We asked one of our favorite yogis, Nicki Doane of Maya Yoga Studio in Maui, why taking care of the planet is a key part of her yoga practice.
I am very fortunate to live in Hawaii on the island of Maui. We have 6 acres of land that we have developed for over 20 years now, and I am definitely attached to it. Somehow it feels like a symbiotic relationship though, because as much as I am attached to the land, I also feel like it is attached to me. We serve each other in a beautiful way. It's a lot of work to live off the grid like we do, but it's also nice to be self-reliant and not dependent on the public utilities.
We have been composting for so long that it's just a habit now, and I feel strange when I travel and have to throw food scraps in the trash. We then use the compost to fertilize the trees and the vanilla plants on the property. Taking care of our Mother Earth is a big part of my yoga practice. I am always talking about personal responsibility and being ethical in yoga class, and the best way to breathe life into our yoga practice is to take these principles that we strive for on the mat and put them into practice in our lives. So of course taking care of the earth is yoga. Happy Earth Day!
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