My name is Vince, I'm not a hyper flexible yogi, I can't hold a hand stand whilst I wait for the tea kettle to boil, and I can't do a split, but I can touch my toes and that's a big deal.
My yoga journey started with a snowboard injury, but negatives often become positives, for me yoga became a springboard and a tool to do the things I love better, longer, and reduce risk of injury. I started practicing and then making yoga mats ranked as some of the best in the world by Yoga Journal! Pretty wild for a Rhode Islander!
I hit festivals, met some of the coolest people around, hung in hot springs and made amazing friends as I traveled around. I was living the dream when Covid hit.
Phoenix Rising started out as a small 2nd Wind shop in the Smithfield Crossings, the objective was to raise money to help out someone in need. (No not me just omitting for privacy!)
We began to hold donation-based classes, I skateboarded back and forth to Home Depot, stained wood, built walls and taught yoga. It was a labor of love.
As fate would have it these donation-based classes-built momentum and soon we had a unique community that I couldn't just leave behind. With my new crew of yogis by my side I forsook my plans to travel to Costa Rica or somewhere tropical and built us a permanent home in the Apple Valley plaza. The old little gym, as I passed it coming out of Planet Fitness.
It's been a wild ride, but an amazing one. Full of beautiful people, great vibes, laughs, and adventure. It has not always been easy but the community we have makes it all worth it.
The ride continues to get better, as I am actually teaching / presenting at both Mammoth Yoga Festival in CA and Bend Yoga Festival in OR! So join me in the studio and take part in some of our adventures!
ABOUT OUR STUDIO
Phoenix Rising started out as a small 2nd Wind shop in the Smithfield Crossings with the objective to raise money for someone in need. As fate would have it, these donation-based classes-built momentum and soon we had a unique community that we couldn't just leave behind. With a new crew of yogis by our side, we forsook travel plans to Costa Rica and built us a permanent home in the Apple Valley plaza.
true to our roots.
We were born out of the intention of doing good, and we aim to always continue that in our community, even beyond the mat. We look to be there for one another, our community, and to not shy away from championing a good cause.
STUDIO MANAGER & INSTRUCTOR
Meet Valerie Howe - not only is she our in-house studio manager, but she's been an integral part of Phoenix Rising since before it even existed! With her infectious energy and passion for yoga, Valerie is one of the driving forces behind our community.
Join Valerie for one of the best BUTI yoga classes on the East Coast, or check out her Healthy Aging or Vinyasa classes. With years of experience on and off the mat, Valerie brings a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to every practice.