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Yoga and vegetarianism

Author: Sharon Gannon
Publisher: San Raphael, CA : Mandala Pub., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on both the author's extensive studies of Vedic traditions and her longtime interest in animal rights, this book shows how the physical and spiritual practice of yoga is historically and structurally tied to a vegetarian lifestyle. When they are used in tandem, she argues, they form a strong framework for physical and spiritual attunement and promote an overall healthy life. She emphasizes the importance of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Gannon
ISBN: 9781601090218 1601090218
OCLC Number: 223917746
Notes: "The diet of enlightenment."
Description: 144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Asana --
our connection to the Earth an all beings --
Ahimsa --
nonharming --
Satya --
telling the truth --
Asteya --
nonstealing --
Brahmacharya --
good sex --
Aparigraha --
greed, excess, and poverty --
Living the life of a Jivanmukta --
spiritual activism.
Responsibility: Sharon Gannon ; foreword by Ingrid Newkirk.

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Drawing on both the author's extensive studies of Vedic traditions and her longtime interest in animal rights, this book shows how the physical and spiritual practice of yoga is historically and structurally tied to a vegetarian lifestyle. When they are used in tandem, she argues, they form a strong framework for physical and spiritual attunement and promote an overall healthy life. She emphasizes the importance of understanding of ahimsa, the practice of non-harming and nonviolence, as the first step in marrying yoga and vegetarianism. All actions, says Gannon, originate as thoughts, so the "perfection of action" that yoga strives for must come from a perfect thought--a thought free of selfish desire, anger, and hate. She shows how freeing oneself of needless cruelty, harm, and injustice--which includes eating meat--can transform both the individual and the world.--From publisher description.

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