Dr. Ariele Foster

Washington, DC
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500 is the founder of Yoga Anatomy Academy, a doctor of physical therapy, anatomy teacher for yoga teacher trainings and , 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 is also the creator of Yoga Journal's online course "Fascia Release for Yoga" (2GiCoB0) use code AFOSTER75 to save $75 off the course.

Ariele has completed more than 1000 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, who still taught multiple yoga classes weekly into 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 (see http://www. )

To schedule physical therapy with Ariele please see Sacred Source Yoga (dot) com

If you are interested private, small group, or occasion-based yoga lessons, please see:

For her most up-to-date yoga events, workshops, retreats and inspiration, Follow Sacred Source Yoga (Ariele) on Facebook.



Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
How to do justice to this boddhisatva in an online review?

I took yoga with Ariele years ago, before she'd even started her PhD program in physical therapy, and was blown away then by her teaching skills, her passion and COMpassion. How could someone so young and pretty have such a depth and breadth of knowledge of yoga? It made more sense and was comforting to find out that her grandmother was (and still is) a yoga teacher.


Recently, I took her class in Happy Fascia. For 35 bucks, I got a full-body, fully relaxing massage -- well, self-massage, with two tennis balls. Her teaching style, which seemed exceptional to me in a previous lifetime, has become so refined, so every-moment-substantive, so brilliant that I am awestruck. I suppose it's Ariele's modesty and work ethic that keep her here teaching small classes when, it seems to me, she could be Hollywooding. She just keeps walking the walk... and biking the bike. Ever since I've known her, Dr. Foster has been riding her bicycle everywhere in the District in all kinds of weather. I hope you get to experience classes with her before she gets too famous.

Dr. Ariele FosterNovember 8, 2014
"biking the bike"

hehehehe... Lisa, you made me smile, then you made me giggle. Thank you so much for your kind review. I love that you've been attending my classes for so many years and seen me grow. I deeply appreciate that you return, that you reflect, that you listen. These are probably some of the qualities that have made YOU into the amazing massage therapist that you are [people, google her!]. I look forward to my next massage with you and to sharing more thoughts about wellness and biomechanics.

Thank you again for this amazing kindness,
p.s. Way of the Happy Fascia will happen again! I typically list my events over at http://facebook.com/SacredSourceYoga/events

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Such a GIFT!!

"Possibility", "I can", "Trust", are just a few of my takeaways after a class taught by Ariele. After completing Ariele's Yoga 101 classes at Epic, I've been able to keep up my yoga practice at home. This Sunday I plan to attend her Chaturanga Clinic -can hardly wait!! Joanne

Dr. Ariele FosterOctober 17, 2014

Joanne, Thank you SO Much for this review. Let me point out that it's YOUR hard work that is paying off. I'm so psyched to see you on Sunday. Chaturanga Clinic is so much fun (nearly all of my events are listed at http://facebook.com/SacredSourceYoga/events ) and it will really turbo boost your practice. xo, Ariele

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Highest quality -- I always learn so much

I learn so much from Ariele when I take her classes or workshops! I recently moved out of town, but whenever I visit DC I seek out at least one class with Ariele. She got me into crow and headstand for the first time each after YEARS of trying. Finally, someone explained what goes where!

Dr. Ariele FosterOctober 17, 2014

Janet, I'm so glad to hear that you've learned a lot. I hope our paths cross again. Do you know about my upcoming retreats? http://sacredsourceyoga.com/yoga_retreats

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
One of the best teachers I've ever had

I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and I am one very picky student. I like to feel my instructors not only know their yoga, but the body and the importance of good posture to avoid injury. Above all, I need to feel the instructor knows yoga is more than the poses. Ariel is all that. She is friendly, warm, very engaged and caring and knows her stuff. I keep taking her workshops and classes because I feel she really knows what she is doing and cares about my learning process as well as my whole well-being. Could not recommend her more!

Dr. Ariele FosterMay 24, 2014
Thank you!

Freckdm, you make me want to take my own class! THANK YOU!!! It makes me very happy to know you benefit. xo, A

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Caring and Knowledgable

Ariele is an amazing teacher!! But what sets her apart from the rest of the great teachers in DC is her knowledge of the body and the caring heart which she brings into the room. She genuinely loves teaching and cares about all of her students and it shows in her classes. If you haven't taken from Ariele yet, find time to visit one of her classes.

Dr. Ariele FosterMay 24, 2014
speaking of amazing yoga teachers...

Rob, you are so kind. Thank you for your review(s), always, because I know you give them verbally too :). Speaking of good yoga teachers...GO CHECK OUT ROB's CLASSES EVERYONE!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Review for Ariele

I have only been to one class with Ariele and she was a sub. I really enjoyed that class, though. Her alignment and anatomical knowledge was VERY apparent. Her instruction was clear and intentional. She made a very positive impression and I look forward to someday taking her class again.

Dr. Ariele FosterApril 4, 2014

Thanks, Nathan! I appreciate your kind words, and hope to see you in class again soon! best wishes, Ariele