Environment-loving yoga enthusiasts are to converge for the second International Green Yoga Conference in May. The event - expected to attract 300 participants - will be held on May 18-20 at the Mount Madonna Centre in the USA's Santa Cruz Mountains.
The conference, organised by the Green Yoga Association, will kick off with a Green Studios Day. Events include talks on how to improve the "greenness" of yoga studios and a Green Yoga Teacher Leadership Programme, aimed at equipping participants with ecological awareness and activism through yoga.
Laura Cornell, founder and director of the Green Yoga Association, tells yoga-abode: "The main motivation is to further our mission to lift up ethics and care of the planet within the yoga community.
"This conference is a really powerful way to do that through information, inspiration, and personal connections."
Christopher Key Chapple, co-director of the Teacher Leadership Programme, adds: "Yoga teachers will receive the tools they need - asanas, philosophy, breathing, ethical perspectives - for communicating the Green Yoga message to their students.
"Yoga practices such as non-violence and non-possession can help reverse the harmful lifestyle trends that have contributed to global warming and other problems."
The Green Yoga Association has worked for the "greening" of yoga studios and yoga-related businesses throughout the USA since its launch in 2004.
The organisation's campaign for safer yoga mats means all producers of yoga mates now offer non-toxic alternatives to standard mats - often made from highly toxic PVC plastic.
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