RHONDA URETZKY, E-RYT 200
Head Hottie, Riverflow Yoga
I didn't actively plan to start a hot yoga studio, even after 40+years practicing and teaching and talking about yoga and constantly being asked, "where's your studio?"
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."
Walking by an old red barn in my new little river town, I peered inside, and heard: "Hot yoga studio."
Finally, the message landed.
But really, the call started way further back
It's circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
One night, flipping channels on my black and white TV, I saw Lilias Folan doing this thing called yoga. I joined her. I looked for her again the next night. Then in the morning - there she was. Suddenly yoga my 6AM wake up call and my tuck me in at 11PM. Lilias, with her long braid and Danskin leotard, was my Guru before I knew what a Guru was. She was taking me to a galaxy far, far away from Queens NY to a place I hadn't been before.
Or had I?
Somewhere out there I heard the Mothership calling me home.
I was fourteen
From that day on, I was all about yoga - Sivananda, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa. Not consistently. Not all the time. But there is always was in the background, a place I found under me through marriage, children, mortgages, worries, divorce...yoga seemed to be there when all else was shakey.
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 finally hit me: I have always been a teacher
Having taught at many yoga studios, many thousands of hours teaching students from pre-K to seniors, as Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, Certified Radiant Child Yoga, creator of Riverflow hot yoga and all it's permeations including Riverflow Hot Yoga Warrior Teacher Training and Riverflow Hot Yoga Renewal in Greece, here's my yoga message:
Life is supposed to be FUN.
WHY HOT YOGA?
Yoga has always been about pulling on 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 all the 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 right now. Nothing to prove. Everything to enjoy
I teach hot yoga to remind myself to Play BIG
Big Dreams take courage....and letting go of everything you think you know. Big Dream are not only possible, they're patiently waiting for you to catch up.
You're never too old catch your Big Life.
Inspiring others is my life worth living. Yours? You'll know it when you feel it.
And you will feel it; in the quiet challenge of the hot yoga room at Riverflow.
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 you're right where you should be. Yoga can reverse the aging of your body, your mind, your life.
But no need to go backwards. You can get to anyplace you want from wherever you are right now.
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.
The more I pull these threads apart, the more it all comes together. And apart again.
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 off to yourself: you are bigger than your excuses. Stronger than any obstacles. Hotter than the fire inside of you.
Just let go and heat it up.
Once you get the hang of it, hot yoga is just plain cool.
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