Mission & Vision
“Each human needs about three and a half acres of land to breathe properly…. and you create that needed space by giving back to our communities” –R. Sharath Jois, Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore India
We broaden access to yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques, focusing on communities who have experienced trauma. Our classes and training support individuals and teachers alike in recognizing their power for positive change.
We believe every yoga teacher needs training in trauma sensitivity and that everyone deserves access to a yoga experience, free of harm, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or class.
2023 Impact Report
Our Founder :
Lara Corinne Wittich (she/her)
Lara Wittich is a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher with 2 decades of yoga experience. She has worked all over the world teaching yoga and mindful living and developing programs to heal and empower. In 2008-2009, Lara spent three months in post-genocide Rwanda bringing yoga as healing to survivors and from there went to India where she worked with HIV positive children bringing yoga and meditation to their treatment room. In June 2011, Lara opened Land Yoga, a ground floor Yoga, Arts, & Wellness Center in the heart of Harlem. Through Land, she developed programs such as Harlem Earth Day, SOULFest NYC, and Women Who Wow, landing her recognition in The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, and on Fox5.
In 2015, she founded a non-profit community organization, Three and a Half Acres Yoga (THAY), to inspire community healing and activism through yoga. Forever in awe of the transformative power of yoga, Lara continues to study and to challenge her limits. She leads retreats worldwide, is a public speaker, spiritual coach, and writer with recent contributions to Health Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and The Huffington Post. Lara recently released My Bliss Book, an evergreen planner and online coaching system.
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Meet the board
As a supporter of THAY and a witness to it’s transformative programs for the past number of years, I am beyond excited to join as a board member. I am passionate about the basics in life that are often overlooked as the foundation to ease and healing; i/e a solid community, mindfulness, breadth and movement. I feel very much aligned with THAY for that reason. Those foundations are the elements that they cultivate.
I like to describe myself as the Mr.Rogers of Business (I even snap my fingers after changing from my flats to my heels,) Bringing a kindness forward approach and human centered design to the startups and major corporations I work with. I am excited to bring my start up energy, marketing chops, and love of spreadsheets (whistle while you Excel) to THAY.
Monica Freeman-Greene is an innovative and creative HR and Business Operations partner with a proven track record of managing projects and teams. She currently works with Harlem entrepreneur Karl Franz Williams, where she drives Organizational Strategy for his two renowned cocktail bars and his newest venture – Uncle Waithley’s Beverage Company. Monica has also been a consultant on various freelance HR and Program Management Projects –including with Three & Half Acres Yoga (THAY) – for several years. In May 2023, Monica became a Board Member of THAY and is thrilled to bring her knowledge of People Management, Leadership Coaching, and Organization Effectiveness to help advance and promote THAY’s vision of training trauma sensitivity in yoga, and providing access to yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or class.
Timothy Lewis is a native of Flint, Michigan- an educator and researcher with over 15 years of diverse experience across a wide range of disciplines. As a New York City Master Teacher, Timothy has worked with adolescents and young adults from many different backgrounds. Through a research fellowship with Columbia University, Timothy has led teacher trainings in STEM Education across Singapore and Malaysia, and conducted marine biology research at James Cook University in Australia. Today, Timothy gives of himself by allowing his love of learning, science, and health/wellness to expand his ability to influence change in the lives of others. An avid researcher of epigenetics, human psychology, and the new human biology, he allows a love for learning and growth to fuel his zest for life. Timothy is a 200-h RYT with training in the foundations of Yin, trauma-sensitive yoga, and a certified mindfulness coach.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
Three and a Half Acres Yoga (THAY) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.