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Eat your vegetables!

April 11, 2012

I know that not all yoga enthusiasts are vegetarians, and I’m not even one of those people who cares to persuade anyone to cross over…but I am sending out some serious veg love. Tonight I had an exemplary meal at Dirt Candy in the East Village and it made me proud to be one of those who consumes only things that grow from the earth. It also made me think of how many yoga peeps are also vegetarians, or *gasp* vegans.  I can think of three main reasons why this is, so if you’ve been scratching your head and wondering why here are my conclusions. A) Yoga originates from India where the peeps are not rolling in dough…and veggies are cheaper there, so diets end up being largely vegetarian. This is a nice practical reason. B) Because lighter foods are considered to be more sattvic, or balanced. Meat is obviously a heavy food that is hard for the body to process so it creates a climate in the body that is not optimal for yoga. The ultimate goals of yoga can only be reached through a sattvic state. C) There is the principal of ahimsa, or non-harm. Obviously, animals are living beings and in vedic tradition they are creatures with souls (conceivably your karmic buildup could land you a future life as, say, a steak..umm wait, a cow) so to kill one and eat it is considered “harm” to some folks. I mean, I’m not sure what you eat if you’ve ever read the secret life of plants. Plants are people too!

Anyway, let it be known: I love vegetables. They are pretty rad even if you’re not considering any of the above yoga related reasons.

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  1. Melissa permalink
    April 15, 2012 10:47 pm

    And you actually went to Dirt Candy – I was there on Friday! I did the carrot and the chard. I did the corn last time. I love that place. Amanda Cohen even gave me one of the buttons!

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