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Save the Oceans. Charity Yoga Class

Updated: May 16, 2021

How many of us are in the habit of heading to the ocean as one of our favorite summer destinations? Whether in the North or the South of Europe, or in any other location for that matter, summer has a way of making us all think of crystal clear water, a touch of salt on skin and hair and the beauty of 'le fare niente' under the sun...

Existing scientific data tells us that 71% of the surface of our planet is covered by water and that 96.5% of that water is found in our oceans. That the majority of life on Earth be aquatic should come as no surprise! What's surprising, however, is how many of us still take our oceans and their life for granted ––particularly given our noted preference for it come summer.

From direct and indirect forms of pollution, to intensive and aggressive forms of fishing and fish-farming, mass tourism, the side-effects of global warming or the exploitation of many of their natural resources for profit, our oceans are at risk; and with them the survival of many species, including ours. The recent release of the Netflix documentary 'Seaspiracy' shares much light on all of these issues.

Leaving aside for the time being whether this documentary has a clear 'vegan agenda' or not, many of the issues it raises are real (as are the increasing plastic pollution of oceans and coastline or the alteration of the natural habitat of many aquatic species) and we have personally had a chance to experience many of them during our time in Bali.

As yogis, we have a responsibility to support and protect all life on earth and carry the philosophical and ethical principles of this practice beyond the mat. So we at ACEBE want to do something more than merely write about it! It is for this reason that we've partnered with different Yoga studios in Europe to offer our first 'Save the Oceans Charity Yoga Class.' The proceeds of this event will be donated to the Sea Shepherd Deutschland e.V.: "an international, non-profit marine conservation organization that engages in direct action to defend wildlife and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction."

The Charity Class, which will be conducted in English, will take place on May 21st at 6pm CET and you will be able to contribute to it while you practice by signing up through any of our amazing partners' websites:

- Lord Vishnus Couch, Cologne, Germany.

- Patrick Broome Yoga, Munich, Germany.

- Om&Co Yoga, Tyrol, Austria.

- ATHAYOGA, Zurich, Switzerland.

It's time more of us engage in a little bit of good old 'Karma Yoga' by taking a stand on what we believe in to protect our planet, its species, and its oceans, so we can all enjoy their incredible variety and beauty for generations to come!