Meet the Three and a Half Acres Team
Lara Wittich is a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher with 2 decades 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 by The Wall Street Journal, the Daily News, & on Fox5. In 2015 she founded a non-profit community organization, Three and a Half Acres Yoga, 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.
(Interim Board President)
Kristin is part of The Krantz Team with Jeff Krantz.
Having overseen over 500 million dollars in residential sales transactions, Kristin has represented the developers of some of the top developments in NYC. Hailing from Iceland, Kristin’s European style and flair is a breath of fresh air to clients. Her sincerity and honesty are also key ingredients for her impressive career. Through her outstanding sales record and excellent communication skills, Kristin has helped turn The Krantz Team, into what the The Real Deal called a “power couple” in NYC real estate.
“THAY was an opportunity to give back to a community that has been so incredibly accepting and giving to me. I feel blessed in my life and being able to give back is a blessing. The idea of giving people a coping skill in their life they can use and benefit from in times of need and stress is so amazing and I feel it’s a need that is not being met in other places.”
Jennifer is a Partner at Seeger Weiss LLP. She represents individuals and classes in lawsuits concerning antitrust, consumer, tort, and other areas. Jennifer also has an active pro bono practice focusing on election law and voting rights. Jennifer practices Ashtanga yoga and is deeply grateful for the powerful, life-changing teachings the practice brings to the world.
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.
Maria A. Lupardo Kibrik
Maria’s personal love of yoga and the life changing power that impacts both the physical and mental body, drew Maria to the Three and Half Acres foundation immediately. Knowing that a organization is making powerful, marked strides in reaching not only the student, but the teacher as well, to enhance the experience of yoga all around, left a strong impact on Maria and only added to her reasons to want to represent such a powerful force like THAY.