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You are body, mind, spirit - all one.

This segment of Thriving Planet offers ideas and information for good health, spiritual nourishment and peaceful, joyful living. Yoga, poetry and other paths, thoughts and ideas for integrating body, mind and spirit are offered here. You can also find information for improving your health and staying well.


Yoga of the Heart

A comfortable body, calm quiet mind, deep relaxation and positive imagery can help prevent disease as well as promote healing. Yoga of the Heart offers asana - gentle movement - deep relaxation and imagery to help you rest, rejuvenate and recover.

The Human Body under Attack
Air pollution takes its toll on all organs of the body. To find out more, click here.

Nature as Medicine
The natural world is filled with an intelligence and all the things we need to heal the planet and heal ourselves. To find out more, click here

Detoxing Your Life
Evidence for the connection between exposure to environmental toxins and health is growing. Breast cancer, asthma, heart disease, respiratory diseases, even neurological and reproductive development all have been linked to living in a toxic world. To find out more, click here


For Earth Day 2011: Green Affirmations from the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali is a text and guide of essential wisdoms and insights distilled and simplified from the earlier sacred texts: the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and possibly some Buddhist texts. “The Yoga Sutras use the insights of these scriptures to depict the nature of consciousness and the path of liberation,” writes Nischala Joy Devi in the introduction to The Secret Power of Yoga.

The great sage Sri Pantanjali lived at least 2,500 years ago. It is thought that in writing the Yoga Sutras he wanted to make the great teachings more accessible and relevant to the people living in his time.

The Yamas and Niyamas are some of the most well-known sutras. Yama is the reflection of our true nature. Niyama is the evolution toward harmony. Some think of the Yamas and Niyamas as the dos and don’ts of a yoga path.

The Yamas and Niyamas offer a framework for caring for the Earth. Green Yoga Association ( is an organization that embraces and facilitates “spiritual activism for the planet.” Green Yoga member and , Director of Greenpath Yoga Clayton Burns Horton,, has created “Green Affirmations from the Yamas and Niyamas.”

In celebration of Earth Day, here are some affirmations adapted from Horton’s work (link to complete document):

Yamas - reflection of our true nature

Ahimsa: reverence, love, compassion for all
I recognize the sacredness of fragile ecosystems, all beings and myself.

Satya: truthfulness, integrity
I observe the reality of the need for widespread environmental education and action to maintain responsible stewardship of planet Earth.

Brahmacharya: balance and moderation
I reprioritize my need to gratify my senses and have more consideration for the needs of others and the health of the planet.

Apariraha: awareness of abundance, fulfillment
I recognize that if we all share more and avoid greediness, there would be less suffering on the planet.

Niyamas - the evolution toward harmony

Shaucha: simplicity, purity, refinement
I support sustainable methods of organic farming and Earth friendly alternative energy to minimize the toxicity of the natural world.

Santosha: contentment, being at peace with oneself and others
I do my best to develop myself and preserve my environment, and I am satisfied with whatever results arise.

Tapas: igniting the purifying flame
I am disciplined in my efforts and contributions towards eradicating pollution, war, hatred and violence.

Syadhaya: sacred study of the Devine through scriptures, nature and introspection
I pay attention to what I buy, consume, eat, and promote in relation to its environmental impact.

Iswara Pranidhana: wholeheated dedication to the Devine
I surrender the fruits of my labor to the collective whole by donating money, time and energy to environmental organizations and other non governmental groups working for, health, nonviolence and peace on Earth.


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Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting, and expanding,

the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings.

-- Rumi