Sustainable Yoga: Aligning Your Practice with Environmental Values

Filed in Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle — April 11, 2024

In the heart of my journey with yoga, a revelation unfolded: the practice of yoga extends beyond the mat—it’s a dialogue with our environment, a testament to our interconnectedness with the Earth. I’m Julianne Arce, and through 11Exhale, I’ve endeavored to weave the principles of sustainability into the fabric of our yoga practice, honoring the deep bond between personal well-being and the health of our planet. Here, I want to share how we can all make our yoga practice more eco-friendly, aligning our love for yoga with our environmental values.

Choose Sustainable Yoga Gear

The first step towards a sustainable practice is mindful selection of yoga gear. Opt for yoga mats made from natural rubber or recycled materials, and seek out props like blocks and straps crafted from sustainable woods or eco-friendly fabrics. These choices not only minimize our ecological footprint but also align our practice with the principle of Ahimsa, non-harm, extending compassion to the Earth.

Embrace a Minimalist Yoga Practice

Sustainability is also about simplicity. Embracing a minimalist approach to yoga means letting go of the non-essentials, practicing with what truly serves us. This might mean using fewer props or finding creative ways to repurpose household items as yoga accessories. A minimalist practice encourages us to focus on the essence of yoga—connection and presence—rather than accumulating material goods.

Support Eco-Conscious Yoga Brands

In an era where consumer choices have significant environmental impacts, supporting eco-conscious yoga brands becomes a powerful act of advocacy. Look for companies that prioritize sustainability in their production processes, use eco-friendly materials, and are transparent about their environmental practices. By making conscious purchasing decisions, we can contribute to a market that values and protects our planet.

Incorporate Eco-Themes into Yoga Classes

As a teacher, I’ve found immense value in incorporating themes of environmental awareness and sustainability into my classes. This can be as simple as guiding meditations that foster a deeper connection to nature, or as involved as organizing yoga classes in natural settings. These practices remind students of the beauty and fragility of our environment, inspiring collective action towards its preservation.

Adopt an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Beyond the Mat

Sustainable yoga is a lifestyle that extends beyond the mat. It encompasses our dietary choices, our modes of transportation, and our daily habits. Adopting a plant-based diet, reducing waste, and choosing eco-friendly modes of transportation are all ways in which we can live our yoga, making choices that benefit our bodies and the Earth alike.


Sustainable yoga is a journey towards harmony with the Earth, a reflection of our commitment to protect and preserve the natural world for future generations. It’s a practice that asks us to consider not just our own well-being, but the well-being of all beings with whom we share this planet. At 11Exhale, we’re dedicated to fostering a community that embraces these values, integrating eco-friendly practices into every aspect of our yoga journey.

As we roll out our mats, let’s also roll out a vision for a more sustainable world, one in which yoga serves as a bridge between personal transformation and environmental stewardship. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positive change, aligning our practice with our deepest environmental values.

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