Turn off the Tap – Basic Water Conservation

Green Habits – Tip-of-the-Day: turn off the water in the sink while brushing your teeth and washing your face. It DOES matter that the water is running for a few extra seconds.

Benefits: In creating this habit we can reduce costs of our water usage in the long-run… slowly but surely.

How this relates to yoga:
Asteya is the yogic principle of non-stealing. B.K.S. Iyengar states in his book Light on Yoga:

Asteya (a=not, steya=stealing), or non-stealing includes not only taking what belongs to another without permission, but also using something for a different purpose to that intended, or beyond the time permitted by the owner. It thus includes misappropriation, breach of trust, mismanagement and misuse.

Yes, I am “paying” for the water in LADWP bills, but Los Angeles made the Owens Valley a desert by diverting the water. Each small action that we do does affect the whole. I can better manage my water consumption by turning it off when I don’t need the water running.

Resistance: Sometimes, I’ll say to myself, “Self, I’ve already left the water running half the time I’ve been brushing my teeth, so I might as well just keep it on until I’m done. It won’t really save that much more water to stop it for a few extra seconds.

That is when I slap myself in the face… and remember the haunting memory… This Sesame Street segment cemented in my mind.. This is the image I still to this day some 20 years later, think of when I leave the water running in the tap while I brush my teeth, gargle, wash my face, etc.


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