Beyond the Mat

Beyond the Mat is the Azulfit commitment to living our mission – to realise and enable positive change in the world outside the yoga studio – where it counts most. We believe that each movement, however small, made with purpose and positive intent can ripple outwards, and that they have the potential to make a big change within our networks, our communities and for our planet.

What are we doing?

This year we are focusing our energies into our local community, and into supporting four partner charities that are particularly close to our heart. We also are continually working to make our retreats and operations more sustainable and have made this our pledge for 2018. We also think it’s important to help our team, our guests and the wider yoga and Pilates community to get involved.

Our Partner Charities

We have selected charities that are really important to us, that we know are making a difference through sustainable initiatives. We work closely with each charity, to ensure transparency and accountability for all donations. In sharing these charities with you, we hope that we can together build a connected global community, united under common goals.

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Quarter 1: Khusi Hona

  1. Khusi Hona

    Our head teacher, Rachel has been personally involved with the charity for two years, and has first-hand witnessed their incredible work. Our retreats provide a non-profit sales outlet for their LovetreeCo jewellery line – a venture that empowers and educates women and provide a sustainable, living wage, employment and training for women in Goa. Through our fundraising efforts in Q1 2018, we have funded the training for the entire year, and bought them a sewing machine to continue their amazing work! Donate online if you wish to help fund this amazing empowerment project to eradicate poverty through a cycle of learning and empowerment.
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Quarter 2: Yoga Beats Conflict

  1. Yoga Beats Conflict

    Yogabeats Conflict is set up to bring yoga and altruism to those most in need. From March 2018 onwards we are working together with David Sye to help bring relief to those displaced by the Syrian conflict, most noteably children. We have partnered with The Toy Smuggler, who is working on the ground there bringing aid where it is most needed. In any area of conflict, Yoga Elder David Sye shines his light to bring relief in the form of yoga or emergency support. Money raised for Yogabeats Conflict is used to fund teacher trainings and buy supplies for yoga teachers teaching in conflict areas. The charity also pays for travel for yoga elders and teacher trainers to visit these conflict areas and provide workshops. We have raised money ongoing to contribute to the travel costs of David Sye and his team through sales of our Enlightened Threads Peaceful Warrior clothing line, where all proceeds go to YogaBeats conflict.
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Quarter 3: Vrinda Foundation

Quarter 4: Give Back Yoga Foundation

Ongoing: Animal Welfare and Animal Rescue

Thank you for helping us and also allowing us to be the highest versions of ourselves through yoga service to others

I wanted to start the work day by taking time out to thank you and your participants in the Yoga Makes Change donation class. Your photo brightened up all of us with a huge smile. Thank you. Your funds raised are put to good use: expanding our mission in the world to boldly bring yoga to unserved populations. Please stay in touch with us, and, again, thank you so very much. This is a personal thank you for helping us and also allowing us to be the highest versions of ourselves through yoga service to others.

Rob Schware, PhD – Executive Director

Overwhelmed by your continued support

Karissa and Jamie,
David and I feel totally overwhelmed by your continued support for our projects in the Middle East, your belief in us is humbling, we are so full of love for you guys…..

Your fund raising last year (2017) meant that we were able to return in November, and continue the teacher training program with the Palestinians. The money covered our airfares and our safe transport in and out of The West Bank. The last 2 years have been tough for the YOGA BEATS CONFLICT fund, leaving David and I to self finance the project so that it could continue. So as you can imagine the generosity of your recent donations have made an amazing difference to the project financially.

We are looking ahead to a very exciting 2018, hopefully culminating with our ultimate goal for the year, starting the final Step of teacher training, with an aim for graduation in 2019 for our group of Palestinians. Their 7 year YogaBeats journey and dream of teaching Yogabeats finally happening ……

With Love… David Sye & Sarah Stephen

Sarah Stephen

We simply could not have done it with out you two and all your love!

Hello Karissa & Rachel,

First and foremost thank you so much for all you have done to help secure this women’s empowerment project in Goa. We simply could not have done it with out you two and all your love!

Right now, with all your donations we have covered:
2 – Sewing Machine with motors
1 – Serger with motor
6 – Girls Tailoring Sponsorship through December 2018

We have met our initial goal of setting this project up through the end of the year! WOO HOO! 🙂 It means so much to the girls. You have no idea!!! 🙂

Our goal now is to collect donations to go towards additional supplies, material, scissors, thread etc.

As the year goes by we will have reports on the progress of the girls. And research how we can expand on their trainings and education to secure their futures.  We are on the cusp on such amazing change and hope for these young women!

We are heading to North India in early March to set up a similar women’s empowerment project in Dehradun. So many wonderful things!

One community at a time.
All my love,

Karri Cole, director

Beyond-the-mat blog

Find out more about our past beyond-the-mat projects on the blog