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Off the mat, Into the world
February 2010
A Call to Action
Seva Challenge
Yoga in Action



On January 27th, 2010 OTM organized YOGIS FOR HAITI DAY, a global call to action. With over 40 studios participating from around the world, we are proud to announce the final results. OTM helped raise over $17,500 in one day! We demonstrated our ability to come together as community, rally for a real-time, critical cause, and make a powerful difference. Our collective efforts will have a significant impact on Partners in Health, who has been on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. They are working to bring immediate and long term support to the victims of the recent earthquake.  We want to thank you for your participation in this effort. OTM believes in the power of the yoga community to unite around real change in the world.  We are inspired by how the global community continues to mobilize around Haitian relief efforts. Thank you for your intention, collaboration, and action.

With deep gratitude,

Seane, Hala, Suzanne

Off the Mat, Into the World



The OTM Seva Challenge 2009 was a tremendous success! Over 120 participants joined this call to action and proved just how effective and powerful community collaboration and a joint vision can be! As a collective, we raised $576,980 over the course of the year. On February 6, we sent an action team of twenty-one participants who met the $20k goal to Uganda to participate in hands on work with our partner organizations. Follow their journey as they share their stories and inspiration from the field.


The Global Seva Challenge 2010 has officially launched! This year our efforts will support humanitarian efforts in South Africa. We will begin by studying the history of South Africa focusing on apartheid and its effect on the current culture and AIDS crisis in Africa. Then, working closely with YouthAIDS, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Linawo Children’s Home we will help to fund and build health and education programs that will provide tools and resources for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.  Similar to our past two challenges, participants must meet the goal of $20k by December 15, 2010, in order to take part in the Bare Witness Humanitarian Trip that is happening in February 2011. Read more

Join the Global Seva Challenge!


You can help support the participants of this year's challenge by attending an event in your community!

February 20, 9p – 2a
The Supper Club, San Francisco
Enjoy DJs and dancing all night long! Enter the amazing raffle to have a chance at winning a surfboard, gift certificates, clothing and much more! *Wear something red to show your support.
more info

Every Wednesday, 4:30-5:30p
RYAH Yoga and Health, Conshohocken, PA
Donation based yoga class. All levels and ages welcome!
more info


The OTM Urban Seva Challenge invites us to examine some of the root causes of crime, poverty, disenfranchisement, and marginalization in minority and urban youth in America. In 2010, our focus will be in the city of Los Angeles, raising funds to support local programs that work with young people in LA. For participants in this project, this will be a deep and provocative journey of self-exploration as well as an exploration of the realities that exist right in our own back yard. Whether you are from L.A. or not, this trip will be provocative, informative and can support the work you are doing in your own local area.

Participants will have the chance to learn from local leaders doing cutting edge work in juvenile hall, gang prevention and rehabilitation, diversity and social justice issues, yoga, art and alternative therapies, policy and more.

The goal is to raise $10,000 (or $8000 if you are from LA and/or have your own lodging and no travel expenses) by December 1, 2010. Read more

Join the Urban Seva Challenge!


Yoga in Action small groups allow participants to embark on a journey of self-inquiry with the support of a small group of peers that leads to action within our community and outside world. OTM’s vision is to seed these small groups of change in communities to inspire collaboration and connection among our community of yoga activists. Connect with a local group near you!

• Munich, Germany | February 13-14, 20-21, 27; March 7, 14 | 5-Week YIA Group
• Salt Lake City, UT | March 14 - May 9 | 7-Week YIA Group
• Boulder, CO | March 24 - April 7 | 4-Week YIA Group
• Bend, OR | February 13| YIA: Experiencing Interconnection
• Providence, RI | February 26 - April 16 | 7-Week YIA Group
• Philadelphia, PA | March 25 - May 6 | 7-Week YIA Group
• Toronto, ON | April 12 - May 24 | 7-Week YIA Group

• Munich, Germany | February 13-14, 20-21, 27; March 7, 14 | 5-Week YIA Group

• Salt Lake City, UT | March 14 - May 9 | 7-Week YIA Group

• Boulder, CO | March 24 - April 7 | 4-Week YIA Group

• Bend, OR | February 13| YIA: Experiencing Interconnection

• Providence, RI | February 26 - April 16 | 7-Week YIA Group

• Philadelphia, PA | March 25 - May 6 | 7-Week YIA Group

• Toronto, ON | April 12 - May 24 | 7-Week YIA Group

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Our Yoga, Purpose and Action weeklong intensives take people through a deep process of self-inquiry and skill building through yoga asana, meditation, visioning and group work. By identifying what needs to be healed, expressed and released, participants are able to discover, nurture and cultivate their unique calling so that they can become active in their local or global communities in an effective, sustainable and joyful way.

Check out our 2010 intensive dates below!

San Francisco, CA

March 17-21, 2010
$550 before March 1 | $650 after

Rhinebeck, NY
June 6-10, 2010
$495 (tuition only)

Rhinebeck, NY

June 11-13, 2010
Advanced Leadership Training
Cost TBA

Big Sur, CA
August 1-6, 2010
Cost varies depending on accommodation choice

Denver, CO
November 3-7, 2010
Cost TBA


February 11, 2010
2009 Seva results! Our OTM Seva Challenge 2009 raised
$576,980 for our partner organizations in Uganda!

February 6-20, 2010
We're blogging! Â Follow our 2009 Seva Participants as they blog from Uganda! Post comments to their blogs to show your support from afar!

March 17-21, 2010
OTM in San Francisco! Â Don't miss our first Yoga, Purpose and Action weeklong intensive of the year! It's happening March 17-21.
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The Give Back Yoga Foundation is partnering with the Prison Yoga Project to support and expand the practice of yoga and meditation in prisons and rehabilitation centers through the publication of “Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery” by James Fox.

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New item: Â Mandala Seva Necklace by Kerin Rose

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this beautiful pendant will help support OTM. OTM collaborates with conscious companies who operate mindfully and who are committed to social change and responsibility.

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