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.


ONE PAINTING, ONE ARTIST & THE CREATIVE MIND – a conversation on creativity
with Jonathan Pearlman & TBA

April 1 & June 3 4:00-5:00pm

Good Ground Yoga in collaboration with East End Arts will host a conversation between writer and found object sculptor Jonathan Pearlman and various artists (TBA).  These conversations are part of a series of conversations with invited artists to discuss one of their works as a jumping off point toward a deeper conversation on creativity and inspiration. Hence the title for the series: “One Painting – One Artist and The Creative Mind.”
Consider – what happens before paint meets canvas? Was the painting first a vision, a thought, a color or a vague idea of something waiting to be discovered? And when paint finally does meet canvas, what then? Says Pearlman, “Art is often an expression of ideas as well as images, and how an artist approaches this challenge can offer a blueprint for navigating the complexities of daily life.”
Jonathan Pearlman began his professional career as a theatrical agent with the William Morris Agency; later to become founding partner in the New York based film production company Document Studio. The partners went on to form Media Ink, an animation company specializing in political cartooning. He is the author of the Simon & Shuster published novel Two To Tango. Pearlman has spent the last eight years pursing his fascination with what he calls “amusements” sculptures, created from found and collected objects. His work has received considerable attention, including several awards.

Spring Fling- Revitalizing with Forrest Yoga
With Leslie Pearlman

Yoga Nanda, Garden City, NY

April 29, 2:00-4:00pm ($35 per person/$42 day of)

Spring is a time for rebirth. Wake from winter’s slumber and learn to imbue your practice with new life and vitality. In this Forrest Yoga workshop you will learn to use your breath to clear out the winter dull drums and ignite spring’s playful energy. Expect lots of core work and deep energizing postures. Warning: This workshop is premised on play and fun! All levels welcome.

Forrest Yoga Abdominals 101: Incorporating Abdominals into your classes, workouts and your life

With Leslie Pearlman

Absolute Yoga, Woodbury New York

May 13, 2:00-5:00pm

Blown away by those Forrest Yoga Abs? Still reeling from the energy you produced in elbow to knee? Did Gate Opener make your thighs feel like they were on fire and light up your entire core?

What is it that makes these abdominals so effective and DEEP?

Forrest Yoga Abdominals, created by Ana Forrest, are designed to target our deepest core muscles. These muscles are essential to our overall health and well being.

Why add Forrest Yoga abdominals into your workout or classes?

Forrest Yoga abs will:

build a strong, intelligent and resilient core.
alleviate back pain, aid digestion and elimination and stimulate circulation to internal organs.
build heat in the body and warm up the spine at the start of your class, practice or training session.
improve mobility and range of motion in the entire body.
increase breath capacity.
reduce anxiety.
help you feel calm and centered.
increase energy.
provide greater connection to our gut instincts.

Who will benefit from this course?

Forrest Yoga teachers who need an abdominal refresher or need to brush up on their cues.
Any yoga teacher looking to add core work into their classes.
Fitness teachers, trainers, coaches, athletes looking to add new core work to their classes or training routines.
Anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of how to connect to their core.

What to expect:

In this training we will break down each Forrest Yoga abdominal to gain a deeper understanding of them.
You will not only learn how to teach them skillfully and clearly but where to sequence them into your classes or work outs.
You will learn potential contra-indications and how to modify them for students of all levels and for those with injuries.
You learn Forrest Yoga’s pre and post natal abdominal alternatives.
You will have access to audio recordings of the correct cues for each abdominal.

Earn CET’s for this one day workshop!


Special Weekend with Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco  

Friday July 21 (5:30-8:00pm) SOLD OUT (wait list only)

Celebrate Your Practice
Rekindle the fires of passion and pleasure with Forrest Yoga. Learn to reconnect to your energy, while you delight in your strength. Bring healing and inspiration into your personal practice. This Forrest Yoga workshop helps you cultivate and embrace a sense of compassion. You also learn to make your practice exhilarating and delicious.

This workshop begins with a short, yet very special Ceremony of song, dance & smoke blessing. Ana & Medicine Man, Jose Calarco set the intent for the practice and honor the ancestors and custodians of our sacred land.
Saturday July 22 (9-12am) SOLD OUT (wait list only)

Building the Warrior Heart
With Forrest Yoga’s heart-opening asanas, you learn to breathe in a way that opens your core and gives the heart the support and counsel of the rest of the primary charkas. Learn to remove the emotional shielding from your heart so it can truly and honestly feel each new experience afresh. This helps your heart and Spirit be more resilient, flexible and adept at surfing emotional waves. Begin building skill in accessing, cleansing and resolving emotional issues and move them out of the cell tissue, thus freeing your heart. This makes room for seeing and absorbing the beauty and sweetness in our world, which nourishes the heart.

This workshop begins with a short, yet very special Ceremony of song, dance & smoke blessing. Ana & Medicine Man, Jose Calarco set the intent for the practice and honor the ancestors and custodians of our sacred land.  This workshop ends with a 30 minute guided mediation.

Sunday July 23 (9-12am) SOLD OUT (wait list only)

Luminous Core
Forrest Yoga takes you on a physical and mental journey deep into the core of your own being. You will create a heightened sense of awareness through breath and asanas, and open to the amazing quality of feeling that lives inside of you. Use Forrest Yoga to connect to your core, shed what is no longer useful, keep what is of value and ‘with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.” Challenge and move your core energy into those areas where it has yet to be. Come sweat, breathe deeply and enter the incredible mystery of your core. You will feel cleansed, refreshed and alive.

This workshop begins with a short, yet very special Ceremony of song, dance & smoke blessing. Ana & Medicine Man, Jose Calarco set the intent for the practice and honor the ancestors and custodians of our sacred land. This workshop ends with a 30 minute guided meditation.

Friday $150
Saturday or Sunday $185

Saturday & Sunday $350

These workshops are sold out.  To put your name on a waitlist please email the studio and request it.

Click HERE to be put on a waitlist.



With Kelly Caldwell

Mondays and Wednesdays 7:15-8:30pm
$15 (drop-in) $120 (10 class card)

This practice consists primarily of gentle flowing movement, meditation, relaxation, mind/body integration and breathing exercises to enhance health and longevity. This practice will improve your mental alertness and concentration and boost your energy level, stamina and immune system. You will also learn proven skills for managing stress on demand, rid your body of toxic substances by stimulating the lymphatic system and improve your posture, skeletal alignment and flexibility.Kelly Caldwell has been a student of martial arts for over 22 years. He began his training at age 21 with Gus Kaparos.  A few years later, Kelly moved to Italy where he immersed himself in the study of classical style Shaolin Chuan, Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Gong, Xing Yi Chuan, Mai Hua Chuan and Ba Gua Zhang.  He has spent the last 10 years working, studying and training under the Great Master Valerio DeGaitani, Master Claudio De Filippi, and Master Camillo Corvi, who studied directly under master Chang Dsu Yao. Kelly is a certified F.K.W.I. instructor of both Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Chuan. Kelly has received the rank of 2nd degree black belt in both fields and is well trained in the entire F.K.W.I. up to 4 degree black belt. Kelly recently moved back to America and is thrilled to bring his love and knowledge of these ancient systems to Good Ground Yoga.