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My aunt invited me to my first yoga class when I was 12 years old, and it was love at first asana. Growing up as a dancer, yoga simply felt right. During college, I took classes at Yoga to the People in NYC’s East Village, and it was there I discovered how the breath unites us not only with ourselves, but with our community. For me, the breath is a reminder we are all one and fully connected to the universe.

By the summer of 2011, I completed my 200-hour RYT certification from the White Lotus Foundation, where studied under Ganga White, Tracy Rich, Kent Bond and Sven Holcomb. In February 2017, I became RYT-500 certified through Asheville Yoga Center's 300-hour program.

My teaching style and personal practice is very fluid. I have a deep connection with the water element, and, like water, my asana practice lends itself to attuning with our natural desire for flow and movement.  Also, my children, Willow and Kai, continually inspire me to celebrate each moment and live fully in the present moment, which I share with my students.

 

Hamit Martinez

Hamit Martinez

When I first stepped inside RFY, I was first struck by how calming it was just being in such a serene atmosphere. After a few days, I saw how happy and content people seemed after each class.

 

I've always been interested in yoga. From the way it affects the senses as well as the mind to the effect it has on a daily routine, but, for me, the best part is seeing how it can apply to anyone regardless of any social barriers. Seeing everyone come together for about an hour to go on a personal journey together is truly what makes me appreciate yoga and the studio as a whole.

Most my friends cannot believe I find such joy in going to work, but experiencing the tranquility and joviality of others while working the front desk is where I find joy in my job.

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Maureen Conway

I took my first yoga class with my mom when I was about 18. We both went in skeptical and came out completely sore, but eager to try again and learn more about the practice. 

I continued to take yoga classes sporadically, but didn’t find its true place in my life until I began my career teaching elementary music in Michigan. As much as I loved my job and my students, I came home every night completely drained from the stress of the day and affected by the negative people in my life. 

I tried a power vinyasa yoga studio and it instantly became exactly what I needed. I went straight to yoga every day after school, and quickly discovered that I had been craving a space to clear my head and focus on myself, physically and emotionally. I had been giving so much energy to other people’s problems that I lost myself in the process. Yoga continues to help me find balance and peace, on and off the mat. 

Upon moving from Michigan to Columbus, my first thought was “Where am I going to do yoga??” I feel so grateful to have found River Flow as my yoga home. Yoga is a community effort, and this community is welcoming, supportive, and so full of love!

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Katy Hamrick

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Funny enough, I was introduced to yoga through P90X in 2014! It was side plank that kicked me in the butt and turned me towards the idea of getting stronger in these poses. That lead me to explore arm balances and a regular yoga practice. When a mile stone came up in my life, I turned to meditation and from there have found my groove
and love for yoga. I've been dancing since I was four years old and movement is a large part of my practice. I completed my 200hr teacher training at White Lotus Foundation the summer of 2018, where I studied under Ganga White, Tracy Rich, and the dynamic duo Kent Bond and Sven Holcomb.
In my classes you can expect fluid movement and self exploration. I encourage everyone to love themselves right where they are in their practice and spread that love to those around you.

Jamie Castaño

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My yoga journey began three years ago when my husband’s job relocated my young family from Kansas City to Columbus, Georgia.  My background and education were in school social work, and I found my passion for the well-being of children is what motivated me in this line of work. After our move to Georgia, I was looking for a path to reinvent my passion.  I didn’t know how, when, or what, until a friend begged me to join her in a yoga class. I had been to yoga many times before, but this time was different.  I went to my first yoga class at River Flow and immediately found the studio and the instructors to not only speak to me in a language I needed and that I understood, but also that’s completely inspired me.  Through my personal yoga experience, I was able to find my true self – as more than a mother and wife.  This path of self-discovery led me to wonder how I could use the practice of living yoga and mindfulness to others – and especially to our children?  My passion for the well-being of children now continues in this new way – by teaching them to use what they already have to make meaning.  Teaching children how to be present, how to inhale and exhale instead of react, and what it means to be mindful through the practice of yoga, I believe will make a lasting impact.

I am excited about this next phase of my life, and have seen with my own children, how the practice of yoga can bring meaning to the busy world that they are growing up in.  I look forward to being able to share this meaning with your children.

 

Madeline McBride

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The way I fell in love with yoga was a slow process for myself. The first time I arrived at the mat was during a hot yoga class with the mindset that I was going for the physical benefits of the class. Of course, I gravitated towards the practice for this sole reason but, the whirlwind of life came in and pulled me away, and my visits to the mat became sporadic. It wasn’t until a few years ago I came back to the mat to release stress and tension of my body that I found my breath working with the Asanas that I fell in love and continued arriving at my mat with curiosity and digging deeper into the practice.

In my practice and teaching, I focus on mindful movement, deep yogic breathing practices, and how the two intertwine with one another. It is my goal to encourage students to come as they are and help aid them in their personal evolution and feel themselves expand in all directions on and off the mat.