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Studio Locations

  • Mind Body Soul Yoga: 350 Fort Washington Ave. (718) 289-3182
  • YogaWorks Westside: 37 W. 65th St., east of Columbus; (212) 769-9642

Upcoming Trainings

YogaWorks 200-hour TEACHER TRAINING
For aspiring teachers and serious students

February 8-March 5, 2015
For more information, contact Liz Terry:

March 16-April 10, 2015
For more information, contact Moe Fukasawa:

September 6-October 3
For more information, contact Angelli Robinson: or visit,-france-sept-2015

YogaWorks 500-hour TEACHER TRAINING
Spring 2015
For more information, contact Janine Francke:

Summer-Fall 2015
with Laurel Beversdorf, Caitlin Casella, John Gaydos, Anne van Valkenburg
For more information, contact Yolanda Amador:

Watch this video for more insight on YW Teacher Training:

Upcoming Workshops in Japan

Level 1/2 Master Class @ YogaPlus Umeda
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 7:30-9:30

Anyone for Filet Mignon? Psoas Anatomy and Asana Workshop @ YogaPlus Esaka
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:30-9:30

Rope Wall Workshop for Instructors @ YogaPlus Ginza
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30-9:30

Let the Good Times Roll! Head-to-Toe Therapy Ball Roll-Out @ BMS R-Lab Gotanda
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00-4:00

Let Your Breath Have a Ball! Therapy Ball and Pranayama Workshop @ BMS R-Lab Gotanda
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7:30-9:30

Teacher Training Video--Beijing Intensive

Here's a video compilation of footage shot during the May 2013 200-hour teacher training in Beijing:

Teacher Training Slideshow


Video: How To Recruit the Legs in Plank Pose

Check out this video filmed at Dance New Amsterdam. Many of my students there have an abundance of mobility, but they struggle to support poses that require upper body strength. This video shows how flexible bodies can recruit the power of the legs to make plank pose more accessible.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Listen to Your Sole

Even the sacred requires the levity of a profane pun. And, no, I can’t claim credit for this one.

I found this statue in a park across from the studio where I taught in Beijing. I don’t know the statue’s story—the Chinese likely wouldn’t identify the subject’s posture as a yoga pose—but the shape was, to me, instantly recognizable as akarna dhanurasana.

Akarna dhanurasana means “bow to the ear”; it’s a shape where one foot is pulled back by the ear as one would draw a bow. Since the physical objective involves connecting the sole of the foot with the aural orifice, the listen to your sole/soul pun becomes just irresistible.

And the play on words raises a question: How do we shift from contorting the body into odd physical shapes to yoga’s deeper project, the examination of the self or soul? Edwin Bryant, in his commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, allows that asana can be a suitable channel to self-awareness, provided it is performed with the objective of using it to fix the mind on a single point and thereby quiet the incessant mental chatter that obscures one’s ability to see the self or soul. In other words, it’s the intention behind the action that makes yoga more than mere physical pursuit. If we’re concerned only to make sole meet ear, the undertaking remains an exercise in corporeal flexibility. If, on the other hand, we actively observe our reactions to the attempt—Are our efforts driven or lackadaisical? Do we respond to the results with smug satisfaction or with frustration?—building the shape becomes a vehicle for acutely tuning into the machinations of the deeper self. It becomes, in essence, an exercise in listening to the soul.

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