Our Mission

“Each human needs about three and a half acres of land to breath properly. Instead of having a third child I am going to plant ten trees. Planting trees is yoga.”

Sharath Jois

Director, Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore India

Three and a Half Acres Yoga (THAY) heals and empowers our communities by using yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to realize a more peaceful, just, and interconnected existence.


THAY partners with community organizations within Harlem and Upper Manhattan that serve residents facing emotional, physical, and social challenges. Our programs reach schools, recovery centers, food banks, and other non-profits to support their existing missions and build bridges of understanding among neighbors. In addition, we provide yoga, breathing, and mindfulness techniques to those who police our neighborhoods. We believe these techniques create space and clarity in the day-to-day interactions between the police and members of our community.


We envision a world where the benefits of yoga and mindfulness are available to all—regardless of age, race, gender and class—providing the tools and momentum for positive change within individuals and the communities they collectively create.


  • Law Enforcement Explorers Program —an NYPD program connecting youth and law enforcement in positive
    community service.
  • LGBT youth of Harlem United —a nonprofit providing access to quality HIV/AIDS care for all, regardless of race,
    socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.
  • Women’s Health Day @ Harlem United.
  • Members of the NYPD , who police the central Harlem community.
  • NYHRE – a nonprofit organization promoting the health and safety of persons who use drugs, as well as that of sex workers.
  • Serving to relax CUNY’s Department of Public Safety and their leaders.
  • Food Bank of Manhattan – Seniors
  • Partnering with Art in Flux to convey  that YOGA is a practice available to all.
  • FREE Yoga in the park.
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