Shining Spotlight: The Yoga Service Council
Street Yoga and Mark Lilly are honored to have played such a pivotal role in the formation and good work of the Yoga Service Council. We are thrilled to be a part of the 2012 Conference at Omega. We hope that the Council will be an inspiration and a model, in a competitive world, for how working together is always better. We have enjoyed the ego-less yogic camaraderie of the Council and always support the worthwhile work of each council member.

“Our vision is to foster joy, resilience, and well-being in every person, regardless of circumstances, so that all communities can thrive.”

The Yoga Service Council was formed in 2009 at the Omega Institute by a small group of organizations bringing yoga to underserved populations. As we worked to support each other, exchange ideas and envision the future, a collaboration was sparked that has made all of our efforts stronger and more intentional.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

Yoga Service Council Founders:


Off The Mat uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. We do this by facilitating personal empowerment through leadership trainings, fostering community collaboration, and initiating local and global service projects.


The mission of The Art of Yoga Project is to lead teen girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change. Founded by nurse practitioner and yoga instructor Mary Lynn Fitton, The Art of Yoga Project began in 2002 as a pilot program and became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005, with sites in California and Oregon.



Niroga brings Transformative Life Skills to students, vulnerable youth, cancer survivors, seniors and people battling addiction. The work of Niroga directly uplifts thousands of people every week in schools, juvenile halls, homeless shelters, cancer hospitals and rehab centers.


Little Flower Yoga creates engaging yoga and mindfulness programs for K-12 schools. Offering in-school classes, staff development workshops and comprehensive teacher training, LFY focuses on increasing physical, emotional and social wellness so all children can come to school ready to learn.


The Lineage Project’s mission since its founding in 1998 is to address the high rate of youth incarceration and the disproportionate confinement of racial minorities from low-income neighborhoods. Our programs use awareness-based practices such as yoga and meditation as a positive means of intervention.


Street Yoga is a non-profit organization that teaches yoga, mindful breathing, and compassionate communication to youth and families and their caregivers struggling with homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, trauma and behavioral challenges so they can grow stronger, heal from past traumas, and create for themselves a life that is inspired, safe, and joyful.


The International Association of Yoga Therapists supports research and education in Yoga, and serves as a professional organization for Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists worldwide. Kelly McGonigal, editor-inchief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, is a founding member of the YSC.


Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change.


Sprout Yoga is dedicated to helping those who are healing from eating disorders. Our organization was created to provide free yoga to those who suffer.  Their mission is to create and support a national network of yoga teachers and licensed counselors who understand how yoga can play a role in healing from eating disorders. As a part of this mission, SPROUT YOGA seeks to train, advocate, inspire and coordinate yoga teachers across the country on community yoga and the vital need for non-fee-based yoga classes.


yogaHOPE, is a non-profit outreach organization dedicated to establishing rehabilitative yoga programs in residential facilities for underserved women in substance abuse recovery, poor and homeless women, and victims of domestic violence.



Bent On Learning offers instruction in yoga and meditation to students in grades K through 12 in New York City public schools and youth centers as a means of reducing stress and improving concentration, self-esteem and overall health.

Member Organizations:

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