
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Samantha Finds Self-Acceptance On and Off the Mat

Many 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…
Jodi Chmielewski
June 12, 2015
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Jana Gets Over the Hump in Camel After a Year

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…
Jodi Chmielewski
June 5, 2015
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Tada-sana! Tree Pose Breakdown

Tree pose and toe stand are the last two poses in the standing series of our Gold 90 and Sterling 60 classes. They seem fairly straightforward, but there are some aspects of the tree pose that bear clarification. The tree pose that we do in our Gold 90 and Sterling 60 classes has the following purpose: To open up the hips, knees and ankles in preparation for toe stand, and eventually, the lotus position. Compare the woman on the left doing lotus to the woman on the right doing tree pose in the photo below. Notice how in both poses…
Jodi Chmielewski
April 1, 2015
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Core Strength, Iron Hour and Standing Head to Knee

Iron Hour helps build core strength, which helps improve your postures in the Sterling 60 and Gold 90 hot yoga classes! In many of the standing poses in our yoga series, we talk about the locked knee. The locked knee, in good alignment with the ankle and the hip, is absolutely important, and it takes a great deal of strength to maintain it for more than a few moments. In Standing Head to Knee, locking both knees is especially challenging. In this wonderful photo example, Jason Winn is executing the full expression of the pose where his arms are extended,…
Jodi Chmielewski
March 1, 2015