The word diet is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the food and drink regularly consumed”. Just like a person’s unique fashion style and handwriting style, your diet also reflects what kind of person you are. Like the old adage goes, you are what you eat, no?
That being said, do you judge people on their personal palate preferences I am a yoga teacher, and before I was a yoga teacher, I was a vegetarian. When people learn that I am a yoga teacher, usually one of the next questions is “Are you one of those vegans?”. It makes me laugh. Yes I am one of those, and for me, the choices had nothing to do with each other although of course, they have everything to do with each other.
As one cultivates a deeper yoga practice or maybe a yoga teacher training, you would read one of the fundamental texts of yoga called The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This, “how to live like a yogi” guide outlines the “Yamas and Niyamas”, which are the ethical practices of a yogi. One of these principles is called “Ahimsa”, which means “do no harm”. Ahimsa is not translated to mean be vegan, but many yogis adopt this principle and apply it to their diet.
DO NO HARM.
So powerful. Ahimsa governs that we do no harm to ourself and to others. One step more, flip Ahimsa over and it means so simply BE KIND. To yourself and others. I visualize this as our hearts fanning out love to ourselves and to every living thing around us. This also means, do not judge others for what and how they eat.
Do I wish we could all be more mindful of what we are doing and saying and eating? YES! Do I think everyone should be like me, NO!
Come on over for dinner, I am making my son’s favorite: baked, not fried, chicken.
Sarah is a busy yogini: traveling husband, 3 kids, 3 dogs, tennis enthusiast and yoga & meditation teacher. I have previously owned my own yoga studio and now I teach yoga and mindful meditation at Walter Reed Bethesda Medical Center, and I work privately with children/teens/adults with anxiety. Most days I laugh that “I AM A YOGA TEACHER” because my life does not look peaceful or meditative: it looks like a 3-ring circus. However, despite how crazy I feel (or act!), people ask me all the time about my personal yoga practice and how I incorporate yoga into my life. This blog is to share with you how I live my yoga, how I am always trying to be more UNITED with my spirit, and the reality that I am still always practicing yoga and… have a very long, long way to go! – See more at: http://theyogafairy.blogspot.com
November 20, 2014, http://baldyogi.com/attitudes-appetites-sarah-schain/