Sustainability issues are on everyone’s minds. The Green Yoga Association is an organization founded to help studios and practitioners foster a connection between ecology and yoga. The association is involved in a number of programs, including efforts to eliminate plastic water bottles from yoga events and studios; keep PVC and harmful chemicals out of yoga props; educate and support yoga teachers and studios; unite like-minded people for practice, activism and fun; and plant fruit trees to offset carbon emissions.
One of the more prominent programs is GreenYoga Studios. Members learn how to operate a green yoga business and network with others who share this interest. The Green Yoga Association also offers a Green Yoga Certificate Program in partnership with Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. This program cultivates appreciation for and conscious connection with nature and educates students on ecological and ethical principles of yoga philosophy.
To learn more about these programs, go to the following websites: www.greenyoga.org, www.greenyogastudios.homestead.com and www.lmu.edu/academics/extension/crs/certificates/yoga_green.htm.