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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

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


click links below


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!

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants your ideas on philanthropy

Jeff Bezos

Have you heard?

Jeff Bezos is looking for ideas to guide his giving.  Help us get his attention.  Get on Twitter @jeffbezos and reply to his request.  Ask him to support Bent On Learning!

Below are three helpful tweets to choose from or create your own:

  • Check out @bentonlearning! A NYC non-profit that teaches #yoga and allows kids to move, breath and relax during the school day. 
  • Yoga during the school day helps children build resilience and combat stress. @bentonlearning supports children in mind and body and spirit. 
  • @bentonlearning is paving the way to make health and happiness an integral part of the curriculum of our schools.

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.

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