Sacred Source Yoga is the website of Dr. Ariele Foster, a physical therapist and yoga teacher, and her grandmother, Lilo Foster, an inspiring yoga teacher and Holocaust survivor in her 80s. ** We are not a yoga studio and do not run our own yoga studio or physical therapy clinic. For private yoga lessons, locations for public yoga classes and physical therapy services, please see “Yoga” and “Physical Therapy” tabs in the upper right side of this site.
Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT is a doctor of physical therapy, an anatomy teacher for yoga teacher trainings, and a long-time yoga teacher with a passion for quality yoga instruction. Her teaching is grounded in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her deep understanding of musculoskeletal well-being from working with thousands of patients. Ariele has completed more than 700 hours of yoga teacher training in Kripalu, Anusara, Therapeutics, Hatha Yoga and the tradition of Maty Ezraty / YogaWorks.
Ariele grew up practicing yoga with her grandmother, Lilo, a Holocaust survivor and all-around inspiration (see bio below), who still teaches multiple yoga classes weekly in her late 80’s.
Ariele later explored dozens of styles of yoga, the best of which she weaves into her interdisciplinary vinyasa classes. Ariele loves to teach students of all ages and abilities. She also serves as anatomy and therapeutics faculty for various 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and leads online courses in Yoga Anatomy for 90Monkeys.com.
>>> Read reviews of Ariele’s classes on YogaTrail, write your own review or scroll down to see Testimonials from students.<<<
To schedule physical therapy with Ariele please click here for detailed information on appointments. If you are interested private, small group, or occasion-based yoga lessons, please read our FAQs page, then 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.
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
Testimonials for Physical Therapy with Ariele
“Ariele was A+++ wonderful, effective, caring, knowledgeable and so generous in providing any information that might help my knees.”
“Ariele was very knowledgeable and constantly positive as I got better. Explains things very well.”
“Therapy was very helpful, Ariele was wonderful and gave me lots of options for self-care in the future.”
“Ariele was great. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. She helped me with my initial problem and then worked on some of the underlying long term issues.”
“I feel very lucky that I had Ariele as my therapist. She clearly has a vast depth of knowledge and could always explain things clearly.”
“Very helpful by correcting my positions and walking stance. Very good at making sure I had future appointments.”
“Professional while being relaxed. Questions answered well.”
“Ariele was thorough and professional”
“Ariele is so incredibly knowledgeable and helped me share important info with my trainer”
“Ariele was great. Knowledgeable, thorough good explanations and best of all: no more pain.”
“I really loved working with Ariele. She took the time to explain my injury as well as explain the techniques she was using to improve my condition and provided me with exercises to use at home to further my progress and healing.”
“Ariele Foster was wonderful. She explained the physiology of what was happening with the injury and the treatment, and she really listened to me as I expressed my ambitious goals. She pushed, but not too hard, and took it easy when I need that, too. Just great.”
“Ariele was fantastic. She really took the time to explain the muscle and fascia connections which enabled me to understand the homework and healing process.”
“Ariele – excellent, professional, caring and very helpful”
“Ariele was excellent! Love her.”
“Ariele was helpful, personable, knowledgeable, and caring. She showed me practical simple exercises and gently corrected my mistakes. She’s also a great listener.”
“Ariele treated my complaints and concerns with the utmost professionalism. The education she imparted will assist me with self-treatment for pain management”
“Ariele is exceptionally knowledgeable, and made sure I understood my condition and how to avoid repeating my injury in the future. She expressed everything clearly, we created a plan for our therapy appointments, and I’ve emerged completely healed and a lot better informed about how not to get hurt again.”
Feedback by email:
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that my hip is doing GREAT. Thank you for all your help and persistence with it. I feel like I’m very close to being fully back to normal in terms of pain levels/mobility, etc. An awesome feeling, given that there was a period there where I thought it would just be a chronic injury I couldn’t get rid of. Anyway, thanks again, and hope everything is going well in your world!
Happy new year, (name removed for privacy)
I want to thank you again for all the help you’ve given me. Walking to work this morning in the glorious fall weather was somehow even sweeter than it was this time last year–I guess I don’t take it for granted anymore.
I assume you have a boss who would like to hear all the good things I have to say about you. Would you tell me to whom I could send a (glowing) letter?
(name removed for privacy)
(to my supervisor) I’m writing today to tell you I’m fine. That’s a pretty big statement coming from a guy who spent most of July in bed. Today, after a busy Thanksgiving week filled with travel and heavy suitcases and strange beds, I’m fine, and I thank Ariele Foster for that. She did an amazing job of getting me back into shape–gently at first, then pushing a little as I healed. I’m still dealing with a little neuropathy in my foot, still doing my exercises every morning (and most nights), but the rest of my body is in much better shape than before my injury.
I take none of it for granted, and I do take a great deal of personal credit for sticking with the program that Ariele helped me develop. But I truly believe that Ariele’s caring, gentle, but firm treatment and instruction has made it possible for me to have an enjoyable Fall. I look forward to an enjoyable Winter, as well.