Much like yoga gives us the opportunity to tap into the many facets of ourselves, nature gives us the opportunity to connect with the mainstays of life on this planet. In yoga, we notice our breath’s inherent rhythm, our body’s characteristic habits, and our mind’s deeply rutted patterns. In nature, we experience the incredible beauty of a dense forest, the mysteriousness of ocean life, and the captivating agility and intuition of wildlife. The common thread between the two is one of connection, preservation, and care.
Originally founded in Switzerland in 1961, WWF’s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. With a current presence in more than 100 countries around the globe, WWF seeks to conserve our planet’s natural resources and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. WWF’s efforts are as broad as the threats themselves, focusing on these six areas: forests, oceans, fresh water, wildlife, food, and climate.
The Yoga Studio team has created a new collection, Earth Salutations, featuring six new classes inspired by the Earth. For these classes, we’ve taken inspiration from the powerful lull of our oceans, the steadfast nature of our forests, and the protection of our planet’s wildlife, and stitched together poses that honor these incredible resources. In addition, we’ve created three new nature-inspired music tracks to enhance your practice.
For our beginner classes, we’ve given them an oceanic theme. Much like the diversity of beginner yogis around the globe, there’s incredible biodiversity in our oceans. Two million species are found under the sea, including the largest species to ever live. WWF works to secure our living oceans by promoting sustainable fishing practices, conserving our ocean habitats, restoring ocean ecosystems, and finding innovative solutions to threats like bycatch.
Like a sturdy, enduring redwood grove, our intermediate classes are inspired by the forest. In today’s world, eight out of ten land species live inside a forest ecosystem, along with 300 million people around the globe. Our forests support fresh water sources, food staples, wood, medicine, and the air we breathe. Without trees, the ecosystem that supports the human population can fall apart.
And for our advanced classes, we’ve channeled our inner wild animal. Through recovering species populations, ending wildlife crime, and using technology to save endangered species, WWF focuses efforts on building connections between people and wildlife.
All of our Earth Salutations classes are designed for either morning or evening practice. Ready to wake up and salute our planet’s natural beauty? Choose an invigorating AM class. Looking for a more grounded way to honor nature at day’s end? Our PM classes will leaving you feeling rooted and supported.
As an additional unique experience, we’re offering a collection of Earth Meditations. Through these guided meditations from leading meditation experts, you’ll create mindful awareness of our impact on the Earth, find gratitude for our planet’s many gifts, and tap into the rhythms of its natural energies. These sessions are available exclusively on the app until April 24 for an additional In-App Purchase.
We’ve made our exclusive Apps for Earth collections available on your devices anywhere you practice. Our universal app has seamless integration on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, so you can enjoy yoga and meditation in your living room or at the park.
There’s no denying it: Our planet’s resources are depleting at an unprecedented rate. With our forests disappearing, our oceans overfished, and our wildlife increasingly endangered, it’s our duty to protect the resources we rely on daily. Join us in the effort to help spread awareness: download Yoga Studio now, and know that your money is going to a great cause. Thank you for doing your part to protect our planet.