In The Spotlight

07.24.17. K-DEER #Yoga4Education Campaign

#Yoga4Education: July 24 – August 24, 2017

Help Us Raise $150,000 for yoga programs in 5 new schools, serving 600 kids!

K-DEER and Bent On Learning are partnering and proud to present the Kristin Stripe, named after our friend and inspiring yogi and mom, Kristin McGee. Together, we are raising funds and awareness for #Yoga4Education.

And that’s not all…

Generous yogis from near and far will be joining our ‘Stripe Squad’ and helping to raise $150,000 so we can add 5 new schools to our program in the fall.  We hope you will join this inspiring bunch!

Dianne Bondy  Adrienne Burke  Liv Chai  Mimi Chen  Sylvie Curci  Dana Trixie Flynn
Jessie Freschl  Lara Land  Marissa Lipovsky  Crystal McCreary  Kristin McGee  Di Mondo  Reinelly Rosario  Amanda Slavin  Tara Stiles  Meddy Teddy  Latham Thomas


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5% of proceeds from the Kristin Stripe support Bent On Learning yoga in schools

A Special Thanks To

Going Local in the 2016-17 School Year

On June 28th, Bent On Learning completed our 16th year teaching yoga in New York City public schools. What made this year extra special was our new team of local teachers from the Bronx, all of whom received scholarships to complete their 95-hour RCYT certification with us.  Because of them, we were able to expand our presence in the Bronx, with new programs at PS 95x, JHS 22, PS 161 and PS 214 (who generously hosted our training), and hundreds of new yoga students!

  • Number of yoga teachers from the Bronx who trained with us: 10
  • Number of classes taught by new teachers: 215
  • Number of Bronx students served: 450

yenis“Yoga training and education in the school community of South Bronx are scarce. Through the work I do at schools, I have noticed the need for yoga education for our children to address emotional, behavior issues and increase healthier lifestyles.”
-Yenis Thomas, School Guidance Counselor, PS 161

Stay tuned for the full report of our program impact in the coming months — we’re crunching the numbers with the help of Algorhythm, our evaluation partner in measuring social-emotional learning and youth development outcomes in our students.

Having teachers who serve their own communities not only makes yoga more accessible to the kids we serve, but creates a more scalable and sustainable program for years to come. Happy summer to our schools and supporters!

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!

5.20.2017. 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!

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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