While I’m still in denial that it’s April, one thing I am not in denial about is climate change. Nobody can deny that Mother Nature is pissed and wreaking havoc with all the weird weather systems we’re seeing. Floods, droughts, fires, hurricanes and more. Reconnect with mother nature in this 30-minute Earth Day Yoga Sequence.
If like me you’re interested in nature and yoga then loving and protecting the planet is a no-brainer. Why? Because a spiritual yoga path means practicing ahimsa, non-harming. That’s non-harming to self, and others. Including this planet, we call home. I’ve talked before about things I do to reduce my impact on the planet, like reusable straws, minimalism, reusable grocery bags, and more. But, I also shop second-hand, reuse, reduce and recycle wherever possible. However, there is always room for improvement and so much more I could do! What about you?
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Earth Day Yoga Sequence
For this 30-minute Earth Day yoga Sequence we are grounding ourselves by focusing on our connection to the floor. Begin with a seated body scan in sukhasana, noticing the relationship your pelvis has with the Earth. How does your spine relate to gravity in seated? After the scan come into seated windshield wipers. This always reminds me of cars and that I should reduce car trips and use my bicycle more. From seated come into cat and cow.
Other poses in this Earth Day Yoga sequence warm up include childs pose, downward facing dog, forward fold and mountain pose. Child’s pose is an opportunity to bow to or kiss the earth. Down dog is a pose to experience the support of the hands and feet on the floor. How are they different. Forward fold and mountain pose are great ways to assess the relationship of your feet to the floor.
Focal poses in this sequence include Warrior 2 and tree pose. Standing strong in warrior think again about the relationship of the feet to the floor. Warrior 2 is a good time to reflect on the past, look to the future and contemplate the now. Will you be a warrior for the earth?
Along with Earth Day, April also has Arbor Day. A classic pose for both is Tree pose, Vrksasana. Why? Because it’s a pose of connection. Combining physical strength, stability, balance, flexibility, stamina, and mental focus. As well as acceptance, without judgment, to know when we need support.
To counter tree pose I’ve chosen virasana, hero’s pose. A pose to sit and contemplate our yoga practice. An opportunity to reflect on the work you are doing currently for the planet. And also how you could do better for the environment?
Finally, come down onto your back for arch & flatten and happy baby, before taking savasana. In corpse pose notice your breath. Wonder at how amazingly connected everything in this World is. How mother nature has her rhythms and cycles. Marvel at how mother earth serves you daily, and ask yourself how can you serve her?
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- Do you acknowledge Earth Day?
- What practices do do to help the environment?
- How can youdo more?