Hot Yoga Topics > Introductions: Set Your Intentions

Welcome to Riverflow Virtual Hot Yoga Teacher Training. Tell us who you are and answer these Three questions:

1. Why did you choose to do hot yoga teacher training?

2. Name three specific things you want to accomplish upon graduating from this program.

3. Name three challenges in your life right now.

A word about Confidentiality: I trust you.

This Teacher Training is open to our teachers at Riverflow Yoga and our teacher trainees. What you share will not be broadcast on the Internet...but honestly, it doesn't matter.

This teacher training is about YOU - tapping into your authentic self - no masks, no stories, no excuses. Once you are able to do that, it will no longer matter to you who knows.

For now, know that we are a community of yoga teachers and trainees and we all vow to keep all the information on this website confidential. That is your commitment as a Riverflow Yoga Teacher/Teacher Trainee.

But there is one commitment even stronger than that we ask of you now:

You give 100% to this endeavor. (Sound familiar? We ask the same of all our hot yoga students in every hot yoga class.) When you are a teacher, you will have earned the right to demand 100% or your students, by virtue of having completed this unique hot yoga teacher training and given your 100% for the duration.

Only 100% will get you through the finish line.

You now agree to do whatever it takes to finish. To let go of all excuses, reasons and stories (even the most reasonable excuses and stories are still just excuses. They're toast now). You now agree to participate in all phases of this teacher training with 100% of your energy, enthusiasm and commitment.

You will face obstacles and you will keep your commitment anyway. Your word now becomes your Law.

The breakthroughs you are looking for in your life are waiting in your 100% Vortex. Be willing to risk looking ridiculous, feeling stupid, being embarrassed, worrying about being judged. This Teacher Training is your opportunity to be a GREAT Hot Yoga Teacher...and in the process, to become great at getting the life you really want.

Commit yourself 100%, and you're 90% there.

August 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Hi June and everyone!

My name is alex. I fell in love with hot yoga while living for a short period in the midwest... it focused me and gave me peace like nothing else did within that time period. It is a peace I hope to achieve and transfer to my own students. I chose this training for two reasons the first being that I am school and it is highly convenient. The second being that in the back of my head this is something I believe that I am meant to do.

I hope to accomplish healing. Because if I can heal myself I can heal parts of this world. I find that human beings are all smiles and band aids. =) I want to achieve the peace and confidence of doing something that I love. Also, a killer eagle pose would be nice.

Good to be here everyone. =)

September 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

Hi Everyone - I am Rhonda, your guide on this Teacher Training journey and at the start of each new session, I update my goals and challenges - I am taking this journey with you, fully committed to being my authentic self right along with you.

My Intentions are:
1. To grow a strong, loving community of students, teachers, healers, seekers, people who I can help to teach what I have learned: that we each have the power to create our own lives and that sharing your authentic self is everything

2. To grow the Riverflow Yoga studio - to fill it with excited teachers and students who begin with a common passion: hot yoga - and find many common passions.

3. To be fully open to where journey now. I commit to let go of planning the HOW of everything I want, and stay in the NOW of enjoying all that I asked for

My greatest challenges:
1. Letting go of managing/planning/needing to be in control. I threw out my TO DO List. I am convinced that its better to know what I want and attract it, rather than plan it (which never works) Living it can be challenging

2. To stay open to whatever will happen in my marriage. I have been married for 20 years and am feeling that this might be the stopping point for me. It's scary to leave and yet upsetting to stay.

3. To create the financial abundance that I have always felt. I know it's there for me; my challenge is to see it, feel it, and live it no matter what the bills say.

September 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Hi everybody,

I would like to repost with specific intentions on healing. ( I often feel my thoughts are very scattered) like there are mice in my head pulling me in a whole bunch of different directions at once... I have a very specific goal. i mentioned that i took hot yoga in the midwest. After class I felt a kind peace and focus. At the time I was in a very bad relationship that went against many of things I stood for. It didn't help that I was so far from home.

My first goal is to fully heal from that experience to put those scars behind me so I can better help the world around me.

My second goal is to recover my self confidence. I want to be bright and happy again without the casualties of over thinking or overanalyzing most things. I make a constant habit of turning myself into a operation board game to picked at. I think it's time to put that to the side. I want to live my life presently so that I may encourage others to do the same.

Yoga helps me let it go. Growing up I had an eating disorder that caused me much pain. I want to teach yoga to girls who have eating disorders. I believe healing in that aspect comes from within.

Thank you guys for listening. It's hard for me to be that specific.

September 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

Hey Alex - Fabulous sharing. Opening your heart is the first step to healing it - and when you are willing to be yourself, you inspire others to do the same - and that alone helps them to open up and then, healing follows. And so you are already on your way to your first goal: to help heal the world around you. When you take the risk and have the courage to share yourself as you are, you find out that we all have wounds to heal. It takes confidence to open up; and so you are already on your way to your second goal of recovering - even boosting - your self confidence. Your third goal - to bring hot yoga to those with eating disorders (did I read that or infer it?) is going to be the passion that propels you on to become a GREAT hot yoga teacher - and we need more GREAT teachers, as you will be.

September 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Hi, everyone!

My name is Kristina Scholz and I'm part of the Summer 2013 teacher training class!

Right to the good stuff:

1. Why did you choose to do hot yoga teacher training?
As most of you know, I've been a regular at Riverflow for the past year and a half. Now seems to be a good time to take my practice a step further! I'd like to be able to do the class for myself, but also lead others.

2. Name three specific things you want to accomplish upon graduating from this program.
- To be able to practice by myself.
- To be able to lead others through the practice safely and with meaning.
- To further my practice - it's time to stop 'hanging out'!

3. Name three challenges in your life right now.
- Possibility of changing jobs
- Funding and completing work on my house
- Adjusting to changing family structure (retired parents, career-driven sister, ailing grandmother, etc.)

May 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterKristinaS

Welcome Kristina. We enjoyed your energy as a student at Riverflow and can already see the amazing teacher you are about to become

Hey Kristina,

Look forward to growing and spending time with you this summer. It's gonna be awesome.

I did teacher training last year so I want to enjoy it even more this time.

I chose Riverflow because I felt that this was the studio that I needed to be a part of in the same way yoga is a part of me.

My Goals for This are:

Further explore myself both on and off the mat.

Look at the fear as the most beautiful point of light I have been given.

Be Positive. Happiness is in me because it is what our bodies naturally know how to do.

Sweat a lot.

Challenges :

I work a lot... and go to school a lot. Notoriously, I love to bite off more than I can chew. I want to start setting some boundaries so I can begin to feel better about Time.

Feeling Happy and Safe.

Adjusting to change and other fearful emotions.

May 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

We're thrilled to have you retaking the teacher training Alex! Just as the more you practice yoga the richer and deeper your experience of it, retaking teacher training will offer you new insights and depths of learning.. Compare your goals this time to last time- what are the differences? Can I challenge you to state three specifically tangible things you want from the training this time ie: teach at Riverflow Yoga; find a perfect apartment; have my dream job writing for a poetry magazine, etc. Go BIGGER...!

I love posting new intentions for each new Teacher Training. Here are mine for the May 2013 Training:
1. Have fun throughout Teacher Training
2. Graduate 4 new great hot yoga teachers
3. Make the online Teacher Training more and more turnkey

Personal Challenges:
1. Open up to the all Abundance I have asked for starting with creating my inital $1M
2. Create the perfect relationship with my soulmate
3. Take Riverflow Yoga to the next steps: worldwide Teacher Training; Riverflow Yoga in Italy, Yoga retreats in Italy/Bali, etc - joyful expansion for Riverflow Yoga

Miss Rhonda, I always always love your positive way of posting things. I definitely feel more comfortable and open as opposed to last time

3 Specific Things I want from Riverflow Teacher Training.

1. A constant and deep state of peace and well being

2. Financial Independence by finding a job that I empower and Love... Blend my yoga practice and writing abilities into one passion

3. Joy. I want feel Joy from the moment I leave the studio. I want to carry that peace and joy where ever I go.

May 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

Hello Everyone...Kathleen 'Kat' Arena here...2013 Summer Teacher Training

1. Why did I choose to do hot yoga teacher training?
I am a retired Chiropractor (30 years in practice) and discovered/started Bikram yoga 3 years ago. It has been amazing in my life. Over the past few years I've considered taking the Bikram teacher training for myself but not as a 'new' career, which is why I couldn't justify the the cost or the distance. When I came upon Rhonda's hot teacher training this felt perfect.

2. Three specific things I want to accomplish:
-First is doing this...completing the program for myself....
-Second is perhaps becoming a 'fill-in' hot yoga instructor either locally or anywhere in the world I may be traveling :)
-Third is being open to any possibility this training brings my way.

3. Three challenges in my life now:
Since retirement what to do next....
-I follow a raw/vegan diet which I enjoy the prep for, so perhaps doing something in this area. I also have done cleanses/detoxes for years so maybe something with this? Could these count as two :)
-If I should keep or sell my home in Langhorne and move.
-Making decisions period....this is a big challenge in my life presently.

May 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterkatarena

Hi Kat - You are in good company - many people feel drawn to a yoga teacher training when they are at a crossroads; the underlying pull of the desire to explore under the surface, well, surfaces. We call ours a Hot Yoga Warrior Teacher Training because it does take a warrior to teach hot yoga - and things like making commitments, decisions, following your heart, being your authentic self, even taking risks for what you want - these are all traits of warriors and these are all things we will remember how to do in this Teacher Training.

Hi Alex, Kat, Kristina, and Lori,

I'm honored to be here helping you all on your journey to becoming fantastic hot yoga teachers and lifelong yoga students. I've been a Bikram practitioner for about 13 years, and a teacher at Riverflow for 3. My favorite thing about teaching is watching people make total life transformations in the hot yoga room - and learning how to connect to students from the heart (consequently, my teaching style has changed a lot over the past three years!)
Even more than teaching, I love giving people the tools to become teachers themselves - which is why I chose to participate in this online teacher training.
My 3 goals are:
1. To help each of you discover the uniqueness that you bring to the hot yoga room
2. To participate in all of the challenges
3. To have fun while doing it

My personal challenges are to hold my own happiness as my priority, and not let myself fall into habits of stress. I'd love to be held accountable for this daily!

May 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterCarlyM

I'm Lori Racioppo. I haven't been posting yet because I'm just figuring out how to use the new functions required of me for this course. I was a dentist for 10 years and I presently own a large horse farm in Pittstown. We have 50 horses on the property and are presently growing 40 acres in organic vegetables. I don"t type & this much took me 15 mins! I also am founder of a clothing company to benefit endangered species. So, between these endeavors you will only see me communicating Fri- Sun. I normally practice yoga 5x/week but my latest computer training has been time consuming. I hope this post works because if it doesn't, I'll miss 12:00 class! UGH!!!

May 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterLoriR

Three days after Lori's post, she quit Teacher Training and gave us a wonderful opportunity to see the straight line from words to beliefs to actions. Negative words ("I havent posted yet will only see me communicating Fri- Sun... I don't type and this much took me 15 minutes...if it doesn't (work) I will miss 12PM yoga...UGHII!") to unspoken negative beliefs (life is too busy; I am not good at this) to actions (I must choose between what I must do and what I want to do). Remember to state your BIG REASONS for wanting this teacher training. Lori resisted doing that in her Introduction. We all tend to put more energy into complaints/feelings of inadequacy/hopelessness (UGH had 3 exclamation points!) than our desires and successes. Do you find this to be true for yourself? How can changing your words be the start of changing your life?

Hi I'm Kim Agabiti, summer 2014 Hot Yoga Warrior Teacher Training!!! I dont know why I did not notice this topic before now, perhaps that is what the Universe intended. We did something at the start of TT where we stated our WHY and wrote about it. My WHY is still the same!
I chose Hot Yoga TT because it was and is the first 'exercise' ever to make a difference in my total well being. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.This yoga has brought me healing where I used to have pain. Daily doses of Motrin are no longer a part of my routine! This needs to be shared and I want to be able to share this gift!
1. Confidence!
2. Better Health- Spirit, Mind, Body
3. A willingness to continue challenging myself and learning in whatever the Universe presents me with!
3 specific challenges right now.....
I feel like I might be at a crossroads with work. I have been a hairdresser for 32 years and never had a desire to do or learn anything else, yet always wished for that desire! My challenge is to be patient and let life unfold as it does.
Financially challenged thinking- my challenge is to study and practice the processes in ASK, to change my thinking and be in a state of allowing as much as possible!
Challenge to let go of my to do list and do what feels good to me!
Knowing that these things will serve me is very different from automatically practicing them! The challenge is to integrate the new thinking into my life so that it becomes a natural response!

July 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterKimA

Ah that really is the meaningful challenge Kim: to live the transformation you experience in hot yoga class. We constantly move between transformed and habitual thinking, between magical and ordinary living. Maybe that's how growth happens: just like in hot yoga you must pull here and stretch there, adjust this and realign that, lock this down and lift this up. Things are always in motion and always moving toward expansion and enlightenment as we push/ pull ourselves up to our highest selves. Enjoy the journey (hint: you won't find it on your To Do list: you have to feel your way through this one).

July 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT