I have held strong concerns for the health of the planet and its inhabitants, ecosystems and resources for many years and have made small changes to the way I live as a response to this.
However, now the need for big changes by all of us, our governments, societies, families and communities is necessary, and needed NOW. The situation is urgent and I am going to do my best to personally rise to that challenge.
I see this as not only a way to 'green' my life but also importantly 'green' the yoga you sign up to. You will not notice any change in the way I teach but the supportive mechanisms to that teaching will be as green and sustainable as possible.
Yoga has strong roots in being peaceful and non destructive, known as ahimsa in Sanskrit. So green and yoga fit together like a hand in a glove. How we use our hands is our choice - we can use them to help our home, planet earth, or not.
I am making a commitment to you all to put a spot light on the 'green' sustainable changes I am making regarding my life and how that impacts on the yoga I offer.
In the past, I have found it useful to tell you what I intend to do - it inspires me to commit and achieve my sustainable goals.
One example - I announced to class my desire to buy an electric trike so I can cycle to my yoga classes instead of drive. It didn't happen straight away but I got there - a year and a bit later : )
Each year I will announce what my new plan is with the aim to achieve a new greener lifestyle/yoga
I am not perfect, but I am aiming to be 80% perfect : ) and more if possible.
As my best friend says;
'Progress, not Perfection'
I will be using Ethical Consumer - a charity that empowers people with information to use their spending power effectively to change the world for the better - as my resource to guide me.
I may mention various companies I use -
this is not an endorsement of those companies but to give some clarity and transparency.
Thank you for sharing the journey with me.
calendar of commitments
Betty - the Electric Trike
This year I have bought a second hand electric BatriBike trike - all my yoga equipment fits in the rear basket and that means I have been able to use it to cycle to the majority of my yoga classes (only driving to one when not feeling on top form).
Of course lockdown has meant that most of my classes have been taught via Zoom and therefore there was no need to cycle as I taught from my home.
However, Betty and I have had fun on jaunts to the supermarket, the recycling depo, deliveries of food to family members and more.
It took me a while to get the bike after pledging to do so over a year ago, but I got there : )
So not perfect, I do still have a car, but definitely progress : )
Electricity & Gas
On moving to my home a number of years ago, I signed up for electricity that is produced solely by renewable sources and supplied by Ecotricity.
I wanted to do this for me personally but also to use the electricity and gas (see below) to fuel my yoga administration carried out from home, and now charge my electric trike battery and run my computer and mobile phone for yoga Zoom classes.
Ecotricity is rated by Ethical Consumer with a score of 12.5/15 and is an Ethical Consumer 'Best buy' as it supplies 100% renewable electricity and is investing in more renewable sources.
The same company also supply my gas. They are making a commitment to build green gas mills which create biogas from grass, so in the future, 100% of their gas will be renewable and green. In the meantime they are offsetting the residual carbon emissions from the rest of their supply, by investing in carbon reduction schemes across the globe which have environmental and community benefits alongside the emissions reduction they make.
So not perfect, regarding the gas, but definitely progress : )