Thursday, April 19, 2012
Earth Day - April 22, 2012
Does 'Earth Day' stir up any thoughts and feelings in you? Here
is a litte survey for our yoga family... any responses fall into
A) THOUGHTFUL INTROSPECTION: "What more can I do to improve our
home planet, how can I change, and inspire those around me to
change in real and significant ways?"
B) AMBIVALENCE: "Another Hallmark holiday... yawn!"
C) ANGER: "Its just another part of the climate-change hoax put
on by them Liberals, tryin to fool us hard-workin', honest,
red-blooded Amercans into thinkin' we need to change our
D) NOT SURE: "I didn't even know Earth Day was April 22nd!"
We wrote this article with the intention to raise awareness. As
you might have guessed, we lean towards answer A above (thoughtful
introspection). How can we, as yoga people, reduce our impact on
the environment and support and improve our home planet?
We hope you will join us for a Bikram Yoga class this Earth Day
on Sunday April 22nd!
What are you doing this year to help improve our beautiful
If you practice yoga, you are already moving in the direction of
healing the Earth, just by practicing yoga... no joke!
How is that possible? One of the many side benefits of yoga, is
that we become more in tune with our own mind and body. As this
happens, we naturally become more aware and sensitive to our
surroundings, including the people in our community and the
The more we support our own health and well being, the easier it
is to treat one another and our planet Earth with kindness and
respect. Surely you have noticed in your life, how this can sneak
up on you in surprising ways!
It's natural to wonder, how can we create more of a positive
impact on this beautiful planet?
We came up with a fun list of ideas that can help reduce the
impact of our yoga lifestyle on the planet. You can use these
tools for the upcoming Earth Day, and who knows, you may be
following these 'green' steps in your every-day yoga life!
- Use biodegradable laundry detergent. Here's some examples,
most of which you can find at your local Whole Foods or even
- 7th Generation Free & Clear 2X Laundry
- TIDE 2X Ultra Liquid laundry Detergent
- ECOS 2X Ultra Free and Clear all Natural
- ALL 2X Ultra Laundry Detergent
- Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent
- Take advantage of the warm weather and air-dry your yoga
clothes and towels instead of using your heat dryer. Saves money,
electric power, and gas!
- Try re-usable water containers. How about your old pickle or
jam jars? They make great water bottles. If you don't like pickle
after-taste, then how about a re-usable "Klean Kanteen" stainless
steel water bottle? Many sizes are available in many stores
around Michigan, including REI, Whole Foods, even online at
- Reduce time in showers. Not only at the yoga studios, but at
your home too! We often take water for granted in Michigan,
surrounded by Great Lakes. Let's live by the example of other parts
of the country that are far more conscious of water
- Carpool with friends and family members to our studios when
possible. Or even ask around, chances are the person you practice
next to lives near by and may be looking for a carpool buddy too!
Great way to make new friends at the studios. If you can't carpool,
at least try to combine your drive to the studio with other tasks
that require driving (shopping or other errands).
- Now, don't get grossed out, but use a re-usable hankie when you
have to blow your nose! A hand towel could work
- After class, instead of using a plastic grocery bag for your
sweaty clothes/mats, use a re-usable shopping bag. Right now,
everywhere you go you can find great re-usable shoppers, from
Trader Joes, to Marshalls, to even the Dollar store! If that
doesn't get you excited, then how about these really cool re-usable
after yoga bags, called "The Sweat Mate". They come in a wide
variety of sizes, and colors. Check them out at www.recyclefashionably.com
- You may be using an Eco friendly yoga mat already, if not, here
are some great ones!
- PROlite yoga mat from Manduka - this is a zero-waste
sustainable mat that is a bit pricey, but has superior wear and
longevity and travel friendly too! (visit www.manduka.com)
- Or go to www.matsmatsmats.com and check out their wide variety
of eco friendly yoga mats. They even sell cleaners, and rubber
As we built our yoga studios, we kept our intentions on staying
as 'green' as possible, to reduce the impact of our studio
facilities on the environment, and to create a healthier
environment for you!
We are always open to learning more about this... it's a work in
progress! Here are a few of the things we've done at the
- We used non-offgasing products in construction such as: low VOC
paints, low VOC ceiling tiles, ceramic tile, granite and
- We use extra insulation in walls and ceiling of yoga room to
retain the heat in the room.
- We have high-efficiency furnaces
- Hot water is generated by gas tank-less water heaters
- Our showers and sinks have eco-friendly low flow output
- We have a water free urnial in Farmington Hills (not the best
invention in the world, but it does save thousands of gallons of
water per year!)
- Our toilets are designed with low flow output
- Light comes from low energy usage light bulbs
- We regularly recycle all of our bottles/containers/batteries,
and use recycled paper, and paper towels.
- We use paperless hand dryers (at our Troy location)
We'd love to hear what you think! Please share your tips with
our yoga family on how we can all become more 'green' in 2012!