Each month we highlight an All That Matters yoga student. We hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about Tim Shield, how he went from Cap'n Crunch to Kale, and his insights on how to maintain peace in daily life.
What attracted you to yoga? Why did you start?
My first yoga class was with Jessie at All That Matters. More than anything I started doing yoga to begin to find peace within myself. My mind can be a loud place and yoga helped quiet that noise.
What is your favorite type or style of yoga and why?
Though I do more Heated Vinyasa than anything, my favorite type is Kundalini. In Kundalini, I have found that the mantras and movements create a certain space in my mind that is truly transformative. I have yet to wear the white bonnet that my instructor does, but maybe one day...
What keeps you doing yoga? Peace. The notion that whatever mistake I made yesterday, with practice, there is always a chance for peace and redemption. Even if only in my own mind.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why? This is a no brainer- “child’s pose”. This is a pose I have really begun to master throughout the course of my practice. I think my instructors would agree.
An inspiring book or movie you recommend: A little seen and even less understood film by Terrence Malick, called The New World. Filmed as a memory, it explores the choice between the kind of love that tears us apart and the love we deserve.
Favorite food: It used to be Cap’n Crunch before they discontinued it. Crunch Berries to be exact. Now, it’s kale. How about that for a turnaround?
Favorite place to be: Taking a walk through Point Judith at night. The sound of the waves rolling off the rocks in front of my house with the quiet moan of a foghorn in the distance. These simple things beat a swank downtown city apartment any day of the week.
What other activities do you enjoy: Before yoga, my activities were usually comprised of ordering Dominos Deep Dish, some Miller Lites, and watching re-runs of Three’s Company. Since yoga, there has been a drastic change to say the least. I am far from perfect, but yoga is helping me get to where I want to be.
What do you like best about All That Matters? As the Front Desk Goddesses will attest, I am quite a fan of the ginger chews. Even more than that it is the energy of compassion that resonates the place. The studio is filled with instructors and staff that genuinely take the time to know you and to make you feel part of something.
Advice to beginners? Do the 40 Days program. Jessie Eisendrath suggested it to me and I am forever grateful to her for it. It encompasses nutrition, yoga, and overall well-being. It challenges you, but more than that it bonds you with people you never knew and may never have known without it.
Any other words of wisdom: Don’t sit by the heater in heated yoga classes.