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The production of organic food is not non-violent --to imply that is rather ridiculous. Some organic pesticides kill beneficial insects (rotenone for example) while killing the target pests as well. The cultivation of food is a violent process --the production of grain, tilling the earth, cultivating vegetables --it's all violent to some degree. To think that being a vegetarian somehow gets you off the hook, so-to-speak, is naive. In order for something to live, another thing must die. Any herbalist will tell you (and i don't think a vegetarian would disagree) that plants have consciousness --so why is it okay to take the life of a plant and the insects that are most-certainly present, or the worms in the soil that are killed when tilling? Somehow this is more morally-palatable than taking the life of an animal --even if it is taken with reverence? In the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, meat is considered healing for certain constitutions, and a strict vegetarian diet is patently inappropriate for some. The choice to be a vegetarian is a very personal one, and the typical approach of western medicine, making sweeping statements that supposedly apply to everyone, (as if we were all cut out of the same fabric!) is absurd and reductionist. And to suggest that because one teaches yoga, that he or she should be telling their students what/how to eat?! Really, it's irresponsible at best, and harmful at worst. People take what their teachers say seriously --and teachers need to be very careful what they say --for we're ultimately responsible for our words --and they need to be chosen carefully --if you want to be a vegetarian --great. But don't assume, or try to assert that it might be an appropriate diet for everyone --or that it might be in some way morally superior. Ouch.

Great article!
I'm a yoga teacher in my 60's and yes I do not have to take any medication.
People who come to my classes are at a fitness club want a quick improvement, but longterm it's how we treat ourselves each day that creates chage.

Nina Priebe

Great article, I want the book!


If yu're gonna eat M&M's and Cheese for breakfast. Don't take the morning class.

Linda Carvin

I liked this article on food and yoga. I'd like to see more articles linking yoga to meditation, food, lifestyle, approach to life, etc. Yoga can have such a positive effect on so many aspects of our lives!

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