RHONDA URETZKY, E-RYT 200
Head Hottie, Riverflow Yoga
I didn't actively 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 are no hot yoga studios here."
Many days later, the old red barn in town beckoned me inside. Over my shoulder, I heard: "Hot yoga studio."
The original call started way further back
It's circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
I'm flipping channels on my black and white TV, and I land upon Lilias, Yoga and You. It's Lilias Folan doing this thing called yoga. I joined her. Then there she was again the next night. Then in the morning. Suddenly Lilias and her yoga were my 6AM wake up call and my 11PM bedtime story.
Before I knew it, Lilias, with her long braid and Danskin leotard, was was taking me to a galaxy far, far away.
Somewhere out there I heard the Mothership calling me home.
I was fourteen
From that day on, I was doing yoga - Sivananda, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa. Not consistently. Not all the time. But always it was there for me, a place of strength under me through marriages, children, mortgages, worries, divorce...yoga seemed solid when all else was shaky.
Twenty eight years after Lilias and her braid, 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 I saw clearly: I have always been a teacher
Having taught at many studios, many thousands of hours, students from pre-K to seniors, as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, Certified Radiant Child Yoga teacher, creator of Riverflow Yoga, Riverflow Hot Yoga Blissful Warrior Teacher Training and Riverflow Hot Yoga Renewal in Greece, message #2 was finally received :
Life is supposed to be FUN.
WHY HOT YOGA?
Yoga gave me a way to pull out the stops on holding it together.
Turns out that being "put together" wasn't all that great.
Yoga let me in on the beauty of chaos. Everything out of order just makes more sense, everything falling where it may and landing where it should have all along without trying so hard to make it fit.
Modern life, brought to us by well-meaning teachers, parents, colleagues and friends, is tied up kind of tight. Yoga works on that knot in your gut, pose by pose, thread by thread
What's really in your gut? You're in for a surprise.
Follow the road that's unwinding, with all your heart.
I teach hot yoga as a path home to Self. It's a place you already know where they're waiting for you to show up. The fastest way home:
Yoga can transport you.
It begins inside the yoga studio...and then yoga empowers you to a life that's all about endless possibility - kind of how you felt about it all at about the age of 5.
Back when you were little, you were not afraid to play big. Then, you grew up and, little by little, you got smaller.
You're never too old to start yoga and restart your life.
I don't want you to wait 40 years. I want to teach you what a lifetime of yoga has given me and guided me towards iving the life you really want.
Yoga is ageless. Start anytime and you're right where you should be.
There's no lost time. You can get to anyplace you want from wherever you are right now.
That's the promise of yoga.
My hot yoga classes? A strange mix of total bliss and absolute Warrior (I was cheerleader Captain in High School...let the jokes begin).
Ready to let go of what you know and unlearn lessons not working for you - lessons in stress, anger, worry, overwhelm, sluggishness?
You're ready for yoga
There has never been a better time.
I opened Riverflow Yoga in Lambertville, NJ. Plans are in the making for Riverflow Yoga studios everywhere including Florence, Italy (lots of little red barns and old buildings there) and a global Riverflow Yoga Community where we can all inspire each other (no walls at all).
Look for my first book, "The Blissful Warrior: Beyond Yoga - Liiving the Paradox of Peace and Passion for Today's Empowered Woman" due out February 2015 (BlackCardBooks Publishers)
Life is elaborate. Yoga is simple.
Show up and show yourself that you have always been bigger than your obstacles. Hotter than the fire or the frying pan. The hottest thing in the hot yoga room.
Once you get the hang of it, living hot is just plain cool.
My teacher Rhonda walks into class with the focus of a football coach on Super Bowl Sunday. Her passion and dedication to hot yoga are blaringly obvious...You'd think it's 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, Riverflow hot yogi