Get Grounded: Earth Day Yoga Playlist
“How long have the planets been circling the sun? Are they getting anywhere, and do they go faster and faster in order to arrive? How often has the spring returned to the earth? Does it come faster and fancier every year, to be sure to be better than last spring, and to hurry on its way to the spring that shall out-spring all springs?” – Alan Watts
This Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. A day to kick off your shoes, turn off the screens, and get all up in some nature. All too often we take this planet of ours for granted. We think of our environment as a place we have to walk through to get where we’re going, rather than as something that we are intrinsically linked to; A part of. Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to take your yoga practice outdoors. Step onto the grass and into the sun, and reconnect with the beauty and confidence of the earth. As you move with the wind, take a moment to contemplate the ease at which creation moves. It doesn’t strive or rush to accomplish. The tree just exists, and in its existence it grows.
We have a tendency to get so caught up in the grind that we start to think that the paychecks and promotions and recognition are what it’s all about. We get in a rush to accomplish, to accumulate, to set ourselves up for a future that we think we need, that we neglect the present moment. When we get attached to an idea of what our lives should look like, and create pictures of who we should be that we hold on to for dear life, we only set ourselves up for the inevitable disappointment of things not going exactly our way. In fact, if we can learn to let go of these expectations and just go with the flow every once in a while, we might be surprised by the amazing opportunities and people the universe puts in our path. Why not release your grip, release the tension, and slow down?
You can tune into my Earth Day Spotify playlist below. Happy Earth Day! Jai Ma!
(Feature photo: Beth Hoeckel)
Northern Lights – Lights & Motion
Luna – Attlas
In The Deep Shade – The Frames
This Is How We Walk On the Moon – Jose Gonzalez
Just Before Dawn – Sonnymoon
Lovely Day – alt-J
Within You Without You – The Beatles
Lotus Flower – Radiohead
The Sound of Silence – The Abbasi Brothers
As the Lights Fade Away – The Echelon Effect
The Mysteries – David Bowie