Big Rock Yoga Founder

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Events

  • INSPIRED

  • Root to Crown

  • E500 RYT Teacher
  • B.A. Business and Economics, Hendrix College
  • Clinton School of Public Service Executive Masters Program student
  • Founder Big Rock Yoga
  • Founder Big Rock Yoga 200 and 300 Hour Teacher Trainings
  • Minding Our Business Corporate Consultant
  • Mental Health Yoga and Mindulness Consultant
  • Big Rock Outreach

Wendy Cook

Founder and Owner

Wendy practices what she teaches on a daily basis. The Big Rock Yoga Methodology is the result of her 18 years on a mat and 52 years in life! She teaches varying class styles 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 breathe and feel exactly what is present. 
 

"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 the negative impacts of life. 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 in central Arkansas. She created the Minding Our Business Methodology for mental health facilities and corporate wellness programs. She personally leads and staffs 8-10 weekly group therapy sessions at The Bridgeway in Maumell, AR. These sessions provide mindful practices for patients in substance abuse, adult psychiatry, psychosis, adolescents, and outpatient units. As a corporate consultant 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 2016 UALR Mens Basketball team, Woodland Psychiatric Research Institute, The Bridgeway, 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 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, was a facilitator at The Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park, and led teacher trainings in Austin Texas, Tyler Texas, and Kelowna 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. As a member in the 2020 class of the  Clinton School for Public Service Executive Masters program Wendy intendes to learn how to research and implement public policy that will create yoga as an equitable wellness choice for all persons. She is committed to continue her education in yoga therapy as well over the next several years.