cork yoga mat and environmental protection: ashtanga updates from #yogawithsandi

Aloha!

Mostly I’m on Instagram these days with the hashtag #yogawithsandi – that’s where I post mini photo-video reflections from daily practice, on and off the mat. Please do find and follow me there if you want more frequent updates as relates to this journey in Ashtanga Yoga.

Recently I purchased an eco-friendly CORK yoga mat from Yoloha Yoga, after a long search for an eco-friendly mat to replace my rubber mat that has been deteriorating after two years. I’m very happy that this cork mat seems to be truly eco-friendly (not just cleverly advertised as such), constructed with sustainably sourced cork and rubber, and handmade by a small family run business in the USA.

On a side note, I highly recommend: Braiding Sweet Grass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Please check out the Karmapa’s latest podcast on Buddhism and Environmental Protection Episode #16 (my quick English summary on instagram is posted below).

What environmentally friendly news have you found this week? How does it relate to the 8 Limbs of Yoga?

Please contact me here and share!

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha 🌿🐘🌿 1st practice on my new eco-friendly and sustainable cork Yoga mat handmade from family run business, @yolohayoga. So far so great! I appreciate this company’s eco-conscious packaging in their delivery too. Thanks dad and @barbaracorcoran for gifting me the gift card behind this mat. May real (and not just advertised as such) eco-friendly yoga gear flourish. Earth needs eco-conscious producers and consumers, makers and shakers, who remind us that our health and wellness is deeply interwoven with our environment’s. 🙏💕🌊🌲🌙☀️✨ #corkyogamat #yogamats #yogagear #wouldtherealecofriendlypleasestandup #mysore #ashtanga #vinyasa #yoga #sadhana #kapotasana #backbends #spinalhealth #healthandwellness #smallbusiness #familybusiness #thenewecoeconomy #ecoconscious #environmentalprotection #ecofriendly #meditation #movingmeditation #mantra #jaiganesha #yogawithsandi

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What is the root of the environmental crisis we face today? The root, according to Buddhist philosophy, is our ignorance and insatiable desire for material satisfaction. We need to reduce our external demands on the environment by first finding greater peace within our selves. This is how meditation and yoga can help us to help the environment (Unless we turn even these spiritual practices into too much of a materialistic trip as well). When we can focus on the joy of something simple and given, like #breathing, we are no longer caught up in the never ending search of some other form of satisfaction – products or activities that put more and more pressure and demands on an already over taxed environment. Balance. Balance between the material and the immaterial. Mental peace. Physical peace. Balance. That’s my English summary from this podcast. Now listen for yourself (and hear the beautiful Tibetan language too)! 🙏👂☀️✨🌙 💫 @karmapa #tibetan #buddhism #environment #climatechange #humanbehavior #environmentalprotection #santosha #contentment #ashtanga #yoga #materialism #spirituality #spiritualmaterialism #chogyamtrungpa #buddhistvalues #karmapa #karmapachenno #solarenergy #solarpanels #renewableenergy #moralimperative #moralimperativetomeditate #meditation #yogawithsandi

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How do we find a reasonable faith by which to keep going? By looking to the footsteps of those who have gone beyond where we are. I feel grateful for the experience of studying with Sharathji and his inspiration to practice without laziness. Little by little, I am getting less lazy. 🙏👣💕 #shraddha #virya #smriti #samadhi #mysore #ashtanga #yoga #sharathjois #myteacher #yogawithsandi #Repost @sharathjoisr (@get_repost) ・・・ Ashtanga Yoga is not a style of Yoga it should never be compared to any other style of Yoga Ashtanga(Eight Limbs) Yoga is a method to reach Moksha( liberation) Shri. K.Pattabhi Jois started yoga institute called “Ashtanga Yoga Nilaya” In Lakshmi Puram , Mysore in 1950s….He is the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga

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I seek a Reciprocal Relation with Earth The Earth who provides Everything What can little me Possibly give The giant Earth In return? I can give… Love with my hands Gratitude with my heart Respect with my feet Wonder with my eyes Humility with my nose Curiosity with my mouth Compassion with my ears Protection with my whole Body Readiness with my whole Mind Time with my whole Spirit I seek a Reciprocal Relation with Earth The Earth who provides Everything What can little me Possibly give The giant Earth In return? 👒 #planetearth #nature #reciprocity #relationshipwithnature #interdependence #yoginilife #mysore #ashtanga #yoga #yogachikitsa #kukkutasana #sadhana #strength #flexibility #peace #healthandwellness #vegan #veganstrong #plantbased #plantpowered #yogadaily #yogawithsandi #earthpoems

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