RHONDA URETZKY, E-RYT 200
Head Hottie, Riverflow Yoga
I didn't plan to open a hot yoga studio, even after 40+ years practicing and teaching and constantly being asked, "Where's your studio?"
One day I moved from the suburbs of New Jersey to a barn by the Delaware River, looked up and realized, "Hey, there's no hot yoga here."
Many days later, an old red barn in town called to me: "Hot yoga studio." That's how I opened Riverflow Yoga.
The original call started further back
Circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY. I am 14 years old, flipping channels on the black and white TV in my bedroom when I land on something called, Lilias, Yoga and You.
There she was again the next night. And in the morning. Lilias became my 6AM wake up call and my 11PM bedtime story. Lilias, my first yoga teacher, with her long braid and Danskin leotard, was guiding me to a galaxy far, far away.
Somewhere out there I heard the Mothership calling me home.
Many yoga classes, many teachers, many years of practicing and teaching yoga to friends and neighbors - twenty eight years later - I wandered into a Bikram Yoga studio.
Within a year, the studio owners had trained me to teach hot 26 yoga.
Then I knew: I have always been a teacher
I have taught yoga at many studios, schools and gatherings, many thousands of hours to even larger numbers of students ranging from pre-K to seniors. I created Riverflow Yoga, Riverflow Hot Yoga Blissful Warrior Teacher Training and Riverflow Hot Yoga Renewals abroad, to share the Big Message of yoga that I received:
Life is supposed to be FUN.
Serious, warrior, fun.
WHY HOT YOGA?
Hot yoga helped me pull out the stops, break the rules, and see life as a choice.
Hot yoga allowed me to trust my intuition and follow my inspiration. It nudged me to make friends with the unknown. To just let go already! To relax and trust that when everything looked chaotic, it was still alright.
Hot yoga allowed me to celebrate all of it.
Your busy life, brought to you by well-meaning teachers, parents, colleagues and friends, has you in its grip, bound up tight. Yoga peels back that knot, pose by pose, thread by thread.
What's under the unravelling? You. Who you want to be, and already are.
Follow the unwinding road
Who were you before?
You were big. Then you grew up and, and little by little, you got smaller. Life became less about play. Less choice. Less fun. More serious. More grit and struggle. More effort. And oh, so much more exhausting.
Motivation is not inspiration.
Hot yoga is a way home.
Enter hot yoga and breathe in the heat, the humidity, and the humor. Keep your eyes open, look in the mirror and slowly, you'll begin to recognize that person with big dreams. Welcome home.
Hot yoga is a trial by fire that can transform you, body, mind and life.
You're never too old to start
Why wait 40 years? Let me share with you what my lifetime of yoga has given me.
How to unlearn stress, anger, worry, overwhelm.
Welcome to Riverflow Yoga. Our hot yoga classes are a strange mix of heat and humor, guidance and guile, total bliss and absolute Warrior (I was cheerleader Captain in high school...let the jokes begin).
You're ready for yoga
You may think you're "too late."
Stop thinking so much.
Now is your right time. You're in the right place, just as soon as you decide that you always are.
My book, "The Blissful Warrior: Living the Paradox of Peace and Passion for Today's Empowered Woman" is about living the passion, purpose and peacefulness of the life you want. It's your birthright.
Life is elaborate. Yoga is simple.
Show up bigger than your limiting beliefs, your habits and excuses, even your aching body. You are hotter than you think.
Ready to turn up the heat? Sure you are.
My teacher Rhonda walks into class with the focus of a football coach on Super Bowl Sunday. Her passion and dedication are obvious. She is a strong lady who cares way beyond average for her students - Karen Marino, hot yoga student at Riverflow Yoga