‘Yoga and Veganism: An Historical Perspective’
Satsang with Benjamin Major and Joanna Bertzeletos of Yoga Nature Sheffield, including vegan dinner, talk and kirtan (chanting).
Currently, a surge in the popularity of yoga seems to be going hand and hand with a similar rise in veganism and the two are often linked together as complementary lifestyles. Is this more than a fad? Can some concrete philosophical and historical links be made between these two ideas?
In this talk we will begin by surveying pre-Patañjalian Indian spiritual traditions to see if one can find ideas here that point towards veganism. We will meet groups such as the Jains for whom all beings had a jīva or soul and who were (and continue to ...be) staunch followers of ahiṃsā or non-harming.
We will then focus on the well-known core text of yoga, the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali and the accompanying commentary of Vyāsa, to examine a) whether this text can be read as making a case for veganism, and b) if not, then can the arguments put forward in this text be extended to build a strong contemporary case for veganism amongst aspiring modern yogis.
'Satsang' literally means to come together in the company of the truth. It is a gathering of people who are interested in exploring their yoga practice on a deeper spiritual and philosophical level. We currently hold Satsang at our house on a bi-monthly basis, where we discuss a topic of yoga history or philosophy.
As usual the Satsang begins at 6pm with a delicious vegan meal that we share together. The talk itself will begin shortly after 7pm. After the talk we will also share some kirtan (chanting) together. This is followed by cake and tea!
This event is free. Numbers are strictly limited as the event takes place in our house, so please book your place early. You can contact Ben directly on Facebook or at [email protected]
Hope to see you there,
Jo and Ben
Yoga Nature Sheffield