"What make Riverflow hot yoga unique?"
Riverflow is a hot yoga studio, dedicated to the 26 poses (with a few extra in our Music Hot Yoga class) in 105 degrees for 90 minutes.
What makes Riverflow Yoga unique is not the mechanics of the yoga; but how we deliver it.
We focus on you, personally.
Our studio is on the smaller side - maximum 30 students - but even if we're full, our teachers give each student the kind of individual and specific attention suited to your level and designed take you deeper.
Beginners, advanced or somewhere inbetween, you are welcome and well cared for in the hot yoga community at Riverflow Yoga.
Riverflow Yoga is a hot yoga community.
"Hey, Julie, how was traffic," "Welcome back, Ellen!" "How was your vacation, Zuke?" When you walk in our front door, you're home. We know you, and we're always glad to see you. You are instantly part of this yoga community. After yoga, you can sit with us in the reception room, enjoy our snack table, talk to fellow Hotties, share stories and encourage one another. We invite you to our online yoga discussions on everything hot yoga, and the yoga of life. Because this hot yoga community doesn't stop once you exit our studio. That's just the beginning of benefiting from hot yoga in your cool life.
"Is Riverflow a Vinyasa flow?"
Vinyasa of Flow Yoga - with its poses that flow one into another - is a beautiful almost dance-like form of hatha yoga and it is sometimes practiced in a warm room heated to 85+ degrees.
At Riverflow, rather than a flow, we pause to breathe between poses, bask in the benefits, feel the full sweat equity of each pose. It's perfect for beginners or experts, whichever one you feel like today.
And we like it hotter.
We crank the heat up to make-no-mistake-it's-hot-in-here: 105 degrees/F with 40% humidity. The benefits to heating up beyond "clammy" are manifold: whatever your ailment, you get to sweat it all out.
High heat + Hot yoga = sweat equity.
There's some controversy as to whether or not you are actually detoxing when you sweat - but since the skin is your largest organ of elimination, I say yes, you are purging unwanted toxins when you sweat in hot yoga. You'll also dilate your blood vessesls and then breathe more deeply (we'll remind you), creating conditions for greater oxygenation of the blood and more blood flow throughout your body.
Our high heat will "melt" tight muscles, soothe stressed minds, and allow you to relax and stretch more easily. Can you "overstretch" in hot yoga. I don't know; can you over-enjoy?
"Is Riverflow like Moksha hot yoga?"
No, but you're getting warmer...
Moksha Yoga is a series of 40 yoga poses done in a hot room (still not as hot as we like it) beginning with Savasana, into standing pose stretches and onto a floor sequence of hip openers and spinal/upper body poses, and finally, a blissful Savasana.
Riverflow Yoga also has standing balancing poses followed by back-strengthening floor series, with relaxation poses like Corpse and Child's Pose between poses and at the end.
In Moksha Yoga, you set an intention for your practice, engaging the mind before moving your body.
At Riverflow Yoga, we ask you to put your usual thoughts on PAUSE for 90 minutes and focus only on the teacher's instructions; to bask in simply feeling good.
Good feeling thoughts lead to good feeling bodies lead to a good-feeling life.
Is it Bikram Yoga?
Riverflow Yoga is not affiliated with Bikram Yoga. You'll see close similarities - but it's the differences at Riverflow that make all the difference.
High heat/Low impact
Bikram Choudury is responsible for adding heat to yoga. Along with his guru Bishnu Ghosh, he combined heat with the 26 pose sequence: heat plus asansas plus Savasana.
At Riverflow Yoga, we also like to mix it up a bit.
Like our Music Hot Yoga without verbal instructions just cool musical accompaniment, from Springsteen to Soul Train. You'll find additional poses: Child's Pose relaxation, Cat-Cow Stretch/Bridge Pose for lower back relief. Leg lifts for core strength. Cow Face for unkinking the spine.
After 40 years of yoga, I know a few more than 26 poses. And I love surprising you.
Sweat, yes. Strain, no.
Riverflow Yoga is challenging. But we believe in easy does it: determination, yes; struggle, no.
Our instructors will stand beside you, offer a hands-on nudge, a whisper of encouragement...and some stress-busting laughter.
We guide you carefully so you can get maximum benefit from hot yoga as you sweat, smile, and perhaps learn to take yourself bit more lightly.
We make hot yoga warriors.
We don't believe in pushing you into pain, but we will push you to your potential. Stay focused; eyes open, explore each pose to the best of your ability and give 100% today. You deserve nothing less.
What happens in Riverflow hot yoga class?
- We align you properly before the pose begins. Our nuanced instructions help ease your body into the poses, without a struggle.
- We time the yoga poses from 30 seconds to one minute. Once you're properly aligned, holding the pose is a pleasure
- We encourage AHA moments. Aha, I CAN hold that pose! AHA, I can bend that way! AHA, it was my mind holding me back, not my body. We are all over the AHA.
- We take the guesswork out of hot yoga. Follow our instructions to the best of your abiilty. No modifications, no excuses.
- We welcome beginners. We encourage everyone to feel "new" to each class no matter how experienced you are. That beautiful Gumby - she's a beginner, too.
- We love Savasana (eyes open) and we do it between each asana, standing up or lying down. Freeze like a statue. No fidgeting.
- We encourage you to take a pose off/sit a pose out and choose Savasana anytime you feel it. No judgements. You'll be surprised how quickly you're ready to rejoin us in the poses again.
- We appreciate you: so expect us to compliment you on your poses, your willingness to work at 100%, your showing up in hot yoga today.
Riverflow Yoga is the heat of the moment.
Yes, Riverflow is outside your comfort zone. How far will you go today? That's your choice.
At Riverflow, we're hot yoga within a warm community to help you relax, expand and open up to. Laugh, cry, get mad, develop patience, come out whole.
Come to Riverflow to let go your limitations and all the good arguments you have for them. We've got a hot spot in our studio - and warm spot in our hearts - for you.
What if you can't make it to a Riverflow hot yoga class?
You can still enjoy yoga and feel the energy of the yoga community by joining our Riverflow Online Yoga Community. Learn more about yoga, the hot yoga poses, tips and secrets you can use in your next hot yoga class. Learn about yoga lifestyle - a diet to support you; how yoga can enhance your relationships; how to use the Law of Attraction. If you enjoy games and want a challenge, our Games and Challenges will give you action guides to transform yourself in many ways: self esteem, relationships, money and abundance, just about everything in your life. FORUM discussions are the best - here, you can ask about anything and have the community answer and engage in lively discussions with you. So you never have to be without the heat of yoga and the warmth of a yoga community; it's in our hot yoga classes at Riverflow Yoga morning, noon and night; and in our online yoga community, 24/7.
Join our ONLINE COMMUNITY and turn on the heat in your life anytime. See you there!