vrkshasana the tree pose.  yoga and the environment

In Vrkshasana, or tree pose we are looking to reclaim our connection.  From connection comes balance, and choices that are more life affirming.

When you rise into Vrkshasana, you reduce your footprint on Mother Earth by half.  By lessening our impact, we deepen our connection.

Our practice serves as a mirror, if we have the courage to look,  to see clearly how we’ve been living.

I hope you have a favorite tree you can clearly bring into your mind, if not, find one. I can lend you one of mine.  Visit your tree, notice your tree through the seasons, even if it’s a drive-by, acknowledge and make connection, a relationship. 

Learn from her.  When you practice tree pose, you now have a model, internal drishti.  Be a nice tree, a tree that birds would want to nest in.

Every day,  50,000 acres of trees are taken down for paper, packaging, and to make room for animals to be raised for food.   Each American uses 740 pounds of paper every year.  Can we use less, can we choose meals lower on the food chain?

As Yogis, we pledge to abide in truth.  Do we have the courage to look honestly at our lifestyle and where we could change?  I know that many of us are suffering from Green Fatigue, but here’s a few easy ways to make a difference, and  deepen your connection.

Need to send a gift? plant a tree for them:  BeGreenNow.com

Stop the catalogs for free: 

Stop those telephone books for free:

Look forward to an empty mailbox:

Reducing junkmail is noble, but our individual footprint is primarily made up by our diet.  Lower on the chain means much less area cleared for the raising of animals,  We also inflict less harm, and improve our health.  It becomes clear that what’s good for us, is good for all beings.  visit Vegsource for recipes, or ask me for more info.

Reading about this is one thing, my hope is that you’ll take a step and enrich your connection.  Every action, every dollar spent is a vote for the type of world you wish to live in.

Remember to visit your tree.  Go ahead, give her a hug.  Nobody’s looking, or even if they are…

Om Shanti,

John

p.s.  Sharon Gannon’s new book: Yoga and Vegetarianism is a captivating read.