Urban Yoga Foundation (UYF)

A non-profit organization that educates and empowers communities to be proactive about issues affecting their health.

UYF is based in New York, NY founded by Ghylian Bell. UYF programs help individuals manage stress, develop mind-body awareness, and health consciousness through yoga, mindfulness, and integrative wellness practices . For over 20 years, UYF has continued its important work of designing health and wellness programs for organizations, corporations, and schools throughout the greater New York area serving over 150,000 adults, children, and youth.


Ghylian Bell, Founder/Director

Helping students connect to their authentic selves through yoga one breath at a time.

Professional Profile

Ghylian started The Urban Yoga Foundation with a vision to make programs that specifically target the needs of underserved students, providing them with the language, yoga poses, breathing and mindfulness techniques that enable personal growth, character development, and creative self-expression

Ghylian’s career in New York began in fashion working for designers such as Ellen Tracy, Anne Klein and Charles Nolan. Fashion led to acting, landing Ghylian in numerous national television commercials and films. Bell decided to start her Asthanga yoga practice in 1995 at Yoga Shambala in New York. In 2000 she received her children’s certification from Next Generation Yoga for Kids, which then led to her ISHTA yoga certification (Integrated Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda) with teacher Alan Finger at New York city’s BeYoga. Among her many teachers are Heart of Yoga’s Mark Whitwell and Manju Jois, eldest son of Sri Pattahbi Jois.

Ghylian Bell serves as Chair for The American Heart Associations “Go Red for Woman campaign” Bell helps bring education and awareness to heart disease the #1 killer of woman. As a holistic practitioner, yogi, actress, model and purveyor of fine hand-blended organic botanical blended teas. Ghylian also supplies organic and fair-trade tea to the schools for tastings and workshops. Ghylians' work was recently featured in the NYC Doc film festival illustrating the benefit of yoga in the public school system.  The Film “School of Yoga” was the creation of filmmaker Contessa Gayles.

Board of Directors

Ghylian Bell

Esther Bell
Vice president/Board Member

Alycia Cohen
Secretary/Board Member