Ahimsa and the Link to Veganism

Jainism-Ahimsa-Hand-iconHave you ever noticed that a lot of yogis are either vegetarian or vegan? This actually isn’t a coincidence. Sure, yoga and vegetarianism/veganism complement each other well in that they both are great for your health. But for those yogis who closely follow the Ashtanga teachings, there is actually a reason for their leading a meat-free lifestyle.

While pursuing my yoga teacher certification I studied the eight limbs of yoga. These are included in Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutra.”

The first of the eight limbs, Yama, includes five guidelines or practices for how we should conduct our lives. The first of which is Ahimsa, which is Sanskrit for “nonviolence.”

While many yogis view the nonviolence part as human to human, many others take it to mean nonviolence against all beings. I became vegan well before I started practicing yoga, but, for my own practice, I take it to mean nonviolence against all beings. I just don’t know how you can separate the two. But the great thing about yoga is that there is no right or wrong; it’s all what you want for your own practice.

As a side note: This is my first in what I hope to be many yoga-related posts. As I mentioned earlier, I believe that veganism and yoga complement each other, so it’s a way for me to provide more content on the blog, in addition to the food-stuff, which I hope to have more of soon with my next grocery trip. I also plan to change the site design a bit to reflect both the vegan and yoga aspects.

I hope you all are well!

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4 thoughts on “Ahimsa and the Link to Veganism

  1. Great article! It is strange, but I knew some yogis that lead a vegetarian or vegan diet, but never thought that most of them would be. I look forward to reading more about your yoga tips since I am pretty new to yoga 🙂

  2. I was also vegan before I started practicing yoga. I agree, to a certain extent, that in yoga there is no right and wrong, but I find it diffiuclt to understand how one can practice yoga, which includes ahimsa, and not be vegan and for that not to be wrong…That said, I also believe that it would be better for the world if everybody practiced some yoga rather than none at all, so I welcome non vegan or non veggie yogis 🙂

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