Every year when Earth Day comes around, I seek to change something in my life that will help lessen my personal impact on the environment. This year, I vow to do my best in sticking to eco-conscious businesses like HugLife, whose social outreach initiatives and earth-friendly materials are what attracted me to the company.
Part of this will involve visiting yoga studios that consistently illustrate their commitment to sustainable practices or who do a lot of work with the local community. Yoga was created to help improve our connection with the earth, and I am interested in finding studios that align with this ideal as well.
I recently stumbled upon the Green Yoga Association, an organization “dedicated to fostering ecological consciousness, reverence and action in the yoga community.” Its program has helped studio owners from all over the world go green. To find a GYA-approved studio or instructor in your area, simply visit their website and search through the database of certified venues.
Locations within the network promote a better relationship with the earth by recycling paper and plastic; using energy-saving light bulbs and water fountains; selling PVC-free mats and other yoga equipment, as well as fair-trade items; using non-toxic paints and reclaimed materials in construction projects; or raising environmental awareness in a variety of ways.
GYA also offers plenty of tips for yogis going green as well.
What is your eco-friendly vow this Earth Day?