By Elizabeth Parker, PhD, RD
April 22 is Earth day and we can all do our part to help the environment. How often do you pay attention to the amount of trash you create each week? How much of that trash could be recycled, composted or reused for some other purpose? Here are some tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and to reduce the amount of waste you produce.
By Michelle Peralta, BS, RYT-200
Earth Month provides us the opportunity to be “more green” and gives us sustainable opportunities with our time here on earth taking care of mother nature. However, our yoga practice can help us feel more rooted to the earth through the soles of our feet and provides us the opportunity to take care of ourselves. The first chakra, our Muladhara, is related to stability, grounding ourselves, and ability to feel safe and trust others. Some issues that are related to not feeling well-grounded include lack of trust, suspiciousness or keeping our guard up, indecisiveness, being easily overwhelmed, going from one crisis to the next, or becoming overly dependent on others. It is good to ground ourselves to the earth for stabilization in our own lives. Here are some quick poses to connect to our Root Chakra when we start to feel out of control, insecure or stressed about the future.
Let’s begin our practice and set our intention to feel grounded within the body, connected to the earth, and give ourselves the opportunity to feel safety and security. In a sitting position, begin with lifting the shoulders up to the ears and letting them slide down the back. If your mind is already racing with thoughts, it might be a good idea to face the palms down resting on the knees. However, if you tend to feel sleepy mid-day, face the palms up to the sky.
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