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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.

Encouraging Members: New Pricing as of 11/15/16

By |2016-11-04T02:40:26-04:00November 3rd, 2016|Studio News|

One of our aims when we opened Encourage in 2013 was to create a space that encouraged the consistent practice of yoga (and that allowed us to keep our doors open for the long haul). In that spirit, we are lowering our monthly membership rate to make it even easier for people to commit to practice regularly and to keep that commitment up over time. Starting November 15th, our monthly membership will drop [...]

When Mistakes Become Poetry

By |2017-07-12T18:21:49-04:00October 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 [...]

Loving Dr. Seuss on His Birthday

By |2016-03-02T16:59:13-04:00March 2nd, 2016|Studio News|

When Patanjali defined the state of yoga, he reminded us that we are grounded in the breadth and depth of who we are when we are in that state.  That sure beats being consumed by our distractions. Thanks for encouraging us - there's no one alive who's you-er than you - with your rhythmic reminder, [...]

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

By |2017-07-12T18:21:49-04:00November 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 [...]