Off the Mat, Into the World™ and Yoga Alliance Join Forces

June 13, 2013

We are excited to share an exciting new collaboration between Yoga Alliance® and Off the Mat, Into the World™ (OTM). As a part of our Local Community Initiative, OTM will provide extensive tools, training and support for Yoga Alliance members who want to create community groups of yoga teachers, school directors and studio owners.

We have been encouraged by the interest and response to the Local Community Initiative since we launched the program at the beginning of the year. Over 600 members have expressed interest in becoming a volunteer community leader. We also held an engaging Google+ Hangout with community leaders from around the country, plus, hosted initial meetings in Washington D.C.; Skagit Valley, Wash.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

The program is growing, and we continue to hear that you desire more training and support to become an effective leader in your community.

Well, we have been listening! Your call for help is why we have partnered with OTM to create a custom, four-week curriculum designed specifically for Yoga Alliance leaders. Each week covers a different topic critical for successful alliance-building, including: mind-body connection, finding your purpose, skill-building on collaboration, and creating a one-year roadmap. The curriculum is based on OTM’s successful Yoga in Action program which has been offered in more than 110 communities around the world.

“Research shows that when you take small groups of peers through a transformational process over four weeks, individuals form trusted long-term bonds with one another and with the work,” said Kerri Kelly, OTM’s Executive Director. “This ‘leader-ful’ model enables small groups to be self-generating and encourages groups to multiply and pay it forward.”

The new program will be offered to a select number of community leaders in the fall. If you are interested in participating, please join the Local Community Initiative Group in the Yoga Alliance Community.

There are a couple of ways that you can get a preview of the Yoga Alliance’s new partnership with Off the Mat, Into the World™ before we launch the full program in the fall:

  1. Join Yoga Alliance and Katie Desmond, our public affairs manager, at the Off the Mat, Into the World™ Global Action Summit July 16-17 in Squaw Valley, Calif. Yoga Alliance members get a discount to the summit! Use the code “OTMFriend” for 10% off your summit ticket. We will also have a short meet-up at the summit to talk about the Local Community Initiative.
  2. Get a preview of the training at The Business of Yoga Conference, where OTM founder Suzanne Sterling will be offering two sessions designed for yoga business leaders who are passionate about building a strong yoga community. More details about these sessions will be on our website soon.

We believe this powerful collaboration between our organizations is a huge step to building a stronger yoga community. We welcome your participation and leadership!

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