If we turn to that guide to yoga practice that has stood a long test of time, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we find that an ethical responsibility is a foundation upon which the whole of our yoga practice is to be based.
Ahimsa, the first of the Yamas, the outward ethical practices that are the first of the eight limbs of yoga Patanjali outlines in his section on practice, is "not-harming". Just that. No qualifications. Not - not harming humans but all else is fair game. No. Just, not harming.
On the basis of ahimsa alone, it is at the heart of yoga not to harm our planet. Not harming our planet is afterall fundamental to not harming all the creatures that depend upon it, including our own species.
It is really hard to not harm the planet in this modern age. For a start it is hard to get the product you need that doesn't come wrapped in plastic, or made of plastic. All we can do is to be thoughtful and to try to reduce the harm that our consumption does.
At Yoga Spirit Studios we are doing our best to not harm our planet, and here are some of the ways we are doing that.
You can help us by being careful of which bin you are putting things into. Did you know that one contaminant in a truck load of recyclables of green waste could result in the whole load being sent to landfill?
(Author, Tina Shettigara)