Ahimsa: non violent eating
Nonviolence for ourselves, the earth and the animals.
Vegan recipes, vegetarian articles and animal rights.
"Got my copy of Ahimsa. Very easy to understand and really how your give pictures and explanations of plant based sources for nutrients--makes it easy. Good job! I recommend this book." -Priscilla E., Yoga instructor in PA 8/2016
"I am reading it now.I am so happy! Such a good book!" Agnes, France
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
Ahimsa (अहिंसा) is the Sanskrit term for non-violence or non-harming. This way of being embraces the concept of not harming ourselves, our bodies, the earth we live on or the animals, both wild and domesticated. Shifting to or keeping a vegetarian or vegan diet to help create a healthier body and a more peaceful mind can be a simple process. Just as we brush our teeth and shower to keep our body clean, often without much thought, so we can eat foods that keep us clean and nourish us on the inside as well, all while not harming ourselves, the environment or animals in the process. (Read more here.)
As a lifelong vegetarian (due to my father's knowledge from the yogis and mother's dedication to learn healthy vegetarian cooking), not eating living beings is as natural to me as breathing air. I see all living and breathing beings as sentient, conscious forms of life, not food for humans. Animals take care of their babies and want to enjoy their lives as much as humans do. They feel and fear pain as all humans. The slaughter and eating of innocent animals is creating harmful impacts to people's health, the environment and the animals.
Yoga teaches us that to live in harmony we can incorporate proper exercise (yoga postures), proper breathing (pranayama), proper relaxation, meditation, positive thinking and a non violent vegetarian diet. Due to modern day factory farming and even 'free range/cage free' treatment of animals, which often leads to suffering and death in the animals involved, in most cases now a vegan (no dairy) diet is the least harmful. Eating in a way that aligns with our values of compassion and sustainability is apart of yoga, just as much as the yoga asanas (postures) are and other aspects of the lifestyle (serving humanity, meditation, positive thinking and proper relaxation). Living in a conscious way that does not harm or use animals for food, entertainment or in any way that creates suffering to others brings more harmony to ourselves and the world around us.
This book focuses on non violent aspects of eating, living and being in the world. It includes:
Jnana Yoga (the yoga of knowledge and wisdom): read about current vegan and animal rights news and related issues
Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion and love): animals love their babies, want to live and fear and feel pain just like humans
Karma Yoga (the yoga of selfless service): take direct action to help reduce suffering in animals, humans and the earth
Some recipes from Ahimsa: nonviolent eating