Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT is a physical therapist and long-time yoga teacher with a passion for quality yoga instruction, which she grounds in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her unparalleled understanding of musculoskeletal well-being. She grew up practicing yoga with her grandmother, Lilo (see below), who still teaches multiple yoga classes weekly. Ariele later explored dozens of styles of yoga, the best of which she weaves into her interdisciplinary vinyasa classes. She was honored as one of 20 Athleta sponsored athletes in 2012, loves to teach students of all ages and abilities, and serves as anatomy and therapeutics faculty for various 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings.
To schedule physical therapy with Ariele please click here for detailed information on appointments. To schedule private, small group, or occasion-based yoga lessons, click here or send an email to ariele AT sacredsourceyoga.com
Ariele’s former profession as an environmental justice activist led to her found Yoga for the Planet, a forum to engage yogis in dialogue about the health of our planet. (Please “like” the Yoga for the Planet Facebook page.)
For her most up-to-date yoga events, workshops, retreats and inspiration, Follow Sacred Source Yoga (Ariele) on Facebook.
Ariele lives in Washington, DC. More.
Lilo Foster, E-RYT 500 trained as a dancer, and was first introduced via dance to yoga in her native Germany in the 1930s. Lilo was one of very few Jewish people who survived World War II in Berlin, and later became re-acquainted with the healing power of yoga after moving to the U.S. She began teaching yoga in the 1970s to an ever-increasing group of dedicated students in and around beautiful Rappahanock County, Virginia (home to Old Rag Mountain, the Inn at Little Washington, and the origin of the Skyline Drive). By the 1990s, after formal retirement from her career in education, Lilo’s yoga classes blossomed in popularity.
Now age 86 with a seemingly unlimited fount of energy, humor and wisdom, Lilo’s classes are a don’t miss for yogis of any age! She is a true gift to be near.
Lilo studies with Lilias Folan and other long-standing yoga luminaries and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour E (experienced) Yoga Alliance level. She teaches classes across Rappahannock County and in Front Royal, VA and is available for private or semi-private yoga lessons in your home. She’s also Ariele’s beloved grandmother.
The Northern Virginia Daily interviewed her a few years ago. Read the interview here.
“Ariele was one of three instructors who helped me get started with yoga in 2007. Her classes at Tenley Sport & Health in Washington, DC were by far my favorite. Ariele has an unfaltering warm spirit and calming voice. She works a variety of poses into each class and always keeps you on your toes.” – Bill
“I am a beginner, and Ariele’s guidance was extraordinary. I felt very comfortable with her approach and had an amazing experience. I plan on studying yoga with Ariele again and again. Thank you!” – Lucas D.
“I have taken Ariele’s yoga classes many times and I always find exactly what I’m looking for: thoughtful instruction, mindful presence, challenging poses, deep relaxation, and renewed inspiration. Thanks Ariele!” – Lindsay
“Ariele is very user-friendly as a yogi and doesn’t push further than the rookies (like me) can handle. my favorite part is at the end when she speaks in a low voice and talks about opening all of your pores and letting the cells fill up with sun light.” – mixmastermike (mc2, a.k.a. Mike)
“Hi Ariele: Lilo mentioned your website at the end of class today. Right on! Hey world lemme tell you Lilo and her granddaughter Ariele are beautiful people and excellent teachers.” – Leslie
“She is amazing, challenging, kind, different. Please schedule her more!” – (re: Ariele) anon to a class scheduler