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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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Ali Nolan

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I began my yoga journey in 2013 after graduating college and moving back to Upstate NY to live with my parents. In an attempt to avoid a quarter-life crisis, I found yoga. Yoga was a reliable escape and brought balance to an otherwise chaotic time of working non-stop and caring for my mom who was recovering from brain surgery. When I first began my practice, yoga was the only true “me” time in my schedule and the ultimate form of self-care. Over the years, I was able to devote more and more of my time to yoga and the transformation that occurred truly saved me. I learned how to handle my stress and my (sometimes) controlling-nature to become a more grounded and centered human. 

One of the most important lessons yoga has taught me in the last few years is that we must always stay curious. We must always ask questions. We must always push the boundaries of what we think we can or should do. In the spring of 2017, I completed my 200 hour training through Bliss Body Yoga in Raleigh, North Carolina to receive my RYT-200 certification. It was through my training that I became a bit of an anatomy nerd and learned to appreciate the beauty of proper alignment. In my classes you will find a focus on linking body + breath to release tension and expand the mind. I am a firm believer that working out the kinks in your physical body will eventually work out any kinks in your mind & soul. 

Since moving to Columbus in Fall of 2017, I have called River Flow Yoga & Wellness my home. I am so blessed to be a part of this magical community! When I’m not teaching yoga at River Flow, you can find me drinking a big ol’ cup of matcha at home or hiking local trails with my rescue pup, Liberty. 

Kay Lee

I first became interested in yoga in 2016. At the time, I had began my weight loss journey and early on I found myself obsessing over the number on the scale rather than building a stronger foundation for my everyday life. I discovered yoga and thought ‘ this will at least get me flexible and relaxed ‘, which was true, but I wasn’t expecting for my entire life to transform once I started to understand what I was actually practicing!

River Flow Yoga has been that perfect guide to a deeper understanding. The studio always feel like home when I step in to pracrice! When Im not doing yoga or working out, you can catch me at the desk every morning greeting the tribe.

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