Happy Earth Month!
Since day one, we have strived to find creative ways to give back to our community. And starting today, we are going to share that with you! Hagoyah’s non-profit organization of focus for April and May is Green Works KC. Proceeds from our Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 Yoga classes go directly to this organization.
“If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed, If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people.”
– Kuan Tzu Chinese Poet, c. 500 B.C.
Green Works KC supports urban high school students through environmental education and workforce development. Using project-based learning, job skill training, service projects, internships, and other educational formats, GWKC prepares students for a sustainable, independent life after high school. They hope to inspire community and environmental activism, awareness, and respect through education and partnership.
Their primary curriculum focuses on Kansas City’s most pressing environmental problems including the combined sewer system, energy conservation and weatherization priorities, the declining urban forest, increasing ozone levels, and solid waste and recycling issues.
Green Works programming is long-lasting and over-arching. The core programs include a first year environmental education program, and a second year workforce development program, followed by paid summer internships.
During the 2017-2018 school year, ECOS classes will be held at at East High School, Northeast High School, and Hogan Prep High School. They also have two Excelerate programs at their midtown classroom.
The current Yoga Sutra focus for the Yoga Den is Asteya: non-stealing. In the context of Earth Month and Spring, it is fitting to take a look at the things we are consuming, buying, collecting, or using from this world. It can be material goods, environmental resources, energy, actions, thoughts, social media, or anything else that we may be “hoarding” or taking in out of a belief that we “lack” something—that “we are not enough” as we are, that we need something external—something additional to justify our being or affirm our experience.
Perhaps now is the time to evaluate the things you are bringing into your life. Are you “taking” things that might not be necessary? Can you live with less? What purpose do these things serve, and is your quality of life dependent upon having them? What is the impact of these actions and decisions on the earth, others around you, and the overall atmosphere or ecosystem in which you live?
A few ways to put this into practice:
What would it be like to experience contentment and abundance? Allow yourself to believe that you already are and have everything you want or need.
Educate yourself. Google can be really helpful for things like this! Look up simple “hacks” and solutions to minimize your consumption, reuse and recycle goods, and shake up your routine and habits. Or maybe getting off of electronics completely (or even for an hour or two) is a way to cut back? Fill your time with things that inspire you or give you a feeling of awe.
Participate in group or solo volunteer endeavors. There are tons of organizations in the area that need all sorts of skills and service. You don’t have to just serve food, pick up trash, donate money, or build houses. You can do administrative work, calls/canvassing, sorting/cleaning, physical work, read to kids, work with animals, help people become citizens, be a friend or mentor, participate in community action groups or committees—the possibilities really are limitless, you just have to look. The Public Library is a great start, as arevolunteermatch.org andnpconnect.org.
Get yourself into the community and connect. If something needs to change, it doesn’t take a giant world-shifting movement. We each individually hold so much power in our intentions and spirit. The person behind you in line at the store could need uplifting as much as anyone. So every action you take, all the energy you project, and especially how you take care of yourself, live out your own values, and treat others and our earth—are BIG steps to a more harmonious and healthy environment.
This is what we are all about cultivating at Hagoyah: inner beauty and wellness, treating people the way they deserve, creating a loving, peaceful, accepting, and joyful environment. This is why we want to engage our clients and our community in the things that mean the most to us. We hope to instill in all those who come through our doors the fact that they are enough—rather, MORE than enough—and we want to encourage everyone to spread it, believe it, and help others see it!