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Training Leaders Worldwide in Social Change

We are the bridge between yoga, self inquiry, and effective
community action

 

Take your yoga off the mat...

 

Through leadership intensives, workshops, and online courses, Off The Mat Into The World supports yogis in becoming conscious and effective community leaders, covering topics like social justice, sustainable activism, embracing differences while connecting with our passion and purpose, by linking embodied practice with effective social and environmental justice work.

...or come back in to breathe and recenter.

Living a life dedicated to activism can be challenging. Self care is a vital part of sustaining this important work. If you’re feeling burnt out, our trainings can provide a space to reconnect with yourself, release the stress and trauma of frontline work, and remember what drives you in a community of care.

Meet Our Founders

Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, M.A., & Suzanne Sterling  are internationally known for their yoga practice as activism work. Committed to conscious, sustainable social change, the trio launched OTM in 2007 as a global  community-focused leadership training organization for activists. Meet the rest of our team here.

Seane CornHala Khouri, M.A., & Suzanne Sterling  are internationally known for their yoga practice as activism work. Committed to conscious, sustainable social change, the trio launched OTM in 2007 as a global  community-focused leadership training organization for activists. Meet the rest of our team here.

Ready to Join us? Find the course of action that is right for you, right now.

 

Upcoming Trainings and Events

 
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Course Catalogue

 

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An important part of justice is access. We are committed to cultivating a diversity of voices and life experiences in our training and making them accessible to people of all income levels. All courses are offered at a sliding scale.

OTM can offer a limited number of scholarships for our in-person trainings. Please apply only if you have sincere financial need.

Meet Our Team

Staff

 

Board Members

 

Faculty

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Yoga In Action

 

Yoga in Action (YIA) Yoga is a grassroots, purpose-driven leadership program that brings the Off the Mat experience of self-inquiry and sustainable action to a local level

 

Designed as a small circle model, this seven-week program is an opportunity to build community around yoga and service, to develop relationships with other yogis and activists, and to collaborate on creating authentic and lasting change close to home. In this training, with the support of a small group of peers, participants journey from inward witnessing and acceptance to outward purposeful and accountable action within their communities and the outside world.

Steps to become a YIA Leader

+Attend the Yoga Purpose and Action Intensive

+Submit  application  

+Interview with OTM YIA Coordinator

+Pay materials fee after acceptance

+Receive YIA teaching curriculum to use in your community (includes manuals for both participants and leaders)

+And that's it! Our YIA Mentor will help you create your own YIA group in your local community, providing guidance and as needed

OTM's vision is to seed these small groups of change in communities and online to inspire collaboration and connection among our diverse community of activists.

 

Over the last ten years, through the 5-Day Yoga, Purpose & Action Intensive, OTM has trained hundreds of leaders across the globe to lead YIA Circles on a local level and has ultimately built a network of embodied, inspired, and motivated people, committed to actively serving their communities in a conscious and sustainable way. 

 
 

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OTM is proud to align with conscious, mindful organizations that encourage yoga and social change where they are needed most. Use this list to connect with allies for inspiration, support, and partnership.

 
 
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Community

CHILDREN & TEENS
Little Flower Yoga - littlefloweryoga.com
Move With Me Yoga Adventures - move-with-me.com
Shanti Generation - shantigeneration.com
Sprout Yoga - sproutyoga.org

INCARCERATION
Daya Foundation - dayafoundation.org
Lineage Project - lineageproject.org
Niroga - niroga.org
Prison Yoga Project - prisonyoga.org
The Art Of Yoga Project - theartofyogaproject.org
Uprising Yoga - uprisingyoga.org
Yoga Behind Bars - yogabehindbars.org
Y.O.G.A. for Youth - yogaforyouth.org

SCHOOLS
Headstand - headstand.org
Little Flower Yoga - littlefloweryoga.com
Niroga - niroga.org
Yoga Foster - yogafoster.org


self Care

BODY IMAGE
Embody Love Movement - embodylovemovement.org
Sprout Yoga - sproutyoga.org
Yoga & Body Image Coalition - ybicoalition.com

CANCER
Yoga Bear - yogabear.org

CHILDREN & TEENS
Little Flower Yoga - littlefloweryoga.com
Move With Me Yoga Adventures - move-with-me.com
Shanti Generation - shantigeneration.com
Sprout Yoga - sproutyoga.org

DISABILITIES
Mind Body Solutions - mindbodysolutions.org

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Exhale to Inhale - exhaletoinhale.org

RECOVERY
Daya Foundation - dayafoundation.org
Yoga & 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) - y12sr.com

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service 


Daya Foundation - dayafoundation.org
Give Back Yoga Foundation - givebackyoga.org
Hanuman Homies - hanumanhomies.com
The Pollination Project - thepollinationproject.org
World Muse - theworldmuse.org
Yoga Activist - yogaactivist.org
Yoga Service Council - yogaservicecouncil.org


social justice 

Bending Towards Justice - bendingtowardsjustice.org
CTZNWELL - ctznwell.org
Daya Foundation - dayafoundation.org
Olive Tree Yoga Foundation - olivetreeyogafoundation.org
SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice) - showingupforracialjustice.org
Third Root Education Exchange (TREE) & Community
Health Center - thirdroot.org
With My Own Two Hands - withmyown2hands.org

 

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trAUMA 

Firefly Yoga International - fireflyyoga.org
Trauma Informed Yoga - traumainformedyoga.net
Yoga To Transform Trauma - yogatotransformtrauma.org

VULNERABLE YOUTH
Connection Coalition - theconnectioncoalition.org
Holistic Life Foundation - hlfinc.org
Lineage Project - lineageproject.org
Niroga - niroga.org
Reciprocity Foundation - reciprocityfoundation.org
Shanti Generation - shantigeneration.com
Street Yoga - streetyoga.org
Uprising Yoga - uprisingyoga.org
Y.O.G.A. for Youth - yogaforyouth.org

Give

Your effort, presence and sweat means the world to us. Doing this work requires all of that, and quite a few dollars. If you've ever felt moved by or wondered how you could more fully participate in our mission, there are several ways to support us and the world we hope to co-create.

 
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Give an Open gift

Donate

Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging yoga and activism. Founded in 2007, OTM uses the tools of yoga, meditation, and self-inquiry to inspire leaders to create conscious, sustainable change. We define activism as an act of standing for solidarity, equality, justice, and freedom for all. Your kind, tax-deductible donations help us continue the work we feel so passionate about.

 
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BUY OTM APPAREL

KiraGrace’s  Color Your World capsule collection is in partnership with Off The Mat, Into the World. 100% of the net profits from this tank are donated to OTM. This initiative will help provide scholarships for OTM's leadership trainings. 

Off The Mat, Into the World’s message of inclusion for all initiates the incorporation of new sizes for the Ultra High Waist Capri in 7 unique colors, ranging from XS-XXL. 

KiraGrace is donating 100% of net profits from this capri to Off The Mat, Into the World. When purchasing the capris, please use code ColorYourWorld at checkout to donate your legging and receive a FREE headband.

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SHOP ON AMAZON SMILE

Support Off the Mat by shopping on AmazonSmile. Providing the exact same products, prices, and service as the regular Amazon you know & love, it donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice.

Sign-in with your regular Amazon log-in info, then choose your charity by typing 'Off the Mat, Into the World' in the search box and selecting it on the following page. Once set up, OTM automatically receives a donation from your purchases after each shopping session.

Global Seva Challenge

 
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For 8 years, Off the Mat sponsored a transformational journey, the Global Seva Challenge, raising over $3.5 million for organizations creating real impact in countries around the world.

An international service project, the Seva Challenge built community, provoked awareness and action around global issues, and raised significant funds that supported communities in crisis. With a focus on listening closely to the needs of locals in the recipient country, the Global Seva Challenge program saw incredible success  

 

Past Seva Challenges

2008 | Cambodia 

2009 | Uganda  

2010 | South Africa 

2011 | Haiti 

2012 | India 

2013 | Amazon

2015 | Kenya 

OTM empowered Seva Challenge participants to raise significant funds through grassroots fundraising and community building.

The grassroots fundraising process of the Seva Challenge built leadership skills and cultivated dedication and passion for taking direct action. 

The Seva Challenge trips were an opportunity for participants to have an in-depth immersion into trauma-informed cultural awareness, witnessing firsthand the effects of global issues and an inspiring experience of projects that are successful and sustainable. 

Participants who raised significant funds were invited to join OTM on a powerful journey called the Bare Witness Humanitarian Tour where they spent two weeks working directly with the organizations their funds helped to support. During these trips, participants connected with local organizations that were meeting short term needs while also identifying long term solutions for underserved areas.

After the trip’s completion, OTM and our partner The Village Experience provided guidance and assistance to those participants who continued to work in support of our Seva Challenge partners and projects in that country.


2015 GLOBAL SEVA CHALLENGE: KENYA

The Global Seva Challenge 2015 was focused on raising awareness and providing support to women facing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early Childhood Marriage (ECM) in Kenya.  

The issue
It is estimated that, in Kenya alone, more than 40% of women between the ages of 15 and 19 (and over half of women above the age of 35) have been subjected to some form of female genital mutilation (FGM) or early childhood marriage (ECM), which are dangerous, oppressive and potentially fatal for millions of girls worldwide. 

Partners
Global Seva Challenge efforts are done in solidarity with local community organizers and groups. We were excited to work with the Samburu Girls Foundation and the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative, both of whose primary objectives are to rescue girls from child marriage, circumcision, domestic violence, and physical/sexual abuse in Kenya. They also work to offer and educate groups on alternative rites of passage ceremonies.

Our longtime friends & partners at The Village Experience / The Village Cooperative (TVE/TVC) coordinated the distribution of funds raised by OTM to our partners in Kenya for these projects.

Bare Witness Humanitarian Tour
After much evaluation and discussion, OTM founders and staff decided to cancel the 2015 humanitarian tour to Kenya due to safety concerns in the country. This was not an easy decision to make, and we strongly support the work that both the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative and the Samburu Girls Foundation are doing in Kenya.


THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SEVA CHALLENGE OVER THE YEARS! 


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