Lara Land is an Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher with 18 years yoga experience. She has worked all over the world teaching yoga and mindful living and developing programs to heal and empower. In June 2011 Lara opened Land Yoga, a ground floor Yoga, Arts, & Wellness Center in the heart of Harlem. Through Land she developed community programs such as Harlem Earth Day, Soulfest and Women Who Wow landing her recognition by The Wall Street Journal, and the DailyNews. In 2015 she founded her own non-profit, Three and a Half Acres Yoga to inspire community healing and activism through yoga. She is a public speaker, spiritual coach and writer with recent contributions to the Huffington Post, Mantra Magazine, and New York Yoga + Life Magazine. She is currently working on her first book.

NY YOGA + LIFE is New York’s first print and digital regional magazine that celebrates yoga, wellness, art and the New York lifestyle. NY YOGA + LIFE magazine is a locally owned grassroots publication that has curated events with the Rubin Museum, Kripalu, and many more. Owned and operated by Editor in Chief Iana Velez, NY YOGA + LIFE magazine will launch its third issue at SoulFest NYC.

Three and a Half Acres Yoga (THAY) empowers communities by using the physical and philosophical facets of yoga traditions to nurture, heal, and activate residents. Originating in Harlem, THAY is committed to communities of color and/or those living on moderate incomes, as well as the people who lead and govern these populations. For the past two years, Three and a Half Acres has successfully brought yoga and wellness services to Harlem youth and elders, and to our local law enforcement focusing on LGBTQ young adults and on those with minimal income. In 2017, they plan to expand their reach to bring classes to Justice Corps and into the Grant & Manhattanville housing projects.

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