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, many 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, clarity finally came to me through yoga:
Life is supposed to be FUN.
WHY HOT YOGA?
Yoga is about pulling out the threads.
Who needs to hold it together anyway?
When I practice hot yoga, I glimpse my own chaos. Things happen out of order yet it makes sense, this letting everything fall where it may.
Maybe your life, brought to you by well-meaning teachers, parents, colleagues and friends, is a bit tightly wound. Maybe you're ready to untie that knot in your gut and find your blissful warrior.
She's in there.
Follow the road that's unwinding, with all your heart.
I teach hot yoga as a way home to your Self,to a place that knows no bounds and is waiting for you to show up. you are are already worthy. Nothing to prove. Here to expand
You remember playing big; it was when you were about 5 or so.
You were huge then...you just didn't know it.
You were told that you had a lot to learn, and it was someone else's job to teach you. You listened but you forgot how to hear what was calling from inside. And as you grew bigger, you grew smaller.
Wake up - your big life is still waiting.
If you can let go of everything that holds you back, you are on your way.
Yoga can transport you, easily. Yoga begins inside the studio...and then yoga becomes who you are, the Blissful Warrior: an impassioned, empowered being whose life is possibility.
You're never too old to start yoga - or restart your life.
You are invited
Life is supposed to be fun.
I don't want you to wait 40 years. I want to teach you all that a lifetime of yoga has given me about living the life you really want.
I'm a newbie to all this. Just like you.
Yoga is 5000 years old; anyone who says they're an expert is either exaggerating or has done an amazing amount of Time Travel.
It doesnt matter how long you've been in the yoga game. Yoga is ageless. Start anytime and you're right where you should be.
No need to lament lost time when you can get to anyplace you want from wherever you are right now.
My hot yoga classes? A strange mix of total bliss and absolute Warrior (I was cheerleader Captain in High School...let the jokes begin).
Get ready to pull on whatever holds it together for you. It's time to let go of what you know and find your way back to who you are.
It's time for yoga
There has never been a better time for empowerment.
Riverflow Yoga is here for you in Lambertville, NJ. Plans are in the making for Riverflow Yoga studios everywhere including Florence, Italy and a global Riverflow Yoga Blissful Warrior Community where we can all inspire each other.
Life is elaborate. Yoga is simple.
Show up and you are already bigger than your obstacles. Hotter than the fire or the frying pan. A Blissful Warrior
Once you get the hang of it, living this hot is just plain cool.
Let me tell you a little something about my teacher Rhonda. 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