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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.

What Cave Are You In?

By |2018-07-18T12:19:21-04:00July 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 [...]

21 Sun Salutes: Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

By |2018-05-23T00:20:45-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Inspiration|

At 10:15am on Memorial Day, in a donation-based class at Encourage, we are proud to once again support Veterans Yoga Project and Tommy O'Toole as he leads practitioners through 21 Sun Salutations to honor the fallen. As a former Marine and Iraq War veteran who was discharged early, but honorably for medical reasons in 2008, [...]


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 |2017-10-12T22:37:45-04:00October 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 [...]

This End Up? (Metaphors and Pain)

By |2017-07-12T18:21:49-04:00November 19th, 2016|Training Tips|

There's some exceptional work being done around the world in the field of pain science that may shine some light on the language we use to talk about the aches and pains we experience.  (For a simple, and yet reliable, presentation on some of the new insights into pain, in general, I suggest the 8 [...]

Now What: An Opportunity to Practice

By |2016-11-14T01:48:13-04:00November 14th, 2016|Inspiration|

“It’s as though you were up in a tree hanging from a branch with your teeth. Your hands and feet can’t touch any branch. Someone appears beneath the tree and asks, ‘What’s the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from the West?’ That’s a way of asking, ‘What’s the meaning of Zen?’ or ‘What’s the meaning of [...]

November’s Restorative Theme: The Ajna Chakra

By |2016-11-04T02:18:19-04:00November 4th, 2016|Inspiration|

A restorative practice typically features supported body positions, breath awareness and guided visualizations.  Gravity is your best friend in this practice, if you can let go into its grounding force. Resting, in and of itself, is a radical practice in our go-go-go culture. A restorative practice whose focus is seeing inward may seem even more [...]

Veterans Yoga Project at Encourage

By |2017-07-12T18:21:49-04:00November 3rd, 2016|Studio News|

On Saturday, November 12th, the day after Veterans' Day, our own Tommy O'Toole, a Marine veteran and Encourage-trained instructor will lead a special Salute to the Warriors, a flow practice that will raise funds for Veterans Yoga Project. You can pre-register for this donation-based class online to save your spot (a similar event was filled to capacity in [...]