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Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Incorporated in 1969, The Foundation for the Study of American Yoga (a.k.a. American Yoga Foundation; AYF) maintains an educational center located in Bovina Center, NY, for the continued development, practice, and teaching of American Yoga: a synthesis of various forms of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, alignment, tension-releasing exercises, and breathing techniques.


Our secluded 130 acre mountain-top property, buildings, and meditation rooms are open for those interested in working with the practices utilized here. Solitary meditation hermitages are available on the property for experienced practitioners seeking to partake in retreats.

Celebrating Augustus Lightheart

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August 18, 1936 - August 12, 2022

A memorial service will be held in Gus's honor at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Foundation, 1977 Jim Lane Road, Bovina Center, NY 13740.

Read the full obituary here.

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