Thursday, April 19, 2007

Yoga for Social Change

These days, yoga is about more than getting in shape, or getting in touch with yourself. It's about getting the world in shape too.

In San Francisco, Yoga Sangha is hosting a "Spiritual Activation Series" with lecture, yoga and meditation. Speakers include Julia Butterfly Hill of Circle of Life, John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, and Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart.

On Gaiam, you can buy organic cotton T-shirts that say, "Off the Matt, Into the World," to help raise money for YouthAids, an AIDS prevention and education program created by yoga instructor, Seane Corn.

Street Yoga is a group in the Pacific Northwest that teaches free yoga and wellness classes to youth living on the streets and in foster care, children of homeless families, and young people recovering from abuse and trauma.

If you are a environmentally conscious yoga studio or instructor, you can join the Green Yoga Association, and check out this month's "green" issue of Yoga Journal.

You can also find lots of do-good yoginis on the social network, Zaadz.

What are some examples you've seen of yoga for social change?

Photo credit: Yoga by Mark MacLean.

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