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Hundreds of yogis raise awareness to watersheds

By Jane Deacon

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

To raise awareness of threats to the region’s watersheds, #MyWatershedMoment is engaging yoga practitioners in a large-scale class on World Rivers Day.


The project — a collaboration between Simon Fraser University, the Coquitlam-based Watershed Watch Salmon Society and local yoga teachers — hopes to see several hundred yogis participate at Colony Farms on the Fraser River on Sept. 28.

The day of action will be a show of support for watershed protection initiatives and an educational opportunity on key issues, such as threats to the region’s salmon population.

Organizers are reaching out to yoga practitioners in the hopes of engaging a diverse group of people who are likely already open to learning more about the well-being of the environment, said Joanna Ashworth of SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

“Within the yoga community, people are looking for some sense of integration and connection between the body and the mind,” she said. “This event is a way to connect to that next level of who we are with the place that we live.”

Leading up to the event, yoga instructors Todd Inouye and Kristin Campbell have shared information on regional watershed concerns with fellow teachers as a way of inspiring support. The event itself will fuse their work with that of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

“We’ll mobilize up to 1,000 yoga practitioners for a day of yoga to publicly express their reverence and concern for the health and well-being of a valuable natural system,” said Campbell.

The event has garnered the support of Mark Angelo, founder of B.C. Rivers Day, who said, “What better way to show the direct correlation between human and ecosystem health that through the practice of yoga directly alongside our mighty Fraser River.”


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