Live for More Year in Review: Heading into 2020 Together
Oftentimes looking back over a year’s worth of blog posts for an overarching theme feels a bit forced, but this year it’s leaping off the screen and grabbing us by the collar. Although it wasn’t planned, what’s emerged on Live For More over the course of 2019 is a powerful statement about yoga, community, business, how we want to live our lives, and what we must do to move forward.
We are stronger together.
That’s our message. Individual actions become community actions become movements. Together, we can be forces of positivity, of much-needed progress toward equality, social justice, environmental responsibility, and ethical business practices. When we come together, we can change the world. We believe this with all our hearts.
Yoga is often seen as an individual practice and that’s true in many ways. When individuals come together for a common purpose, however, communities are formed. People need this kind of connection. We crave it and thrive under its influence.
The yoga community exists in so many ways: through studios, online platforms, trainings and retreats. (Which is why we launched our retreat and events guide this year.) It’s diffuse, it’s diverse, it’s growing all the time, and it has power. Although we have different origin stories, different paths, and different asana routines, our love of and dedication to the practice of yoga ties us all together. It roots us in an ethical tradition that empowers us to stand up for what’s right.
United for the Earth
We often champion environmental stewardship in an attempt to increase awareness and, through that awareness, action. The enormity of climate change means that it’s difficult for individuals to feel like they can have an impact. But when people come together, change becomes inevitable. This is perhaps most prominently exemplified by the Global Climate Strike, in which the Liforme team in London was proud to participate. We can’t go on Climate Strike every day, however, so we’ve also offered ways that individual attitude and lifestyle changes can add up. It’s crucial that each person feels ownership of the crisis, that it’s not someone else’s problem or outside your lane, because everyone must begin to understand the role our carbon-heavy lifestyles have on the planet and identify as environmentalists.Part of being an environmentalist is buying more consciously and taking advantage of the opportunity to make your voice heard with every shopping decision you make. In the absence of strong moral leadership from governments, some businesses are picking up the torch in the movements toward greater environmental conservation and social justice. When you support ethical businesses, you help advance that agenda.
Moving Forward in Gratitude
We are so grateful for the people who make up the Liforme community by using our mats, interacting with us on social media, reading our blog, and allowing us to be a part of your yoga practices.
Gratitude has been a particular focus this year as we’ve highlighted the important role it plays in personal health and in fostering community, which in turn benefits the whole planet. It unites us by making it clear that we are all more the same than different.
While the phrase ‘attitude of gratitude’ is catchy, it’s important to take the logical next step in which attitudes become actions. When we acknowledge the good things in our lives, it motivates us to be part of the solutions to global crises like climate change and social injustice so that everyone has access to the same opportunities.
Your support has allowed us to give back to our charity partners, continue to innovate new products that elevate your practice and your life (watch this space!), and to become a thought leader in the ethical business community. We’re looking forward to doing more of the same in 2020. We hope some of what we’ve done has touched you, motivated you, and made you want to join us in moving forward together to make the world a better place for everyone.