food as yoga

January 31, 2010

When I was training as a yoga teacher last October, the highlight of my day was not sitting down to meditate, it was sitting down to the two buffet-style meals from the ashram kitchen.  Was it Thai night?  Mexican?  Or, my favorite, Indian?

If meditation is one-pointed focus, then I’m an expert.  Give me an onion to chop or a curry to slurp, and I can concentrate so completely that time (not that it exists, of course) stands still.

So I was very excited to read this article in the New York Times about food and yoga, and whether you need to be a vegetarian to practice.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like labels.  If you make the bulk of your diet plant-based and you throw in even a few minutes of yoga time a day, you’re making a huge positive difference to your body and the planet.  Yoga means union, after all.

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