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Yoga and Vegetarianism [Paperback]

Sharon Gannon
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3 Aug 2011
Drawing on both the author's extensive studies of Vedic traditions and her longtime interest in animal rights, "Yoga and Vegetarianism" 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, yoga and vegetarianism form a strong framework for physical and spiritual attunement and promote an overall healthy life. "Yoga and Vegetarianism" 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. What is a perfect thought? According to the book, it is a thought free of selfish desire, anger, and hate. This brings us back to Ahimsa and to vegetarianism. Freeing oneself of needless cruelty, harm, and injustice - which includes eating meat - can transform both the individual and the world. This book shows how.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mandala Publishing; 1 edition (3 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601090218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601090218
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sharon Gannon (has) inspired and encouraged us to think of yoga not just as a system of exercises but as a door to the infinite." Sting" --Sting

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Sharon Gannon has co-authored two books on Yoga with David Life, Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & Soul and The Art of Yoga. She is the author of Cats and Dogs are People Too. She contributes the Focus of the Month, a monthly essay, and is the compiler and translator of the Jivamukti Chant Book. She has contributed essays and short stories to Semiotext(e).

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1.0 out of 5 stars rather misleading... 21 Mar 2011
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I brought this book thinking that it would have some good advice on vegetarian diet along with yoga practice as I practice a 90 minute hot yoga class that burns off 950 calories everyday and struggle to consume enough calories and protein to sustain this and the other forms of exercise I do in one day without resorting to meat.

Unfortunately far from beig a helpful guide to good vegetarian diet it turned out to be a rather preachy book on why eating meat is bad, which in itself is not a bad thing - but it unfortunately resorted to over-dramatic language and shock tactics and I felt as if the writer was trying to guilt trip me into being a vegetarian rather putting the idealogy across in the form of rational arguement. As a result I felt as if I was being patronised and preached at and would not recommend this book - especially if you are looking for practical advice on vegetarianism or yoga as this book contains none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to change your attitudes 31 Mar 2009
I read this and changed from being a vegetarian to being a vegan overnight. The message is very powerful. We are not on this planet in isolation and if you are practising yoga in order to free your spirit, how can you do it at the expense of other beings. Sharon Gannon writes in a very no-nonsense way, she is obviously passionate about what she is saying and is able to draw on many texts to support her vision. I found this very inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on 16 April 2010
This book gave me insight in research I haven`t even heard about - a serious topic written in a mostly joyful style - easy to digest and leaves you energized- precisely as vegetarian food does . No fanatism, which is the best about the whole book. Enjoy !
Best regards from Christina Danielsen, Oslo , Norway
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compassionate View on Oneness 5 Jun 2009
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Being a vegetarian who has a daily yoga practice, I have read many books on both subjects. This was the first book that made me take a hard look as to why I had not made the commitment to veganism.

This compassionate viewpoint utilizes a step-by-step yoga method that reminds us via our daily practice that we are all part of the "oneness" of our planet.

I have typically been a little self conscious being around some vegans. Vegans are compassionate at heart and really very kind in purpose, but I would feel guilty about the fact that I have a hard time giving up cheese. This book was written so that I now have a hard time even looking at cheese.

I cried at the very real descriptions of the life of a dairy cow, and even though much of was not new news, Sharon Gannon communicates the message in such a heartfelt manner that it hits home.

This book contains many gifts and it will affect your life. One simple gift was my now gratitude toward PETA... being a peaceful soul, I always steered clear of taking a stance, but these fearless people have a new place in my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll read this again -- with a highlighter 20 Mar 2009
By Victoria Moran - Published on Amazon.com
I am so taken with this book. I've done yoga since I was eighteen and I've been a vegetarian almost that long, but Gannon's exploration of the Yoga Sutras and their intimate connection to a compassionate way of living and eating is as fresh and new here as if this were the first book on these subjects I ever read. Although the author's claim to fame is as an innovative yoga instructor and vegan activist, she's also an engaging writer who makes what could seem like advanced, esoteric teachings readily accessible. I do want to go back over the book and highlight passages -- so many of her sentences are little jewels, both for my own understanding of these topics and to share with other people.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and a gift to all students and teachers of yoga 22 Nov 2008
By Shantih - Published on Amazon.com
Every yoga teacher and student should read this book. It is informative, insightful, and best of all, it relates a vegetarian/vegan diet to all five of Master Patanjali's yamas. Usually, only ahimsa (not causing pain) is linked to a veggie diet. But Gannon gives reasons that maybe you had yet to think about...GO Vegan! Thank you for this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga and Vegetarianism 27 Aug 2009
By Dawn E. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
If you are eager to live in a peaceful world, one that respects all living beings, this book is for you!

Both personal and universal, diet is part of our everyday experience; this book clearly outlines choices that will lead to a peaceful inner environment. Rooted in the teachings of Patanjali, the wisdom of a vegetarian diet as essential for individuals who practice yoga is explained with the passion of an animal rights activist.

Care is given in revealing the torture that animals endure as a consequence of our habits of meat and dairy consumption. A sincere desire for compassion for all shines like a bright light throughout the book, including kindness towards oneself rather than blame for actions taken in the past. The concept of Karma is explained clearly. The impact of eating meat on the Earth's air, water, oceans, land, forests, crops, and fossil fuel depletion may shock you. It did me.

I immediately began the 21 day cleansing diet and feel a greater sense of health and happiness, as the title suggests. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu-this mantra translates as: may all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and that freedom for all.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for newbies, as well as for those of us who need another push 9 Jun 2009
By tkb2101 - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best book I've read for newbies, as well as for those of us who need another push to continue our path toward whole and complete vegetarianism. I'm recommending this to all my friends, vegetarian and carnivore alike. It has none of the preachy, holier-than-thou attitude that you often seem to get from other books. Thanks to the author for this great service to all beings!
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