RHONDA URETZKY, E-RYT 200
Head Hottie, Riverflow Yoga
I had no intention of starting a yoga studio.
After scores of years practicing and teaching and constantly being asked, I still wasn't listening.
One day I moved from the suburbs of New Jersey to a barn by the Delaware River. I looked up and realized, hey, there are no hot yoga studios here.
Thus, inspiration came by necessity. I walked by an old red barn beside the river, peered inside, and heard: Hot yoga studio. Riverflow.
I grew up in New York. I played on sidewalks, hiked through weeds, invented street games with discarded bottle caps and popsicle sticks. I was not a traditional Nature Girl.
But Riverflow seemed to fit.
How did I get started?
It's circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
One night I turned on my TV, and saw Lilias Folan doing yoga. As I joined in, I heard the Mothership calling me home.
I was fourteen
From that day on, I was enchanted by yoga - Sivananda, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa - and then, some twenty eight years later, I wandered into a Bikram Yoga studio.
Within a year, I was asked to teach.
That's when I knew: I have always been a teacher
Forty-plus years later, having taught at many yoga studios adding thousands of hours teaching students of all levels and ages from pre-K through seniors, as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, Certified Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Level 2, yoga studio owner and creator of the Riverflow Hot Yoga Warrior Teacher Training and Riverflow Hot Yoga Renewals in Greece, finally, I get the message:
Life is supposed to be FUN.
WHY DO I TEACH HOT YOGA?
For me, yoga has always been about pulling out those threads that hold things together.
Who needs to hold it together anyway?
When I teach hot yoga, I catch a glimpse of all the pieces out of order. That chaos makes sense to me: just letting everything fall where it may feels perfect.
Maybe your life, brought to you by well-meaning teachers, parents, colleagues and friends, has always been a bit tightly wound. Maybe you're ready to unravel that knot in your gut and experience a calmer, happier, more "you" point of view.
Follow that feeling, with all your heart.
I teach hot yoga to help you find your way back to your Self, the part of you that knows who you are and what your contribution is and that you're already good enough, right now.
I teach hot yoga to remind myself to Play BIG in the game of life
Big Dreams take courage....and faith. Whatever your Big Dream is, I believe it's waiting for you to catch up to it.
You're never too old catch your Big Life.
If your big dream involves empowering others (is anything more delicious?) you might just be a budding hot yoga teacher, as I discovered about myself. Inspiring others is my life worth living. Yours might be different; you'll know it when you feel it.
When you are living the life you meant for, it's hot.
Life is supposed to be fun.
I don't want you to wait 40 years before you get it. I want to teach you all that I learned through yoga, about health, life, fun, about living the life you really want....and I want for you.
I am still a newbie; after all, yoga is 5000 years old. I'm a little younger.
Yoga is ageless. You can start anytime and reverse the aging if your body, your mind, your life.
My hot yoga classes are a strange mix of total relax and absolute Warrior (I was cheerleader Captain in High School...let the jokes begin). Feel free to ask me anything about yoga...or anything.
In fact, just try to stop me from talking about yoga. Good luck.
Yoga is the place I come home to.
For now, I also come home to Lambertville, NJ. My daughter Carly and son Zach are both yoga teachers at Riverflow. I love them more than I can express (and I'm a writer). Plans are in the making for more Riverflow Yoga studios everywhere including Florence, Italy.
Life is elaborate. Yoga is simple.
Show up and show yourself that you are bigger than your perceived limitations. Just let go and take the heat.
Once you get the hang of it, life can be fun. And hot. And cool. And bigger than you imagined.
Let me tell you a little something about my teacher Rhonda; if you think she has eyes in the back of her head, guess what: she does. She walks into that class with the focus of a football coach on super bowl Sunday. Her passion and dedication to hot yoga are blaringly obvious...You would think it is her job alone to carry you to the end of class.... She is a strong lady who cares beyond the norm for her students - Karen Marino, hot yogi