The Big Rock Yoga Methodology is the result of Wendy Cook's 18 years on a yoga mat, 52 years in life, and in depth studies of the ancient practice of yoga. 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.
Wendy currently leads class, workshops, and Teacher Trainings in central Arkansas. She developed the Minding Our Business Methodology for mental health facilities and corporate wellness programs in 2014. 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 nationally and internationally. 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 intends 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.