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Yoga Energy Activism Ignites - April 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Dear Friends and Firekeepers,

Please join us for a simple, practical and positive response to our current energy crisis - yoga energy activism. From my heart I am inviting you to become a YEA - Yoga Energy Ambassador or just Energy Ambassador or just be involved for one day - Earth Day - and if you are inspired, to continue on for the next 6 months till Sept. 21st. (See video)

In the US, we waste more energy than we create,  we throw away more food than we eat and are fueling 95% of our life from sources that are limited and polluting when it would only take .02% of the sun's energy everyday  to power the world's current energy needs.

So let's restore energy!  Create your own Energy Regeneration Day - a retreat that includes
* unplugging and going solar or candlelight  (all electricity except your refrigerator) and accounting for your carbon footprint by retreating or supporting Global Green's carbon offset program
* tuning in (regenerating your energy in your own way through the yoga, being with your loved ones, resting, creating, playing)
* clearing up -  fasting (from food and-or technology), feasting (with eco-positive vegan food) and trying to go for Zero Waste.

Our goal is for 1,008 people or more to sign-up for  the YEA challenge around Earth Day-Easter weekend - April 22-24th.

What's it take?
3 simple actions and then your ability to do nothing but regenerate and create.

1) sign-in (takes 1 min) so that you can be counted among the 1,008 and more. Use any part of the YEA Energy Regeneration Invite to spread the word (on facebook or newsletter) and on April 21st before Earth Day
Facebook Group: Yoga Energy Activism

2) unplug and tune-in - creating an energy regeneration day of your own design for April 22-24th. On your retreat day, experience a rest from facebook and show solidarity for using our energy wisely.

3) an option to post your experience on the facebook group including what you learned-experienced about yourself, inspiration for changes. Continue with the eco-challenges that you will received every 2 weeks including info about the next Energy Regeneration Day on the Beltane Weekend (May 1st) and more that will continue through Sept. 21st.  Stay connected by tuning into YEA (www.globalmala.org) & Global Green's carbon offsetting efforts (www.globalgreen.org)

Here are some suggestions for your Energy Regeneration Retreat Day
* Committ to 3 hours, 12 hours half-day (sunset to sunrise)  24 hour day
* Turn off and unplug all electronics and appliances (except the refrigerator)
* Take a technology fast - a healthy break from computer, cell phones, tv, games
* Rest, be with lovers,  family, friends,  read, reflect, create, play, be quiet, be festive
* Use ghee lamps, soy or beeswax candles or solar charged lamps for necessary light
* Create light from natural sources
* Gather with friends and family and celebrate using as little energy as possible to create meals
(Cook the day before or foods not-requiring energy to prepare)
* Go for zero or as little waste as possible by composting and recycling
* Any meals are created with food that has minimal or no packaging and are vegetarian or vegan (which creates the least carbon footprint possible)
* How few times can you flush
* What is your shortest reasonable shower or go greywater.
* Reduce water consumption: flush one less time / cut 2-6 minutes off your shower
* Use a bike or walk for transportation – if a car is necessary, try to reduce your travel to 1 gallon of gas (approx 25 miles) or use carbon off-set
* Replace TV and video games in your family with outdoor or other non-electronic activities

Personal Energy Regeneration:
* Unplugging from social media, computer, cell phone for a few hours to a whole day!
* Deepen all forms of meditation and  yoga practice from kirtan to hiking, massage to making love, resting to playing
* Fasting: eating once or twice a day, or juice fast, or fruit + vegetable fast

Now is the time to take responsibility for our inner and outer world so that we can wake-up from the inertia that is preventing positive change and realize the natural gifts of prana that are inherent in the elements of the sun, water, earth, and air that are being depleted and poisoned. We live in an abundance of renewable energy.

Unplug, Tune-in, Recharge. Take Back your Power.

Please sign-up (email privacy use is strict and is only for YEA project with Global Green). Support Global Green through Carbon off-sets. Create a day of energy regeneration and feel the positive ripple effect.

Om Shanti
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