5 things you can do to save the ocean

Whether it is global warming, tidal waves or floods, Mother Nature seem to be protesting more than ever. Those of us who work in the yogic field and surf, paddle and practice yoga on water, should be wise to ask: what can I do to help?

Our concern for nature is more relevant than ever, and there are lots of things we could do, no matter if we are SUP yogis, surfers or just people who like the idea of caring of our planet. Our choices and our actions contribute to the well-being of the environment. As citizens of the world, each of us is responsible for the health of our planet, and here are 5 simple ways we can help to show we care about the environment and contribute to its health and longevity.

1.USE FEWER PLASTIC PRODUCTS

Plastic kill a huge amount of marine animals each year. To limit our impact, we can carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup wherever we go. According to the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral, all plastic in nature, sooner or later, end up in our oceans. I always use one of my gorgeous Klean Kanteen bottles – on the board, in the yoga studio, when I travel, or just on the go. If I buy my coffee at a café, I ask them to use my own cup. Easy. Imagine if we all did that! I recently read that fellow surfer and Klean Kanteen ambassador, Lea Brassy, saved about 15 plastic cups during a long travel, by using her own Klean Kanteen cup on the plane and layovers. Such a great example.

2.TAKE CARE OF OUR OCEANS

Clean up after yourself. Always. Whether you´re on the beach or elsewhere in nature. And if you´re bothered by others who does´t clean up, clean up after them too – to set a statement. Maybe even encourage them to respect our oceans. It doesn´t matter if you´re just hanging on the beach with your family, swimming, surfing, stand up paddling or teach a yoga class on the beach or on a SUP board. Make it a habit to clean up the oceans.

3.PARTICIPATE IN BEACH CLEANUPS AND SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROTECT THE OCEAN

Or organize a beach clean-up yourself. In my hometown I organized an event called “stand up for clean water”, where everyone could rent a stand up paddle board for free, if they helped clean up the water. Afterwards I taught a SUP yoga class, for free. If you don´t want to organize something yourself, there are others who do awesome work for our oceans, and we can always help volunteering, or give financial support.

4.TEACH YOUR KIDS AND CHANGE THE NEXT GENERATION

Let your kids, friends and community know what they can do to support our oceans. Speak up about the ocean concern if it´s something you care about, and educate others. Share what you know. Learn more. Share again. And most of all, set a good example for our children My son saw me pick up trash from the beach once, and asked me what I was doing. I gave him a bit of a lecture on plastic and the ocean, and ever since that day, he picks up trash every time we hit the beach. I told him if he wants to continue surfing while growing up, he need to help save the ocean. Children learn by seeing how you act. It only took my son one time to see me clean up a beach, and it made an impact on him.

5.BUY PRODUCTS THAT ARE OCEAN FRIENDLY AND GIVE BACK TO THE OCEAN

Contribute to help saving our oceans by buying ocean friendly products such as jewelry from Devoted to the Ocean. I love their work, and I´m so happy I have the possibility to give you 10 % discount by using the code SOFIERINGSTEN10, and the amazing fact that they donate 20 % of all their net profit to help save sea turtles. We can help save the oceans and feel pretty at the same time. Awesome, no?

WE ARE PART OF NATURE

We are completely connected to nature, no matter if we´re yogis, stand up paddle boarders or ”office humans”. We are completely connected to nature, and changes in nature are always reflected in our bodies. A perspective from TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are affected by nature when it comes to change and growth, and mental and physical health. We can learn from nature in our everyday life, and using that knowledge to feel better. Feel better – act better – take more care of mother nature.

Whether it is global warming, tidal waves or floods, Mother Nature seem to be protesting more than ever. Those of us who work in the yogic field and surf, paddle and practice yoga on water, should be wise to ask: what can I do to help?

– SUP Yoga Pro

IF MOTHER NATURE DOESN´T DO WELL, HOW CAN WE?

I hope these 5 easy things can inspire you to take more care of our oceans. Fellow SUP yogis and other ocean devotees. Let´s make our connections to nature grow bigger than ”just” teaching yoga on water. Let´s implement the TCM perspective on realizing we are part of nature, and we rely on nature feeling well.5 t

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