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Yoga Studio Hosts Third Annual Taste Of India Benefit

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Taste of India, a Bollywood-style gala, supports Three and a Half Acres Yoga, a local program bringing the healing power of yoga to empower and activate under served communities. The fundraiser takes place at celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson’s Red Rooster Harlem on March 15th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event honors Stacy Parker Le Melle, author of Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House and the founder of Harlem Against Violence, an organization instrumental in shedding light on homophobia in the Harlem community and supporting former program partner Ali Forney Center.

Three and a Half Acres currently serves the young adults of Harlem United (HIV/AIDS care) H.O.M.E. Center bringing them yoga, meditation, and mindfulness courses twice weekly along with holistic health services such as acupuncture and nutritional guidance. Three and a Half Acres also offers twice weekly yoga sessions to members of the NYPD in the Harlem area, serving the 28th, 25th, 26th, and 32nd precincts. Programs are in development to expand trainings in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to include the entire NYPD.

Taste of India, presented by Lara Land of Land Yoga, will be hosted by Daytime Emmy Award-winning producer and interviewer Steph Watts, known for his work covering high-profile crimes. The event also features DJ to the stars David Chang spinning a sizzling mix of Bollywood dance music and club jams. Specialty cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Gin and FAIR designed by Red Rooster Mixologists to include an Indian flare. The night will also include Indian-inspired food, henna artists, an auction of donated items, and a special performance by Beauty and a Beat Dance Company.

Tickets are $80-$150 and can be purchased through Deposit a Gift’s website


About Lara Land

Lara Land is a Huffington Post contributor, public speaker, healer, and founder of Land Yoga and Three and a Half Acres Yoga. She is an authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher and has traveled annually to India since 2007, now taking groups, and visiting other nations across the world. Land is known for her groundbreaking events and collaborations, most notably Harlem’s first yoga festival which she produced in partnership with Marcus Samuelsson’s HarlemEatUp! She is currently working on her first book.