Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day: Living Green & in Connection with All of Life


Happy Earth Day Friends! In honor of Mother Earth, we wanted to share a few tips for living green and in connection with all of life.

1. Breath
Learning to breathe correctly can change your life. Dr. Andrew Weil, a well known medical doctor who integrates western and eastern medicine, uses breathwork as his number one prescription for all stress related illnesses, physical and emotional. Deepening the breath in the body can aid in the healing process, reduce physical and emotional tension, foster a sense of peace, wellbeing and calm, allow clear thinking and decision making to emerge, rejuvenate and reenergize, bring relaxation, improve sports and academic performance and stabilize emotions. That’s pretty powerful stuff.

2. Mindful Buying
Rather than buying something new, see if you can find it used. These days you can also find everything from organic cotton yoga tops to cork yoga blocks online at sites such as eBay or even Craig’s List. Visit yard sales or resale shops, and borrow or share with friends.

3. Selective Buying
Our twitter friend @premapadam suggest buying from small, grassroots businesses like www.consciousclothing.etsy.com which sells organic cotton clothing using soy based dies. When making purchasing decisions, don't just consider the price to your wallet. Think about the price to Mother Earth. What is it made of? Where was it made? How far was it shipped? And what will happen to it when you're done?

4. Choose your mat wisely
Some Yogis have voiced concerns about the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in sticky Yoga mats. PVC has been linked to different types of cancer, and it cannot be recycled. Therefore, worn out mats with PVC must go to a landfill. Our friend @Evonborcke suggests a mat made from recycled materials, "They are still quite wonderful I must say".

5. Stay Hydrated

Did you know that tap water is more regulated than bottled water? Forget the plastic water bottle, pour your filtered tap water into a bottle like the metal SIGG bottle. Or find a Biota bottled water. The bottle is made from 100% corn (a renewable resources) and it decomposes in a commercial composting situation in 70 - 80 days.

Any other tips on being a green yogi? Please share them as comments below!

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