Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on June 10, 2008
Yoga is to the nineties as aerobics was to the eighties. There are similarities: both increase flexibility, both build strength, both develop muscle tone and both are a great excuse to wear something cute (if lycra G-strings were ever considered cute).
The big difference, of course, is that yoga offers something intangible. Possibly best classified under the umbrella of spirituality, it’s an innate awareness of our interconnectedness to the environment around us. To ensure that yoga doesn’t get Jane Fonda-rized, the Green Yoga Organization can help us to stay grounded to the true meaning of yoga.
Founded in 2002 by yogi Laura Cornell, the Green Yoga Association “acknowledges the recognition of the interconnectedness of all beings, value for all forms of life, nonviolence (ahimsa) and the necessity of clean air, clean water, and clean food for health”. By means of conferences, newsletters, events and studio pilot program, the Green Yoga Association is hoping to encourage studios, teachers and students of yoga to adopting a greener lifestyle.
So, in tangible terms, what do we do to make sure we don’t do a Downward Doggy doo doo on the environment?
Several things. 1. Choose a natural rubber mat – yoga’s dirty little secret is that most mats are made from PVC, which plays havoc on the environment. 2. Sweat it out in organic cotton gear (G-strings included). 3. Hydrate with H2O from a reusable water bottle – not the disposable kind. 4. Leave chemical perfumes behind the make-up counter – opt for essential oils or go sans scent.
In the words of Desikashar, “yoga exists in the world because everything is linked”.