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Welcome Melinda Wilkens To Our Health Service Team

 
Melinda WilkinsJoin us in welcoming Melinda as a wonderful addition to our health services team!

Drawing on 13 years of experience in the field of Holistic Bodywork, Melinda incorporates an understanding and love of anatomy with an intuitive touch of either deep or gentle pressure.  During her Holistic Massage Program (650 hours) in 2000 she was introduced to the study and practice of Polarity Therapy, which draws from the wisdom of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and working with the energy field.  In 2010 she completed her Polarity Therapy training (750 hours) and is currently enrolled in a 200-hour Kundalini Teacher Training.  Melinda is also a Doula and has recently attended births at both rural and urban clinics in Honduras.  

Believing that our bodies are a microcosm of the earth, containing all of its elements in various expressions of balance or imbalance, Melinda brings that elemental quality to her work, facilitating the alignment of our systems back into harmony and ease.  Having spent many years in private practice on Block Island, Melinda is happy to be working back on the mainland at All That Matters.

Melinda offers Massage, Polarity Therapy,
& Massage/Polarity Integrated sessions:

Monday   9:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday   9:00am - 2:00pm
Friday   2:30pm - 7:30pm


Join Us For a Special Thanksgiving Day Class!

 

All That Matters Thanksgiving Day 2013 Schedule


What's Coming Up at All That Matters?

 

This Week...

 

Friday, November 22

Monthly Gong Bath

with Stephanie Marisca

 

Friday, November 22

Reiki Second Degree

Myra Partyka

 

Saturday, November 23

Advanced Shamanism:

Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond

with Nan Moss and David Corbin

 

Upcoming...

 

Meditation for Health

with Dr. David Dwyer

Wednesday, December 4th

 

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

with Jenn Thomas

Saturday, December 7th

 

Meditation for Spiritual Awareness

with Dr. Alan Post & Andrea Aschenbrener

Saturday, December 7th

 

The Business of Yoga for Teachers and Students

with Joan Dwyer

Sunday-Tuesday, December 8th-11th


All That Matters Recipe Box: Amy Hagan's Lentil Spinach Soup

 

All That Matters Yoga Teacher Amy Hagan's Lentil Spinach Soup

 The next recipe we would like to share is another delightful vegetable soup recipe from another one of our delightful yoga teachers.  It is adapted from a recipe originally published by Bon Appetit.  Amy Hagan teaches an all-levels yoga class at All That Matters that she makes her own with a Hatha style and a focus on deepening your practice through self-acceptance.  

This vegetarian recipe packs 34 grams of protein into each serving, and according to Amy, is so good that even her husband, "the meat eater" likes it.  Enjoy with good company and a hunk of crusty bread.

 

 

Amy Hagan's Curried Lentil and Spinach Soup Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 C Chopped Onion
  • 1 C Chopped Celery
  • 1 C Peeled and Chopped Carrots
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 T Curry Powder (preferably Madras-style)
  • 1 T Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • 1 t Ground Cumin
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 t Dried Crushed Red Pepper
  • 9 1/2 C (or more) Water
  • 1 16-oz Bag Dried Lentils (about 2 1/2 C)
  • 1 6-oz Bag Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 C Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  •  1/2 C Plain Nonfat Yogurt

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic and saute until golden, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the curry powder, ginger, cumin, bay leaf, and dried crushed red pepper.  Add the water and dried lentils and bring to boil.  

 

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until the lentils are tender, about 25 minutes, adding more water as needed 1/2 cup at a time to thin.  Add spinach and cilantro and simmer until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.  Season soup with salt and pepper.

 

Ladel into soup bowls and top each one with a spoonful of yogurt.  

 

*Image used with gratitude and credited to Bob Judge


Meet All That Matters Yoga Student Mimi Morimura

 

Meet Yoga Student Mimi Morimura

Meet Mimi and learn how yoga has made her happier, younger, and healthier!

 

What attracted you to yoga? Why did you start?

A few years after I had my 2nd child, I felt my body was unfit.  My first teacher was Amy Hagan, who lured me to yoga’s unique experience right away.  I had attended Vipassana meditation practice when I was younger, so I immediately loved the elements of physical activities that connect my   mind and spirituality.

 

What is your favorite type or style of yoga and why?

Vinyasa Flow, because the flow of movement is intoxicating and meditating. I become the natural dancer within.

 

What keeps you doing yoga?

My heart tells me.

 

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Among my many favorites, I vote for Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, or “Extended Hand to Foot Pose”.  This pose is empowering and invigorating and requires a lot of practice.  Even for a few seconds of standing successfully in this balance pose, I feel I am radiant and confident.

 

Inspiring books or movies you love?

My favorite novelist is Haruki Murakami, a nobel prize nominated Japanese author. I read Thoreau and Robert Frost, who both connect   eastern philosophy like in Basho’s Haiku poems.  For yoga reading, “The Science of Yoga”, by William Broad.  My secret-  I love spy movies and some violence, oops! Not very yogic...

 

Favorite sound?

Temple bells in Kyoto, Japan.

 

Favorite places to be?

My living room couch, back porch, Vermont mountains, Narragansett Beach, Nara and Kyoto (the oldest capital cities in Japan), back streets in Paris and Madrid, and of course the ATM reception area and Sunflower Room.

 

What other activities do you enjoy?

I am a teacher and enjoy teaching, lucky me!  I love gardening, walking on the beach off-season, hiking in the Vermont mountains and travelling to exotic places abroad.  I enjoy making sushi rolls for my family, and seeing my husband cook in our small kitchen (I love to eat what comes out of this process, especially with wine!)  Dressing up cute and going out is always fun, and falling asleep on my living room couch is another very favorite thing to do.

 

What do you like best about All That Matters?

Great teachers (I especially love Coral), nice yoga rooms, friendly receptionists, and the store (especially when I find good stuff on the discount shelf).  I love the Buddha statues at the front door.

 

Any other words of wisdom?

Yoga made me happier, younger, and healthier.  Believe me, it is true.  I am physically in much better shape now than ten years ago.  I am much more positive about my work, my family, and my life in all aspects.  Pains and aches happen as we gracefully age, but I am learning how to live with them.  Don’t be frantic over the pains. 


Relax, Release and Tend to Yourself in Yin Restorative Yoga with Barbara Gee

 

Barbara GeeWelcome Barbara Gee

Barbara’s yoga journey began more than 30 years ago. Her teaching now draws from many traditions including Buddhism, Zen, Transcendental Meditation, and Aikido. Her study of energy work, meridian theory and Shiatsu forms the foundation of her Yin and Yoga Nidra practice. Barbara received her 200-hour teacher training at Innerlight Yoga in RI, and her 500-hour training here at All That Matters, in Prana Flow®. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the level E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Her ongoing studies include certifications in Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis, Ayurveda & Yoga with Jessica Ferrol, and Yin Yoga with Josh Summers. She continues to study Yoga & Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff.Born and raised in London, Barbara has traveled and worked internationally. Her work in television production and writing has always been about communicating, and now she chooses to communicate her love of yoga. The author of two books on gardening, Barbara is also a Master Gardener and professional writer.

 

Join Barbara for Yin Restorative classes
Tuesdays: 7:30-8:45pm (Sept-Oct), 6:00-7:15 (Nov-Jan)
Thursdays: 9:30-10:45am

This class is for everyone! It offers an opportunity to relax, release, and tend to yourself. You will leave feeling recharged, restored, and rejuvenated. The practice is soft and restful. All the poses are done on the floor with abundant support in the way of cushions and blankets to ease your way into stillness. The concept of finding balance in the harmonious blending of opposites is at the heart of this practice. Yin Restorative is a restorative practice infused with meditative Mindfulness and meridian wisdom. This class offers deep release and relaxation on its own, and is also a great complement to a more vigorous, yang practice.