Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500 is a doctor of physical therapy, yoga teacher since 2001, anatomy teacher for yoga teacher trainings, and founder of She has a passion for creative, strength-based yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy accessible.

Through Ariele runs the Online Yoga Anatomy Mentorship for yoga teachers and dedicated students of yoga. The Mentorship examines how yoga asana can better align with individual anatomy, best evidence, and real-world function.

Her interdisciplinary yoga teaching, workshops, and retreats are grounded in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her deep understanding of neuro-musculoskeletal well-being from working with thousands of patients.

Ariele’s physical therapy practice is founded upon treating the whole person. She uses hands-on manual therapy techniques along with precise, targeted strength training, myofascial release and neuromuscular re-integration to achieve optimal recovery for patients.

Ariele has been featured Yoga Journal, and is the teacher for Yoga Journal’s online course “Fascia Release for Yoga”. She has completed yoga teacher trainings in Kripalu, Anusara, Therapeutics, Hatha Yoga and multiple alignment-based vinyasa styles. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Note: Physiotherapists, Physical Therapists, ‘physios’- all the same profession. Different areas use different titles.


[9:10] What sparked Ariele’s interest in anatomy

[11:50] From teaching yoga to becoming a physical therapist

[12:30] Advice to yoga teachers interested in becoming a physical therapist

[16:30] The importance of referring your yoga students to a physical therapist when experiencing pain

[21:00] Cost can be a hurdle when one is considering physical therapy- how to put that in perspective

[23:30] Ariele’s position teaching anatomy to yoga teachers, belief that there needs to be a baseline of understanding

[24:20] Principle 1 – Any Pose Can Harm. Any Pose Can Heal.

[25:05] Principle 2 – Every Body is Unique.

[25:45] Principle 3 – Think Critically “Don’t emphasize the alignment of the pose higher than the individual”

[27:35] Cueing Warrior 1 using critical thinking

[28:45] What is functional movement?

[28:05] Principle 4 – Most Yoga Asana is Specialized, Not Functional Movement

[30:55] Principle 5 – Flexibility is No Good Without Strength

[33:25] Principle 6 – Variety is the Spice of Life

[34:30] Principle 7 – Safe Strength Building Comes from Progressive Loading

[37:25] Principle 8 – Listen to Your Body Works 50% of the Time

[41:20] Principle 9 – Readily Refer Out

[44:20] Principle 10 – Honor Both the Science and “Mystery”

[45:35] How to study with Dr. Ariele Foster




Yoga Anatomy Academy

Yoga Anatomy Academy on Facebook

Yoga Anatomy Academy on Instagram

Dr. Ariele Foster’s Yoga and Physical Therapy Website: Sacred Source Teaching

Dr. Ariele Foster’s Facebook Page

Ariele’s YouTube Channel — many FREE classes!

PDF: 10 Principles of an Anatomy Informed Yoga Practice by Dr. Ariele Foster

Podcast: Heal Your Shoulder with Dr. Ariele Foster on the YogaBody Talk Show

Article: 7 Things to Ponder Before Going to Physical Therapy School: for yoga teachers, massage therapists and other holistic practitioners by Dr. Ariele Foster

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