elephant journal posted a very interesting article a few months ago extolling the virtues of a veggie-yoga lifestyle, finding the curiosity in choices of a yoga instructor and posing the everlasting question: Is Vegetarianism essential in Yoga?
Back around the same time we brought up the subject with Sharon Gannon (of Jivamukti) and her book Yoga and Vegetarianism where she promotes veggie-eating as the diner’s choice down yogi lane. Many of you exasperatingly disagreed.
The topic circled round again recently, with Sadie Nardini joining the table in her June 22 Huffington Post article where she ‘comes out’, rather tenaciously we might add, as a yogi AND a flesh-eater in defense of all the yogsters who so choose the animal route – which, clearly today is not uncommon.
And then there’s the article that came out yesterday (Science Daily) about Yoga’s link to mindful eating, which in essence means slower conscious eating and ultimately (ideally) healthier eating, digestion, perhaps healthier weight. Does ‘mindful’ have to do with being vegetarian? Well, not really. But it does have to do with choices and food, and well, being conscious somewhere in the middle of it we guess.
Well, we’ve talked lots about the morphs and mutations yoga has taken on in the West, not the least fascinating being: doga, roller-yoga, hip hop yoga. All quite Western. So here’s a morsel of pontification for you, Is the acceptability of meat-eaters in yoga something to further the Westernizing of yoga?
Of course, not all yogis are veggies and vice versa. We know a cornucopia of people doing the yog that aren’t veg, which seems exponential now that everyone’s a yoga teacher!
So, dear dorkaliciouses, what are your reasons for being veg or non-veg?
Do factors like the environment, disease and/or convenience play into your decisions these days?
Have you noticed eating more mindfully no matter if it’s animal, mineral or vegetable?