There are a million definitions of Yoga out there. I want to highlight a few of my favorite interpretations that I feel directly correlate with going vegan.
The direction of our thoughts to a higher ideal.
By deciding to go vegan, you’ve decided to direct your thoughts to live with an intention. Whether your reason for going vegan is health, animals, environment or something else, you’ve decided to direct your thoughts and actions to achieve a positive change.
To attain what was previously unattainable.
This is one of my favorite definitions of yoga because it helps convey the flexibility of the practice so perfectly. If there is something you want to achieve, the practice of yoga can help you get there.
In our case, we want to attain a healthier body in a way that we were unable to when we were eating animal products. We want to live in a way that causes the least amount of harm to the environment and other living beings – a way of living that cannot be sustained while eating SAD (the standard american diet) and purchasing products that were developed by testing on animals.
By going vegan, we are living in a more joyful, compassionate and mindful way, which was unattainable before.
To create more joy in life.
You may not realize it, but simply by choosing a vegan lifestyle, you are creating more joy for yourself! The practice of yoga helps us reduce suffering and create a better experience in life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Similarly, when we transition to a vegan lifestyle mindfully, we learn how to nourish our bodies for optimum health and truly live according to our own values of compassion. By choosing a healthier lifestyle, our bodies are better equipped to handle the physical challenges of everyday life. By following our hearts toward cruelty-free options, we lessen the anxiety that can comes with ignoring our gut instincts and intuition.
My goal with Vegan Yoga Life is to weave in teachings, practices and philosophies that I’ve learned through yoga teacher training and my own yoga practice, as well as my own experience as a vegan. In this way, I can help others work through the transition to veganism through a yogic lens, utilizing the amazing practice of yoga to help navigate emotions, communication, goal-setting and more.
The teachings and practices of yoga offer an amazing wealth of knowledge and support for creating more joy in your life. What a wonderful way to approach the process of living a vegan lifestyle!