The week after Outdoor Retailer is always blurry, including lots of follow-up, sleep and getting back into the groove of life. Our treatment for post-OR is to hit the mat, take some deep breaths, a sip of wine on focus on causes that move us and inspire us to do the work that we do… And a little laughter always helps too!
For me, that cause is recovering wild salmon and restoring a free-flowing Snake River in the Northwest. Salmon are much more than just a fish — they’re a cultural icon, an environmental gem, an economic powerhouse and they provide a wealth of nutrients to people, bears, orcas and other wildlife… Hell, even trees thrive on nutrients from salmon.
So how are the salmon doing these days? Not so good, in fact. The mighty Columbia-Snake river was once the world’s largest salmon-producing river system, with more than 30 million salmon returning to its surging waters. Today, just one percent of that historic number remain. Why? The federal agencies charged with protecting these endangered fish have refused to take bold actions to save them.
…Keeping salmon in a coma and on life support does not heal them, nor help the other species, including people, that depend on them. The likeliest outcome of a salmon strategy based on just avoiding extinction will be extinction — and not only of salmon.
A wiser strategy would focus on restoring salmon’s workhorse role for people and ecosystems. In the Columbia Basin, it would include removing four federal dams on the Snake River, which would open 3,000 miles of healthy streams above the present dams for three salmon species and double the spawning habitat for a fourth.
The Obama administration missed its first chance to hit the “reset” button on Pacific Northwest salmon strategy. But it’s not too late to reconsider. It should embrace salmon abundance as the beating heart of the Pacific Northwest — the flow of energy that connects and sustains people, fishing towns, bears, wolves, orcas, forests and the rivers and seas we all love and use.
A long-time yogini, I happen to believe that a glass of wine is at times a perfect way to round off your practice. And apparently, I’m not the only one. The good folks over at YogaDork blogged about the new rage of Yoga for Foodies:
It’s the expansion of the “traditional” yoga practice to heathens people who love chocolate, wine, and even bacon! (and frankly, the orgasm of enjoying it all together). Is that so wrong?
And from a YogaDork post on the subject last year:
If you enjoy an adult beverage every now and then, and perhaps the sweet indulgence of chocolate and good food, you can now delight yourself in the newest yoga fusion: the Yoga Cocktail Party.
Talk about the fruits of your efforts, David Romanelli (yeahdave) teaches yoga classes in the sunshine state and caps them off with treats like wine + chocolate, olives + cheese (so cali of him!). If we didn’t know any better we’d say this might be a recipe for post-yoga debauchery, with all that vulnerable energy flying around. It actually sounds like a fab idea, and a real test in thought control during practice… just mind the drool while you’re in down dog. Oh and we’re not saying you’re a lush, but keep that kundalini in your pants.
Stay tuned for the recap of the Under Solen Yoga + Wine Night next month…
– Em + Anna