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Yoga Teacher Training With Devarshi Begins at All That Matters on October 3!


Devarshi Yoga Teacher Training

by Colleen Russell


RI Yoga Teacher Training Classes Begin 10/3


Would you like to become a yoga teacher, but have opted not to pursue certification because of the dizzying array of choices or the time and financial commitment involved?  You’re not alone.  With a growing number of yoga teacher trainings being offered at studios across the state, it is hard to discern the benefits of one program versus another.  Yoga Teacher Training in RI typically involves an all-consuming certification course that is time-prohibitive for aspiring yoga teachers with families, jobs, or busy schedules.  The high price tag with little flexibility on payment terms makes becoming a yoga teacher impractical for others.  Luckily, the new Yoga Teacher Training program at All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Health Center, Rhode Island’s premiere yoga teacher training facility, is changing all that.  If you have EVER considered becoming a yoga teacher but couldn't find a reputable local Yoga Teacher Training program, couldn’t take time out of work to go to a retreat-style course, or weren't able to afford the lump sum payment, then listen up.  Your time is NOW!  For more details or to register, click here.


Yoga Teacher Training with All That Matters and Devarshi of the Pranotthan Yoga Guild


When we dreamed of creating this Yoga Teacher Training program at All That Matters, we envisioned a course taught by the best faculty and yoga teachers in the industry.  We can proudly say that we have accomplished just that.  All That Matters is thrilled to announce that we have secured the authority on yoga, Devarshi Steven Hartman, founder of the Pranotthan School of Yoga and dean of the Pranotthan Yoga Guild, as our senior teacher in this venture.  Devarshi brings with him nearly forty years of experience as a student of yoga and an impressive 30 years of experience as a teacher of transformational yoga programs.  He is a faculty member of Nosara Yoga Institute’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and leads both 200 hour and 500 hour certifications across the United States.

In cooperation with Devarshi, we have gathered an impressive line-up of guest teachers which includes All That Matters’ founding yoga teacher Kendall Sheldon and Kripalu senior faculty member Grace Jull.  Together, these experienced, professional teachers will guide you on a passage of self-awakening from which you will emerge both a skilled yoga teacher and a confident, compassionate member of our community of yogis.


How Long Will It Take to Become a Yoga Teacher?


Beginning on October 3, 2013, this all-new 200 hour teacher training course will be making its debut in Rhode Island.  This exciting offering will weave itself into your life during eight weekends of intensive training which will be broken up over the course of seven months.  This weekend-format class will allow students to study the entire 200 hour yoga teacher training curriculum right here at All That Matters in Wakefield, RI.  That means no taking time off of work, rearranging childcare schedules, and leaving your family for weeks at a time to study at an out-of-state retreat.  This program is designed to fit into your busy life without infringing on all that matters to you.  Imagine yourself graduating this April with a certification to teach yoga and a whole new world of employment prospects--all without leaving Rhode Island!


How Much Does Yoga Teacher Training Cost?


The short answer is that this program is being offered at an affordable price of only $2750.  The long answer is that, as trained yoga teachers and believers in this transformative lifestyle,  we wholeheartedly feel that this program is priceless.  Training to become a yoga teacher is an investment in yourself and in your future as you learn life skills and cultivate this new career path.  By April, our graduates will have participated in a personal and professional development program that will complement many other occupations and will allow them to make a sustainable income as a yoga teacher.


Is All That Matters Offering Financial Aid for Yoga Teacher Training?


We know that the upfront cost can be difficult for some people to afford, even though the benefits of becoming a yoga teacher are so great.  Although we are not able to give any discounts on the price, All That Matters is pleased to be able to offer flexible payment plans for those in need of financial assistance.  If you are interested in this option, please contact for details on payment options.


Yoga Teacher Training at All That Matters Begins on October 3, 2013.


Are you ready?  Time is running out, but it’s not too late to register and join the upcoming Yoga Teacher Training class at All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Center.  If you have any questions about this training, please call Rachel at 401-782-2126 ext 17 or email  If you are ready to register, visit the YTT registration page now.  We look forward to having you join us and become part of the All That Matters family!


A Comedian's Take on Cell Phone Use


Got 5 minutes for a good laugh? Check out Louis C.K.'s amusing account about why he does not think children should have cell phones and how we use these devices to avoid being with ourselves.


"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away." -Louis C.K.


View the video here.

Be Inspired into Action

Danielle Fire Starter


If you are looking for a great book to help lead you on your path to success, Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions could be the perfect fit for you.


Check out what others have to say about her work:


“As a coach and facilitator I use the book as a resource to help develop questions and exercises for my clients. I encourage my clients to think of and share stories of their successes, their dreams, their passions and to help them see they have the skills, to get where they want to go. Her book is a very good match with my style of coaching and facilitating, which is action-oriented and strength-focused with an eye toward being appreciative. This book is an excellent resource for strategic planning sessions, stimulating reflection and conversations around vision, mission and goals.” – Deb Matthews


“It's like having a series of sessions with an excellent life coach — useful and elucidating "worksheets" at the end of every chapter. If you read it and do the worksheets, you will definitely know yourself and your dharma better. Plus, it is well written and well designed.” – Jane Bernstein


"What Danielle has to say is what our spirits need to hear." – Martha Beck


"This book will ignite you into action." – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project


Stop by The Store at All That Matters today and pick up your copy!

quote to savor this month....


Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred...

Now is the time for you to deeply compute the impossibility

that there is anything but grace. 



Heather Castagnaro, Yoga Teacher


All That Matters welcomed Heather in June 2013 as one of our fabulous new yoga teachers.




Heather has been immersed in the world of yoga since 2001.She received her 200-hour Prana Flow training at All That Matters, led by Coral Brown, in 2012.  She is currently pursuing her 500-hour certification.  As a dedicated yogini, and through her love of being outdoors, Heather draws inspiration from nature and its many forms.  Heather’s teaching style integrates the creative and energetic aspect of flow with attention to alignment and the importance of our breath energy (Prana).  She believes yoga is about community and offers space for students to experience their practice in a dynamic yet supportive environment where playfulness, compassion and self-acceptance are encouraged.


A tip from Heather to stay healthy and active:

“Get outside and start there- observe the light, the seasons, the changes.  Go for a walk- rain, sun or snow.  Be part of if all.  Don’t make excuses. What could be bad about that?”


Heather about the mind & body:

“Thinking about getting on your mat and actually doing it are two different experiences, leading to different paths...try it!"


Come join Heather for a fantastic class!

Tuesdays: Prana Flow, 4:15 - 5:30pm

Thursdays: Heated Vinyasa Flow, 4:30 - 5:45pm

Fridays: All Level 5:30pm

Welcome Fall with Kendall's Carrot Cashew Soup


September Recipe of the Month:  Carrot Cashew Soup

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by Colleen Russell  

If this morning's chilly weather is any indication, fall is literally knocking at my door.  The children donned their sweatshirts en route to the bus stop, I retired my flip flops, and the dutch oven took its permanent seasonal post on the back burner of our stove.  In our house, this has long been the visual indicator that I have thrown in the towel on summer and accepted autumn into our home.  It will spend the next several months simmering with warm, rich soups to be eaten in our dining room or packed into thermoses and enjoyed on the sidelines during my children's evening sports events. 


I am excited to share yoga teacher Kendall Sheldon's Carrot Cashew soup recipe as the first installment of the All That Matters Featured Recipe Collection.  Originally adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook, she has been making this hearty fall soup since her children were young.  At this time of year, many of the ingredients are even readily avalable from local farmers at the farmers market.  Enjoy the recipe, the soup, and the smell of home as it wafts through your kitchen.  Happy September!

 *Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe up your sleeve that you would like to share with the All That Matters community?  Email it to and you may see it featured here on the All That Matters blog or in our October newsletter.



Carrot Cashew Soup

(courtesy of Kendall Sheldon and adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook)

2 lbs Carrots washed and cut into 1-2 inch slices

4 cups water or soup stock

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 medium potato, chopped

Combine carrots, water or soup stock, salt, and potato in a pot and bring to a boil.  Cover and let simmer for 12-15 minutes.  Let cool.

3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil or butter

1 cup sliced onion

1-2 small cloves garlic

1/3 cup chopped toasted cashews

Saute onion, garlic, and cashews in olive oil or butter until onions are clear.

Combine ingredients and puree together until smooth.  Return to low heat and whisk in one of the following:

1 cup milk

1 cup yogurt

1 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup sour cream

Season with either 1 tsp freshly grated ginger, sauteed in butter or a pinch of thyme, basil, and marjoram

Garnish with toasted cashews, yogurt, or sour cream


Beat Depression Now: Smile Breath Practice


 Beat Depression Now: Smile Breath Practice




By Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists




Amy will be teaching at All That Matters Oct 11-13.
Click here to learn about her upcoming workshop.




If you could learn a simple, five-second breathing exercise that could shift your energy and lift your mood, providing a natural remedy for depression and anxiety, would you try it? There are no contraindications for this practice and you can do it anywhere. It’s almost too simple to be true, but try this with me right now, and feel the difference for yourself.




The “Smile Breath” is easy enough that you can read the following instructions, and then close your eyes to practice. Or, if you prefer, keep your eyes open and practice as you read. Take a deep inhale through the nose, hold the breath for a heartbeat or two, and then as you exhale through the nostrils, drop your chin to your chest. Hold the breath out for a heartbeat or two, as you lift the corners of your mouth. Inhale and lift your head. Exhale and open your eyes. How do you feel? If you’re like me and my students and clients, you likely feel calmer.




So what elements of the Smile Breath might affect your mood? First of all, to practice this simple breath, you need to pause for a moment, taking a break from the thoughts and feelings rolling through your mind. Second, taking just one deep breath uses more of your lungs than you may have been using the moment before. In that instant, you are bringing more oxygen into your system, feeding your brain. Think about the slumped shoulders and shallow breath that often accompanies depression. Think about the short shallow breath that often accompanies anxiety. In both anxiety and depression, there is often not enough oxygen in the blood flowing to the brain. Taking a deep breath can begin to reverse that. Third, when you lift the corners of your mouth, you are likely lifting the mood. A 2006 small-scale pilot trial, published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, found that Botox injected into frown lines around the mouth or in forehead furrows of 10 women eliminated depression symptoms in nine of them and reduced symptoms in the 10th. (Finzi, 2006) I’m not suggesting you get Botox injected into your third eye, but what this study shows is that when you change the muscles of our face, we are affecting our mood.




Previous research has shown that the 12-step adage, “fake it until you make it,” may have some validity. More than twenty years ago, researchers at Loma Linda University School of Medicine showed the biochemical changes produced by laughter—reductions in serum levels of cortisol, dopac, and epinephrine. (Berk, 1989) Since then, a number of studies have looked at the efficacy of laughter and smiling in improving self-efficacy in the workplace, mood in cancer patients, depression in the elderly, and the pre-operative effects on children undergoing surgery. (Shahidi, Mojtahed, Modabbernia, Mojtahed, Shafiabady, Delavar, Honari, 2011; Noji, Takayanagi, 2010; Mora-Ripoll, 2010; Ko, Youn, 2011 Jul;11) In all cases reviewed, laughing “for no reason” has had a positive effect on mood. The body doesn’t know the difference. Your dopamine level is going to increase and other feel-good chemicals are likely to elevate whether you are smiling “for the camera” or for real. Not only can a smile be invited into a simple breathing practice as above, but many of the mood-elevating pranayama breathing practices in my book, Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management physically duplicate a good belly laugh.


Amy Weintraub E-RYT, MFA, directs the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which trains yoga and health professionals internationally, and is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is used by health care providers worldwide. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood, and will be offering LifeForce Yoga workshops at All That Matters Yoga + Holistic Health Center in Wakefield, Rhode Island, Oct 11-13. One workshop is for everyone; another is for therapists, yoga teachers, coaches and others who serve. Visit or for details.