Wendy practices what she teaches on a daily basis. The Big Rock Yoga Methodology is the result of her almost twenty years on a mat and 50 years in life! She teaches varying styles of classes of all levels to meet students exactly where they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Her passion is empowering others through the Big Rock Methodology to lead an intentional life with no limits as a service to self and others! While she is a grounded, playful leader in her power vinyasa yoga classes, many classes are led with full respect that some of us are just not in a playful mood and simply need the space to feel and heal.
"Transformation is an ongoing process. I fully believe I can only give what I allow myself to receive. That is why remaining a student of yoga and life is a central focus for me. I sought to heal the physical and emotional impacts of a debilitating arthritis when I began my yoga practice. I chose to fully believe in miracles through faith, hope, and steadfast actions. From that choice I gained a renewed self trust. I have received a physical healing from years of acute and chronic back pain. I have received an ongoing emotional healing through a daily mindfulness practice that allows me to identify and release negative thoughts. My life is now abundantly rich in relationship with myself and others through the gift of empowerment a disciplined yoga practice gives. I have a connection to a loving, divine spirit and practice staying open to that source on a moment by moment basis. The joy and empowerment I teach others through yoga is the result of my own life struggles teaching me compassion and forgiveness. I believe joy and empowerment are the result of compassion and forgiveness. And, it is my responsiblity to choose a daily yoga practice that leads to positive actions towards myself and others."
Wendy currently leads class, workshops, and Teacher Trainings at Big Rock Yoga. She created the Minding Our Business Methodology for mental health facilities and corporate wellness programs. She personally leads and staffs 10 weekly group therapy sessions at The Bridgeway. These sessions provide care for patients in substance abuse, dual diagnosis, psychosis, adolescents, and outpatient units. As a corporate constultant Wendy has created and led programs of varying depth, including 60-90 minute leadership trainings through mindfulness practices to a full 30 day Stress and Anxiety Mindfulness Program. Her private clients have included the UALR Mens Basketball team, Woodland Psychiatric Research Institute, and Simmons Bank.
In 2003, Wendy's first decade as a yoga teacher started in a local gym in East Texas. Over that decade she gained an expansive experience teaching private lessons, classes, and athletes that led to opening a local studio in 2011. From 2013-2017, Wendy assisted a 200 Hour Teacher Training in Kenya, co-facilatated workshops at The Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park, and led teacher trainings in Austin, Tyler, and Canada. She developed the Big Rock Yoga Methodology and opened Big Rock Yoga January 31, 2014. Through the Big Rock Yoga Methodology Wendy has trained over 150 teachers in Arkansas.
Wendy is a registered E200 RYT, E500 RYT, and CE Trainer through Yoga Alliance. Her studies over the last twenty years have been in depth with Baron Baptiste and Circle Yoga Shala. She is committed to continue her education in yoga therapy over the next several years.
I started doing yoga videos very sporadically when I first moved to Little Rock. I finally tried a studio class that was heated one day and really enjoyed it. I was not always able to attend classes, so I began running. During my pregnancy I had back pain and had to take some time off from running during my second trimester. I started yoga classes again, this time it was for the physical and for the calm. It brought balance to my day. I could not wait to take my classes and remove myself from what had been going on off of my mat. I love sharing how yoga can bring a calm, centered feeling back into students' lives and allow them to leave the studio refreshed and ready to shine.
Although I took my first yoga class over a decade ago, there were times when I stopped taking classes and rolling out my mat. But yoga is so much more than a physical practice, and I never forgot the life lessons it taught me. Recommitting myself to a regular practice and becoming a teacher was one of the best things I've ever done. Yoga is how I keep both my mind and my body in good health and running smoothly. In my classes, I like to focus on that unique brain/body connection . Yoga is a gift that changed my life, and nothing brings me more joy than watching it change my students' lives, too.
I practice and teach yoga because I never know where it will take me. I love the adage that it doesn’t matter if you can touch your toes; what matters is what you learn on the way down. I love the sense of community Big Rock offers - we are dreamers and seekers. I feel blessed and giddy when my students show up to share their journey with me.
My yoga practice allows me to access my physical and spiritual body with no end to the growth or where the goal can be--empowering my brain and my heart to create infinite possibility. To be able to teach to this concept--no limit to growth--therefore no "cap" on a person's goal--also creates an equal teacher-as-student and student-as-teacher learning. It truly is a co-creation in physical action.
"Your wings already exists, all you have to do is fly.”
Yoga allows me a chance to spread me wings. My practice allows my BODY the freedom to flow while connecting with my breath. Yoga gives my MIND clarity, opening space to enjoy the beauty that surrounds me each day. Teaching yoga provides me the opportunity to open my HEART and share my practice with others.
Yoga was recommended to me as a way to reduce stress. I refused to attend a class because I was clueless. Then a friend invited me to attend with her. My first class was a vinyasa hot yoga class...and I was hooked. Teaching students how to move with their breath and use the movements and poses we practice in class to assist them with their activities of daily living has given me great joy. I feel the time spent in savasana is just as important as the time spent in movement.