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Dr. Ariele Foster – Yoga and Physical Therapy is with KiraGrace and Ariele Foster.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 8:33 am

Happy birthday, dear country. May you return to your original intent of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of justice for all.

Dear fellow Americans, TODAY is a great day to make sure your voter registration is up to date. Go to or to make sure you are prepared for Tuesday November 6th (or your local primary if it has yet to happen).

DCers: I’m teaching therapeutics at noon today at YogaWorks 14th St NW. Class is just 45 minutes so it won’t interfere with your barbecue plans! On the menu: shoulders. See you there.

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Monday, 2 July 2018 5:29 pm

I’ve been getting so much great feedback on this video I created “Cranky Hips Therapy”. THis is for you if you feel like your hips are “tight”, snapping, popping or not feeling symmetrical.

Cranky Hips Therapy / Therapeutic Yoga for Hips with Dr. Ariele Foster

So many of my patients experience pain in their hips, and need occasional tune-ups to get their hips back on track. This video is intended to help you feel b…

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 7:09 pm

“Yoga is not a Cure-All — My second request would be that we reconsider using the phrase “yoga for ________(fill in the blank with whatever pathophysiology or health problem you want to address).” This phrase pigeonholes yoga as a panacea for anything and everything. Using this phrase inherently marginalizes yoga’s full meaning, divorcing it from its philosophy and real capacity for healing and well-being. Additionally, it can lead people to believe that their yoga teacher can “cure” or address a problem simply through a drop-in yoga class setting, which is misleading and inaccurate. A person with depression or low back pain may be helped by a yoga class, but it is not a panacea or a substitute or comprehensive medical care.” love this quote and article from Dr. Ginger Garner, DPT, ATC

“Hip Openers” in Yoga? Please, Let’s Stop The Madness | YogaUOnline

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Dr. Ariele Foster – Yoga and Physical Therapy added a new photo.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 9:02 pm

“If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention” (quote source unknown) AND if you are not living fully and joyfully, to the best of your capacity, while speaking up and acting on behalf of those who are not able to speak or act (to the best of your capacity — including for mother earth)…you are doing it wrong.

You do not have to be perpetually cheery (in fact, please do not attempt this).

But intentional suppression of your natural state: JOY, actually dishonors those whose freedoms have been taken away.

You do not have to hold your fist high 24/7, but if you choose to, let it be because you are dancing…righteously.

I pass this mutated wisdom on from teachers much more skillful than me (including, but not limited to Keith #thecacaoshaman, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Elizabeth Gilbert) in honor of my younger, totally confused self.
#playeveryday #playeverydamnday
#mysticalyogafarm #aerialyoga #aerialsilks #spiritualactivism

Guatemala Yoga Retreat 2015-2018

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:41 am

My friend Francesca Cervero was kind enough to invite me back on to her podcast “The Mentor Sessions” to demystify hip pain and injuries and to share our own experiences with labral tears. This is a fabulous, educational podcast for all yoga teachers, and really important for those of you dealing with hip popping, cracking, snapping, crackling…whatever adjectives you use to describe the sounds coming from your hips! Let me know if you have more hip questions. We can always do a Part 2 or work it into a blog.

Hip Injuries and Yoga with Guest Teacher Ariele Foster – Francesca Cervero Yoga and Wellness

FCYW provides private yoga + wellness sessions in NYC & Washington DC. Francesca Cervero is also a widely sought after yoga teacher mentor.

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Monday, 18 June 2018 12:29 am

I’m normally someone with immense drive and will to do/create/work. But the last few weeks have been heavy. Heavy to hear of suicide in the news. Heavy to imagine the terror of young children and families at the border. Heavy to learn today of a beloved neighbor’s sudden death. Heavy to know my partner has been dealing with pain. And heavy dealing with my own resurfacing of old trauma. I’ve been struggling to get energy to rise from the couch at times – a feeling I haven’t known in a decade or so.(But for sure have known well). Lest you or anyone think my life (or anyone’s life) is all yoga poses and glamour shots, remember we are all in this boat together. No one is immune. Tomorrow is a new day, and a new opportunity to train our hearts and minds toward more joy and compassion and better understanding. Sleep tight. #holdeachothertight #ifeelalittlebad #itsok #therealyoga

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 3:17 pm

There are a million reasons to stop procrastinating and go see a physical therapist. One BIG one: You don’t need a PT prescription in the District of Columbia. That’s right, you don’t have to see your primary care doctor, then an orthopedic surgeon, then get an MRI. You can simply…book…

In fact, you can book ONLINE, with me, and get in in about a week (or often less time!). The physical therapy degree is now a doctorate and PTs are trained to be front-line providers. (If you don’t see your ideal time, or you would like to be seen earlier, you can also add yourself to the wait list for other days).

My small PT clinic is directly across from the National Zoo, a short walk from either Woodley Park or Cleveland Park metro stops.

Our Intake forms are also completed online.

While we are out of network for all insurance companies, our invoices contain all of the information you need to submit for reimbursement, when possible. We also accept FSA and HSA cards.

Don’t hesitate to email with other questions:

Book Online at Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy

Happy & Well is a boutique, integrative physical therapy, wellness and yoga therapeutics clinic offering evidence-based, holistic physical therapy, yoga therapy, yoga privates and other wellness services.

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Dr. Ariele Foster – Yoga and Physical Therapy was at Gitana del Mar.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 1:57 pm

This eco-Villa, Gitana del Mar, awaits us for the most magical New Year’s week. Join me on the pristine Caribbean beaches of Colombia for my next retreat, which combines yoga and Myofascial Release.

This getaway is unique and a true retreat, while still being an adventure.

Join me for a week of restoration of our bodies and of our hearts and spirits as we travel to Tayrona National Natural Park and soak in the incredible beauty and flavors of the land and sea.

All details:

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Dr. Ariele Foster – Yoga and Physical Therapy added a new photo — with Australian Yoga Journal and 4 others.

Saturday, 9 June 2018 12:01 pm

So…this happened! ✨💫🌈Wow. I had no idea they would be using my photo for the cover of Australian Yoga Journal 😊. Amazing! Thanks @bethwmakeup and KiraGrace and the whole team at Yoga Journal … so much love 💕

Media Mentions

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Monday, 4 June 2018 2:54 pm

There’s a new podcast series that I think every yogi should check out. ESPN 30 for 30 delves into the rise and fall of the Bikram yoga empire, Bikram the man, and how through a combination of charisma, frank lies, and old-fashioned manipulation, he both helped and hurt countless people. The dynamics of power as they show up in yoga and spiritual circles need to be discussed. Matthew Remski has a phrase “somatic dominance” that has given me a lot of food for thought in the past few weeks. How am I — by instructing people what to do with their bodies — contributing to somatic dominance, or how am I able to use this (relative) power to help each student trust themselves, and their physical experience more. Please give a listen — especially those of you who are yoga teachers. I’d love to know your thoughts below!

Bikram – 30 for 30 Podcasts

Bikram Bikram Choudhury’s fitness revolution brought a yoga boom to America. But his guru status enabled increasingly dark behavior. Julia Lowrie Henderson delves deep into the complicated world of Bikram Yoga. Episodes Julia’s Story Photos More

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