What I’m teaching…Earth Day 2012

Mobilize the Earth. Earth Day. 4.22.12

The first ever Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970.  Then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist, originally conceived of the idea in response to the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California as a “national teach-in on the environment”.  20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.  Earth Day became a global initiative in 1990, when 141 countries participated mobilizing 200 million people worldwide!  Earth Day is credited for boosting recycling efforts globally and leading to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Yogic tradition teaches that the first yogis created the asanas, or physical yoga postures (“seats”), mimicking what they saw on the mountain tops in nature as a way to prepare the body for longer periods of time sitting in meditation.  To prevent pain and/or stiffness while seated, they stretched their bodies taking the form of the trees, animals, birds, and bugs they saw around them.  The practice of yoga, therefore, celebrates nature at its very root (pun intended!).  Set an intention in your next yoga class to learn ways to live more in harmony with nature and then put the intention into action!

Human beings are the only species on Earth that destroy nature.  I think we can all agree that our planet, our home is being neglected!  Together, we really can make a huge difference.  No effort is too big or small.  Recycle, use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, turn the water OFF when you brush your teeth, use reusable bags for your groceries, walk instead of drive, turn the lights OFF, stop buying water in plastic bottles and get a filter on your faucet so you can use your own reusable water bottle,  eat organic, eat vegetarian, don’t litter, don’t use toxic chemicals to clean, don’t buy things  with packaging that will create a lot of garbage, spend time in nature, educate your community, “be the change that you wish to see in the world”.  These are just some of the things that I am doing.  What are you doing??

Earth Day is Every Day.

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