SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With what seems like a yoga studio on every corner in South Kingstown, it may seem difficult to choose which school to go to, but the town's Parks and Recreation Neighborhood Guild has helped make the choice a lot easier by offering its own yoga studio, the Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Road in Peace Dale.
“Everyone needs yoga. It's hear for the town and anyone in this area. It's very community-based and affordable,” Richard Toohey, the yoga teacher at the Yoga School said. “We have a long history. We help people develop a daily practice. Yoga is the oldest holistic health fitness in the world. Its about wellbeing in the mind and body.”
The Yoga School of South County has been offering lessons for 12 to 13 years since it started in 1998. In 2008, the school moved to the Neighborhood Guild as part of a town program. The benefits of being a part of the town is that the Yoga School can offer cheaper classes and does not have to pay for rent of the building. However, the school went on a brief hiatus after the March 2010 flood that sent 20 inches of water into the building and ruined the floor in the studio. Repairs cost $20,000, which the town paid with insurance covering structural losses. In addition to the spoiled floors, Toohey said they lost more than 100 yoga books and paintings. In September 2010, the Yoga School of South County reopened with new glistening floors and space.
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