One Love Long Island is in collaboration with OFF THE MAT AND INTO THE WORLD aka OTM. Founded in 2007, by Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling, the OTM mission is to use the power of yoga to inspire conscious and sustainable activism in order to ignite grassroots social change.
The foundation of OTM is the leadership training & skills development programs that empower individuals to pursue the socially conscious solutions about which they are passionate.
OTM has had a Global Seva Challenge for the last 6 years and has raised over 3 million dollars collectively. The respective challenges were in Cambodia in 2008, Uganda in 2009, South Africa in 2010, Haiti in 2011, India in 2012 and the Amazon in 2013.
Additionally, OLLI will work to facilitate the unity and support of our homestead New York. We will annually allocate a portion of the donated monies towards sustainable activism in our local communities. This year we are raising money for Yoga Freedom Project that provides weekly yoga classes to Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), an organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, and Puresa Humanitarian, whose unrelenting efforts rescuing and rehabilitating young girls are in New Delhi, India.
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It was thriving, in Tribeca, and then the economy collapsed and I had to close. I was in Garden City and I was walking around figuring out what to do, and I saw the grand opening awning for Yoga Nanda. I stalked the studio day after day waiting for it to open, and one day I just walked in. Jules was there doing interviews, and I said to her: “I’ve been drawn to this space. I know you’re not open yet, but I need to work here.” Jules said: “Do you teach?” and I said no. She said: “Do you practice yoga?” and I said no. But I knew I needed to be there so I said: “I’ll do anything you want!” So I started commuting after work from the city and taking all the night shifts.
When we first opened I was one of the first students. I watched the community take shape and grow every step of the way. I found myself falling in love with yoga. I started to take more classes, learn more about the different parts of the practice. I got involved with the Yoga Freedom project and I learned about Seva, and service, and I found my intention and my purpose. I did a training for Off The Mat and Into the World and it opened my eyes in so many ways. It became my intention for the studios once I became responsible for this community — to open the space and bring people in to find their spiritual home and that feeling of service. There is something here for everyone. No matter what it is, the world becomes a better place when you practice.
Nadine Wolff is one of the original co-founders of One Love Long Island. Since 2012, she has personally raised over $50,000 to raise awareness and combat human trafficking.
Nadine is an RYT 500 E-RYT 200,and has been teaching yoga since 2009. She is a certified Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner, Conscious Colors Aroma-Color therapist, and level 2 Reiki Practitioner. She is a leader at “Off The Mat and Into The World” or OTM, which was founded by Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. Their mission, as the name implies, is to use the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism, and to ignite grass roots social change. Nadine is certified to teach the OTM “Yoga In Action” curriculum. She joined the OTM Seva Challenge India in 2012 to raise funds and awareness around the sex trafficking crisis in India. She consequently traveled to India with the OTM founders Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling in February 2013 for 2 weeks, to visit with the NGO’s to whom the proceeds of the challenge went toward. That experience has left and indelible imprint on her heart and inspired her to do something ongoingly for the sex trafficking crisis. Her line of yoga inspired jewelry was born called “Karmic Jewels By Nadine, Good Deeds Wearing Beads”, all of the proceeds of which go to the NGO’s Sanlapp India, and Puresa Humanitarian. She currently sits on the board of Puresa Humanitarian.
Nadine has returned to India every year since her initial visit in 2013 to continue to bear witness and raise awareness for the NGO’s there. She looks forward to leading her next Yoga and Service trip there in 2017. Nadine is forever grateful for the gift of her teachers, yoga, and for Seva, meaning “selfless action.”
Lisa Bondy, E-RYT, is a Founder and the Partner accountable for Yoga, Teacher Trainings and Quality for Practice Body Mind Soul Company. A yogi and meditator for 30 years, known for her satsang, Lisa challenges one to move beyond the bounds of the mind and expand into an empowering experience of authenticity and self-realization. Practicing breath, movement, and self-reflection; drawing on spiritual wisdom from many disciplines, Lisa’s intention and expertise lies in her ability to lead students on a healing, transformational journey – body, mind and soul. Lisa has her B.A. from Adelphi in History and Philosophy. Since her first teaching certification from Be Yoga with Alan Finger in 2001, Lisa has studied Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga as well as more alignment/therapeutic based yoga practices. Lisa’s additional trainings include Ashtanga Primary Series with David Swenson, Ashtanga Intermediate Series with Tim Miller, and Advanced Rasa Vinyasa with Shiva Rae, as well as Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, YogaKids with Marsha Wenig, and Laughter Yoga! A dedicated ashtangi, Lisa is forever indebted to her Gurujii, the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and family. In addition, Lisa is proud to be a founder of the Nourishment program at Practice. Lisa has been a part of the holistic health and lifestyle movement, and an environmentalist for the past 30 years. A passionate natural gourmet/farm to table and macrobiotic cook, Lisa wholeheartedly believes in the healing/transformational power of food. As chairperson of her children’s elementary school Nutrition Committee for many years, she worked with the district to make school meals healthier adding vegetarian/vegan choices everyday, regular salad bar and soup offerings and milk free of BGH. Lisa founded a neighborhood organic food cooperative, partnered in a natural food market and raised two beautiful healthy young men who were weaned on carrot/green juices and enthusiastically eat kale, sea vegetables, adzuki beans and quinoa! A certified health and wellness nutrition coach, Lisa specializes in Clean Living Eating and Detox Cleansing to enhance life force energy for a more direct experience of vibrant robust health and happiness. Lisa feels privileged to serve on the board of One Love Long Island. She is a lifetime advocate for social justice, and has been an avid supporter of ONE LOVE since its in inception. One Love simply put, presents us with the opportunity to make a difference in the world, to lesson suffering in the lives of the children and women rescued from human trafficking. Every day One Love Long Island operates on the principle that we are not alone, that we are one and we are connected. So long as there is suffering and injustice in this world, however remote or near, we all suffer and there can be no peace. There is no ignoring. One Love Long Island and Off the Mat address our dire need to help each other build a better world.
Karin Holmgren started practicing yoga at age 15 in connection with cross country running. After brief but intense practices with Jivamukti and Ashtanga in New York City, she created a solid and deeply spiritual home practice that serves as her connection to source. After living in New York City and London, she returned home and now prefers Vinyasa Flow to keep her breath and body moving. She is a seva volunteer at Yoga 4 Everybody in Fairfield, Connecticut and has studied most recently in Radiant Child Yoga with Shakta Khalsa, receiving her certification to teach in 2012. She has also studied Vinyasa Flow with Seane Corn. Karin holds a BA in English & History from New York University and a MA in Education from Fairfield University. A Connecticut native, she is the OLLI webmaster and digital guru.
Laura Ahrens (retired)
She is forever grateful to all of her teachers and is honored to be an ambassador to Manduka and KiraGrace.
Nicole Marzigliano (retired)grew up in New York and has traveled extensively around the world working with various human rights organizations. She spent three years teaching yoga through North and South America, working and learning with Shaman and Native American spirituality. While living in Medellin, Colombia, she worked and lived at a safe home for young girls who have been abused- she had the honor and privilege to share with them yoga, arts and crafts, and love. An experience that has shaped and humbled her ever since. She has also worked with Abolish Slavery and The Lotus House Shelter in Miami, Florida- a center for homeless women, teaching them computer skills and resume building techniques. In 2009 she taught an empowerment class at PS307 in Brooklyn called “Spirituality for Kids” empowering young 10 year old children to recognize their inner light in difficult situations. A curriculum that made children aware of their voice and their choices. Currently, she works with One Love Long Island bringing awareness to the OTM SEVA Challenge, local Long Island charities, and is part of the Yoga Freedom Project team in NYC dedicated to bringing awareness to eradicating Sex Trafficking and in mobilizing rehabilitation centers for women and children who have faced such atrocities. She enjoys working with clients sharing the wisdom of Ayurveda Nutrition, holding Ayurveda workshops, teaching a classical Hatha Yoga class and a Pre-natal yoga class. She continues to work non-stop in bringing the issues of environmental injustice and human trafficking into the eyes and hearts of people everywhere. “It takes a village to raise a child.”
DjMikau, Michael Marzigliano studied guitar and hand percussion since his early teenage years. He was fascinated with cross cultured sounds of experimental bands and indigenous groups. He has played nayabimghi beats with world class musicians and opened up for the Wailers and Buju Banton. He has performed along side NYC djs Turntables on the Hudson , and Buyrum. After years of playing percussion , his interests extended into becoming a Dj. Mikau mixes jazz, house , tribal , indie-electro and disco into his sets. Currently spinning and composing in New York . DJ Mikau brings and eclectic vision of culture together with dance beats.