Ecology of Yoga: Social Justice Theory & Practice
Environmental awareness and action is inexorably linked to social justice issues. Hence, leadership and communication processes, along with theories of oppression, become essential to eco yoga. Also, forms of activism enrich the possible dimensions for the expression of change.
- Co-Listening, NVC, and Conscious Communication
- Unconscious Communication
- Power, Privilege, Oppression, & Rank
- Eco Yamas & Niyamas
- Models of Activism
- Facilitation & Leadership Models
- Chaos & Creativity
- Sangha, Community, & Leader Ethics
Lunch & Community Connect
In an age when cell phones have begun to dominate the social landscape and meals are experienced as menus on a handheld mobile device, the reclamation of shared meals in community is nearly a radial experience and entirely necessary to reconnect with food and meal sharing as a potent dimension of culture awareness. Metta Earth meals, so often created from the foods on the farm, are an important opportunity for conscious exchange in food system thinking. Each day at lunch, meals are shared with conscious community practices to support awareness and learning.
- Mindfulness Meal
- Looking Deeply, I See
- Sentience of All Beings…Plant & Animal Foods
- Dharma Exchange
- NonViolent Communication
- Silent Meal
- Food Justice
- Seva Visions
- Gratitude Practice
Yoga Lifeways Practices For Ecological Sustainability
The ancient yogis studied and cultivated a holistic practice incorporating and valuing an interconnected relationship with nature. The Ecology of Yoga daily study is particularly focused on food systems, agricultural sustainability, ecological living, and a healing relationship with earth. We apply environmental resilience to survival by looking closely at soil health, restorative agriculture, and permaculture in order to have a healthy relationship with our food sources, processing techniques, and storage systems.
- Raw & Fermented Drinks & Foods & Plant Based Diet
- Tea Gathering & Tea Ceremony
- Plant Medicine
- Gardens:Vegetables, Herbs, Berries, Nuts
- Dairy, Kefir, Yogurt, & Cheese
- Breads, Sprouted Grains, Crackers, & Gluten Free
- Animals, Carbon Farming, Meat & Fiber
- Ayurvedic Foods, Nutrition, & Cooking
Metta Earth Yoga
These classes integrate the daily learning of philosophies, principles, and practices with an emphasis on supporting participants in the methodology/pedagogy required to create a whole systems educational experience.
- Asana: Natural Listening
- Asana: Elemental Body Scanning
- Planetary Asana
- Asana: Eco-Pranayama
- Asana: Silent Nature Walking
- Asana: Universal Drishti
- Asana: Earth Savasana
- Asana: Global Centering
The final evening program develops the notion of interconnection and a lived experience of sentient beings. The term “Interbeing” originates in the work of Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings on the interconnection of all life. With artistic and imaginal sourcing, we naturally unfold the work of Joanna Macy and John Seed with the Council of All Beings, in which one is invited to deeply empathize with the myriad elementals and beings of nature to enhance the experience of love of Earth or Gaia. We culminate the creative exploration of these themes honoring music, dance, theater, and the gifts of the earth.
Ecology of Yoga Principles & Practices
Each morning will include an Earth Contemplation Practice, allowing time for solitude, expressive arts, journaling and sharing. This is a practice of meditation in nature, which includes Sense of Place exercises to develop ecological perception and enhanced awareness with the theme of the day applied to this inquiry.
In a series of sessions we delve into the unfolding of the Eight Limbs of Yoga to explore the brilliance of yoga’s ability to help us evolve from ego consciousness to the eco consciousness.
- Eight Limbs
- Yamas: Feeling
- Niyamas: Sanctuary, Beauty, & Creativity
- Asana: Embodiment
- Pranayama: Flow
- Pratyahara: Nothingness
- Dharana: Interconnection & Synergy
- Dhyana: Presence
- Samadhi: Communion & Eco Consciousness
Deep Ecology Meditations & Hermitage Process
During the intensive we will spend time in solitude with a focused meditation on various elements and aspects of nature, diving deeper with a 24 hour solo experience.
- Soil & Stone
- Wild Yoga Quest
- Integration: Bhakti Altars & Way of Council Yoga Quest Stories
Metta Earth Yoga
Daily, this class provides an opportunity for each participant to integrate the times of sourcing with practice teaching. The meditations on the elements enhances a deeper experience of nature and becomes the inspiration for this teaching. This practicum will engage the whole group in reflective feedback, team design, with full mentorship support.
We will spend some of the last evenings exploring our intentions for our return to our homes and communities, researching, networking, and designing ways that we can integrate the ecological and environmental aspects of yoga with social justice. Seva means service in Sanskrit and is a way for us to bring yoga into our lives and livelihoods for the benefit of all beings.
For more information about Metta Earth Yoga, see our page on Green Yoga and relevant articles.
Return to the main Ecological Leadership Intensives to learn more about the program, accommodations, and schedule.