Our Mission

“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”
Sharath Jois

Director, Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore India


Three and a Half Acres Yoga (THAY) provides yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to underserved communities. We use these tools to support individuals in recognizing their own power for positive change.


We envision a world where the benefits of yoga and mindfulness are available to all – regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or class.


THAY partners with community organizations within Harlem, Upper Manhattan and Washington, DC that serve residents facing emotional, physical or social trauma. We provide yoga, breathing and mindfulness programs to nonprofits to support their existing missions and build bridges of understanding among neighbors. We believe this work creates space and clarity in the day-to-day interactions between members of our community.

THAY partners

  • The Bridge – offers a comprehensive range of evidence-based rehabilitative services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training, and job placement, healthcare, education, and creative arts therapies.
  • Children’s Aid Society – East Harlem branch offering children, youth, and families comprehensive community-based services and support.
  • Food Bank for New York City – Senior Center within the organization that provides meals, sessions on living a healthy lifestyle, workshops with a community nutritionist, and more.
  • Harlem House – mental health center at Harlem Hospital.
  • LGBT Youth of Harlem United – a nonprofit providing access to quality HIV/AIDS care for all, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.
  • Law Enforcement Explorers Program – an NYPD program connecting youth and law enforcement in positive community service.
  • New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) – a nonprofit organization promoting the health and safety of persons who use drugs and engage in prostitution.
  • NYPD – THAY offers ‘Yoga for Cops’ in the central Harlem community.
  • Sound Business, Inc. (SBI) – a program designed to foster systemic socio-economic change through grassroots education initiatives, serving Harlem’s A. Philip Randolph Campus High School.
  • Services for the Underserved (S:US) – a Harlem nonprofit driving scalable solutions to transform the lives of people with disabilities, people in poverty, people facing homelessness, and veterans.


We also create opportunities for members of our programs to practice together.


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