Mission

Communities will change when the people in them change. The question is: What will the change look like? It’s up to us to decide and the Urban Yoga Foundation is up for the challenge.
— Ghylian Bell, Founder

Urban Yoga Foundation (UYF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that educates and empowers communities to be proactive about issues affecting their health. Through yoga and integrative wellness practices, UYF programs help individuals manage stress, develop mind-body awareness and health consciousness.

UYF was endorsed by former Governor of New York David Patterson who personally assured that this important program would receive State Funding for 2009 and 2010 to continue in the public school system. 

In the last 20 years we have reached over 150,000 youth in over 22 schools in the Metropolitan area. The foundation is currently launching an in house farm to table program for kids and teens to learn about gardening.  Our outreach will enable students to go on field trips to farms outside the city learning composting, farming and sustainable practices. UYF organization is mentioned in a June 2009 Time Out NY Kids article on “The Best Yoga Program for Families”.