Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bonjour from Canada! Why I'm an EcoYogini

Brought to you from the snowy lands of Canadiana- EcoYogini

Hello! Bonjour! I am so excited to be writing to you all from my warm Canadian apartment as the snow gently falls outside my window. I've been a reader of The Green Phone Booth almost since I started blogging and I feel honoured to be sharing my "Eco Journey" amidst such fabulous Boothers and wonderful readers.
(On my dad's lobster boat this summer to watch the boat races. I love the Atlantic Ocean)

A tiny snippet of who I am: I'm an Acadian Speech-Language Pathologist (I work mostly in French with preschoolers) who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. My dad is a lobster fisherman, I'm married to a wonderful man and I have a weakness for sparkly things.

Recently I've had a few experiences that have made me pause and question why exactly I do all the little (and big!) things I do for our planet. You'd think that Yogis would be all a bunch of tree-hugging hippies.... but that is so far from the truth. When I first started reading blogs I was shocked at how many yogis would go on about ahimsa (non-harming) and all that woo-woo stuff then switch to all the pvc, disposable yoga-lifestyle crap they've purchased/used/want. Now with the Americanization of Yoga, I'm less surprised by all the "non-yogic" behaviours and wasteful habits that go along with the Industry Machine called Yoga.

However, just because I'm not longer shocked when a Lulu-lemming drinks her unethical, slave labour coffee out of a disposable cup while lounging in her Made in China Lululemon clothing and her PVC (or better yet, greenwashed "biodegradable") yoga mat, doesn't mean I've given up.

Yes the consumeristic industries that make up our lives may be too big for me to change alone. Yes Canada has had THE worst year yet for the environment under the ridiculously shameful reign of Stephen Harper (Kyoto what?). And yes it would be inappropriate for me to bully every single person I meet into being as eco-cool as we, us Eco-Peeps, are...

But then, cultural change never happens overnight eh? (I give you permission to superimpose a silly uber Canadian accent on that sentence, even though my accent is more "francophone" IRL :) ).
(Our matching foot wear: My rubber boots since it torrential downpoured and Andrew's purple socks!)

My husband and I do the "eco" things that we do because:

  • It's the cool thing to do and we are hip
  • I care about what toxins and chemicals that I put in my body. I've had too many family and friends get ill and/or die from cancer (or other illnesses) to be ok with pesticides in my food.
  • We're happier and healthier living this way.
  • It meshes with my spiritual and political ideals.
  • This is our One and Only Planet and we plan on having children one day. These children will need a safe, healthy and clean place to live. Why would we want to trash the only place that our future children could call home? I want them to enjoy clean and healthy forests, to be able to walk outside and breathe air freely, to not worry about skin cancer, unstable weather formations or where they can find clean drinking water or safe food.
Interestingly enough, despite the "environmentalists" sometimes getting a bad rap for being hardcore, intense and even "judge-y": we all come from a place of love (more foo-foo for ya). We do this because we love ourselves, our health, our children and our planet. And we Care.

So, Un Gros Gros Merci to The Green Phone Booth for welcoming me into their superhero fold and I look forward to all the eco-fun we're going to have over the upcoming months!


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Welcome to the Booth! I'm looking forward to reading your Canadian perspective. And I think you need to do a video post sometime so we can hear your accent. :)

Green Bean said...

I'm with Erin. I *need* to hear that accent! :)

I love your list of reasons why you have gone eco. Welcome to the Booth!

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Welcome! I'm going to admit to being totally ignorant about the philosophical/spiritual side of yoga. Did my Rodney Yee DVD for years on my PVC mat long before I was the Eco-novice. I look forward to hearing more from the Eco-yogini.

Laura said...

Yay! I can hear your accent while I read! Part of my family is Canadian and my one cousin married a French Canadian whose family doesn't speak much English. I'm very excited to read your posts and pass them along to my family for their enjoyment!

Simply Authentic said...

You know I'm glad to read you over here AND at your regular blog. Absolutely LOVE your intro post and it's complete authenticity. Good work and happy blogging in both places! (PS love the lobster boat photo....could you do a blog about this w/ pictures on your personal blog?!)

EcoGrrl said...

love your stuff, you know that, but the comment the 'Americanization' of yoga is very unfair. Capitalist influence on yoga, yes, but it insults an entire country's people by using the term 'Americanization'.

Anonymous said...

Love your post, Eco Yogini!


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