"I hope your practice can continue to reach the many people in need of peace and balance. You and your practice are inspirational." -Meg, Riverflow yogi
I didn't plan to open a yoga studio, even after 40+ years of 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, and realized, "Hey, there's no hot yoga here."
Many days later, I walked past an old red barn in town. That's how I opened Riverflow Yoga.
The original call started further back
Circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, 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.[/mp_span_inner]
Somewhere I heard the Mothership calling me home.
Fast forward many years of practicing and teaching yoga - 28 years later - I wandered into a Bikram Yoga studio.
Jackpot. Within a year, the studio owners trained me to teach the hot 26 yoga sequence.
Then I knew: I have always been a teacher
For as long as I can remember, people have been asking me to how to feel better about themselves, how to feel more empowered and confident. I am not a therapist; I am a yoga teacher who knows that within yoga lie your answers.
The biggest answer starts with a question: what makes you happy?. Quiet the mind, and hear your heart. Things get pretty clear in yoga.
Yoga can help you remember your way home to yourself.
Yoga is not an escape from life. Yoga is a tool for living a happy life - the one you were meant to live.
Yoga can remind you that you deserve happiness.
WHY HOT YOGA?
Of all the hatha yoga I have practiced, hot yoga rises above all.
Hot yoga helped me to truly let go, to relax and feel that even when things look chaotic, in my body and my life, everything is always working out.
If you feel stressed, stuck, wound up tight, the heat of hot yoga can melt you - pose by pose, body, mind and spirit.
What's underneath your stress? The authentic you - the person you were meant to be and already are.
Follow your heart
Breathe. Keep your eyes open, follow the instructions to look in the mirror and slowly, you'll recognize yourself again - that person with the big dreams.
You're never too old, too late or too tired reinspire yourself.
Welcome to Riverflow Yoga. Our hot yoga classes - Classic, Express, Bedhead and Music Hot Yoga - are a strange mix of total bliss and absolute Warrior (I was cheerleader Captain in high school...let the jokes begin). And there's Yoga Deep: long, languid stretches in a heated room. Heavenly hot.
You are bigger than your excuses. You are hotter than you think.
Let us help you turn up the heat in your life.
"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, Riverflow yogi