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Retreat: Riviera Maya, Mexico Jan 14 – 21

News | Aug 30, 2016

Sterling Hot 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)
Flight:1I9A5120
Book your flight into CUN Cancun International Airport
Arrive Sat, Jan 14, 2017 and Depart Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Flight not included.
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
Rate:
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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Call For Questions 859-402-2211

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Hot Pilates, Vinyasa, Iron Hour Yoga Sculpt, Bikram Hot Yoga in Lexington

News | May 02, 2016

Sterling Hot Yoga in Lexington, Kentucky

It’s time to get your mind, body and spirit ready for the season!

Try your first month for only $30

Hot Pilates Hot Pilates Lexington

Using Pilates prin­ci­ples, Inferno Hot Pilates is a chal­leng­ing, full body, low impact, high inten­sity work­out. It is per­formed on a yoga mat in a room heated to 95 degrees and 40% humid­ity. Hot Pilates strength­ens mus­cles and burns fat — all with­out the pound­ing of a high impact work­out. Upbeat music and low light, Designed for all fit­ness levels.

Vinyasa YogaVinyasa Yoga Lexington

Mercury Flow is an upbeat Vinyasa Yoga class linking asanas (postures) together in a series of movements with the breath. The routine practice of Vinyasa Yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress. Flowing music and low light, 92-95 added humidity. Designed for all fitness levels.

Iron Hour (Vinyasa Yoga Sculpt)Iron Hour Yoga Sculpt

Iron Hour combines yoga with light weight training. Men and women of all fitness levels are welcome to tone and sculpt, build lean muscle, improve metabolism and see results! A perfect compliment to a hot yoga practice. Upbeat music and low light, 92-95 added humidity.

Sterling 60, 75, 90 (Bikram Yoga)Hot Yoga Bikram

A traditional Hot Yoga class, featuring two sets of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. This sequence is offered in 60, 75 and 90 minute classes.  60-minute class is sure to get you sweating.  75 and 90-minute classes offers more instruction, meditation and stillness between postures.  Everyone is welcome to sweat, stretch and heal in this foundational therapeutic class. Quiet with light, 102-104 added humidity. Designed for all fitness levels.

Yin YogaYin Yoga Lexington

Yin Yoga is simple practice to calm the mind and stretch the body. Postures are held 2 – 5 minutes and targets connective tissues of hips, pelvis and low spine. The perfect end to your day and compliment to your hot yoga practice. Relaxing music and low light, Unheated. Beginner friendly.

Bring a yoga mat, beach towel and water

Find a class that compliments your lifestyle today!

May Schedule Introducing Hot Pilates

News | Apr 29, 2016

Sterling Hot Yoga May Schedule:  Introducing Hot Pilates POP UP Classes!

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

Studio BBQ

2

3

4

5

6

7

Derby Day

8:30A          Sterling 60

10:00A  Hot Pilates

12:00P BBQ! (check FB 4 Rain)

4:30P         Iron Hour

6:00P         Yin Yoga

9:30A   Sterling 75

12:00P  Sterling 60

4:30P    Sterling 60

6:00P   Vinyasa Flow

7:30P   Sterling 60

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P   Sterling 60

12:00P  Iron Hour

6:00P   Sterling 60

7:30P   Sterling 75

9:30A      Sterling 90

12:00P   Sterling 60

4:30P     Sterling 60

6:00P      Iron Hour

7:30P  Hot Pilates

6:00A    Sterling 60

9:30P    Sterling 60

12:00P  Vinyasa Flow

6:00P   Sterling 60

9:30A    Sterling 90

12:00P  Sterling 60

6:00P    Sterling 60

8:30A      Sterling 60

10:00A  Hot Pilates

11:30A     Vinyasa Flow

8

Mother’s Day

9

10

11

12

13

14

8:30A    Sterling 60

10:00A  Sterling 75

3:00P    Iron Hour

4:30P    Sterling 60

6:00P    Yin Yoga

8:00A  Hot Pilates

9:30A       Sterling 75

12:00P     Sterling 60

4:30P      Sterling 60

6:00P     Vinyasa Flow

7:30P     Sterling 60

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P   Sterling 60

12:00P  Iron Hour

6:00P  Sterling 60

7:30P   Sterling 75

8:00A  Hot Pilates

9:30A       Sterling 90

12:00P     Sterling 60

6:00P      Iron Hour

7:30P     Sterling 60

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P   Sterling 60

12:00P Vinyasa Flow

6:00P   Sterling 60

9:30A    Sterling 90

12:00P  Sterling 60

6:00P   Sterling 60

8:30A         Sterling 60

10:00A  Hot Pilates

4:30P         Sterling 60

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

8:30A    Sterling 60

10:00A  Sterling 75

3:00P    Iron Hour

4:30P    Sterling 60

6:00P   Yin Yoga

9:30A  Hot Pilates

12:00P    Sterling 60

4:30P     Sterling 60

6:00P    Vinyasa Flow

7:30P     Sterling 60

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P   Sterling 60

12:00P  Iron Hour

6:00P   Sterling 60

7:30P   Sterling 75

9:30A  Hot Pilates

12:00P    Sterling 60

6:00P      Iron Hour

7:30P      Sterling 60

6:00A    Sterling 60

9:30P    Sterling 60

12:00P  Vinyasa Flow

6:00P    Sterling 60

9:30A    Sterling 90

12:00P  Sterling 60

6:00P   Sterling 60

8:30A         Sterling 60

10:00A  Hot Pilates

4:30P         Sterling 60

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

8:30A    Sterling 60

10:00A  Sterling 75

3:00P    Iron Hour

4:30P    Sterling 60

6:00P    Yin Yoga

9:30A     Sterling 75

12:00P    Sterling 60

4:30P  Hot Pilates

6:00P     Vinyasa Flow

7:30P      Sterling 60

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P   Sterling 60

12:00P  Iron Hour

6:00P   Sterling 60

7:30P   Sterling 75

9:30A    Sterling 90

12:00P  Sterling 60

4:30P  Hot Pilates

6:00P    Iron Hour

7:30P    Sterling 60

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P   Sterling 60

12:00P  Vinyasa Flow

6:00P    Sterling 60

9:30A    Sterling 90

12:00P  Sterling 60

6:00P   Sterling 60

8:30A        Sterling 60

10:00A  Hot Pilates

3:00P  Community Vinyasa Flow

4:30P         Sterling 60

29

30

Memorial Day

31

1

2

3

4

8:30A    Sterling 60

10:00A  Sterling 75

3:00P    Iron Hour

4:30P    Sterling 60

6:00P   Yin Yoga

8:30A      Sterling 60

10:00A  Hot Pilates

11:30A     Vinyasa Flow

6:00A   Sterling 60

9:30P    Sterling 60

12:00P  Iron Hour

6:00P   Sterling 60

7:30P   Sterling 75

Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington Open House Weekend

News | Apr 18, 2016

Lexington Yoga Community

Sterling Hot Yoga Works Lexington Open House Weekend

  • Complimentary Classes on Saturday, April 30
  • Community BBQ Rescheduled due to weather

Saturday, April 30 – Open House

  • Celebrating over 8 years in business!
  • Complimentary Beginner Classes ALL DAY!
  • Invite your Friends.
  • Enter to Win Grand Prizes
  • Yoga Into Special Only $20/Month (New Students and Haven’t been in over 6 months!)
  • Up to 35% off Retail!

Register For Classes Online Here

Saturday, April 30 Schedule – All Levels!

  • 8:30am Sterling 60 (Traditional Hot Yoga sequenced 26/2 Class. Therapeutic, Quiet, with Heat )
  • 10:00am Iron Hour Yoga (Vinyasa yoga with weights to flow, sculpt, tone and have fun! Low heat with music)
  • 11:30am Yin Yoga (It’s all about you! Totally relax and unwind. Slow, deep stretch, no heat with music)
  • 3:00pm Vinyasa Yoga (Donation Class raising money for Hope Center in Lexington) (Fun upbeat class to flow to music in low heat)
  • 4:30pm Hot Pilates (Using Pilates prin­ci­ples, Inferno Hot Pilates is a chal­leng­ing, full body, low impact, high inten­sity work­out. Fun, Upbeat, Music, Low heat)

Rescheduled – Community BBQ

Join us for a community celebration of friends and family! Picnic, Food, Music, Kayaking. A day of relaxing and celebrating life together out on the river with our friends at Central Kentucky Kayaking!

What: Community BBQ  (we provide the meat, music, kayaks and fun!)
Where: Central Kentucky Kayaking 394 Stoner Ave, Paris, KY 40361
When: Rescheduled TBA
How: Bring yourself, side dish, family and friends, drive out – email us if you want to carpool. RSVP online here.
Why: Let’s get outside, into some clothes (other than yoga clothes) and have some fun together outside!

Please register here for a BBQ head count! Thank you

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!

Yin Yoga Training Lexington

News | Feb 05, 2016

Yin Yoga Lexington

What: Yin Yoga Training
When:
February 26 – 28, 2016
Where: Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington

Who: Anyone who may want to deepen their practice, learn more or add to your teaching abilities!

To Register:
1) Fill Out Online Form 2) Mail or drop off check made to FortyFour, LLC – 185 Pasadena Drive #140, Lexington KY 40503
C/O SHY Yin Yoga Training.

Cost: $249 starting Feb 15, 2016 (post mark by Feb 22, 2016)

Teacher: E-RYT Jamie Testa Teaching yoga since 2006 in Bikram, Vinyasa, Yin and Meditation. She owns Studios and runs teacher training programs in Cancun, MX, Vacaville, Davis and Berkley, CA. Jamie has been lead E-RYT on Sterling Staff for four Sterling Teacher Trainings in Mexico and 5 Akasha Yoga training‘s in California.

Schedule:
Feb 26 4:30pm 60min Class, 6:00-9:30pm Instruction
Feb 27 4:30pm 60min Class, 6:00-10:00pm Instruction
Feb 28 4:30pm 60min Class, 12:00-4:00pm Instruction

Bring:
Yoga clothing for taking class, cover ups or change for learning, Materials for note taking, Food for breaks.

Learn about Yin Yoga and/or add to your teaching.
Perfect for beginners, teachers, anyone who is interested in entering the knowledge of Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Postures are generally held longer on average of 5 minutes. The perfect compliment to your hot yoga practice.

For our other Trainings (RYT 200 4-week Sterling Hot Yoga, One week Iron Hour and Yin,  Yoga Retreats) in Mexico Visit Here

Sylvia Warms Up to Hot Yoga Through Rekindled Friendship

News | Nov 26, 2015

Sylvia Cobra Hot Yoga BenefitsA 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 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 Works 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 SHYW 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 SHYW 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 Works Lexington and warm up with our $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga introductory special, and begin your journey today!

Zip Credits Hot Yoga for Dramatic Stress Management

News | Nov 04, 2015

Zip Irvin hot yoga benefitsIn 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 Works 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 SHYW 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.”

Want to take Zip’s advice and see what positive changes hot yoga holds for you? Take advantage of our $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga introductory special and begin your journey at Sterling Hot Yoga Works Lexington today!

Open House Sterling Hot Yoga Works Lexington Saturday, November 7

News | Nov 02, 2015

Sterling Hot Yoga Works Lexington Open House Saturday, November 7, 2015

Celebrating 8 years in business!

Complimentary Beginner Classes ALL DAY!

Invite your Friends.

Enter to Win Grand Prizes

Yoga Into Special Only $20/Month (New Students and Haven’t been in over 6 months!)

Up to 35% off Retail!

Register Online Here

Sterling Hot Yoga Works Open House

Sterling Hot Yoga Works Open House

Register Online Here

185 Pasadena Drive #140

Lexington KY 40515

859.402.2211

Matt Helps Heal Himself and Others Through Hot Yoga

News | Oct 25, 2015

Matt hot yoga and addictionMatt 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 Works 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 Works Lexington today!

“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.”

“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.”

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