Prana Vinyasa founder Shiva Rea has an Earth Day challenge for you: For the next 10 days, April 16th through April 25th, Rea will offer you one of 10 body mudras that honor the Earth, water, fire (energy), air, and sacred space, as well as a daily eco-friendly action to create positive changes through our "Earth body."
"When you start to waste/pollute less, spend more time in natural light, and shift toward locally grown foods with an emphasis on an organic, primarily vegetarian diet, you are making such a positive shift for the Earth by your simple lifestyle actions," Rea says. "I think yoga naturally starts to connect us to all the elements in our body. There is a direct connection to our body, our home, how we care for our resources. It's about shifting our awareness through our actual experience of nature in our body, an elemental understanding of how an embodied practice like an asana/body mudra can help us wake up and take positive action."
See also 21-Day Vegan Challenge
Shiva Rea's Earth Day Eco-Challenge
Rea's 10-day Earth Day Yoga Inspiration Eco-Challenge takes place in partnership with the "Be-a-Light" Solar Lantern Project, prAna #YogaForLight and SolarAid, which aims to eradicate toxic kerosene lamps by 2020. Yoga Journal LIVE! will also host a benefit for the Solar Lantern Project on April 25th in New York City. Also follow #flowforchange for more information and giveaways, and click here to sign up for Rea's free online course.
"Our aim is to activate our instinctual connection to the Earth, embodying nature, and to awaken a call to positive action to honor, protect, and conserve the Earth's resources, generating energy in our bodies, greening our home/workplace, and giving solar lanterns locally and globally to those that need light for health, education, and empowerment," says Rea.
#YJEarthDayChallenge: 10 Body Mudras
Each of the following body mudras has inner qualities, or "bhava," to help you connect to the Earth. Practice one per day for 10 days or perform the entire sequence as a flow honoring the elements.