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Training Leaders Worldwide in Social Change

We are the bridge between yoga, self-awareness, and effective community action through continuing education

 

Who We Are

We are a collective of yogis, educators, and activist working in collaboration with global and local leaders using trainings, online courses, and community service projects to evoke and support grassroots change.

Our Work

From yoga studios and retreat centers, from online to community spaces, we are using the tools of yoga and meditation as foundational practices of self-awareness and self-accountability for leaders worldwide.  Our in-person & online trainings are dedicated to supporting people  in becoming conscious and effective community leaders, covering topics such as trauma, social justice foundations, connecting with our passion and purpose, and linking embodied practice with effective social change work.  We believe that without a practice of self-awareness, we cannot be held accountable as leaders.  This accountability is vital to transforming our world into a place where we prioritize collective care and well-being for all.

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 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.

 

Upcoming Trainings and Events

Features from the Blog

Course Catalog

We offer in-person leadership intensives and online courses throughout the year.  Our online courses are recorded, so if you cannot make the live calls, you will have access to the recordings within 24 hours of the live session. We also offer recordings of past online courses.

If you have questions, tale a look at our Intensives FAQ, or email us at training@offthematintotheworld.org

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Yoga In Action

 

Yoga in Action (YIA) 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.

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

INCARCERATION

SCHOOLS


self Care

BODY IMAGE

CANCER

CHILDREN & TEENS

DISABILITIES

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

RECOVERY

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social justice 

 

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VULNERABLE YOUTH

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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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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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Proceeds from all sales will be donated to Off The Mat, Into The World, so that we may continue underwriting trainings for yogis wanting to find their purpose, activists needing tools to make their work more effective and sustainable, and everyone in between.

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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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