Bent On Learning at Solstice Times Square

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June 21 was International Yoga Day and the first day of Summer. BOL participated in a BIG way at Times Square Alliance’s Solstice in Times Square, Mind Over Madness Yoga. With classes taking place throughout day, Bent On Learning staff and students took in the sights, finding stillness and calm among thousands of yogis, practicing with the staff and volunteers from Exhale to Inhale, our co-charity partner for the event.

Many thanks to Times Square Alliance for their continued support (2017 is our 5th year as a partner in this event!), Exhale to Inhale, event sponsors and especially Aerie. Their mat donations at the end of the event will be distributed to 1,000 BOL students at the start of the upcoming school year. If you attended the event, we encourage you to donate and support our program!

Check out our Instagram page for more highlights from the event, plus video coverage from this year’s event:

CNN – Yogis take over Times Square

Reuter’s – A yoga summer solstice celebration in Times Square

Buzzfeed News – People Around The World Did Yoga At The Same Time


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!

5.4.2017. 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.

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



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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

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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.

3.1.2016. Teen Classes Start At Kula Brooklyn!

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We’re excited to announce free classes for teens at Kula Brooklyn — who have generously donated their space for our teens to practice yoga with trained BOL instructors, giving teens an opportunity to bring their practice out of the classroom (or take their first yoga class!), meet and share their experiences with other teen yogis.  Tuesday classes are led by Karen Patterson and Sundays with Sinikiwe Dhliwayo.

Interested in donating your space for BOL classes, workshops or trainings? Reach out to our Program Director, Kristen Lalka at or 917.545.8437.

Share Your Passion: #IamBentOnLearning


This month, in support of health and happiness for the 1.1 million New York City public school children during their summer break, Bent On Learning is launching a new campaign to amplify our voice about the important benefits of yoga for kids from grades PreK through 12.  We are striving to grab the attention of more parents, educators and leaders who shape our educational system and impact the social and emotional well-being of our future generation.

Please join us by uploading a video to social media with #IAmBentOnLearning to demonstrate your support!

Your video is your signature that says you are bent on learning — that you believe in the power of yoga for personal and academic success and you want every child to thrive in the classroom.

Follow the script below as a guide for your video statement and  in one sentence —  be as bold, creative, crazy and loud as you wish!

  1. “I am a _______ (parent/teacher/business executive/artist/doctor/etc.) and children need yoga in school because ___________.”
  2. Upload video to your favorite social media sites
  3. Tag it with #iambentonlearning and @bentonlearning
  4. Take great satisfaction in knowing your participation in this social project will help further our mission to integrate yoga into the curriculum of more schools and help kids THRIVE

YOU are Bent On Learning

6.21.2015. BOL at Solstice Times Square – Registration Now Open!

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Join Bent On Learning as we participate again this year in Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga on Sunday, June 21st! Register here.

This year, the United Nations General Assembly has declared that June 21st is the International Day of Yoga, and is planning a global celebration, with New York City and Times Square playing central roles. We are honored to be a charity partner of this event for the third year, along with two other fantastic yoga charities, Exhale to Inhale and Urban Zen. Attendees are able to donate directly to our yoga programs in NYC schools — support BOL and come out to celebrate the Solstice!


5.19.2015. 3rd Annual Yoga Professionals Committee Kick Off at Normal


Bent On Learning’s Yoga Professionals Committee (YPC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to raising funds and awareness in support of yoga for inner city children and public schools.  The annual kickoff event is open to yogis of all ages and professions who are interested in making yoga a part of education.  This year’s event will be held at Normal (150 West 22nd Street).

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to meet members of our NYC yoga community, make connections ith those who are as passionate about yoga in schools as we are and find out how you can support our work. Presentation to begin at 7:00 pm.

Normal makes custom-fit 3D-printed earphones, built for you in New York City. Thank you for hosting us for this event!




03.10.15. 6th Annual Inspire! Gala

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Gopi KallayilAbout the Honoree
Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google.
In his prior roles he worked as Chief Evangelist, Google Social for Brands, led the marketing team for the Company’s flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific, and the marketing team for AdSense. Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management team of two Silicon Valley venture funded startups and a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He has also led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US.

Gopi earned his Bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee. He has spoken at TEDx, Yoga Journal Conference,  Renaissance Weekend, The World Peace Festival and Wisdom 2.0. He hosts a TV program on cable and YouTube called Change Makers.

Gopi’s deep yoga and mediation practice has allowed him to integrate his inner and outer technologies to a remarkable degree. He is renowned for his insights on the business of mindfulness and core principles of innovation that can transform corporations into more conscious workplaces.  His first exposure to yoga in school in India at age 13, when his school started a yoga program, has paved the way to his current place in life and to his connection to Bent On Learning.  Yoga was the beginning of this journey, and continues to be an integral part of his life and work. He is the founder of the Yoglers program for Googlers and leads a yoga practice every week at Google’s HQ in Silicon Valley.

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