Series & Workshops

“Life Lessons” Off The Mat Course Series

Transformative Practices to lead a more meaningful and inspired life.

With Leslie Pearlman

Life Lessons Off The Mat grew out of my 20 plus years as a yoga teacher, studio owner and educator. I have had the great privilege of watching countless people transform their body, mind and Spirit in both small and enormous ways. And what has struck me after all these years is that the biggest gifts are not necessarily the physical ones that come from doing yoga poses but the gifts that come from taking the principals of yoga (compassion, authenticity, integrity, to name a few) off the yoga mat and into one’s daily life.

It is for this reason that I have designed a unique and comprehensive program to bring the practice of yoga out of the studio and into your daily life.

How it works?

Sign up for one of our Month Long Courses (see below for our course offerings). Each course is built around a theme (such as Compassion, Courage, Creativity). Over the course of the 4 weeks we will explore IN DEPTH ways to bring this particular theme into practice and into your life. You will be given concrete tools, useful tips and guidance to ensure success.

Each Course includes the following:

4 Weekly Dharma Calls with Leslie
These calls begin with a teaching story about the particular course theme. We discuss the lessons in the teaching story and craft a “take away” to practice at home. We will discuss potential roadblocks and challenges and might come up and create clear action plans for success. These calls will be held live and there will be an opportunity for Q & A.

4 Audio Yoga Classes
Each audio yoga class is designed around the particular course theme so you have an opportunity to practice the lesson of the week on your yoga mat. These classes are appropriate for all levels.

Recordings of all of the Weekly Dharma Calls
Not everyone can make the live calls. This way you can listen to the call at your convenience. Since the information on these calls is extensive, having a recording to listen to again and again will help you to truly understand the material.

Private Facebook Group
It is helpful to have a outlet for community and support. This private Facebook group will give you an opportunity to talk about your epiphanies, challenges, questions or anything that seems relevant to share.



Registration & Logistics

To register go to MindBody click on the Workshop & Speciality Classes page.
Chose the Off The Mat Course you are interested in to purchase.
Once you register you will receive a welcome email with the call in information for the weekly Dharma calls, information about how to access the recorded calls and a link to the private Facebook page. The weekly Dharma calls will be held on Tuesday Evenings from 8-8:45pm.
Following the weekly Dharma call you will be sent an Audio Yoga Class for that week that you can download and listen to as often as you like.

Course Offerings:

(dates to be announced)

Are you ready to make a change in your life?

Then this course is for you.

We will explore the Forrest Yoga Formula for Change.  The Forrest Yoga Formula for Change helps you discover what needs to change in your life, and how to bring that change to fruition. You will be given clear and effective tools for embracing healthy and effective shifts in your life such as working through the end of a relationship, or contemplating a new job.

The formula is simple:

  • Notice when you are repeating unwanted behavior
  • Pause and stop negative behavior
  • Give yourself positive reinforcement for catching the behavior
  • Move forward with different actions

Join me. I look forward to meeting you both on and off the mat.


With Ann Harmon

Sunday February 25
2:00-4:00pm ($35)

Slow down.  Take a deep breath.  Take more than a deep breath.  Join Ann Harmon for her signature restorative workshop.  You will leave feeling restored, refreshed, relaxed and renewed.




With Leslie Pearlman

Saturday March 17

Emerge Yoga & Wellness, Massapequa
12:00-2:00pm (YOGA CLASS)
$35 early bird $40 week of (YOGA CLASS)
$65 early bird $70 week of (AFTERNOON)
$90 both early bird $100 week of
Have you ever left a yoga class completely blown away by the quality of the teacher and format of the class? At the teacher’s ability to weave the intent of the class seemingly into the body of the class or speak with passion and authenticity?  At the teacher’s uncanny ability to read your body and know exactly what you need to move deeper or work without pain or struggle?
These are just some of the key ingredients of a Forrest Yoga class.
In this immersion you will learn the following:
the Basic Moves of Forrest Yoga
the Four Pillars of Forrest Yoga
how to safely and intelligently warm up the body
how to weave purposeful intents into your classes and your life
how to speak and teach from a place of authenticity
how to get your students feeling deeply on the mat and how to help your students hold steady at an intense edge
This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers and students
Yoga can register for JUST the Yoga Class, JUST the afternoon workshop or BOTH classes.
Please note– To attend the FULL DAY at a discounted rate, please sign into this workshop only and click Forrest Yoga (FULL DAY IMMERSION) at checkout, and Emerge will manually sign you into the afternoon session.




With Leslie Pearlman

Saturday March 24

Yoga Nanda, Garden City
Forrest Yoga is renowned for its “core focused” practice.  Ask anyone and they will comment on those “amazing abdominals” that get you feeling into your core.  But it takes more than just a few abdominals to build strength, feeling, intelligence and connection.  In this workshop we will explore all the tools needed to connect to your core and to take flight. This workshop will tackle a wide array of arm balances in a way that will dissolve fear and create hopeful and playful space! This workshop is open to students of all levels.