To the left is a cinema straight out of 1955 where you can order a beer for $3.75 and watch a movie for $4. To the right is a wine bar. In-between is a small green “Yoga” sign with an arrow pointing inside.
“Flow Yoga Studio” is camouflaged along this quaint one-way segment of George Street.
Inside, a petite 36-year-old yoga instructor bounds to her feet, as Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” dances in the background. She finds a yoga block from a closet, uses it as a seat cushion near the front window and one beam of light — presumably from the football gods — shines directly onto Ryanne Cunningham.
She is not affiliated with the Green Bay Packers. She does not want to be knighted a savior.
But here in East De Pere — a hop over the Fox River and 10-minute skip down Riverside Drive from Lambeau Field — Cunningham is a ray of hope who might just help rescue this team from its No. 1 problem. Right here may be the person who squashes the injury bug, who exorcises the haunting hamstrings of Green Bay once and for all.
“I’m not the savior,” says Cunningham, who grew up in a family of Bears fans in Illinois but has spent most of her life in Green Bay, “but I care. I care about these guys and I want these guys to perform their utmost best on the field. That’s my goal for them, is to take their performance to the next level up. If I can. That’s what I can do with yoga.”
A practicing instructor for 12 years, she has run Flow Yoga Studio 1 ½ years. That’s when the connection with the Packers began. Already massaging players for about four years, she noticed tightness. So the doors were opened for private sessions and results were immediate.
Tramon Williams was the first regular. Jarrett Bush wasn’t far behind. Many others followed.
Now, Cunningham treats about 15 players and the number’s growing.
This day, she bites her tongue. She doesn’t want to sound arrogant and won’t namedrop, either. But the players she works with, the regulars, have neversuffered a muscular injury. Nagging aches players endured in years past have vanished under her watch.
And, oh, the few players who had hamstring issues in 2013 and stopped coming to her sessions? They reinjured their hamstrings.
“‘T’ is a testament to it,” Bush said, referring to star pupil Tramon Williams. “I’m a testament to it now. A testimonial. It works. It keeps your muscles healthy. It keeps you healthy.” Continue reading >>