Veganism & The Yoga Sutra

Yoga is a practice of self-discovery and transformation. It’s meant to be a way of life that follows in your daily activities, not just something you do on the mat or when you’re feeling stressed out. A recent trend in veganism has led many yogis to wonder if their lifestyle choices align with those of other vegans. In this article, we’ll explore how yoga relates to veganism and whether or not it’s possible (or ethical) for yogis to eat animal products at all.

The Yoga Sutra

The Yoga Sutra is a collection of yoga aphorisms, written by Patanjali in the second century CE. It is considered to be the foundation of yoga and has been translated into many languages. The Yoga Sutra is not a religious text, but rather an 8-limbed path that can be practiced regardless of one’s faith or belief system.

The eight limbs are:

  • Yamas (ethical restraints) 2) Niyamas (moral observances) 3) Asana 4) Pranayama 5) Pratyahara 6) Dharana 7) Dhyana 8 ) Samadhi

Chapter II, Verse 21

The Yoga Sutra is a Hindu text that offers guidance for yoga practice. The word “sutra” means “thread,” and the text consists of 196 sutras or aphorisms in Sanskrit. …