Yoga and Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment

Yoga and Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment

by Sharon Gannon


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In Yoga and Veganism, Sharon Gannon—co-creator of the renowned Jivamukti Yoga method—weaves together a compelling exploration of the intersection between the spiritual practice of yoga, physical health, care for the planet, and a peaceful coexistence with other animals and nature. Through clear and accessible language, Gannon unpacks the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the oldest and most revered texts focused on the philosophy of yoga, and draws a fascinating course to greater enlightenment for the contemporary practitioner.

With yama, or restraint, the Yoga Sutras outline the first step on the path to spiritual liberation through five ethical principles that help guide our relationships with the world around us: Ahimsa teaches us how to avoid personal suffering through not harming others, while satya reveals how telling the truth allows us to be better listened to. Through asteya, or nonstealing, we learn the secret of wealth. Brahmacharya reveals how refraining from sexual misconduct leads to health and vitality, and finally, aparigraha opens our eyes to the ways in which greed holds us back from true happiness and is destroying the planet.

Yoga and Veganism shines a light on these five guiding principles, demonstrating how the practice of yoga is tied to an ethical vegan lifestyle, which opens the path to both physical wellness and spiritual enlightenment. Featuring a selection of delicious recipes from the author along with personal essays from individuals whose lives have been transformed by veganism—including filmmaker Kip Andersen (Cowspiracy) and activist Ingrid Newkirk (president of PETA)— Yoga and Veganism provides a framework for yoga students and teachers looking to bring their asana practice into alignment with the philosophy at the heart of the discipline, as well as with the Earth around them and all of the beings within it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683839224
Publisher: Palace Publishing Group, LP
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 473,110
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ingrid Newkirk is the founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the author of Save the Animals, 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals, The Compassionate Cook, and 250 Ways to Make Your Cat Adore You.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ingrid Newkirk 15

Prologue 20

Invocation: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu 29

Introduction 31

Chapter 1 What Does Yoga Have to Do with Veganism?: Questioning Old Habits 36

Chapter 2 Asana: Our Connection to the Earth and All Beings 54

Chapter 3 Ahimsa: Nonharming 74

Chapter 4 Satya: Telling the Truth 84

Chapter 5 Asteya: Nonstealing 104

Chapter 6 Brahmacharya: Good Sex 113

Chapter 7 Aparigraha: Greed, Excess, and Poverty 126

Chapter 8 Living the Life of a Jivanmukta: Spiritual Activism 140

Chapter 9 Transformational Stories: The Life-Changing Power of Veganism: Personal Accounts from Notable Vegans 159

Chapter 10 Getting Started on a Vegan Diet: 21-Day Cleansing Diet 192

Chapter 11 Delightful Dining: Vegan Recipes for Human and Animal People Alike 199

Chapter 12 Frequently Asked Questions 221

Chapter 13 Yoga on the Mat 273

Epilogue 282

Resources 285

Glossary 289

Acknowledgments 293

About the Author 297

Index 298

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