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I first practiced Jivamukti Yoga while living in Charleston, South Carolina, this past summer and instantly became enchanted with this form of yoga. While many forms of yoga advocate a greener lifestyle by promoting cleaner eating and simplistic living, Jivamukti goes a step further. At first I was a bit shocked when the instructor referred to meat as "flesh," but then I began to appreciate Jivamukti?s direct approach and stand on green issues and green eating. While its reasoning is based on a serious stance against animal cruelty, the end result is a much more sustainable diet.

According to Shannon Gannon, one of the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, "a vegan recognizes that animals do not belong to us ? they are not ours to eat, to wear, to experiment on or to use for entertainment or any other exploitive purpose." I've said it before and I'll say it again: animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the earth. It uses too must land. Feed for farm animals requires water, fertilizer, and other resources that could be used directly for producing human foods like grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts.