Monday, January 13, 2014

Riverflow Yoga in Manchester, NH

Yoga for real people.

riverflow yoga studio

This is the tagline for Elizabeth Vlangas' Yoga studio, Riverflow Yoga.  And it is one that translates into her presence, class attendance, and energy. 

This gorgeous space, located off bypass 28 in Hooksett ,New Hampshire, has become a second home for me in the last 7 months. Elizabeth's energetic personality and sassy Dorchester accent help to relax a room of stiff people into yoga, with humor sprinkled in every few moments. Laughter is not uncommon at Riverflow. In fact, hugs and smiles are encouraged as you hold Warrior 2 or fold into forward stretches. 

And I love it.

riverflow yoga studio

I come from a world of weight training and intense cardio - where strength, muscle power, and seriousness are on the menu - Elizabeth's style of Yoga is all about being relaxed and loving toward yourself and others. With a little challenge and playing with your edge mixed in. 

I love having this balance in my life now. 

Elizabeth's main intention is simple: "Yoga is too important ,too life altering, to be taken too seriously. All of my classes are infused with a sense of humor and lightness." 

Needless to say, Elizabeth has been an amazing mentor for me. From the moment I met her, she gave me a big hug and smiled warmly, telling me we'd be, "life-long friends." 
How cool is that? 

This tiny woman carries a big presence as she has clearly mastered the art of teaching yoga - she knows her anatomy, how to correct alignment, and make you feel comfortable all in the same breath. Relaxation, fun, and finding your edge are all on the menu here at Riverflow. 

riverflow yoga studio

Riverflow offers a large selection of classes and skilled instructors - from Power Yoga, to Pilates, Core Yoga, Gentle Flow and All Levels. She also offers 200 Hour Teacher Training - which I have been involved in for the past 6 months. 

I didn't know Elizabeth before then, but I had taken classes with a few of her students, and I loved the methodology Elizabeth infused in their styles. 
Quick Background Story: I NEVER liked Yoga before I met Elizabeth. I thought it was boring, and too spiritual. I filed it away in my mind to "those yoga people." 

Elizabeth has completely changed the way I view Yoga. She makes it fun, a learning experience every time I step on the mat, and translates this into my everyday life. 

In a nutshell: Elizabeth has changed my life. 

riverflow yoga studio

And I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels this way. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking to try out a new workout, gain more flexibility in their body AND life, and anyone seeking HEALTH and HAPPINESS (who isn't ?!) - to check out Riverflow Yoga.

 If you don't live in the Southern New Hampshire area, then I definitely recommend seeking out a Yoga Studio in your area and finding an instructor who remembers your name. Who gives you a big hug. Who makes you laugh when you're uncomfortable. Preferably, with a Dorchester accent and standing 5'2" tall. 

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