Hey there Yogis!
There’s so much to admire and explore on our planet, right? The luscious green forests, the breathtaking waterfalls, the rugged-yet-serene mountains...
However, now more than ever, we need to find ways to conserve it for future generations. There’s something quite bittersweet about the fact that so many of us are fighting for a world where basic human rights are afforded to all people, regardless of their gender, sexuality, race, or religion, and after all that, there might not even be a world left to save.
We cannot allow ourselves to fall into a state of apathy. We can all take steps to lead a more sustainable life.
Luckily, we have a day where we not only admire the Earth's natural beauty, but raise awareness of the need to protect Its natural resources: Earth Day.
What Is Earth Day and Why Do We Celebrate it?
2023 marks 53 years since the first Earth Day. Environmental activism during the 1960s inspired Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to create a national celebration uniting the environmental movement. With the help of Denis Hayes, a graduate student at Harvard University, Nelson organized the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, educating participants in the importance of environmental conservation.
In 1990, Hayes organized a global Earth Day, with more than 200 million participants in more than 140 countries. Earth Day now brings together citizens and activists from around the world to raise awareness and take action regarding such environmental concerns as global warming and renewable energy.
Today, the Earth Day Network (EDN), which brings together more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries, supports the Earth Day mission year-round. Earth Day is Every Day!
Source: National Geographic
I. A Native American saying
"When the last tree has been cut down,
the last fish caught,
the last river poisoned,
only then will we realize
that one cannot eat money".
II. Mountain Pose: Tadasana
As the basis of all yoga practices, Tadasana invites you to become centered as you move through your yoga flow. The foundational posture asks you to stand upright with your feet facing forward parallel to each other and your arms at your sides, palms facing forward. It seems simple, but this basic posture contains the secrets of how to hold yourself in countless other poses!
Mountain Pose helps you find alignment by asking you to stack your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. And it can counter the effects of prolonged sitting at a computer by reminding you what it feels like to release your shoulders away from your ears.
Through Tadasana you can silence the mind, drop into the body, connect with your roots, and invite balance back into your life.
Source: Yoga Journal
III. Okja | Movie
Okja is a timely intervention into debates about the environmental costs of meat production. The story unfolds with young Mija, a farm girl played by actress An Seo-huyn, who lives in the lush mountains of South Korea with her grandfather and their beloved genetically-engineered pig, Okja.
This familial relationship comes into conflict with a world that sees the animal as mere property. Risking her own livelihood and the safety of her family, the young girl Mija travels across the world to prevent the Mirando Corporation from turning her friend, a supersize pig with the ears of a giant Beagle, into food.
"We coexist with animals and we should take time to consider their perspective. How we treat them today is a very recent phenomenon and came to be only after we included them in mass production", director Bong Joon-ho said.
We'll get back to you shortly Yogis!
Comments will be approved before showing up.