Yoga and Vegetarianism

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Yoga and Vegetarianism

The Diet of Enlightenment

By Sharon Gannon; Ingrid E. Newkirk (Foreword by)

Mandala Media, Paperback, 9781601090218, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 18, 2008

According to Sharon Gannon, the single most important part of your yoga practice is the strict adherence to a vegetarian diet - a diet free of needless cruelty, harm, and injustice.
Gannon offers truth and wisdom from a tradition of spiritual practice thousands of years old and explains how to apply these practices to our modern lifestyles.
Drawing upon her studies of Vedic traditions, Gannon explores how the practices of yoga are historically and structurally tied to an ethical vegetarian lifestyle. Integral to each another, both yoga and vegetarianism form a framework for physical and spiritual attunement, and when practiced as a whole provide the path not only to physical health, but to spiritual enlightenment.

About the Author
Sharon Gannon is best known for creating, along with David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga Method a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, and K. Pattabhi Jois, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including "Sharanam", which is her solo album. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including "Jivamukti Yoga", "The Art of Yoga", "Cats and Dogs are People Too!", and "Yoga and Vegetarianism". Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including "Toward 2012", "Arcana V: Music", "Magic and Mysticism", "What Comes After Money", "Semiotexte", "Yoga Journal", and "Origin". She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month. She resides in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in upstate New York.

Ingrid Newkirk (Norfolk, VA) is the world-famous dog lover and founder/president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal rights organization in the world. A master of publicity, she has appeared on "Today, Oprah, Nightline, Crossfire, 20/20, " on radio, and in print. A deputy sheriff in Maryland for nearly thirty years, she is also the author of several books and articles on the social implications of our treatment of animals. In 2008, HBO released a documentary of her life titled "I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA."

Jane Ratcliffe (Ann Arbor, MI) is a novelist and freelance writer. She has her MFA from Columbia University and currently teaches creative writing.