In Yoga and Veganism, Sharon Gannon, creator of the renowned Jivamukti Yoga method, weaves together a compelling exploration of the intersection between yoga, physical health, environmentalism, and animal rights. 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 presents a sound and logical course leading to happiness, freedom and ultimately enlightenment.
The Yoga Sutras say that the secret to our own happiness lies in our relationship with others and provides us with five ethical principles (ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya and aparigraha) to guide us in how we treat others. Ahimsa teaches us how to avoid personal suffering through not harming others, while satya reveals how telling the truth results in us being better listened to. Through asteya, or nonstealing, we learn the secret of wealth. Brahmacharya reveals how refraining from abusing others sexually is the key to health and vitality for ourselves, and finally, aparigraha opens our eyes to the ways in which greed holds us back from discovering our life’s purpose and destiny.
Yoga and Veganism is a groundbreaking work that cleverly and convincingly demonstrates how these five guiding yogic principles, are tied to an ethical vegan lifestyle. Featuring an extensive Q&A chapter as well as 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 not just for yoga students and teachers but for anyone seriously looking to bring their lives into greater harmony with the Earth and to experience peace of mind, ease of heart, joy and happiness.
* Required reading for Jivamukti's 300 Hour TT Program
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