Veganism, Non-Violence and Yoga

I had the pleasure of conducting a workshop on Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali recently in Singapore. One of the participants raised an interesting question on Ahimsa. “Isn’t injury to oneself also considered part of the definition of “injury”? Doesn’t a vegan diet inflict injury on oneself? Where do we draw the line?”

My thoughts (and the answer to the question) are as follows.

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What is Your AQ?

Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) are two popular measures of an person’s usefulness as a functioning adult in a society. However, low EQ or IQ score may not indicate lack of compassion or intelligence respectively. Richard Feynman once famously quipped: “Winning a Nobel Prize is no big deal, but winning it with an IQ of 124 is really something.

IQ and EQ may be useful. But, what is your AQ? Continue reading

The Ultimate Workout

The workout world is full of programs- Cross fit, Starting Strength, 5×5, 5/3/1, Convict Conditioning, Warrior Program to name a few – that promise to make you a beast. They hit you with insane workouts. Just when you think you have become a B.E.A.S.T, they remind you that the only easy day was yesterday and add a new workout or load another plate on the barbell.

With dedication and hardwork, anyone can become a B.E.A.S.T.

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Karma to the Rescue

An idea starts to be interesting when you get afraid of taking it to its logical conclusion.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A person with discernment sees the seed of suffering in everything. Why? Pleasure arises from interaction with objects. Change is the fundamental characteristic of the phenomenal world. Therefore, the subject, object and even the interaction itself are changing. What was pleasurable in the past may not so in the future. One sees this clearly in the case of addictions. Therefore, the Yogi embarks on a process of minimising the suffering. Continue reading

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