Living Yoga

Ahimsa means 'non-violence' and is the first and most important precept of Yoga. To live a Yogic life means to lead a non-violent life and that means living vegan.

Note that I didn't say "that vegetarianism is living a non-violent life". Vegetarianism is NOT ahimsic. Vegetarianism is simply not eating flesh but still engaging in other violence towards animals.

On the other hand, living vegan means you don't participate in anything that involves any violence towards animals. Therefore:

  • Vegans eat all foods except meat, dairy, eggs and honey. So they eat legumes, grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

  • Vegans use make up, cleaning products and body care products that are not tested on animals. Sadly, it's impossible to avoid medicines that aren't tested on animals (because they all are), but to counter this many vegans choose alternative medicines - like acupuncture, chiropractic, etc - as much as possible.

  • Vegans don't support 'entertainment' that uses animals - eg. bullfighting, horseracing, circuses with wild animals, dogfighting, dogracing, movies that use wild animals as 'actors', etc.

  • Vegans don't wear animals either - so no leather, suede, wool, sheepskin, fur, and silk.

Veganism is non-violence in action. Which means that to live a Yogic life is to live a vegan life. Find out more about veganism by clicking on these links:

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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