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.

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The Kristin Stripe


Raising Funds & Awareness In Support Of



July 24 – August 24, 2017


This summer, we are partnering with K-DEER to raise funds for our
yoga programs in New York City schools during the upcoming school year.




5% of proceeds from the Kristin Stripe go to Bent On Learning


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Limited Edition Yoga Mat: Manduka + Ryan McGinness

The limited edition Ryan McGinness PRO Mat was designed to inspire creativity both in practice and in life but it also serves a much higher purpose. With each PRO mats purchased, Manduka will donate two yoga classes to support our yoga program in New York City public schools.


The abstract female silhouette is part of Ryan’s iconic “Women Series” and positively flows off the classic dark blue mat right into our open hearts. And while the design is new, everything else you love about the PRO is still there including an unparalleled density, performance grip and a lifetime guarantee. Already our most supportive mat, this limited edition mat truly embodies the spirit of the practice by supporting the next generation of yogis.

Buy a mat. Give yoga.

About Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living in New York City. His work is in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Cincinnati Art Museum, MUSAC in Spain and the Misumi Collection in Japan.

See more of Ryan’s work at ryanmcginness.com.

New School Year, New Yoga Program from Bent On Learning


Professional Development by BOL Senior Teacher, Kate Johnson
New Design High School
Fall 2015

Bent On Learning is very excited to announce a ground-breaking, 2-part program offering launching this fall just in time for the new school year. In conjunction with New Design High School and Kate Johnson, long-time partner school and yoga teacher, respectively, Bent On Learning has built a self-sustaining yoga program that will increase its reach both broadly and deeply across the New York City area, aptly named Yoga Coach.

Yoga Coach, in which the BOL-trained yoga teacher acts as wellness counselor to small groups students by facilitating meaningful discussions and providing guidance on how to bring their yoga practice off the mat. This will enable the young yogis to better handle stresses in their daily lives, manage relationships and further cultivate self-awareness and empathy.

Professional Mindfulness Development, three 10-week professional development sessions for school staff that focuses on teacher’s own self-care and equips them with tools to bring stress reduction techniques to the students they work with on a daily basis.

As a pioneer in the integration of yoga during the school day, Bent On Learning has been improving the health and learning readiness of New York City Children and teens for over 15 years. New Design High School has been known for its innovative programming to address the academic, social and emotional needs of their students. For the past 6 years, BOL yoga teacher Kate Johnson has been teaching 12 yoga classes per week to NDHS students; she will continue this regular schedule along with implementing the Yoga Coach and Professional Mindfulness Development curriculum. Increasing yoga instruction three-fold will create a dynamic support system ensuring student success.

Stay tuned for updates on the growth and impact of this program throughout the school year…

I feel stretched out, fresh, open-minded, relaxed, motivated…

Julise, Senior, New Design High School

Fall Teacher Training – Registration Open, Training Starts in September!

TTInterested in training with Bent On Learning?

Bent On Learning’s training shares the knowledge and skills developed over 15 years teaching yoga in public schools and prepares participants to deliver an age-appropriate yoga program for the urban classroom.  Our training includes three weekend sessions, focusing on Foundation of Yoga in the Classroom, Teaching Yoga to Primary, Middle and High School students – plus experiential learning and practical experience in NYC public school classrooms. Our next training begins September 18th! Click here for more details and to apply.

Official Rules: #Pose4Kids Campaign

Official Rules – Bent On Learning “#Pose4Kids” Social Media Campaign  (“Campaign”)
Enter July 8th – 31st. Winners announced from July 9th – August 1st.


  1. Eligibility:
    Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including D.C.) (“Participant(s)” or “Entrant(s)”). Employees, officers and directors of Bent On Learning and their immediate family members and those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in this Campaign.
  2. Participation & Entries: To be eligible for entry, participants must: Follow @BentOnLearning on Instagram or Twitter and look for the yoga theme of the week. Strike a variation of a pose on each theme, snap a photo and share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with hashtag #pose4kids and mention @bentonlearning. For inspiration and ideas on variations of the theme, check @bentonlearning daily where new images will be uploaded each day.  All entries must be publicly posted on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.  Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time each day.
  3. Prize: Daily Favorite – One (1) favorite (“Favorite”) will be chosen randomly each day for a total of 23 favorites (July 8-31st).  The selection of the favorite shall be in the sole and final discretion of Bent On Learning.  Favorites will be highlighted on Bent On Learning’s Facebook page and entered into the weekly prize category for a chance to win one (1) Bent On Learning t-shirt (by Michael Stars) and eligibility for the Best #Pose4Kids!
    Weekly Winner –  One (1) winner (“Weekly Winner”) will be chosen in each of the following categories for a total of four (4) winners: Best pose Taking A Stand for Bent On Learning; Best pose Bending Over Backwards for Bent On Learning; Best pose Buddying Up for Bent On Learning (2 winners in this category). The selection of the winner shall be in the sole and final discretion of Bent On Learning.  Each winner will receive one (1) Bent On Learning t-shirt (by Michael Stars) and will become eligible for the Best #Pose4Yoga prize – a 1-year Nationwide Membership at YogaWorks.  Suggested retail value of the prize is $50.
    BEST #Pose4Kids –  One (1)  campaign winner (“Campaign Winner”) will be chosen from the four (4) Weekly Winners for Best #Pose4Kids.  The selection of the winner shall be in the sole and final discretion of Bent On Learning.  The Campaign Winner will receive a 1-year membership at a US YogaWorks studio of their choice, along with a black Manduka yoga mat.  Suggested retail price of the prize is valued at $1,888.
  4. Prize Restrictions: The Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of Prize. Any expenses relating to the acceptance and use of the Prize not specified are the responsibility of the prize recipient.
  5. Prize Notifications: The Favorites from 7/8 – 7/31 will be announced on Facebook the day following the original entry. The Weekly Winners will be announced on Facebook every Sunday. The Campaign Winner will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on 8/1.  Winners will be notified via Instagram Comment on the Winner’s Instagram photo.  The Best #Pose4Yoga Campaign Winner must confirm eligibility no later than five (5) days after the notification is sent. The Winners will receive the prizes, delivered by a freight company to be selected based on the U.S. mailing address provided by the Winners, within four (4) weeks after the Winners are announced.
  6. Publicity: Participation in the Contest constitutes the Participants’ irrevocable consent and release to Bent On Learning to use, record, reproduce, publish, display and translate: (1) the name, likeness, voice, quotations, opinions biographical information and any content submitted by Participant, including without limitation any photograph or recording, for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration, and/or for any other organizational purpose, including without limitation use for marketing, without attribution or further payment or compensation to the Entrant, his/her successors or assigns or any other entity.
  7. Additional Terms: Sponsor assumes no responsibility for electronic hardware, programming or software malfunctions, or failures, or line connections, accessibility or availability, or technical or human failures of any kind, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of any entry or other information, or for the failure to capture any such information, or any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Participant’s participation in the Campaign or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize. Bent On Learning, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend this Campaign or disqualify any Participant if fraud, technical failures (including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention), or any other causes beyond the control of Bent On Learning compromises the integrity of the Campaign. By participating, each eligible Participant agrees to a.) the Official Rules and the decisions of Bent On Learning which shall be final in all respects; and b.) releases, discharges and holds harmless Bent On Learning and their officers, directors, and/or employees, from any liability, claims, or damages arising out of their participation in the Campaign and the acceptance, use, misuse, or possession of the Prize.
  8. Administered by Bent On Learning, 154 Grand St., New York, NY  10013

Student Feedback

Middle School Student Yoga Questionnaire Results:

  • 96% reported that they are kinder toward their friends, families, teachers and others
  • 88% reported that they have a more positive attitude toward how they think about themselves
  • 82% of students reported that they use the breathing techniques they learned in yoga to calm down when they feel angry
  • 73% of students reported that yoga helps them get along better with others

Helping kids understand Sandy

After a week of school closures, power and heat outages across the city and now, massive efforts to help those most affected by hurricane Sandy, we are concerned about how New York City’s children are coping during the aftermath of this storm.

See below for a list of resources that address the issues that arise in children during times of trauma and stress:

  • FEMA: Keeping Children Safe in Sandy’s Wake. Written by a medical doctor, this guide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency includes tips on how to keep children safe in storm-affected areas, as well as a section called “Addressing the Emotional Impacts from Sandy.”
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Resources for After a Hurricane. The resources include simple activities to do with your children or adolescents, guidelines for parents on how to help their child after a hurricane and ways teachers can support students in the aftermath of a hurricane. There is also a children’s book that explains hurricanes in kid-friendly language, with a useful guide for parents and caregivers at the end of the story.
  • The Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About Hurricane Sandy. The website includes a number of tips, and says “Be calm, factual and supportive. And turn off the TV.”
  • Teaching Strategies: Helping Young Children Rebound After a Natural Disaster. This website has a number of resources for talking to kids about hurricanes Katrina and Rita – but they’re just as relevant for Sandy. It includes PDF guides for infant and toddler teachers, as well as preschool teachers.
  • The Red Cross: Children and Their Response to Disaster. The website has tips for reducing fear and trauma in children. For example: “When you’re sure that danger has passed, concentrate on your child’s emotional needs by asking the child what’s uppermost in his or her mind.
  • Students may have misinformation about Hurricane Sandy, and we can do a lot toward alleviating their fears by calmly presenting the facts. Scholastic News has reliable and age-appropriate news about the storm, such as the article “Recovering From Sandy.”
  • Elmo has really been getting around! He also talked with children on ABCNews about Hurricane Sandy. There is even an old Sesame Street episode about a hurricane hitting Sesame Street that shows the events of a hurricane in a very child-friendly way. (Spoiler alert: Big Bird’s nest is destroyed.)

Sesame Workshop has developed a number of resources and toolkits that can help you talk with your children about hurricane Sandy:


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