The green side to yogahaven
In order to make our world a little brighter and our hearts a little lighter, we’re thrilled to say that yogahaven are now a carbon neutral company. As of this summer 2014 we are financially supporting renewable energy source projects ranging from biomass and run-of-river energy to wind power.
It had always hit us hard, being a hot yoga studio that uses a great deal of energy leading to damaging emissions. Asteya means ‘Non-stealing’ in Sanskrit and is one of the founding moral ideas in yoga and going green allows us to have a more mutually beneficial relationship with the Earth. Another of the base principles of yoga is of Ahimsa ‘Non-violence’, committing to creating the least harm possible to yourself, other beings and indeed the world around you.
The founder of yogahaven, Allie Hill summed her feelings up well here:
“Going carbon neutral has been on my mind for a long time. As yogahaven has expanded I’ve been aware of how much energy we’re using in Hot Yoga and it doesn’t make me feel good. I feel like I’m taking from the earth without giving back.
I always try and remind myself of why I started this business in the first place – a pure and simple love of yoga. I’m doing my best to stay as close as possible to the yogic principles I read in my yoga philosophy books.
You could interpret many of the Yamas (Moral Restraints) as messages to not steal from, or harm the planet. I see the Yamas and Niyamas as guidelines to leading a better and more conscious life. Reducing our carbon footprint as a business, especially a yoga business is hopefully a way of staying close to our roots and a way to give back.”
Throughout your whole yogahaven experience, here’s how we’re making it green:
A video introduction to yogahaven going green