Yoga is a practice of making the unconscious conscious, it is a practice of investigating the lost, disconnected, stuck and defended parts of us. It is a practice of compassion. Join OTM founders Seane Corn and Hala Khouri in a 2-part course on what it means to be an advocate for social change from the inside out. If you’re interested in seeing the world become a better place, curious about how to contribute or overwhelmed by the state of the world, join us for a conversation that will shed some light, offer guidance, and ultimately inspire you to be the change you wish to see.
Join Tessa and Hala for a dialogue exploring how injustice is a form of collective trauma that impacts us all. Inequality affects everyone, and if you're interested in healing yourself and being a part of healing others, understanding the roots and effects of systemic oppression and institutionalized racism must be a part of your inquiry. During these sessions we will look at how our individual identity is shaped by both our own personal histories and traumas as well as by our collective history as a diverse nation riddled by injustice.
Are you curious about traveling to do service work abroad in communities that are struggling, or are you currently doing work outside your own community and feel that you need more skills and tools to be effective? Have you noticed that - even with the best intentions - simply being part of a dominant culture can actually impede one's understanding, communication, and ability to truly be of service? Are you interested in unpacking the complex issues of power and privilege so that our personal and organizational choices can contribute to greater empowerment for all?
This training is for yogis willing to talk about race, equality and oppression with honesty & mindfulness.
The foundation of Yoga philosophy is the notion that we are all connected. As yogis, we strive for self-awareness and a compassionate heart. Deepening connection and investigating the role that we play in this web of life, is vital to any authentic awareness practice. This course is designed to be an introduction to foundational social justice concepts and how they apply to living with compassion and mindfulness.
Join Seane and Kerri for a provocative conversation about spirituality, the state of the world, and what it means to say we are all One. Yogis love to talk about Namaste and interconnection, but do we have the right? Is Unity true or is it a myth? We live in a world divided by race, class, religion, and identity. How do we resolve all these divisions and find the spirit of connection so many of us desire?
In this workshop we will be sharing a yogic, somatic, and socio-political framework of personal, interpersonal, and systemic trauma and how this manifests in individuals and their communities. In addition to exploring tools from the growing field of trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness, we will be investigating the link between personal trauma and institutionalized and normalized systems of oppression.
For white yoga teachers, students, healers, and therapists: how can we be effective white allies in the work of dismantling racism? What do we need to unlearn about race, whiteness, and privilege as we work towards racial justice? This interactive course will offer yoga and meditation practices that can help those of us who are white sit with the discomfort of the process and cultivate transformational ways of relating to one another across racial differences. We will also learn practical tools for talking with other whites about racism.
If you have experienced trauma, are exposed to others struggling with trauma’s impact, or are dealing with the stress of everyday life, yoga can help you. Yet sometimes people don’t feel comfortable in yoga classes, and this can be due to many reasons such as feeling intimidated by the practice, not feeling like you fit in, or finding that the practice makes you feel more anxious or out of balance.
This training is for yoga teachers who would like to work with individuals or communities with trauma. It is also for clinicians, social workers, medical personnel, or anyone else who would like to integrate basic yoga tools into their work to support greater health and well-being.
Recorded March, 2019
(5 sessions, 75min each*)
In this workshop Hala Khouri will be sharing a somatic and socio-political framework of personal, interpersonal and systemic trauma and how this manifests in individuals and their communities.
Through understanding the mind/body connection, the role that trauma plays in shaping us, and how to express your authentic self, we will guide you towards discovering your role in making the world a better place.
5 sessions, approximately 90 min. each
WATCH this dream-team provide you with an overview of Off the Mat's upcoming annual social justice leadership training, “Revolution Through Love” this November at Tough Love Yoga, Atlanta.,with Hala Khouri, Nikki Myers, and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts.
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Yoga for refugees, asylum seekers and under-served groups - with Emily Brett, founder of OURMALA.
This intensive is for anyone interested in working with yoga, refugees, asylum-seekers and under-served groups. Join Emily as she shares her teachings on OURMALA's specialist evidenced based yoga programme, sensitive to trauma, gender, cultural differences and the reality of under-served people. Experience an OURMALA yoga class, hear stories from people who are refugees seeking asylum about how yoga has helped them, understand the science and best practice and learn how to use yoga to serve most effectively, creating a truly healing environment. Welcoming yogis from any background, doctors, psychologists, therapists, programme co-ordinators – all welcome.