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Yoga Class at All That Matters Yoga + Holistic Health Center


Join us for the Yoga 101: 4-Week Foundational Series and begin your journey to better health in the new year! 

Questions? Ask a Yoga Advisor!

Tara, Erika, and Dorie; Yoga Advisors at All That Matters

Meet your advisors: Tara (SK), Erika (PVD), and Dorie (EG). Not sure what yoga class may be best for you? Looking to take your practice to the next level? Any other yoga questions? Ask an advisor and she will be in touch with you shortly.  


Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga

  1. Stress Relief
  2. Pain Relief
  3. Improved Breathing
  4. Improved Flexibility & Mobility
  5. Increased Strength
  6. Weight Management
  7. Improved Circulation
  8. Cardiovascular Conditioning
  9. Improved Body Alignment
  10. Ability to Focus on the Present

Want to learn more about the benefits of yoga? Check out this article from the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

"I started practicing yoga at All That Matters primarily to gain flexibility and build core strength to aid my recovery from a significant lower back injury. I keep coming because I like the great environment and feeling of community at All That Matters. There are great people (staff and patrons) milling about everywhere! And of course, some of the world’s best yoga teachers call it home!" -DB

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a sacred Eastern tradition – not a religion – that gracefully weaves together the disciplines of exercise and meditation. Our fabulously talented staff of certified yoga teachers offers over 130 yoga classes a week in our three studios. Each yoga class includes deep stretching exercises, rhythmic breathing, and relaxation techniques. Yoga is much more than physical exercise. It is a powerful, transformational practice that leaves you feeling your best. Yoga is for every body, and All That Matters welcomes students of all ages and abilities. You don't need to be fit, flexible, or have special clothing and accessories.


Where to Start?

Upward Facing Dog with All That Matters Yoga TeachersIf you are new to yoga we suggest that you start with our Foundational classes: Yoga I, Yoga I/II, and Stretch & Breathe. Each week, in the Yoga Foundations class, we go over the basic foundational poses and alignment techniques to open the body and keep it safe. Topics include breathing known as pranayama, and a brief introduction to the history and philosophies of yoga.This is a great class to learn tips, guidelines and recommendations to build a successful yoga practice.

After getting a sense for the foundation of yoga, you may feel ready to experience a different aspect of yoga practice – perhaps a yoga class with more focus on meditation, a more vigorous practice, a more restorative practice, or one with more breath work or chanting. Take advantage of our teachers' diversity and years of study and experience. Feel free to speak to them directly about your yoga practice and goals. Once you have explored different classes and teachers, you will have a better feel for what yoga classes suit your needs at any given moment.


Many people ask how many classes they should attend each week. We say start with what feels comfortable for you. Sometimes that means one class per week for a while. What we've learned, though, from students in our 40 Day (R)EVOLUTION program, our Members, and other students is that coming to classes 2-3 times per week is what really helps people to feel shifts and changes in their lives. So, jump on in and discover the benefits yoga has for you!

If you have never experienced yoga at All That Matters, try our special one-time Explorer Pass for 3 weeks of unlimited yoga. For just $30*, explore the classes, times, teachers, and styles that work best for you.
*Available to Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA residents who have not been to a yoga class at All That Matters in the past 3 years.

If you need help choosing a class, have questions about yoga in general, or have specific questions about your practice, contact our Yoga Advisor. The front desk staff at our South Kingstown location is also very knowledgeable and can be reached at 401-782-2126 x2, or stop in and visit!

Tips for Your First Yoga Class

  • Wear clothes you can move easily in.
  • Yoga is done barefoot, no special footwear needed.
  • We suggest you bring your own yoga mat. We will have mats available for all classes except heated yoga.
  • If you're coming to a hot class, bring water, a towel, and your own mat.
  • Stay hydrated. Like massage, some yoga postures release stored toxins in the body, so it's a good idea to drink lots of water before and after class to help detoxify and to rehydrate yourself.
  • Arrive early. Honor yourself and the class by showing up 10-15 minutes before class begins. That will give you time to check in, store your belongings, find a comfortable space, gather props (like a strap or block), and start to center yourself.
  • Please turn your cell phone ringer off prior to class.
  • Let your instructor know if you have injuries or limitations so he/she can be sure to show you modifications or clue you in to postures to avoid.
  • Listen to your intuition. Don't worry about what other people are doing, and don't push yourself beyond what feels right for your body.
  • Rest if you need to. It's okay to take breaks throughout class. Just transition into a resting pose, like child pose.
  • Don't give up after the first class. It's normal to feel uncomfortable for your first class or two, as you learn the postures and get used to the yoga style.
  • Try something new. Yoga styles and instructors can vary widely.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes and colognes since other students may be sensitive to these scents.
  • Yoga products are available for purchase at the Store at All That Matters (South Kingstown location).

Q: I'm pregnant. Is there anything I should know about practicing yoga while pregnant?

A: In general yoga is considered safe during pregnancy and we welcome pregnant students in most yoga classes. However, we do suggest checking to see if your doctor agrees that a yoga practice is right for you. Always listen to your body; slowing down or backing off of intensity when needed. It is important to tell your teacher you are pregnant so he/she can offer you trimester-appropriate modifications. If you are new to yoga we suggest starting with a Restorative, Yoga I, or Stretch and Breathe class to ease into movement. [Note: pregnancy is contraindicated for Healthy Hips and Restorative for the Spine. Also, if you have any concerns about starting or continuing your heated yoga practice during your pregnancy we suggest you talk with your doctor before attending classes.]