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Causes: Environment, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Personal Social Services, Religion

Mission: The health of our bodies depends on clean air, clean water, and clean food. Yoga is grounded in an understanding of this interconnection. Historically, Yoga developed in the context of a close relationship with the earth and cosmos and a profound reverence for animals, plants, soil, water, and air. This reverence towards life is the basis of the Yogic teaching of ahimsa, or non-violence, non-injury, and non-harming. Today, the viability of earth’s life systems is in danger. If humanity is to survive and thrive, we must learn to live in balance with nature. Now is the time to cleanse and heal the earth and to establish a sustainable relationship with the environment for generations to come. Therefore, as practitioners of Yoga we will: * Educate ourselves about the needs of the biosphere as a whole and our local ecosystems in particular. * Cultivate an appreciation for and conscious connection with the natural environments in which we live, including animals, plants, soil, water, and air. * Include care for the environment in our discussion of Yogic ethical practices. * Commit ourselves to policies, products, and actions that minimize environmental harm and maximize environmental benefit. * And if we are Yoga teachers or centers, we will incorporate these commitments into our work with students.

Programs: Green Studios Program: Facilitating a network of Yoga studios who are employing environmentally aware business practices. Green Yoga Conferences: Gathering the community of academics, teachers, businesses and practitioners to share ideas and engage in ecologically informed Yoga. Eco-Yoga Mats: Educating the community on the dangers of PVC based Yoga mats.

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Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to get to know several founding members of Green Yoga association.They were all inspiring and sincere about their mission.We have the utmost respect for the work they do and the influence they had on our lives. We hosted a celebration for Earth Day 2009 in Asheville n.c.to benefit Green Yoga and increase people awareness of their mission...We hope the dedication of their supporters and members will be influential on many generations to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Green Yoga Association has helped bring the disparate worlds of spirituality and environmental activism together. By sourcing the innate ecological perspectives of yoga, Green Yoga has enriched the philosophical teachings of yoga, so that yogis everywhere may better understand the natural and necessary commitment to an ecological way of living. In just five or six years the Green Yoga Association has offered an outstanding number of projects to support planetary well being. These include three large conferences, a program to help yoga studios become greener with over a 100 participating studios around the world, local yoga study and support groups, Green Yoga teaching programs internationally, partnership with Yoga Journal to green the conferences, and a successful campaign to help people change from PVC yoga mats to more eco friendly mats. The Green Yoga Seva Groves project organizes donations for fruit tree planting to support permaculture, fresh local food, carbon sequestration, and a peaceful place to practice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As Yoga is expanding to reach millions of practitioners, there is a golden opportunity to bring some deeper levels of yogic philosophy and lifestyle to these people, which includes bringing an ecological message to these non-religious, but deeply spiritual teachings. GYA has inspired me a lot in my teaching and life to look beyond the yoga poses and myself with a greater planetary vision.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Green Yoga Association is an amazingly effective nonprofit. In its short lifetime, our growing community has significantly impacted the mega Yoga "industry." Every endeavor of our nearly all-volunteer group is focused and professional with little waste. Our network has created action-campaigns that resulted in millions of Yoga practictioners cutting back on the purchase of yoga mats and water bottles that use non-renewable resources. The root of the work has been in shifting awareness and understanding through international conferences, teacher trainings, green studios, green sanghas, newsletter, and professional articles.

Review from Guidestar

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Green Yoga Association is doing an incredible service to the community. An all-volunteer posse, the organization is a catalyst for eco-awareness and action among yoga enthusiasts and companies. GYA launched a massive shift from toxic to non-toxic yoga mats, and now is doing the same in the area of water bottles -- launching the shift from disposable plastic bottles to refillable nontoxic bottles. GYA is a beacon for deep eco-awareness and ACTION, making a difference year-round and around the globe.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 2

The Green Yoga Association has been a leader in raising ecological awareness throughout the global Yoga community. By educating individuals and Yoga studios about "best practices" such as the eschewal of phthalate-laden sticky mats and by conducting week long educational retreats on the nature of Yoga and Ecology in 2005, 2007, and 2009, this organization has helped people become, in Gandhi's words, the change they want to be.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in volunteer capacity with this organization for many years. I am continually energized by the fantastic community that surrounds the Green Yoga Association. Born from a clear vision by founder Laura Cornell, this organization has established a firm foundation. I have witnessed amazing successes as we have... changed the way most yoga mats are manufactured; created a vibrant support network for Green Yoga Studios; and helped weave Green practices into the operation of Yoga Journal Conferences. I love this community and the work we are able to do.

Review from Guidestar