My tentative outline for my project. Will be improved over time.
Title: Yoga-Restoring yourself. Restoring Nature.
Questions/Theme: What is Yoga and what are the benefits of doing Yoga? Does Yoga help you restore one with positivity? How does Yoga help one better connect with the environment ? Why are trees important? How can they help us reverse climate change? Why is it important to restore nature/ecosystems even if we try and get into green energy and follow sustainable practices? How can Yoga help us achieve an eco-conscious world?
Setting/Story-line: A Yoga class out in nature(mostly Iowa). Instructor telling the students about how to restore themselves and why it is necessary to restore nature, how others are successfully working to restore nature by repairing damaged ecosystems, going vegan, planting trees and how getting nature back is our best solution.
Characters/Real Life Heroes:
Peepal Baba(Male): An environmentalist who practices yoga and meditation and has planted more than 10 Million trees till date in India and Europe. He currently runs the Give Me Trees Trust in India.
Andy(Male): works for environmental restoration by planting trees around the University of Iowa Campus and is one of the main reasons, UI has been named Tree Campus USA for 6 years in a row.
Sarah(Female): A Co-President of the UI Environmental Coalition who practices Yoga and feels that it drives her passion for vegetarianism and environmental sustainability.
Takeaway: It is important to bring nature back. Along with practices like recycling, reducing consumerism and bringing in green energy by divesting from fossil fuels, It is necessary to restore our ecosystems so that we can reverse climate change. Yoga can help you calmly face tough situations, especially when you’re trying to explain environmental problems to people who do not want to understand them.
Type of Arts Medium: Yoga Performance, with nature playing on the backdrop.