Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet of Enlightenment is a fantastic book by Sharon Gannon with a foreword by Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA. Sharon Gannon is the co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga School and a devoted vegan. Her book is one of the finest books to tie the ethics, philosophy and spiritual principles of Yoga to a vegetarian lifestyle. The book illustrates how Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are the foundation for Yoga practice and vegetarian diet. Integral Yoga Magazine cannot recommend this book highly enough. Every Yoga student or teacher must read this book!
“Through the practices of Yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well-being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well-being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass-destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth.” – Sharon Gannon
Yoga and Vegetarianism presents the novel and innovative argument that the rationale for vegetarianism goes beyond the yogic precept of non-harming (ahimsa). Sure, ahimsa is a no-brainer. But how could brahmacharya-sexual continence-be related to vegetarianism? Sharon answers that question and more in a provocative, engaging and at times humorous exploration as she explains how the five yamas (ethical precepts) of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras-non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing, sexual continence and greedlessness-compel the committed yogi to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. Sharon’s argument expands your capacity for living your Yoga.
A practical manual for Yoga teachers, Yoga practitioners and anyone interested in improving their physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being, Yoga and Vegetarianism includes a glossary of relevant terms; stunning facts about the harmful environmental effects of raising animals for food; answers to the questions most frequently asked on this topic by students all over the world; a guide to relating your asana practice to vegetarianism, environmentalism and political activism; a 21-day cleansing diet which will help you not only lose unwanted pounds, but also transition to a more yogic diet; a list of useful external resources, including books, websites and DVDs to help you continue your exploration of this subject; and inspirational quotes. Buy it now!
“As all great radical activists have done, Sharon has changed the way that yoga practitioners, as well as ordinary people, view animals and themselves.”
– Ingrid Newkirk, PETA
“Refraining from eating animal products has given me a more happy life. I recommend this book and these ideas.”
– Russell Simmons, CEO Rush Communications