The scientific definition of the term “ecology” relates to the study of the interrelationships and interactions between living things and their environments. In Deep Ecology the central idea is that people are an essential part of the planet and not just separate and detached observers. Deep Ecology emphasizes the interdependent nature of human and non-human life as well as the importance of the ecosystem and natural processes.
Definition of Yoga
The root of the word Yoga is yuj, meaning “to join, to yoke, to concentrate one’s attention”. Yoga is a method of practice leading to conscious union of the human being with universal existence, internally and externally. This includes practices, philosophy and lifestyle to achieve peace, power, spiritual wisdom along with perfect health, sound mind and a balanced personality.
Practicing Yoga with awareness of Deep Ecology is working with the forces of nature, which are not just material energies but powers of consciousness. Working with the forces of nature occurs at both internal and external levels. Internally, we need to balance the forces of our own nature as body, mind, breath and spirit. Externally, we need to harmonize ourselves with the world of nature and with the Cosmic Spirit behind it. Each one of us is a manifestation of the entire universe and only when we discover the universe within ourselves can we really understand our purpose in life.
Yoga is a way of harnessing the secret powers of nature within us to manifest our own higher natural potentials for a greater awareness. This requires a very deep connection with the world of nature in body, mind and heart. It cannot be done mechanically or en masse, nor made into a franchise. It requires an individual orientation to the living world, which is not just human society but all that is. We cannot truly think or live yogically without doing so in an ecological way as well.