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Yoga and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
February 6, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SDG Yoga Online Introduction
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 12:30-1:30 pm Pacific Time
Free to all
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Are you interested in connecting mindfulness and social change? Do you want to learn more about how we can embody concepts like “sustainable development” and “social justice”? Join us on Wednesday, February 6th, for an exploration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through the practice of yoga.
In the lead up to Earth Day 2019 (Monday, April 22), the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is offering a free online introduction and training in “SDG Yoga” for interested yoga teachers and practitioners on February 6 during International Development Week.
The training will be hosted by Tamara McLellan a yoga teacher from Kelowna who was living and teaching yoga in Big White when the idea came to her to find an asana for each of the Sustainable Development Goals. It resulted in a new way for her to learn and teach about the SDGs which allows for integration of the goals on a body, mind and soul level. In this webinar, she will walk you through the concept and integration of the 60 minute practice, so that you can learn more about bringing #SDGYoga to your studio or school. More from Tamara:
“It is my greatest pleasure to introduce you to this 60-minute class that is designed to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals. This practice marries mindfulness to international development and allows the audience to remember each goal on a cellular level rather than with their conscious mind.
By letting our minds rest, we start with a word association for each pose and each goal. This integrates the goals on a whole new ‘being’ level for the goals, while taking pressure off of the ‘doing’.
An example from the class: We start with a short centering, closing our eyes and beginning to notice the breath. We notice how our breath is inextricably linked to all of those around us and that’s where we weave in Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals. Just like the sustainable development goals, the breath knows no borders. Private sectors, civil societies and governments must come together to work towards the goals.
From there we move into a variety of poses that are intended to create connections and associations in the mind that help one to remember and, most importantly, to feel the SDGs. Another example is finding ourselves in tree pose, where we talk about Goal 15: Life on Land. In tree pose, we visualize forests and feel their positive impact on climate action, our food sources, and ultimately for the health and well-being of our Universe.”
If this approach lands for you then feel free to register for the SDG Yoga introduction and training through the link below and if you are inspired by the training then BCCIC is looking to partner with yoga studios across British Columbia to host as many SDG Yoga classes as possible on Earth Day this year, April 22nd. More information will be provided during the training.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, represent the world’s collective vision for achieving a better planet for all by 2030. The SDGs were created by all countries coming together to decide the kind ofworld we want our children to grow up in and they provide clear goals and timelines for ending extreme poverty, providing decent work for all, reversing the world’s environmental crises, and promoting equality and social justice. At the same time, important goals like “sustainability”, “economic equality” and “social justice” can often feel too heady, abstract and distant from our lives. Embodied practices, such as yoga provide an opportunity to deeply and intimately connect with these principles and the unfolding global vision present in the Sustainable Development Goals.