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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
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Iron Hour Yoga: Learning the Proper Weight Hand Grips

  During Iron Hour Yoga, holding your weights in the proper manner will help you to get the most out of your exertion and ensure a safe and effective practice. There are three positions in which to hold your weights: pronate, supinate and hammer grip. A pronated grip is when the back of your hands are facing the ceiling and your hands are wrapped around the weights with palms facing down. In the standing series, during the lat pulls in Warrior II, you start the posture with a pronated grip. On the floor series with weights, the dumbbell chest presses…
Jodi Chmielewski
February 1, 2015
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Is Your Smartphone a Pain in the Neck?

Pressure caused by the angle of the neck and the weight of the head from looking down at mobile devices for long periods of time can lead to "text neck." A few days ago, I sat in the back seat of the car for a trip to New Orleans, and for the length of the two-hour drive, I was on my phone texting and responding to emails. By the time we reached the Big Easy, my neck was sore and felt overstretched. Turns out that "text neck" is a growing health condition caused by having your head hung forward and…
Jodi Chmielewski
December 1, 2014
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Yoga Anatomy: Agonist & Antagonist Muscle Groups

When you bring the hand toward the shoulder, the biceps is the agonist muscle and the triceps is the antagonist muscle. In the last newsletter, we discussed the elements of alignment. I hope that you have had the opportunity to focus on your alignment both in and out of the hot room. Alignment is such an important part of you practice and of your life! This time, we'll talk about agonist and antagonist muscle groups. For almost every major movement in the body, there is an agonist and antagonist muscle involved. The agonist muscle is the primary mover involved. Usually…
Jodi Chmielewski
November 1, 2014