Yoga and the Environment
Yoga is known for its power to improve your physical body but it also has the potential to encourage collective action that benefits the community and environment.
Yoga principles can promote a mindset to start to evaluate how your behavior impacts the environment and the wider community by encouraging you to be more engaged and aware of your natural environment. Your relationship with your environment plays a crucial role in your health and healing. You, your environment and our communities are inextricably interconnected.
When you take care of yourself, you’ll be able to do a better job caring for others and the environment. It’s important not to become overwhelmed by the negative impact we collectively have on our planet. Start with small steps, whether it be recycling more, planting a garden, or speaking to a friend about making more environmentally friendly consumer choices all require you to take care of yourself.
One of the most immediate environments that impact your health and wellbeing is your home. You may be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals via beauty and household cleaning products, and even food products. A great percentage of household products are not produced using socially conscious principles.
Our harmful choices are entrenched in the use of toxic products and our dependence on fossil fuels. Oftentimes we push consumerism to the max and buy things we simply do not need. It’s best not to succumb to the urge to buy things that aren’t essential. Sharing should be encouraged and volunteering at a local garden or conservation effort is a good way to get involved with your local community.
Here are nine ideas to create a more healthy environment that you can action now:
Dance in Health and Environmental Awareness
Dance has a unique and inherent connection to space and targets the environmental and cultural value systems that determine how you interact with your environment. Dance underlines the connectivity of physicality and setting.
For example, you can enlist the environment as a choreographic tool to draw attention to the beauty and uses of nature. This often allows you to become more aware of your surroundings and enjoy it for what it is, and also highlights how we all need a more sustainable approach in our culture to preserve nature—and ultimately ourselves.
Dance not only connects us to space, but can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. It has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits and can be a way to stay fit. Here are a few health benefits: