Yoga, Music and Sustainability for Earth Day


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By Courtney Hayden
April 19, 2012 

SANTA MONICA, CA– This Earth Day, Los Angeles county will welcome a sterling yoga and music festival that helps attendees live more sustainably all year long. Starting tomorrow and continuing until Sunday, the Tadasana Festival will bring together world renowned yoga instructors, musicians, speakers, and charitable organizations for a spectacular event in Santa Monica!

Tadasana is collaborating with Sustainable Works, an environmental education and action nonprofit based in Santa Monica. Sustainable Works and festival founders are working in tandem to achieve an ambitious goal: zero net waste. Their collaboration will bring together Sustainable Works’ impressive track record of waste reduction and resource-use efficiency with festival founders’ commitment to personal, community-wide, and environmental sustainability.

How will the Tadasana Yoga Festival acheive zero waste? As yogis relax into pose and music flows across Santa Monica, “waste ambassadors” will be working to keep festival attendees focused on environmental sustainability.  These men and women will help guests sort waste and provide free education on the importance of recycling and composting.  Throughout the event, the waste that has been rescued from landfills will be weighed and recorded to track Tadasana’s sustainable growth. If an attendee is motivated to examine her lifestyle outside of the festival, waste ambassadors will be ready to help her determine her carbon footprint and brainstorm ways to reduce it.

The Tadasana Festival is promoting sustainability at every turn. Founders are encouraging citywide efforts to carpool, bike, walk or use public transportation to reach the event. Bicyclists will receive free bike valet service!  Event t-shirts are being printed on organic cotton, stainless steel water bottles are being sold on site, and all marketing materials are being printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink!

The festival will feature many vendors, sponsors, and speakers. Yogaworks, one of the vendors, is an industry leader in yoga practice and teacher training, with an eye on mobilizing yogis and activists towards community and environmental improvement.  During the festival, Yogaworks will be offering a fundraising class called “Stand Together” to benefit “Off the Mat, Into the World” (OTMITW). OTNITW is an outreach program designed to help empower urban youth, particularly those in Los Angeles, to overcome social obstacles to success.  The class and free yoga sessions will only be available to festival attendees.

When festival attendees want a break from great yoga, fantastic music, and inspiring classes, they can wander to the Daily Love Lounge Speaker Series. The series will highlight an array of environmental topics from greening business practices to promoting sustainable living. Mariel Hemingway, author of Revenge of the Electric Car, will be attending as will director Chris Paine and architect Steve Glenn.

“We all intuitively know that every day has to become Earth Day if we are to make strides toward real sustainability,” says Tadasana festival co-producer Tommy Rosen. “The best Earth Day events are entertaining, educational and inspirational, so that an attendee comes away empowered with the knowledge, tools and desire to live sustainably the other 364 days of the year. Tadasana Festival is proud to partner with Sustainable Works to build and implement its comprehensive greening program in 2012, in which we are aiming for zero waste, or a minimum of 90% diversion of all materials from going to landfill.”

Whether you are avid yogi or just want to celebrate earth day by connecting with yourself and the environment, the Tadasana Yoga Festival is a great opportunity for reflection this Earth Day.

For related articles, see:
Classes Make Bicycling in Los Angeles Easier
Los Angeles Youth Plant Seeds of Sustainbility and Social Justice 
Viva Las Vegan! a Very Special Vegas Event

 

 

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