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Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Drawing on both the author's extensive studies of Vedic traditions and her longtime interest in animal rights, Yoga and Vegetarianism shows how the physical and spiritual practice of yoga is historically and structurally tied to a vegetarian lifestyle. When they are used in tandem, she argues, they form a strong framework for physical and spiritual attunement and promote a ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Mandala Publishing (first published November 1st 2008)
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: health-books
I read this book a few weeks after finishing 'The Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self' by Charles Eisenstein. Wow, not only did the 'Yoga and Vegetarianism' book come off a second best, it was really more like 5832nd best.

Despite the title this is actually a book about strict veganism, not vegetarianism. The author comments again and again that eating milk products or eggs is no different at all to eating meat and so veganism is the only ethical choice no ma
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it
It was another worthwhile book in my discovery into the word of vegetarianism. For me the strongest arguments for vegetarian are environmental reasons and the author certainly does dedicate a section of her book to this. But I find the yoga arguments less compelling but maybe that is because I am still searching for my beliefs on the yoga/spiritual connection. Because my jury is still out about whether or not I believe that in praying to PEACE PEACE PEACE bring about PEACE into the world, I ther ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
interesting how the ego creeps into even the most non-egoic practices, like yoga. gannon has an oversimplified view of what is ethical and of how one can ethically, lovingly, and nonviolently be in relationship with the animal and plant community and comes off as condescending and self-righteous. boo!
Grace Dadoyan
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, thought-provoking and concise book about the reasons to consider a vegan diet. Sharon Gannon does a beautiful job of presenting all the information in a spiritually-minded, non-judgmental way. Great for someone already vegan, the vegetarian considering veganism or anyone who is interested in learning more about why to eliminate animal products from your diet.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
a very smart & spiritual account of the ethics of veganism! i love this book and have so much gratitude to the author for spreading her message far & wide.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A particularly good book that connects veganism with the Yamas.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Though the author has many good points about the unethical treatment of animals, I am not entirely convinced that consuming meat or dairy products is inherently wrong. I think the general practice of producing and consuming meat and dairy in this country is beyond evil, but there are degrees of consumption which are less evil, veganism being on the opposite end of the spectrum, with points in between being more or less evil. Hypocrisy was rampant in this book, with statements such as: yoga is a ...more
Brenda Feuerstein
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Yoga and Vegetarianism is a hard hitting must-read book for all Yoga practitioners. I don't agree with her 'translation'(I use the word very loosely here) of Patajali's Yoga-Sutra but apart from that, the book is an incredible exploration into a world that humans tend to separate from their own. Sharon Gannon graces us with the formative stories from her childhood and early adult life that brought her to where she is today. Sharon obviously has a deep understanding of the world and exemplifies a ...more
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Gannon makes some strong arguments in favor of a vegan lifestyle using Yogic texts (Patanjali). The tone is incredibly forceful, and everything is presented as black and white. I had trouble with the content about karma implying that there is balance in the world for past actions. "We must remember that all beings--including the animals [raised in factory farms:]--find themselves in their present situations due to past karmas (p. 109)." While I don't agree with all of Gannon's ideas, I support e ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan-veg
I really got a lot out of this, much more so than I expected to. This little book does not pull any punches, but it also puts a spiritual spin on veganism that I can't combat with any of my tired old excuses. Eye opening and heart breaking...
Mây Mây
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like many of Sharon ideas and philosophy, especially this part when she says how change is up to us as an individual and every small action counts. I know it's something we have already heard a thousand times but the way she articulated it was so compassionately and genuinely you think it must be right.
I am a big meat eater so I was a little hesitant to pick up this book afraid that it might make me give up on meat. Once started it was not hard to finish. I found it good enough to make me fee
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came to this already vegan and into yoga, but I still gained a lot from this book. Fair warning, there are some graphic depictions of animal cruelty that brought me to tears, so make sure you prepare yourself for this short, but intense read. I was pretty unfamiliar with the yoga sutras, but I felt Sharon evoked them well in order to convey her overarching message. I know why I became vegan, so hearing the other good reasons was sort of icing on the cake for me. I also found her sections on de ...more
Rajashekar Iyer
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have been wondering why there appears to be a heightened interest in vegan diets you will find this book illuminating. The author describes, with passion, the unnecessary cruelty we inflict on animals when we adopt a meat/fish/poultry/dairy based diet. This book might change your life and make you healthier!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that cannot be "unread." Do not read this book if you want to continue life as a carnivore. DO read this book if you want to fully embrace an enlightened diet and life.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent book about non-violence and living a peaceful life.
Sian Lile-Pastore
The cover of this book looks pretty light and fun, but inside its all pretty hard hitting. Also, this is actually about veganism and yoga rather than vegetarianism...
There are lots of pretty graphic descriptions about the meat and dairy industry - and to be honest, it was a bit much for me, and I would imagine a bit much for most people, especially if you'd come to this expecting yoga stuff. All of that aside (and I am vegan anyway, so yknow am in full agreement with what she's saying) the links
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Overall, I liked this book. I appreciate how yoga philosophy is applied to current life. And I think sone of her arguments for veganism are well thought out. I do take issue with the statement that humans are not evolutionarily omnivores. I studied anthropology in college, and can point out various biological markers that strongly suggest we are more meat eaters then chimps or gorillas and, for that matter, chimps hunt and eat meat. However, I do agree that it is possible for humans to be vegan ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health, non-fiction, vegan
It was ok. The author has some good points and writes the book from her heart. Unfortunately, she comes across as hard-headed and I found her preaching style a bit too much.

I appreciated what she was sayig and, as a vegan, definately agree with the principals but a kinder approach is my personal preference.

Anyone who has not tried vegetarianism/veganism could find this book quite off-putting.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I have some problems with this book (mostly the author's delivery of material citing a source as "someone once told me") but otherwise this book actually changed my life. I went to a workshop led by Ms Gannon right after this book came out and it was such an affirming experience, even though many of the attendees were nearly combative with her over the book's topic.
Monika Reinhold
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a game changer for me. It was part of my yoga teacher training reading and also had to do a book report on it. No more animal meat for this girl mainly due to what I learned in thus book.
Jaclyn Laigle
Really well written. A quick read with some great information. The yoga part got a little too out there for me, but the author makes some great points. Beneficial for anyone interested in the practice of yoga or vegetarianism separately or together. I definitely highly recommend it!
May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Had some good points. Very light hearted and informative in some ways. But I agree very black and white. It felt at times like I was getting talked at rather than getting an honest heartfelt opinion. To preachy for my taste.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a moving and motivational book. Some passages are difficult to get through if you're sensitive, but overall the book is deeply positive and empowering.
Jennifer Baum
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I was excited about the idea of this book but it was pretty disappointing. Not very compelling. There are certainly better books about vegetarianism.
Very preachy, but also explaining just why veganism is necessary for strict yogis.
Carol Cox
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. Excellent points about leading with compassion when talking with others.
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Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for anyone wanting to understand the relationship between diet and yoga.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
She contradicts herself in the epilogue. Confusing.
I was hoping for more about mental and physical health benefits. This was a political statement.
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
For Yoga of Nutrition class
Julia Bayona
Great concepts, but very repetitive. This book could have been shorter and still would've gotten the message across.
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