Today is April 22, 2020 – the 50th Earth Day since the first in 1970 and what a good day it has been. All day I have been watching performances, panel discussions, and experts speak on the realities of the dangers that we face in climate change and creating a sense of community although we are extremely separate during Covid-19.
Just minutes ago I completed teaching a 45 minute, all levels yoga class for Earth Day; teaching about climate change, climate action, and climate grief has been a goal of mine broadly since 2016. Not long ago I was meeting with a fellow yoga teacher and a nonprofit, nature preserve organization to organize my goal into a reality, but of course that is no longer going ahead, so it was so beautiful to be able to teach virtually and combine my two passions of yoga and environmentalism.
Yoga and environmentalism, activism, and climate justice have such a link to yoga. In my opinion they are one in the same, because yoga is mindfulness and in order to care you have to know. It is so easy to bury our heads, plug our ears, and look away, but it is brave and necessary to seek more information, educate ourselves and make changes in our lives as well as encourage those around us and pressure businesses and governments to shift to be greener.
Other ways that I celebrate the day were going for a couple of walks with my dog and husband, watering my plants and seedlings, and spending time working in the garden. If you are looking for inspiration on Earth Day, then visit: www.earthday2020.org for live streams today, April 22, through Friday, April 24. If you are reading this at another time in the year, then seek out organizations that speak to you and that are pushing the change that you want to see in the world.
If you would like to practice my Earth Day yoga, visit my FB page and search in videos. If you’re interested in hosting your own Yoga for Climate Grief classes via Zoom, please send me a message on my FB page.
Happy Earth Day!!! What a beautiful place we live in, I am so grateful.