News & Events

7.12.2017. Inner Actions with Quentin Vennie


Quentin Vennie will share excerpts from his book, Strong in the Broken Places, and how juicing, yoga and meditation helped him cut back on and then quit the many medications he was on, overcome his addictions, and ultimately, transform his life. He is an inspiration for us all to find our own unique path to wellness.

Bent On Learning is working with Quentin to spread his message among the middle and high school students in our program and beyond. Please share this invitation with the youth and young adults in your life and their parents, teachers, and/or guardians. Guests 21 and under can receive free admission by RSVPing to

6.21.2017. Solstice in Times Square


Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie

Find your center at the Crossroads of the World. Each year, thousands of yogis from around the world travel to Times Square to celebrate the Summer Solstice with free yoga classes all day long in the heart of NYC. On the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year, take part in this global celebration. Yogis of all skill levels are welcome.

Bent On Learning has been selected as a charity partner for this event along with Exhale to Inhale. Register and donate to support our causes!

Registration is now open for the 2017 Solstice in Times Square!

5.20.2017. SoulFest NYC!



Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2017 as the yoga and wellness community joins together for the first NYC yoga festival by the community for the community. Soulfest NYC is taking place at Adam Clayton Powell Jr Plaza in Harlem — General Admission is FREE – follow this link for tickets!

Stop by the BOL table for fun photo ops and to learn how you can get involved in our mission to bring yoga to NYC schools across NYC. We hope to see you there!

BOL In the News


We’re Bent On Bent On Learning – A Wild Dove, April 18, 2017

6 Programs That Revitalize the Education Sector –, January 14, 2017


20 Yoga Do-Gooders Who Are Changing The World – Yoganonymous, June 23, 2016

Yoga May Help to Reduce Suspensions in Schools – Education World, February 4, 2016

When Downward Dog Is on the Syllabus: Why Schools Are Embracing Yoga – The 74 Million, February 2, 2016

Dosha Pops Gives Back through Bent On Learning – Dosha Pops, January 5, 2016


Bent On Learning 7th Annual Inspire! Gala – March 10, 2016

On Prevention: Why Yoga Is Good for Mental Health – Huffington Post


Bent On Learning 6th Annual Inspire! Gala – March 10, 2015

How Google Uses Yoga to Increase Productivity

Bent On Yoga Magic! – Huffington Post

Hilaria Baldwin and Bridget Moynahan support Bent On Learning

Manhattan Magazine on the Scene


Bent On Learning 5th Annual Inspire! Gala – January 29, 2014

Alysia Reiner is Bent On Learning – February 4th, 2014

Why ALOHA loves Bent On Learning – Interview with Gala Honoree, Lisa Greenblatt Binderow

Gala co-host Alysia Reiner in Well + Good – January 28th, 2014

BOL Executive Director, Anne Desmond, interviewed on FRESH 102.7 – January 26th, 2014


Live It To Learn: Yoga Into Schools – Rachel Goldstein interviews Jennifer Ford for Live The Process

Gabrielle Bernstein’s “Women We Dig” interview with Anne Desmond and Jennifer Ford – January 16, 2014

The Health Practice You Might Not Be Doing – Well + Good, May 22, 2013

Ancient Practices Offer Coping Tools for Teens – SchoolBook/, March 15, 2013


Bent On Learning 2nd Annual Spring Fling – May 29, 2013

Money Pose Brings Group New Life – Wall Street Journal

Avenue Magazine

Guest of a Guest


Bent On Learning Inspire! Gala – January 29, 2013

Bending and Breathing to Fashionable Wills – New York Times

Dan Loeb, Donna Karan, Mohapatra, Julie Macklowe:  N.Y. Scene – Bloomberg

A Picture of Health: Yogis Strike a Pose – Wall Street Journal

Gala Gurus: Bent On Learning’s Inspire! Benefit – Vogue

Black-Tie Style – Refinery29


Additional Coverage:

Gwyneth Paltrow Supports Bent On Learning 06.2.2012

well+GOOD 04.30.2012

Huffington Post 5.3.2010

Fox 4.26.2010

NY 1 12.27.2010

ET 2.25.2010

5.4.2017. New Series: Inner Actions featuring Ruthie Fraser


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of New York City’s top experts in Structural Integration and Yoga Therapy, Ruthie Fraser. Ruthie will share excerpts from her new book, Stack Your Bones, and offer simple lessons for body alignment, coordination and awareness that can be done anytime, anywhere — no special space or clothing required. You will learn fun and easy ways to befriend your body and move with ease throughout your life. Tickets available:

Bent On Learning’s Inner Actions series is a bimonthly event of talks and tools to cultivate our inner lives and best serve our selves, families, communities and humanity. Each event will leave us feeling embodied, empowered and emboldened to make the world a better place for all.

Fall Teacher Training begins September 9th!

Train to Teach Yoga with Bent On Learning

As a part of a new initiative to sustainably grow our programs throughout NYC, Bent On Learning is offering our RCYT Certificate Program this fall with a focus on borough-specific tracks. This training is open to all yoga teachers and educators.

Scholarship opportunities are available to yoga teachers and educators who live and/or work in the Bronx and Staten Island. We are seeking dedicated yoga teachers and educators who are commited to improving the health, wellness and learning-readiness of students in their local community. Our workshops are open to anyone interested in applying yoga principles and practice  to their work with youth.

Weekend workshops begin September 9, 2016! For full schedule, pricing, scholarship details and application, click here.

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6.20.2016. BOL at Solstice Times Square – Registration Open!


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Join Bent On Learning as we participate this year in Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga on Monday, June 20th! BOL will be attending the 5:30 class with teachers, students, families and friends from our community. Sign up + donate to support our yoga programs in NYC schools.

We are honored to be a charity partner of this event for the fourth year, along with three other fantastic yoga charities, Exhale to Inhale, Liberation Prison Yoga and Urban Zen. As the Solstice yoga classes are free, consider making a donation equal to the amount you would normally pay for a yoga class.  Every $9 gives a child a yoga class.

Thanks again to the Times Square Alliance for highlighting the work of these important organizations and for your continued support!


05.09 & 05.10.16. Blossom Restaurant Supports Bent on Learning

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We’re thrilled to announce that Blossom Restaurants has partnered with us. This wonderful restaurant will be donating a portion of sales from their Upper West Side location on May 9th and 10th.  Click the button below to make a reservation, and enjoy a delicious vegan meal knowing that you’ll be supporting yoga programs for New York City classrooms at the same time!

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03.10.16. Inspire! Gala 2016



hosted by
Stephanie Ruhle

Richard Ash, M.D.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016  6:30PM-10:30PM
6:30pm Cocktails  |   7:30-10:30pm Dinner & Celebration

130 Bowery, New York City

Live Music, Yoga with Bent On Learning Kids, Book Signing by Gopi Kallayil

tickets start at $200

for inquiries:

B E N E F I T   C O M M I T T E E

Hilaria & Alec Baldwin   Renee Beaumont   Brad Burde   Adrienne Burke
Kristin & Didric Cederholm   Fabiana & Roberto Dutesco   Jessie & Marc Freschl
Bailey Gimbel & Landon Slane   Jennifer & Jason Haas   Rachel & Laurence Jacobs   Gopi Kallayil
Kristin & Jeff Kusama-Hinte   Lauren Liles   Dr. Frank & Janice Lipman   Panagiota Mahendru
Bob O’Leary & Paul Johnson   Andrew Ross Sorkin & Pilar Queen   Jade Netanya Ullmann


Stephanie Ruhle is an anchor and managing editor for Bloomberg Television and editor-at-large for Bloomberg News. She co-hosts Bloomberg <GO>, Bloomberg TV’s morning show featuring global thought leaders across business, tech, and media. Ruhle regularly interviews industry titans such as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, hedge fund managers David Tepper and Stanley Druckenmiller, NBA star Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart, Sean Parker, former Vice President Al Gore, Donald Trump, and music moguls Sean “Diddy” Combs and Kanye West. In 2015, Ruhle produced and hosted the documentary Haiti: Open For Business? to shed light on the country five years after it was hit by a devastating earthquake and find out if it is the next emerging market.  Read More >>

dr-ashBWThis year we honor the late Dr. Richard Ash, long time friend and supporter of Bent On Learning, who devoted his life to working with individuals who had been misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and were tired of being sick. Through his practice at The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine and his radio show Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired he helped over 25,000 people find relief from chronic illness.  His work of empowering patients to heal and attain health and happiness mirrors Bent On Learning’s mission to teach kids how to be healthier and happier in learning and life.

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