The event I organised for the International Day of Climate Action (24 October) was a free outdoor yoga class in a park in Wellington. So what does yoga have to do with climate action?
As I understand it yoga is a pathway towards the simple but sometimes shocking reality that we really are all one.
The yoga sutras, by Patanjali, set out a very precise system of practices that is designed to bring all aspects of our being into greater balance and harmony.
The yoga path doesn't require us to believe anything, it only invites us to practice. Through practice arises not faith but awareness.
As we follow the path and commit to the practices of yoga we begin to awaken to our own true nature. We come to understand that there is no separation between "me" and "you", nor between "people" and "the planet".
There is no longer an 'away' to which to throw our waste. There is no 'them' on whom to blame the problem, nor to rely upon for a solution. Everywhere is here, everyone is us.
Once we start to wake up to this reality it becomes natural, easy and even inevitable that we will want to live as sustainably as possible.