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Happy Earth Day!

The Himalayan Institute is committed to sustainability as an expression of yoga in action.
Read more about our commitment here.

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(We endeavor to integrate our mission, operations, and programs to encourage creative, meaningful, and lasting sustainability.)

This commitment to sustainability stems from the understanding that we are interconnected with the natural world and caring for the environment really is in our best interest as yoga practitioners.

The building blocks for a healthy, balanced lifestyle—fresh air, clean water and nourishing food—are the same elements that contribute to a successful sadhana practice, and are the very same elements that come from a biologically diverse and balanced environment.

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(Beginning with stewardship of the biological diversity and ecological balance of our flagship campus in Honesdale, PA, sustainability efforts extend to our campuses and humanitarian projects abroad.)

In many developing areas of the world, the environment is stressed with overpopulation, forested areas reduced by the constant need for firewood, waterways contaminated with industrial run-off, the land overworked, and sadly, lack of knowledge of how to implement good environmental stewardship perpetuates the problems.
We can reverse this cycle!

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The campus in Khajuraho, India was carefully selected and built with the most modern green initiatives in mind. The location for the campus was scrupulously considered to house a meditation retreat center: situated away from heavy industry and away from a large population, providing a quiet place with fresh, clear air. Bore wells, dug on campus property, ensure consistent access to fresh water and a UV filtration system ensures its cleanliness and safety for drinking. Most uniquely, the residential building and meditation shrine were wired to accommodate 110 and 220 voltages from a green and renewable energy source–solar power. A solar thermal system provides hot running water year round.

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(Normal power supply is very erratic in rural India. Having these solar systems are a real life-saver for visiting guests.)

The critical decision to invest in a greener future is not limited to the Khajuraho campus: at the Allahabad campus, a few acres of land were turned over to crop cultivation, yielding about two tons of toor dahl, a ton of garlic and another ton of onion.

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(Plans are in the works to expand the farming activities at the Allahabad campus to include ginger, turmeric and more vegetables.)

The Honesdale campus is no exception to environmental improvements: we are proud to have installed the largest solar thermal system in the region. To conserve water, toilets have been retrofitted to accommodate lo-flow models, reducing water usage by 60%. Residents and guests to all of our campuses pay ongoing attention to the conservation of energy, water and, materials.

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(The solar thermal system in Honesdale, PA heats approximately 1,200 gallons of water each day, saving 3,600 gallons of propane each year.)

In honor of Earth Day, we encourage our entire community, our donors, members, teachers, guests, residents and those online, to join us in conservation efforts, so that we can learn from each other while bringing spirituality into action, healing ourselves and healing the planet to ensure a vibrant future. And serious practitioners will recognize this simultaneously ensures that all students have a clean, comfortable place to roll out a mat for hatha and to put down a cushion for meditation.

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(By embracing this understanding of connectivity and living in harmony with our environment, we can help to heal the planet.)

We Challenge You To Get Involved!

Help support the expansion of this program and earn a trip to Cameroon! Start by creating a Seva Circle here and fundraising in your community! Or support an existing Seva Circle here.

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