"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 yoga and constantly being asked, "So 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."
A few days later, I walked past an old red barn in town, looked inside and envisioned Riverflow Yoga.
The original call to yoga...
Circa 1971, Rockaway Beach, NY. I am 14 years old, flipping channels on a black and white portable 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 lullaby to sleep. 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...I had already been practicing and teaching yoga for over 28 years when I wandered into a Bikram Yoga studio.
Jackpot. There was something very different about this practice; not just the heat, but the sequence of the poses, the instructions of the teachers, the community sweat...it took me deeper than ever before...and 28 years is a lot of "before."
Within a year, I was trained and certified in the HOT 26 YOGA method.
But even before yoga, I was always a teacher
For as long as I can remember, people have been asking my advice, mostly about the same thingL how to feel better about themselves - more accepting, more worthy, happier. I am not a therapist; I am a yoga teacher who knows that somewhere within yourself are all your answers. And yoga can guide you to the right questions.
The biggest answer come from exploring the silence. Quiet the mind, and hear your heart. Things get pretty quiet, and very clear, when you are doing yoga. It's meditation, with movement.
And at the of each yoga pose, you come home again, to yourself
Yoga is not an escape from life. Yoga is a tool for living your life - the life you were meant to live.
Yoga can remind you of who you are, and why you came here.
WHY HOT YOGA?
Of all the yoga I have practiced, hot yoga rises above.
There is something magical about the heat - this is true across so many cultures that employed heat to bring people to enlightened states of mind. And when you combine yoga with heat, there is an alchemy that is almost ineffable. Hot yoga helped me to truly let go and trust in life, even when things looked chaotic, and to truly experience that everything in my body and my life is always working out.
When the heat of hot yoga melts you - pose by pose, body, mind and spirit - you will find out who and what is underneath your daily worry and stress.
Its you - the authentic you - the person you were meant to be and actually, already are.
Follow your heart
Breathe. Keep your eyes open, follow the instructions, look into the mirror and slowly, you'll begin to recognize yourself again - you're that person with the big dreams.
You're never too old, too late or too tired recharge yourself.
Welcome to Riverflow Yoga. Our hot yoga classes - Classic, Express, Restorative 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). It;'s all about finding your way back to yourself again, in long, languid stretches in a heated room. Hot is heavenly.
Right now, wherever you are, you are hotter than you think.
Now it's your turn, to turn up your heat.
"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