Are You Truly Practicing Yoga If You Eat Meat?

 Are you truly practicing yoga if you eat meat?

Ahimsa or Nonviolence

I read online that some say you are not truly practicing yoga if you eat meat. The practice of ahimsa, or nonviolence, can imply not eating animals because it is violent to take the life of another being.

Just Starting Training

I want to say that I am just starting yoga teacher training Friday, so I am not completely familiar with the whole practice. I am not vegan, and I probably won’t be. Does that mean that I will be looked down upon in the yoga community by a few? Possibly… I don’t really know because acceptance is part of the practice as well.

Why We Judge

It is difficult not to judge people. It is difficult not to think that your way of living is better… you chose it after all right? Why would you choose it if you didn’t think it was better? Therefore, I think it makes it extremely hard to move past at least some judgement.

Accepting Lifestyles

One of my goals in this journey is to try to choose acceptance of different lifestyles over judgement though. I will try to choose acceptance of myself and others. I realize I am not any better for eating meat, but I also don’t think I am worse either.

Intuitive Eating

There is no such thing as perfect and balance will look different for everyone. After struggling with restricting food and overexercising, I don’t like the idea of me ever going back to restricting foods that I crave. If a vegan diet would be what I was craving, and it was what I would be at peace with, then that would be fine though!

Food Does Not Determine Worth

One person is not better than another because of the food they eat. I know I can get a little preachy sometimes because I try to present intuitive eating and how it works for me. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing what you eat though, and again everyone is different. I do think we should try to take care of ourselves, and I love fruits and veggies, but I also am thankful for a good steak. If that goes against your personal beliefs, that is fine too.

 I believe you can truly practice yoga and eat meat. What do you think? What is right for your healthy, happy, balanced life? What will help you accept that it is not the same for everyone?

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Ashton Bennett
Hi! My name is Ashton. I am a wife, a first grade teacher, and a dog mom. I am striving to live a happy, healthy, and balanced life, and hopefully inspire you to do the same. I am a cross trainer and yogi. I try to push myself to step out of my comfort zone in many areas of my life to challenge myself to keep growing. My main goal is to stay mentally healthy. I want to emphasize working out to feel good and create a healthy lifestyle. The goal is not to change my body, but love myself no matter what.

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