All That Matters has teamed up with Providence Power Yoga to co-host a great kickoff event on June 22nd at India Point Park to celebrate the start of summer. Join us for two 45-minute classes at 5:45pm & 6:45pm. There will be yoga, live music, food, and more!
Also, every Thursday starting June 29th through August 31st, All That Matters will offer a FREE Yoga I/II class in India Point Park, presented in partnership with Fitness in the Parks. Bring a yoga mat, sunscreen, and water. Class is held on the dock by the Community Boating Center. All levels are welcome.
It's that time of year again! The flowers and trees are in bloom, the birds are singing, the bees are pollinating – Summer Solstice is just around the corner. So take your mat outside and breathe in the beauty that surrounds you.
Find a Place of Beauty Escape from the usual sounds and scenes of every day life and pick a spot with natural beauty. Luckily here in Rhode Island we have miles of beautiful beaches and great parks to roll out our mats for some meditative movement. Waves crashing or lush trees filled with birds chirping can help provide great cues for coming back to the 'here and now'.
Avoid the Mid-Day Sun & Stay Hydrated If you are going to take your practice outside, seek a shady area if at all possible, or try to choose times that are before or after the intensity of mid-day heat. Creating an early morning practice or going outside in the evening will help you avoid heat stroke, and drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated as flow through poses.
Pack Light, but Smart It's better to be prepared! No one wants to be too cold or hot while lying in shavasana, so bring some extra layers that can easily be added or removed as a response to the whimsy of Mother Nature. We suggest having a bag ready with your favorite durable yoga mat, blanket or beach towel, sun block, and water bottle so it's ready to go when you are.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and here at All That Matters we believe that a happy mind begins with a quiet mind. So consider some reasons to incorporate yoga into your daily routine:
With Practice Comes Self-Acceptance: Yoga asks us to sit with our thoughts and physical sensations in a non-judgmental way. The more often you move with awareness noticing breath, body, mind, and emotions the more likely you are able to maintain that awareness when the "challenging" sensations arise... bringing compassion to the situation.
Syncing Body and Mind with Breath Reduces Stress: Controlled breathing, Pranayama, has been proven to reduce symptoms associated with stress and attention-deficit disorders, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Even if you find it difficult to sit and meditate, try to focus on your breathing for just 5-10 minutes.
It Builds Physical Strength: Stronger and more pliable muscles, stability in the joints, and improved balance will reduce susceptibility to pain and injury... leading to increased energy and vitality.
Daily Practice "Keeps Us Clean": The basic practices of yoga and meditation are simply good hygiene. They help clean out the bad thoughts and bodily sensations we feel during the day allowing more room for rest and positive engagement with the world around us.
The back door is open… Come watch the trees bloom, the birds fly, and the woodland creatures find food. Some days we can hear the stream, rushing water in the background, other days the space is filled with raindrops on the roof. If you are seeking a space of tranquility and rest come make a visit. The walls have fresh coats of paint and each week the space finds home to new plants, books, and artwork. And, of course, find your way back to your breath and back to your body on your yoga mat.
In celebration of Spring (the sun is shining!) and Earth Day on 4/22, we're highlighting some sustainable companies and goods that we offer in the The Store at All That Matters. Check out our latest newsletter and stop by for fresh spring gift ideas and support brands that are committed to more sustainable business practices. READ THE NEWSLETTER!
As we embark on a new year, I find my heart full of awe and appreciation for all that goes on under the roofs at All That Matters. Each day our team of 80+ teachers and staff members work with great care - greeting, solving, organizing, teaching, healing, learning, inspiring, holding space, supporting - and serving hundreds of community members who walk through our doors. Read More