RHONDA URETZKY, E-RYT 200
Head Hottie, Riverflow Yoga
I didn't actively plan to start a yoga studio, even after 40+years practicing, teaching and constantly being asked. Now I wouldn't be without it.
It started one day after 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 came necessity. I walked by an old red barn in my little river town, peered inside, and heard: "Hot yoga studio. Yours."
I grew up in New York on sidewalks and emtpy lots, invented street games with bottle caps and popsicle sticks. I was not a Nature Girl.
But Riverflow seemed right for the name of my hot yoga studio.
But it really started way further back
It's circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
One night I turned on my black and white TV and saw Lilias Folan doing yoga. I joined in and heard the Mothership calling me home.
I was fourteen
From that day on, I was all about the yoga - Sivananda, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa. Then, some twenty eight years later, I wandered into a Bikram Yoga studio.
Within a year, the studio owners asked me to teach and trained me in the hot yoga series.
That's when it hit me: I have always been a teacher
Forty-plus years later, having taught at many yoga studios adding thousands of hours teaching students from pre-K to seniors as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, Certified Radiant Child Yoga Level 2 Teacher Level 2, creator of Riverflow Hot Yoga Warrior Teacher Training and Riverflow Hot Yoga Renewals in Greece, here's my yoga message:
Life is supposed to be FUN. Seriously.
WHY HOT YOGA?
For me, yoga has always been about pulling the threads that hold things together.
Who needs to hold it together anyway?
When I practice hot yoga, I look in the mirror and glimpse mu pieces out of order. The chaos makes sense: just letting everything fall where it may.
Maybe your life, brought to you by well-meaning teachers, parents, colleagues and friends, has become a bit too tightly wound. Maybe you're ready to untie that knot in your gut and find a calmer, happier, more "you" you.
Follow that feeling, with all your heart.
I teach hot yoga to help you find your way home, to that part of your Self that knows who you are is already worthy, and perfect right now.
I teach hot yoga to remind myself to Play BIG in the game of life
Big Dreams take courage....and letting go. Your Big Dream is not only possible, it's waiting for you.
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? You'll know it when you feel it.
And you can feel it; in the quiet challenge of the hot yoga room at Riverflow. And 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.
Compared to yoga which is 5000 years old, I'm a newbie. Just like you.
Yoga is ageless. That's the beauty of it: you can start anytime and become ageless too. Yes, yoga can reverse the aging of 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 hot 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 excuses. Just let go and take the heat.
Once you get the hang of it, life can be fun. And hot. And cool. That's hot yoga at Riverflow.
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