Robin is an international social entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother of three daughters who currently lives in Sydney, Australia. Robin’s professional background is in media sales and marketing where she spent seven years in local and national television sales.
Robin first traveled to Haiti in February 2012 with the group Off the Mat, Into the World. The group of 15 participants raised over $300,000 to invest in women owned and operated, grassroots business and social organizations in Haiti. That trip marked the beginning of Robin’s journey into the world of social entrepreneurship and ignited her love and passion for Haiti and its people.
Currently, Robin is working with the group Alaos Haiti to develop an innovative type of green building using recycled polystyrene – in essence, turning Styrofoam trash into houses. She is also on the leadership team that is working to launch the first international affiliate of Off the Mat, Into the World in Australia and New Zealand.
Robin loves to travel and has been to Haiti five times in the last two years to work on various projects with multiple organizations. Her primary focus is continuing to find organizations and projects that are working toward socially integrated, sustainable goals.
Rachel Nokes (PGDYT), Yoga Therapist, Teacher and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor.
I am so blessed to be doing what I love. To be sharing these ancient teachings in a modern context. Yoga has been apart of my live since the late 90’s when I started my explorations into yoga & a spiritual life. I have experienced and witnessed the transformational and healing qualities of this ancient wisdom and for me it’s of most importance that this wisdom is accessible to all who are curious about it, I want to live in a world where birth and wealth doesn’t impact on accessibility of this wisdom. May all beings be happy and free.
Zhenya started dabbling in yoga since the late 90’s while living NY, and has loved it since then. Her practice became serious a few years later in San Diego, CA when she was suffering from a very bad case of sciatica. She says, “Yoga helped warm my muscles and began to ease my sciatica after a few short months and my body felt better than ever. I knew yoga was here to stay in my life.”
Zhenya’s first yoga teacher training was with Erich Schifmann in Venice, CA at Sacred Movement. Since then she has taken classes and participated in immersions all over the world from different teachers and styles. Zhenya strongly believes it is important to keep learning and being refreshed by senior teachers. When not teaching herself she likes to incorporate pilates, meditation and getting out into nature into her weekly rituals and explore the many different yoga studios in Sydney!
She has recently introduced her
Yoga in Gratitude
classes in Cronulla. It is the first community yoga by donation in the area so that classes can be easily accessible to anyone. She also enjoys working one on one with new student who range from beginners to athletes to the advanced yogi looking to deepen their practice.
Zhenya has discovered that there is no “one size fits all” approach to total health. Overall total health must be a combination of the three pillars of health – Physical/Biological, Psychological and Spiritual. Over the years of teaching yoga (and colonic treatments at her clinic
) she has seen the strong link first hand when working with clients and students. Balance is key for every aspect of total body and mind wellbeing.
Sam is an exuberant, caring and experienced yoga teacher. She has been practicing for 16 years and teaching for 12 years. She sees yoga as staying healthy with the Seasons and the Laws of Nature – and remembering how amazing it feels to live.
“Our bodies and minds are like small ecosystems that need to be nurtured, cherished and enjoyed on every level. So while each class is different, they are always a medley of intent, playfulness, education and peace”
While studying Shiatsu massage, Sam discovered how yoga (postures) and lifestyle changes – food, environment, mental, emotional and spiritual practices – could prolong and enhance the benefits of shiatsu treatment. She trained in Ryoho Yoga Therapy with renowned teacher Andrzej Gospodarczyk, and traditional Hatha yoga training at Qi Natural Therapies. Sam continues to expand her knowledge and experiences.
Being able to blend the best of these yoga styles in Japanese Yoga (along with her Shiatsu), Sam is able to help people in the studio, on the massage mat and at home greatly improve their all around health – and get a lot more bliss out of life!
My passion for social justice drove me to qualify as a lawyer in 2015. While also completing degrees in arts management and philosophy I have worked extensively over the last decade in the health and wellbeing space as a group fitness instructor, team manager and franchisee. I am proudly involved with Off the Mat into the World, Australia as a Community Cultivator, Seva Leader and Committee Member.
Bec completed her Diploma of Ki Yoga with Jack Marshall at Zen Renaissance Healing Centre in 2004 and then started teaching Ki Yoga in local Gyms, schools and at Breathing Space in Avalon where she also studied the Diploma of Ki Yoga under the teaching guidance of Fiona Dick and Richard Paton.Her passion to study yoga was driven by a strong desire to make a difference in schools with children’s yoga and another vision of hers was to take this practice into jails and youth detention centres.
In September 2006 Bec created Sotai Therapies with Jeremy Trimnell-Ritchard and this community yoga business is still going strong today now under the banner of Sotai Yoga based in Freshwater on the Northern Beaches.Over the past 10 years of practice, Sotai Yoga has provided seasonal detox weeks, weekend retreats and regular weekly classes to the local community inspiring good health and wellbeing.
One of the most humbling eye openers and ongoing lessons for Bec is the fact that you can’t please everyone and it’s ok that some people resonate with the yoga she offers and some not.Gradually with age comes the wisdom that you must be yourself as there is no one else more qualified! Every week Bec teaches at Mosman Village Yoga and has pioneered the Children’s Yoga classes there under the Zenergy Yoga banner. Bec also co-leads the Zenergy Yoga Therapy for Kids Teacher Training course with Loraine Rushton across Australia.
Yoga for Bec has always meant more than just ‘touching your toes’ or doing the best down dog in the latest yoga fashion outfit! For Bec, yoga is and always has been a community creator. Many of her students share their own personal triumphs and life challenges with her which she feels is an honour and privilege.
For 10 years Bec has been motivated to get up for 6am classes not only because it’s an awesome way to start the day, but also because doing yoga with her students is more like hanging out with old friends! She became instantly enthused about OTM when Sam Hillier and Cate Peterson introduced her to it a couple of years ago. To her, OTM represents a vehicle to draw communities together in order to support each other in growing, learning and developing a profound capacity to really make positive change happen.
Cate has been teaching yoga for the past 20 years and is well known and loved within the Australian yoga community. She established Yoga Solutions, one of the first workplace yoga organisations in Australia, which grew into Healthy Results which offered targeted yoga programs to address work related health complaints.
More recently, Cate started YogaPass, a partnership network of studio passes to introduce the practice of yoga to those without access and this program distributed over 150,000 yoga classes across Australia. Cate also champions the application of yoga in addressing social health and wellbeing issues, through her involvement in Off the Mat, Into the World, YogaHive and is a Co-founder of United Nations World Yoga Day.
Cate also champions the application of yoga in addressing social health and wellbeing issues, through her involvement in Off the Mat, Into the World, YogaHive and is a Co-founder of United Nations World Yoga Day.
Sarah is a qualified yoga teacher, counsellor, art therapist, and founder of
Body Love Yoga
Australia, currently studying a Master of Social Work. Her professional journey has included facilitating therapeutic group work in the fields of disabilities; mental health; addiction treatment, and eating disorder recovery. Sarah also develops curriculums, sits on the national Leadership Committee, and facilitates courses for
Off The Mat Into The World,
and is a community partner of the
Yoga and Body Image Coalition
Sarah has been an active student of several yoga traditions over the last twenty years, having studied three yoga teacher trainings covering classical yoga, vini yoga, vinyasa flow, yin and group/partner yoga. She also brings to her work a background of formal and informal studies in yoga therapy, ayurveda, mindfulness,
and yoga philosophy. Sarah spent most of 2013 coordinating a nonprofit yoga studio in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, raising funds for
Krama Yoga NGO,
a program offering trauma-sensitive yoga for more than 300 at-risk Cambodian youth every month.
Thanks to the role yoga has played in her own journey,Sarahbrings a diverse, open-hearted, and candid presence to her teaching, activism and creative practices, to facilitate spaces for personal healing and collective social change.
Jane has been teaching Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Yin yoga since she opened her own studio in 2014 after completing her Level 1 training with Power Living, Australia’s biggest teacher training school. In 2015 she completed her Level 2 training with Nicole Walsh, from InYoga & in 2016 trained with Shiva Rea.
Her desire to teach evolved after over 30 years of practice. Jane has been inspired by many teachers and styles as she has extensively traveled the globe exploring yoga studios. The moving meditation practice of Ashtanga and todays modern vinyasa flows have been instrumental in creating her unique style.
Jane teaches a class with a strong focus on breath, quietening the mind, treating yourself with compassion, coupled with looking deep within to explore the self. The classes are also designed to challenge you in a safe and nurturing environment. She creates intelligently sequenced flow classes that are suitable for all levels as options are continually offered. Students will be given opportunities, inspirations and the freedom to discover and explore their boundaries in mind and body. They will leave feeling invigorated, lighter, contented and open to new possibilities to expand their existence, both on and off the mat.
Nicky teaches yoga, and loves nature, the mystical and the magical. She also loves creative expression and has spent 15 years working as an actress and dancer.
Having grown up in the UK, she now enjoys some space and sunshine living in the Australian bush, teaching yoga classes and workshops in the Hunter Valley and 1:1 sessions via Skype or in-person.
Her passion and skill is in helping you to deepen your yoga practice and life in a way that is unique to you. She work with yoga, creative exercises and inquiries, voice-work, story telling, mantra, meditation and various other healing and creative tools depending on what you resonate with.
Emma Wasson is a yoga enthusiast, practitioner and a yoga teacher.
Having completed over 300 hours of yoga teacher training mostly with Power Living Australia, Emma has used the tools of yoga to find moments of solitude and time to reflect. The tools of yoga have supported Emma in her career as a change maker, organiser and campaigner with a mission to reach sustainability outcomes for the environment. Emma currently works as a full time campaigner for the Bob Brown Foundation and is an education coordinator for OTM.
Cynthia is a Sydney-based creative, passionate storyteller, photographer, as well as the founding editor-in-chief of
, a refreshingly independent print magazine, exploring creativity and consciousness with the aim to ignite social change.
Cynthia has practiced Ashtanga yoga for over a decade and is dedicated to living a creative and yogic life. She shoots for an array of clients in the non-profit, corporate and arts sectors. Her personal works include YOGA PORTRAITURE, and also seeks to investigate and explore themes around identity and community.
She sits on the committee of Off the Mat, into the World Australia®, a non-profit dedicated to bridging yoga and activism, harnessing the power of yoga to inspire and support sustainable activism.
merges the worlds of creativity and yoga, waving that flag of consciousness, ultimately seeking to explore ways we can stay grounded and true to our planet, our loved ones and ourselves.
Clare’s love for yoga began in 2010 on a beach in Byron Bay. Over the last few years yoga has taught her that true happiness can be achieved by living simply and mindfully with generosity and compassion. This is a philosophy that she wants to share with the world! Clare believes that yoga does not just take place on the mat but intertwines with every element of our lives. Her teaching places a strong emphasis on the spiritual and emotional benefits of the tradition. She completed her training at Dancing Warrior Yoga under the guidance of Mathew Bergan. Clare has a background in community development and is passionate about lending her skills to various not-for-profit organisations. She is registered with Yoga Alliance Australia at 350 hours.
Practising yoga since 2008, Nadia explored various styles before completing her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training through Power Living Australia Yoga, 100-hour Yin Yoga teacher training at Qi Health and Yoga with Mysan Sidbo, and Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher training with Ajai Alai Awakening. Whether through a vigorous Hatha sequence to strengthen and lengthen, an introspective Yin class to observe our patterns, or a deeply connected Kundalini practice to move energy and raise consciousness – Nadia enjoys sharing yoga’s ability to push us outside of our comfort zones so that we can experience growth and transformation in the body, mind and spirit.
Curious and inquisitive by nature, Nadia is passionate about lifelong learning, self-awareness and spiritual growth. At the heart of her personal philosophy, Nadia encourages viewing the yoga mat as a mirror for
(self-study), a foundational practice by which one learns to better hear and trust one’s own Inner Teacher. She enjoys exploring how elements of the yoga practice can show up off the mat in our lives, and believes that in order to be of service to others in a sustainable way, we must first be willing to ask the question "who am I?" and explore our true nature.
As a former US Navy officer whose yoga journey began by attending free Hatha classes offered at her local Air Force Base, Nadia felt deeply moved to complete trauma-aware yoga training with Sal Flynn and Frontline Yoga and is working toward offering free yoga classes to Defence Force members, Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, Medical professionals and volunteers at Yoga Sivana in Mosman and Mysan Yoga Sanctuary in Kincumber.
As an OTM Community Cultivator in both Sydney's Northern Beaches and the Central Coast, Nadia's
project is researching and developing an implementation strategy to include OTM training modules into 200-hr and 500-hr yoga teacher training curricula and yoga studio staff Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs across Australia. She engages with yoga teacher trainers and studio owners to explore how OTM training modules can assist them in instilling a sense of self-study, sustainable service and social responsibility in all yoga teachers, current and future.
Leah is a passionate yogi, human rights activist and storyteller, dedicated to strengthening human connection both on and off the mat. She is an eternal student to the practice who has shared her love of yoga with men, women and children in Australia and London, as well as with refugee women as a way of healing. She found her spot on the mat more than 10 years ago, drawn in by the holistic linking of the mind, body and soul.
Using her experience as a journalist and international development worker, Leah supports the socially conscious to platform their voice and get heard. She has since founded
, a social enterprise that uses stories to break the mould on common thinking by reminding us of our humanness and allow us to see that we are all entitled to the same rights and joys. Leah is also to owner of
The Yoga Collective Terrigal
, a boutique yoga studio and community hub in the heart of Terrigal that serves the Central Coast collective of NSW with daily classes and regular conversations, events and workshops.
Through Leah’s many years of advocacy work and yoga practice, she has discovered a profound truth: Yoga and social justice are one and the same. Leah believes that yoga teaches us to live and speak our truth (Satya), to collaborate with community (Sangha) and to be of service to others (Seva). Yoga is a vehicle for the positive, ethical and sustainable changes we seek to create in our personal lives and the wider world around us, and Leah is committed to spreading this message, both on and off the mat.