From the Arctic Ocean to the Desert, YOGIS UNITE For MAPS at Shakti Fest

From May 9-13, at Joshua Tree, CA, MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, will feature at the world-renowned international yoga and music festival, Shakti Fest. volunteers will be on site to explain how MAPS keeps our world healthy, and how people can get involved. Shakti Fest founder Sridhar Silberfein says, “When we care for others and our environment, our spiritual progress moves very quickly.”

The Arctic Ocean is our world’s air conditioner, keeping our global weather patterns stable so we have the food and resources we need to survive. But today it is melting fast and under threat as never before, as interests seek to profit from the loss of ice. MAPS will safeguard the entire Arctic Ocean above the Arctic Circle, turning it into the biggest preservation area the world has ever seen. By taking exploitation – including seabed oil and gas – off the table for good, MAPS catalyzes a global shift to sustainability on every level. It inspires a change from short-term gain for a few, to the long-term good of the whole. And MAPS brings together people from all countries as one Earth family.

To realize MAPS, the all-volunteer international non-profit organization created the MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and sent it to all 193 UN member states. Two nations have already signed the Treaty. The international yoga community can play a key role to help increase support.

Yoga awakens us to our inherent interconnection. As such, the yoga community is eco-conscious, interested in a healthy life and healthy world, and naturally aligned with MAPS. And as a yoga teacher, the leader of YOGIS UNITE has existing influence within this community.

Yogini, musician, author and activist, Parvati is the Founder and CEO of, and the visionary for both MAPS and YOGIS UNITE. YOGIS UNITE is a transformative movement for a peaceful, healthy planet, already joined by yoga luminaries such as Seane Corn, Deva Premal and Tias Little. The critical situation in the Arctic Ocean affects us all, and so everyone has a role to play in protecting it for the greater good. YOGIS UNITE gives yoga practitioners the opportunity to do karma yoga, the path to bliss through selfless service, by sharing the
heartening and uplifting message of MAPS with their communities.

YOGIS UNITE is part of’s Global Education Strategy (GES), the heartbeat of its plan to realize MAPS now. GES generates the international momentum to realize a healthy world at the speed required, given our current global ecological and humanitarian conditions. It creates lasting transformation in the way we see ourselves, each other and our world.

To realize MAPS now requires urgent action for immediate conservation. This is only possible by melting the hearts of the world, harnessing the exponential power of modern media to penetrate, permeate and pervade global awareness with MAPS in real time and on a global scale.

Parvati says, “MAPS is such a magnificent embodiment of the meaning of yoga, which literally means union. Together as yogis united for MAPS, we can restore peace and balance to the planet with the largest protected area in history.”