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Yoga in the Grove

Starting May 10, join BGI every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm for free outdoor yoga on the boardwalk at BGI’s newely opened Naval Cemetery Landscape, co-sponsored by Abhaya Yoga.

The class will draw from the vinyasa yoga traditions and will use breath and movement to achieve meditation and relaxation.

Classes are suitable for all experience levels and will include postures and breathing techniques that promote balance, strength, and flexibility of body and mind.


About Abhaya Yoga

Abhaya Yoga School offers students a uniquely integrated and healing experience.  All classes are taught with skillful precision and heart, keeping students safe while inspiring life on and off the mat. Within the various styles of yoga taught: alignment, flow, vinyasa, restorative, power yoga, and more, a basic perspective of acceptance, deep inter-connectivity, and yoga as a means to awakening, is consistent.

The Abhaya Method, created by Tara Glazier serves as a template for classes and trainings. This template is subtle therapeutic system that is based on Eastern healing modalities and western physical therapy/ functional movement techniques. The focus is oriented toward awakening the body’s innate intelligence (through releasing gripping and holding patterns) and ultimately promoting healthy pranic flow leading to balance and freedom on all levels.

For more info, visit their website.


Classes are held at the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Enter at Williamsburg St West between Kent and Flushing Avenues.


Public Transit

  • B57 Bus to Flushing Av/Classon Av (2 min walk)
  • B62 Bus to Flushing Av/Classon Av
  • B48 Bus to Wallabout St/Wythe Av (5 min walk)
  • G train to Flushing Ave (13 min walk)
  • JMZ to Marcy Ave (9 min walk)

About the Instructors

Susan Kotcher came to Yoga through the gateway of meditation in Zen, Tibetan, and Shambhala Buddhist traditions. Through Yoga, Susan discover what yogis have known for thousands of years — that the magic of gratitude, equanimity, and inner peace can happen when body, breath, mind, and heart are synchronized. She loves to help students experience the mysterious flow of life we sometimes feel during a great Yoga class or, surprisingly, during some of the difficult moments in our lives. Her Yoga classes balance contemplation with sweat, long-held asanas, and a healthy dose of alignment. Her meditation instruction is accessible and supportive, and even students with very busy minds often report that they were able to settle and meditate. Out there in the world, Susan is a non-profit leader and fundraiser. She says that meaningful (and sometimes stressful) work and New York itself are the perfect places to cultivate an open heart and steady mind.

Susan has been teaching for many years and re-ignited her teaching through Abhaya Yoga’s RYT-500 teacher training

Sophia Holly began practicing yoga over a decade ago primarily to treat and prevent injuries from long distance running. Thus began her passion for the practice. It became a way to celebrate life, and aid in her recovery from an eating disorder. Sophia believes in the transformative power of yoga both on and off the mat. She completed a 200 hour Teacher Training in 2014 at Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn under the Guidance of Tara Glazier and other wonderful teachers.Sophia’s classes are a blend of easeful vinyasa, longer held poses, and alignment principles. Everyones body is different, so she aims to help students feel comfortable and safe in each pose. When not on the mat Sophia can be found cooking, working as a nanny, singing, biking or finding laughs in everyday life.