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How to Protect Earth

Join me in my mission and learn how to protect earth!

Green Ambassador
The Green Ambassador

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.

Native American Saying

Q: You are personally engaged in many pro-ecological activities, responsible for green initiatives in your companies and your love for the turtles is widely known to public. What does it mean to be environmentally-friendly to you? What was your personal motive to become engaged in green projects?

A: I grew up living in places surrounded by beautiful nature and was a very active girl scout all my youth. I was taught both to respect and love the nature by my family as well as the scouts group.
 
As long as I remember, my family and I participated in projects such as cleaning garbage which people threw outside, collecting paper and cardboard for recycling. I have fond memories of planting trees and putting in some time and efforts to protect lynxes.
 
I was also taught about what kind of waste you can easily dispose of in nature by the means of composting. I learned how to minimize once impact on the nature, how to avoid polluting by the use natural products for cleaning and washing.

I learned how walking, bicycling, roller-blading and skiing can be great alternatives to cars as we lived in rather remote places. If the distances were too large, in my youth this meant 15 km or more, I went by boat, bus or train. These were very valuable lessons for which I am deeply grateful.

Q: That sounds like good life lessons indeed! I know you are active Greenpeace Eco-warrior, which projects are you involved in? Which other projects do you currently personally support or engage in?

A: Over the years I have come to conclusion that I no longer want to pay money for large organizations, such as WWF, who claim to protect nature or animals, as I sadly realized how much of the money they collect goes into organizational costs and other overhead.

Instead, I got active withing the local Greenpeace organization and take part of their actions when ever I can and also support their campaigns on the social media by sharing and commenting on posts making people aware on those issues.

Recent years I have concentrated in the fight against the wildfires of the peat-land and rain-forest in Indonesia and Malaysia. These wildfires at instigated by the palm oil industry, in order to get more farming land.

Wildfires
Wildfires destroying pristine rain forest in Borneo, Indonesia

This creates huge amount of pollution that both people and animals suffer from. The fires kills endangered animals either by burning them alive or making them seek refuge in areas inhabited by people, who then kill them out of fear or for food.

Therefore it’s important to boycott product that combine palm oil. Greenpeace has action where they use drone technology to hunt down the people who set the wildfires. I have been personally involved in practical field work to support this important project.

Secondly I have been actively protesting against the oil industry, who in it’s reckless manner destroys our water sources with fracking, pipelines and oil leaks. I have been collecting signatures for appeals and drafting newsletters.

One of the most recent actions by Greenpeace is the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest. Indian tribes have gathered from all over to peacefully protest against the building of the pipeline in order to protect their drinking water and surrounding nature from oil leak!

Dakota Access Pipeline
Native Americans protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline

About 10 years ago I started supporting smaller conservation projects and personally helping out with projects such as reforestations of industrial areas and deserts.

I was blessed to meet a man who single handedly stopped the spreading of the Sahara desert. His name is Yacouba Sawadogo. His passion influenced me greatly!

 

Last 7 years I have also been involved in fight against food waste, which is  a really big issue nowadays. To be honest I wasn’t even aware of this before I met a wonderful person called Talley Hoban, who is one of most respected Eco-warriors in Germany.

She and her Back To The Roots organization arrange “Schnippelparties” where people meet to cook and eat food make from discarded ingredients. My friendship with her though me how supermarkets as well as individuals can reduce the food waste. There really is enough food for us all, we just need to learn to share it!

Q: You are also supporting many activities to clean up our seas, why do you feel this is so important? How about your passion to the turtles, how did it all start?

Mosaic Turtles
Mosaic turtles from Barcelona, Spain

A: I have always felt an unexplainable draw to the sea, maybe it’s my name Mira, which means Ocean in Sanskrit.

What comes to the turtles, I have always been fascinated by them, for me they really represent the sea! I have a collection of miniature ones, made from all sorts of materials, brought to me by my friends from around the world!

Sea turtles have been here for 10 Million years and the oceans are where they belong. Unfortunately they mistake floating plastic bags, that we throw into the sea, for jellyfish, eat them and choke in them. They get stuck into fishing nets and hooks.

I have been involved in several activities to clean up plastic waste from the oceans and beaches. I have also helped with the fund-raising of the Seavax project.

Turtle nests are also in danger as their eggs are still poached for delicacy. I have been sitting on beaches at midnight to catch the people who sell the eggs to the restaurants.

When people think of sea turtle protection projects, they automatically think of Asia. However I have also volunteered several times with Archelon project in Greece, which is the only sea turtle action in the Mediterranean.

Besides this, I have also been helping out turtles babies, which are in great danger when they hatch as the lights from the resorts and housing confuse them and instead of heading to the sea towards the moonlight, they head away from it.

Q: Have you made any changes in your life to reduce your CO2 footprint here on Earth?

A: I have made some small but important chances in my own lifestyle. I built my own house in a forest without cutting down the trees surrounding my house. I built a rainwater well to collect water and use it later.

Grapevines
Grapevines I planted along my driveway 10 years ago

I have used energy-efficient and clean methods for heating my house and water. I established a compost and planted plenty of fruit trees and berry bushes so we would have fresh produce without the need to transport it.

I mostly eat vegetarian food with some fish and seafood for extra protein as I know that meat production is number one CO2 producer on this planet, besides I love animals and don’t want to eat my friends.

I recycle everything carefully. I use skin and hygiene product that are not tested with animals and only contain natural, biologically grown ingredients.

I have taught my children to do the same! I cannot claim I am perfect but I aim to be very conscious about the products and methods I choose for me and my family.

Windmills from an airplane

My biggest concern are my frequent air-miles and driving around the Europe in my car, both for business and pleasure.

I try to take train when ever possible and I am looking into buying a Tesla!

Q: What changes would you recommend for people to make in their lives to become more eco-conscious?

A: Chancing your lifestyle can be difficult and therefore I recommend a step-by-step approach. Start with something that you feel strong about, something you would really like to change.

For instance if you feel bad about the toxins in your environment, look for more natural alternatives for skin care products and start introducing biologically grown food into your diet.

Teach your children to respect the nature. Don’t let them throw their trash on the streets and destroy any vegetation. Teach them not to waste food. Lead by example!

Q: The problem of climate changes, global warming and protecting the planet is very complex. What are the  priorities for companies when it comes to preserving natural environment?

A: First thing that comes into my mind are massive building projects which destroy nature on a long radius around them, in order to create free time facilities such as, sometimes even temporary, sporting arenas for large international events, offices or residential buildings, roads, commercial centers or even plantations.
 
I think all companies should act more responsibly when it comes to the nature and after the building projects finish engage in activities such as cleaning up the soil and reforestation in these areas.
 
We should also stop building in protected areas or places in which the deforestation or the building activities put endangered species in jeopardy! If we build tourist facilities to these places, they should be eco-friendly and we should make sure to disturb the nature as little as possible.

Ruhn industrial area in Germany
Smoke stacks in Ruhn industrial area in Germany

I also believe all companies have to think long and hard about their internal policies and see where they can make changes when it comes to pollution, direct CO2 emission, waste disposal, waste production, energy efficiency of their buildings, transport and storing of their goods.
 
Though should be given as well as small things such as excessive use of paper in the office, building lighting and garbage recycling. We all share the responsibility of taking care of our home!

That sounds like really solid piece of advice that everyone can learn from. Thank you very much for sharing your green vision with us! Keep us updated on your future activities to save our oceans and protect our earth.

As always with love,

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Ayurvedic Haircare

Looking for a way to improve your connection with Earth? Why not try out one of my favorite meditations: Loving Kindness Meditation to Open the Heart

How To Do Yoga and Meditation Anywhere

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I don’t often recommend a product or service on my blog, but when I do it’s simply because it deserves one. This is one of those times I am going to make an exception to the rule, based on my own wonderful experience with this program.

What does Yoga Download offer?

I have plenty of customers, who like me have a very busy lifestyle and want to keep up with their advanced yoga and meditation practice on the road.

I recommend that they get a yearly elite yoga subscription at Yoga Download. It allows them an unlimited access to all the yoga and meditation download of videos and audios, together with live yoga and meditation classes, theme workshops and music for yoga practice.

This site simply has it all, their classes are starting from yoga and meditation for beginners to ones dealing with specific health problems, weight loss and pregnancies.

My clients have had specially good results with their program for helping people with back pain. Yoga For Back Pain  introduces you to the ways yoga can help you to regain normal posture and rid yourself of aches and cramps.

Find the Perfect Style of Yoga for You allows beginners to explore different types and yoga styles in order to find the one that best suites their physique and needs. I often use this class when my students are doubting if Hatha, kundalini yoga and meditation, Vinyasa flow yoga sequences or Ashtanga yoga practice and philosophy would best fit their needs.

Their yoga program also includes a lot of advanced yoga videos. For people with busy lifestyle  I would like to highlight gems such as:

Dana Damara Yoga Class – Be Still and Reflect: Evening Yoga – An Amazing way to quiet down after a busy day

From Frustration to Focus online yoga class with Dia Draper – A 5 minute session that will help your to focus at work.

What Sets Yoga Download Aside From Other Online Yoga Programs?

I also really recommend participating in their special programs and challenges such as Beginner’s Journey, 14 day Class Yoga Program.

camel asanaHowever my absolute favorite is the 7- Day Heart Opening Program which was in fact my first program on this site. It includes both daily yoga classes and meditation sessions that will release tightness and tension in your chest area and increasing the flow of energy into your heart chakra, making you feel lighter, happier, and more open to receiving the love that surrounds you. I follow this program over and over again and have dubbed it: My Honeymoon With Yoga And Meditation.

Have you always wanted to become a yoga teacher, but was not able to spend the time or the money to do so? Yoga Download has developed their own Online Yoga Teacher Training Certification!

This a unique set of courses specially planned to take you from student to teacher. I have followed this training myself by the request of my students and can testify it follows the same structure as the classroom led teaching methods and gives you the knowledge in:

  1. Anatomy and Alignment
  2. Vinyasa, Sequencing & The Subtle Body
  3. The Art of Adjustment
  4. Teaching Techniques, Building Business & Being a Professional
  5. Philosophy, History and Theming
  6. Meditation, Myths and Mantras
  7. Final Teacher Culmination

At $1495 this training is amazing value, as for a classroom led trainings you have to shell out up to $5000, without the transportation and board.

The courses can also be purchased one module at the time, in case you are not able to make the initial investment for the whole amount.

My Personal Favorite Yoga Download Content

Besides their video content, presented by many different instructors, I am especially in love with their audio classes.

YogaDownload ProgramThese amazing podcasts allow you to take your yoga practice truly anywhere, all you need is a smart phone or mp3 player.

I personally hate doing yoga inside and getting to classes  can be a real challenge with a busy lifestyle and remote location. When I’m home, I do yoga outside in my garden, when I am on the road, I do yoga anywhere where the inspiration strikes me!

Tell me, would you prefer to do yoga at the beach, while the waves gently caress you, or perhaps int he park, in the shade of your favorite tree? Sit an mediate on the mountain top or perhaps at the busy airport while waiting for your flight? This is my favorite meditation to listen to in a forest:  Loving Kindness Meditation to Open the Heart.

Yoga Gift Cards For Every Occasion

One of the nicest marketing strategies they have is the ability of buying someone a gift certificate to their online yoga classes! I have used this on numerous occasions for family members and friends. Every time it was received with the same delight and excitement!

Yogadownload Gift CertificateImagine what a wonderful gift it would make for bride to be to get in shape for the wedding or someone who has just had a baby to get rid of the extra kilos gained during the pregnancy without embarrassing her by talking about it directly.

Or just a hand your girl friend a beautiful gift card at Christmas instead of starting yet an other argument about all the burritos she is drowning. Is your husband sprouting  a beer belly? How about you purchase a gift that will help you to bond and get started with yoga together with you in the comfort of your home.

They pricing is either by package or monthly/yearly subscription. The yearly subscription is of exceptional value, costing only $99, the monthly ones start from $10.

YDL occasionally have discounted offers for yearly subscriptions, for Earth day and other special events, but their bestseller is the ongoing 50% off promotion on monthly elite yoga subscriptions. 50% Off Monthly Elite Online Yoga Packages

I cannot recommend Yoga Download enough and will continue to offer the benefits it offers and suggest it my clients for the times when they are unable to attend my classes!

You can read more about the beginnings of yoga in my own articles Starting Yoga Practise, Yoga Sutras and Surya Namaskar.

As always with love,

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