Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti has a new book (sorta, it dropped Nov 1, 2008). It’s called Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet of Enlightenment, and Ecorazzi has an exclusive interview on the mesmerizing capacity of words, why she chose the subject, and everyone’s favorite Celebriyogi pal Russell Simmons. Oh and the pending Apocalypse.
Our favorite bits…
On her apparently painstakingly slow-burn writing process:
“… I will write a word and then get stopped in my tracks as I ask myself, “why that word? What does it really mean?” I may break the word apart into syllables, I may repeat it out-loud over and over, I may look it up in the dictionary and seek the etymological source…all of that very often contributes to a sort of magical experience, where my perception of the word or of a concept shifts and expands.”
Yikes. Obviously this book is meant for the slow digesters.
Favorite part about writing the book:
“#1. Being finished.”
(sheesh no kidding!)
2 and 3?
#2. Being blessed to have the insight in chapter six about aparigraha and how it relates to 2012, time and the pending Apocalypse.
#3. Going on tour and having a chance to speak about the book to people and answer their questions in person.
“Eating a vegetarian diet will do more to help bring you to a place of peace, harmony and well-being then any other thing you can do.”
“Each one of those yamas supports a vegetarian (vegan) diet. I think it is self-evident why. But if the reader is unsure then read my book, because the basis of the whole book is drawn from this concept of the yamas.”
On Russell Simmons (this guy gets around!)
“I have a very playful relationship with Russell. We have a lot of fun.
Just about everyday he takes class at our School in NYC. He certainly spends more time there than I do and probably knows more about what is going on in the classes than I do—cause he is there everyday.”
[read the expanded interview at Ecorazzi]