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Encourage is the home for handcrafted yoga. Located in Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY, Encourage offers a variety of classes 7 days a week. Whether drawing on blended movements in Strengthen & Flow, Center & Flow and Align & Flow classes or emphasizing highly personalized variations in Al Bingham's PostureTweak classes, every class emphasizes a connectedness between moving, breathing and resting.

Project LOVE: One Small Practice

By |2020-03-28T00:32:09-04:00March 28th, 2020|Inspiration|

During one of the first online classes I taught in Encourage's Zoom studio, I shared some of Bonnie Myotai Treace's poem "One Small Practice:"     "We are the right sangha, the right community for this challenge.Every day find a way, big or small, to show care for another.At least one. Every day." In many [...]

Am I Ready?!

By |2020-03-21T17:44:15-04:00March 21st, 2020|Inspiration, Studio News|

The cymbals chime three times to mark the start of the meditation period. Three chimes (how generous!) calling us to attention. Despite the effort it took to come to practice today: to set aside work, to negotiate child care responsibilities, to silence your notifications, to set aside doubts, worries and future concerns, the first ching! nonetheless may [...]

What Cave Are You In?

By |2020-03-21T17:32:42-04:00July 18th, 2018|Inspiration|

You probably heard about the Thai soccer team - trapped for days in flooded, underground caves - who learned Buddhist meditation practices to remain calm during their ordeal. And yet, it wasn't meditation alone that got them out of the caves. It also took a coordinated, skillful effort from a team of professionals united around [...]


By |2018-05-22T23:40:26-04:00January 22nd, 2018|Inspiration|

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How [...]

Who Are You There to Encourage?

By |2020-03-12T10:13:07-04:00October 12th, 2017|Inspiration|

In Albany last Sunday when I ran the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon, the first 17 miles flew by but when I hit mile 19, I encountered headwinds to go along with the heat, humidity and fatigue that was already present. It wasn't pretty. And yet, there was Noah and just past him, there was my dad. Noah [...]

When Mistakes Become Poetry

By |2020-03-13T10:02:47-04:00October 26th, 2016|Inspiration|

In some of the PostureTweak classes recently, Al has been sharing 'Emergency Poetry" - poetry that you would keep locked up behind glass unless and until you needed it.  This week's selection was "Some Days" by Philip Terman (thanks to Alice Peck, author of Be More Tree, for suggesting it: Some days you have to turn [...]

What Happens in the Pelvis, Doesn’t Stay in the Pelvis

By |2020-03-12T10:14:09-04:00November 24th, 2015|Training Tips|

Recently I had the opportunity to lead a workshop on pelvic floor biomechanics with my good friend and physical therapist, Greg Hullstrung. In my 17 years of teaching, I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction and study with some of the top movement educators in the [...]

Stop Engaging Muscles (Without Dating Them First)

By |2017-07-12T18:21:49-04:00November 24th, 2015|Training Tips|

When well-meaning instructors prod you to “Engage Your Abs (Your Core, Your Pelvic Floor, Your Quads, Your Calves…) does it seem like you’re being thrown into an arranged marriage with muscles or body parts you don’t know well? Is consciously grabbing hold of those muscles til death do you part the pathway to bliss or [...]