Are you ready to take your yoga practice/teaching to the next level?
Do you feel as if you have authentic purpose in the world, but are not sure what it is or how to activate it?
Do you feel ready to live your life in a more meaningful and connected way?
Are you drawn to service but don’t know where or how to begin?
The first ever Yoga-in-Action group in New Zealand is for you!
WHAT IS IT?
Yoga in Action is a grassroots movement supported by ‘Off the Mat, Into the World’, an open source organization established by three yoga teachers and social change-agents in the US: Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling.
Yoga in Action groups are an opportunity to build community around yoga and service, develop relationships with other yogis and activists in your area and collaborate on creating real change.
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.
These small groups of change in communities can then inspire collaboration and connection among our community of yoga activists.
Marianne Elliott, a yoga teacher in Wellington, is the Off the Mat leader for New Zealand. Over the past two months she has facilitated a small group of Wellington yoga teachers and others through the seven-week Yoga in Action process.
Here’s what some of the participants had to say:
Marianne, I found last night’s session incredibly uplifting. Listening to all the vision statements was a highlight, but having a good laugh at the inner critic was also immensely helpful. This programme is inspiring and hopeful because it makes these beautiful visions feel completely achievable. How much better the world will be when they are realized! – Yoga in Action: Off the Mat participant Jan 2010
I wanted to drop you a line to tell you of the huge value I got out of [our session], and congratulate you for facilitating it with such grace, humour, care and openness. It’s a brave thing to do, to encourage others to delve into the deep stuff and yet I couldn’t feel safer or more supported within the loving space you’d created. – Yoga in Action: Off the Mat participant Jan 2010
What the Yoga in Action group process offers to yoga students:
- Self Awareness: Helps clarify important questions: what is it about your life experience that shapes who you are? How can you effectively serve from this place? What is that that you are passionate about? What is your unique purpose and vision? What arises from the stillness within?
- Community Support: awaken a clearer connection to yourself so that you can realize and leverage your connection to others and the important resources and support they can bring. This not only makes you effective in service but sustainable.
- Creative activation: understanding that being of service is about action and intention. Yoga in Action provides the tools to realize and activate your purpose and develop a real plan for action that is both balanced and effective
Yoga in Action uses the power of yoga to guide through a process of self-inquiry to awaken your purpose and put it into action. Through this journey, you will develop the awareness and the courage to invite change into your life so that you can awaken your authentic voice and align with your purpose. Through collaboration and resources, this process will help you catalyze change and turn your intention into action.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more (see our email addresses at the bottom of this article).
You can register for the next course that’s being offered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +64 4 384 4329.
What: Seven Three-Hour Yoga and Discussion Workshops
When: Sundays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
April 11 – May 30 [excluding May 16] 2010
Where: Yoga Unlimited, Level One, 80 Tory St
Cost: $350 for seven workshops
If you are a yoga teacher and would like to know more about how the process could help you, please get in touch. If there is interest we may host another Yoga in Action group for yoga teachers.
If you don’t live in Wellington but would like us to come and offer YIA to your group, please get in touch with us: