17. Becoming-Frog

Yoga as Environmentalism

  1. Liz Stillwaggon Swan PhD
  1. Megan M. Burke

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121450.ch17

Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

How to Cite

Burke, M. M. (2011) Becoming-Frog, in Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body (ed L. S. Swan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118121450.ch17

Author Information

  1. University of Oregon, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 14 OCT 2011

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658802

Online ISBN: 9781118121450



  • becoming-frog, yoga as environmentalism;
  • Shiva's call for an Earth democracy, experiencing tomorrow;
  • realizing one's connection to the environment;
  • yogis and the environment, meaningful and ethical;
  • yoga's asanas, the sun salutation (surya namaskar);
  • surya namaskar, the sun salutation, sequences of poses;
  • bonding oneself and environment in a tree pose (vrksasana);
  • yogis honoring the energy of the tree, yogis' need for protecting trees;
  • asanas as Earth democracy in practice;
  • yoga, and metaphysical and ethical position in relation to nature


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I'm an Mammal, I'm a Reptile, I'm a Tree!

  • Asanas as Earth Democracy in Practice

  • Yogis for the Earth