Below are some Yoga action shots of me.
They're just snaps that my partner, John, took of me at home for this page. They're not professional photos (nor are they supposed to be), but are simply to give you an idea of what Yoga postures look like if you're not familiar with Yoga. You'll even see some bloopers among them!
Note that the photos are not a representation of all the Yoga postures that exist - there are many, many more. While I haven't named the poses here, you can see all of the below poses with a caption naming them on the Yoga Quotations page. Click here to view them.
Also, I'm by no means perfect at executing the poses I demonstrate below. And that's what Yoga is all about: doing your best at your current level and working towards betterment (not being perfect!).
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi
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