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VegNews TV: The Connection Between Yoga and a Plant-Based Diet

Namaste I’m Heidi rated for free or sole TV reporting on the vegan food scene for veg news TV today I’m at Tadasana festival you you know sokkia you yourself you’re pretty much vegan yeah and tell us why do you choose to observe eating in that way and how do you think it relates to being a yogi for me um well I like to be light in my body so that’s one of the primary reasons I’m teaching all the time I’m practicing all the time I don’t want to be heavy and laid down by food I just need nutrition that’s going to support my lifestyle so for me mostly raw and vegan diet does that so I want light easy to digest foods that give me energy do you think it’s important to be vegetarian or vegan if you’re a yogi personally I do absolutely on so many levels I mean there are so many contaminants being introduced into our food and it has such a sincere effect on our health and when our health is compromised it also influences our ability to be present and mindful unconscious it’s hard to love and be open to even our crisis are conflicted by our digestion is all block or for sick and so it becomes a real insidious cycle and so on that level it’s very important also if we’re supporting companies that are consistent in depleting our soils of their natural resources or water then what we’re doing is creating an imbalance in nature and disrespecting just really the balance of Mother Earth and that’s not appropriate either also of course as a yogi I don’t believe in initiating any kind of harm and so I don’t want to contribute to any kind of factory farming or the abuse of animals in the way that it is and I know that my nourishment can be found it might be a little bit more complex and I take a little bit more time but through a plant-based diet I can get everything that I need to stay healthy and nourished and present and very vibrant in my life and in my health I’ll wait I’m getting a call it’s my agent he’s also vegetarian he’s telling me that being vegetarian leads to better yoga and meditation practice because you’re digesting less saturated fat thank you vegetarian is good karma it’s um it’s reducing our karmic imprints so that we’re creating less suffering in the world less harm with with our diets which is part of our practice to be less harmful to ourselves and ultimately the world around us absolutely obviously the food that we eat is going to affect us on every level of our being physical emotional mental spiritual so i’m far from somebody that preaches vegetarianism or preaches to anybody what they should eat but I feel that people need to become aware of the fact that they’re deeply affected by what they eat and from that point a relationship can be developed a right relationship with food can be developed and that will look like different things for different people right but there’s a great old saying I think it’s a punjabi indian saying Only Fools argue about what to eat and we should all just remember the first law of just gratitude the fact that we get to eat at all and eat good food you know gratitude and always saying thank you before you eat what is your view on eating practices and practicing yoga and how does vegetarianism relate to being a yogi we are what we digest we are what we eat literally like we hear that we are what we eat but when we are engaged in a regular practice of yoga when we’re engaged in a regular practice of self study when we’re questioning our actions and how they affect not only our own lives but the well-being of other people and other beings and the entire environment of our planet then it was a choice that really made a lot of sense to me and it’s something and really looking at my ongoing practice what I choose like this morning even for breakfast had kale salad with tempeh so is about that like all right what am I putting in my body that’s going to fuel me throughout the day and that I can just feel good about this is essentially it’s a lifestyle festival people that are living this lifestyle people that are existing within the space that love yoga daily are spiritual beings they’re educating themselves about spiritual matters or eating healthy foods they’re living a certain lifestyle in this lifestyle is continuing to evolve and magnify and accelerate I hope you enjoyed this episode covering the Tadasana festival for veg news TV until next time namaste you

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Longevity and a Vegan, Plant Based Diet – Brian Clement

now can you imagine if these people gave up eating any animal-based food and how much longer they may live because from the loma linda studies which is v blue zone that was just added recently they showed that plant-based eaters live an average of seven years longer than meat-eaters and unfortunately in these blue zones many people don’t follow their own rules so they may be cheating and eating small amounts of meat and dairy here at Epocrates we’ve shown the best of blue zones on the planet earth ever in the history of humanity there’s no meat there is no dairy people do live longer none of us age the way the rest of the population ages not because we’re exceptional because their degradation because they are the exception to the way they should be living one thing that Hippocrates prides ourselves on is we’re not mono focused on diet alone longevity is a compilation of different attitudes movement exercise food and even a spiritual life whatever that may be for you whatever that individually is for you what we know is that we’re multifaceted creatures and we need to start with an attitude of purpose and if we know why we’re here and what we can contribute we’re bound to want to do so we know that exercise is equally important to food because you could eat the best food in the world but not being mobile with your body and the muscle structure building your bones are gonna get weak you’re going to age your hormone levels are going to go down your minds not going to be as astute and we don’t want that so we want to do weight lifting exercise stretching exercise and aerobic exercise we know that when you don’t alter a food and you eat raw plant-based organic food it has not only the many nutrients that we already can identify in biological science but how many more are there we the yet to discover and we may find out tomorrow or a hundred years from now that there’s elements in this food because you haven’t processed it that is really the key to why we live a long time this work began in 1954 by dr. Harman and dr. Harman realized that when you gave certain nutria to the human cell they were antioxidants and helped to prevent free radicals we also know that exercise and other lifestyle points help to prevent free radicals and some free radicals are not so bad for you but we want to take the masses of free radicals and hold them back we also know that when you think that you’re part of something larger whatever that may be the universe God religion it always gives you an ability to free yourself of stress and study after study has shown people who have faith true on adulterated faith live longer and when you combine those as we have here you can have magic occur where people live long happy healthy productive lives I don’t want to live a long life if I’m not productive that should be your mantra I want to live a productive long life you