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6.19- 6.30 2018. SIGN UP TODAY: Ancient Greece + Yoga Retreat for BOL


 SUMMER 2018!

We are excited to partner with Philomobile on an epic journey through Ancient Greece from June 19-30, 2018.

This unique trip will trace the history of ancient Greece with Yoga immersion AND with every trip purchase, Philomobile will give one child the gift of yoga for an entire school year!

Click here for all the details and sign up for an experience of a lifetime by April 15 for the early bird special!


“Dear Bent On Learning” Student Letters

Each year we ask our students to share how yoga has impacted on their lives — whether it be with their studies, at home or with friends. Byron, 5th grade, shares the important changes he experienced in yoga class with our instructor, Ms. Sherry.

Give to Bent On Learning to allow for more students to receive the benefits of yoga during the school day, giving them tools to regulate their minds and bodies and to reach their potential.

Yoga Gives Back

From the classroom to the studio!  Yoga is about community and the practice is about inclusion.  These are values that we, at BOL, instill in our students and share with our studio partners below.  Their on-going support helps us bring the gift of yoga to more students at a young age.



Sacred Sounds Yoga



Check out our other amazing studio supporters below:


Yoga Vida


Lion’s Den Power Yoga
Hot Yoga Rego Park (HYRP)


Athleta NYC Flatiron 


Stay tuned for up-coming workshops, classes, events  and retreats! 

Yoga Shanti 

Would you like to become a studio partner OR would you like to see a BOL benefit class at your studio?  Contact us at  



11.28.17 Double YOUR Impact on GIVING TUESDAY






On #GivingTuesday, Facebook and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $50,000 per nonprofit, with a max of $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out.

Bent On Learning is in 16 schools across four boroughs in New York City with new schools expressing an urgent need for our program every day!

This #GivingTuesday, you can DOUBLE your impact by donating via the BOL Facebook page button or starting a fundraiser on BOL’s behalf!

Join, BOL supporters, Kristin McGeeDianne Bondy and others on 11/28.

CLICK HERE on 11/28 to start your fundraiser and ask your friends, family, co-workers to do the same. 

The match will begin November 28th at 8AM EST (5AM PST).



BOL Partners

We are beyond grateful to our Partners in Learning for donating a portion of their proceeds to support our mission of teaching kids to be more focused, healthier & happier in learning & in life.  With every purchase below, YOU help support yoga for education.




When fierce and adorable Piranha Yama gets captured her world changes in a moment. She meets Piranha One, her ancient teacher, and begins training in the mysterious “Art of Non-Biting”.  She must learn to calm her mind, overcome her fears, awaken her abilities, and get back to the lake to begin the next part of her adventurous journey with her friends.



Piranha Yama and The Art of Non-Biting, written by Dr. Bill Kalatsky, uses mindfulness, meditation and yoga to teach children to find calm in the face of adversity, overcome obstacles and how to tap into the benefits of these practices at a young age.



We are excited to align with a partner that is so closely tied to our mission.

Click here to purchase a copy and enter “BOL” at checkout to receive 10% off the purchase price!  A portion of sales from Piranha Yama and The Art of Non-Biting will be donated to Bent On Learning.


The Love by E Inspired Collection of Mala beads comes from Elizabeth Crisci’s desire to honor women who have served as mentors and guides to her, whether they were deeply involved in her evolution or have acted as lights in the distance that helped her find her own path. 15% of the proceeds from each special Mala sold in the Inspired Collection are donated to a charity of the Inspirational Woman’s choosing.

This Mala is inspired by Chrissy Carter. Chrissy Carter was one of Elizabeth Crisci’s first teachers and an assistant to her first 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2006. Eleven years later, she is inspiring and teaching new teachers more than ever at YogaWorks in New York City, and elsewhere around the world. Her teaching style is an extension of her personal practice — passionate, deliberate, sincere, and light-hearted.








We, at Bent On Learning, are honored to be selected as the charity for this beautiful Mala.

Order here.

Each K-DEER Signature Stripe is named after an inspiring woman and supports a cause that is close to her heart.  For each Signature Stripe sale, a % of proceeds goes directly to causes raising awareness and creating positive change for individuals and communities in need.

In Jul/Aug 2017, BOL partnered with K-DEER to raise funds and awareness for #Yoga4Education.

BOL is grateful to K-DEER for creating this amazing Kristin Stipe and to Kristin McGee– Stripe namesake,  yoga expert and children’s yoga advocate- for the support.

With each purchase of the Kristin Stripe, 5% of proceeds goes directly to Bent On Learning.

Grab a pair of adult and/or kids size leggings here.


Download the Lyft App and receive a free ride when you use the code: BOL4K












  • Select Bent On Learning at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
  • Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.


Goodshop is the world’s first-ever shopfunding site.

Shop Bent On Learning OR create a campaign and when you shop at thousands of stores, a percentage of what you spend will be donated to help us provide yoga to more kids! 



10.1. 2017. Yoga & Brunch with Rebecca Jo Yoga


Join Rebecca Jo Yoga and private chef, Leeana Vidlock, for a morning of movement, breathing and relaxation followed by a delicious, healthy brunch.

  • WHAT: LOVE HELPS: Yoga & Brunch
  • WHEN: Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 10:00AM EST – 1:00PM EST
  • WHERE: Hell’s Kitchen Studio – 307 W38th St.

10% of proceeds will support Bent On Learning.

Spots are filling up quickly.  Click here to register.

8.21-8.25 2017. Bent On Learning Classes at Athleta Flatiron

Athleta Flatiron is hosting Bent On Learning for a week of free and donation-based events! See the schedule below and visit their website to register for BOL-led classes for the kids in your life.

FREE Yoga classes for for kids of all ages – Register via Mind Body!

Monday, August 21st, 10:15 -11:15 am – Instructor: Sinikiwe Dhliwayo
Tuesday, August 22nd, 4:15-5:00 pm – Instructor: Monica Rollins
Wednesday, August 23rd, 10:15-11:1 5am – Instructor: Jazy Cintron
Thursday, August 24th, 4:15-5:00 pm – Instructor: Azure Grover

On Friday, join us for a Back to School “Shop and Flow” event.

10:00am – 10:15am – BOL Intro and Meet & Greet

10:15am – 11:15am – Mindful Flow Yoga with Bent On Learning instructor Samantha Martins

Athleta will be donating a portion of proceeds to Bent On Learning programs throughout the day on Friday, August 25th. Just sign up via the ticket link to “Shop for BOL” and present your ticket with purchase.

BOL In the News


An Education Evolution – #Yoga4Education– HuffPost, August 11, 2017

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

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