Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s commitment to give back to the community and benefit Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. Fifty percent of the proceeds from our daily 2:30pm community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class go directly to a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!
This Fall at Laughing Lotus, we're going back to school and back to basics by celebrating and exploring the timeless teachings of the sage Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The sutras (literally, "threads") are ancient aphorisms, small gems of wisdom that encourage us to embrace and practice the yogic path, transcending the divisions between our body, mind, and spirit on and individual level as well as inviting unity among all living things.
Basic and essential to the yogic path are the practices of the YAMAS, described in Book Two of the Yoga Sutras as :non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, self-discipline/continence, and non-greed. Patanjali calls these the maha vratam (great vows), which, according to Sutra 2.31, "are universal, not limited by class, place, time or circumstance." Such practices are considered elemental and ideally available to everyone.
In celebrating both the unity of all living beings and the practice of non-violent, ethical living as described by the Yoga Sutras, this September Love Saves the Day benefits Amazon Watch dedicated to Protecting the Amazon and our climate by supporting indigenous peoples.
Since 1996, Amazon Watch has protected the rainforest and advanced the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin by partnering with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.
Their work is focused on three main priorities: Stop Amazon destruction, advance indigenous solutions, support climate justice.
Amazon Watch resists the destruction of the Amazon by challenging disastrous development projects and natural resource extraction and by promoting indigenous rights.
The Amazon is the world's largest terrestrial carbon sink and plays a critical role in regulating the global climate. Yet this global treasure is at great risk – already more than 20% has been deforested, and new fossil fuel extraction, mining, large-scale hydroelectric dams, and highways cause even greater deforestation and run roughshod over indigenous people's rights and territories. Amazon Watch protects millions of acres of rainforest every year by partnering with indigenous peoples – the best stewards of the forest – to directly challenge the corporate and government powers that threaten the Amazon and our climate.
Amazon Watch supports and promotes indigenous-led alternative solutions to climate change, natural resource extraction, and industrial development.
The knowledge, cultures, and traditional practices of our indigenous partners contribute greatly to sustainable and equitable stewardship of the Amazon and all of Mother Earth. Amazon Watch promotes these indigenous-led solutions, such as green development and autonomous solar power, and expands capacity for indigenous leaders, especially women, to maintain their autonomy and sovereignty for the stewardship of their ancestral territories.
Amazon Watch joins with the climate justice movement to address the fact that the most vulnerable – especially indigenous people and people of color – bear the brunt of environmental destruction, corporate greed, and climate change and are often excluded from top-down solutions.
Addressing climate change and environmental destructive must also redress past harm, bring bad actors to justice, support activists who put their lives on the line, and build solidarity. Amazon Watch holds governments and corporations accountable, defends Earth Defenders against threats and attacks, holds open the doors of the international stage for indigenous partners, supports bonds of solidarity between indigenous peoples, and channels outside support for indigenous people.
As we spend the month exploring the paths to yogic wisdom that can help us lessen our own suffering, we might also reflect upon ways to reduce the suffering around us. If you'd like to know more about Amazon Watch and how you can help, please click here and remember, LOVE SAVES THE DAY!