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Ahimsa without the V words

No teaching on the ethical principles (yamas and niyamas) skips a lengthy and often hotly debated discussion of the first yama, Ahimsa. It is usually translated as doing no harm and several yogis have interpreted it to include a vegetarian or vegan diet. Jivamukti and Dharma yoga both call on its adherents to avoid animal products and Sri Pattabhi Jois taught his students to avoid meat. Some teachers share these teachings in their studio classes and some do not. I choose not to, as I don’t want to risk a student misinterpreting my words. Luckily this space gives me the opportunity to fully express my approach to this important teaching! I think that a yogic diet like anything in yoga, can be

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