PeterD1993

Alcohol and Ahimsa

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We live in world where many societies encourage the consumption of alcoholic beverages as a social lubricant. But alcohol, being both a hepatoxin and a neurotoxin, causes harm to the body.  So I am wondering what other yogis think about this subject.

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I think it's a personal choice. I've decided - who am I to say what is right or what is wrong for someone else? I rarely drink (I just don't like how it makes me feel), but we all "sin" in different ways :) 

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I'm not much of a drinker and don't really understand the attraction to drinking, but each person has their own vices, I guess. You have to do what feels right for you.

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I'm in college, so I'm allowing myself to have my time drinking, lol. But I don't really drink often and I try to pamper my body afterwards. I don't imagine I will drink often once I graduate in May. 

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I probably drink a lot of alcohol by anyone's standards. I use it as a social lubricant and as an actual lubricant. I'm aware it is pretty terrible for your health, but it makes life so much more fun. It is part of the culture where I come from, and has been responsible for so many of the best memories of my life that I don't think I'll ever end my love affair with it. 

Alcohol - because no great story ever started with a salad.

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Right on I can relate.  Drinking in college is practically unavoidable. I just found this trend called 'beer yoga'...  I find it hilarious and if I didn't get sober I would definitely be willing to participate.  However, I also find it somewhat dissapointing and even a bit frightening actually.  For example, imagine someone chugging a beer while in eagle pose and then balancing the empty bottle on his or her head..  I mean, I don't know.  What do you guys think of the 'beer yoga' trend?  

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I was actually thinking of offering a free delicious organic beer with a new yoga class I hope to start...I particularly hope to get men to come along and in particular guys/armed forces veterans who suffer from PTSD....but anyone who would like to attend would be most welcome... its just that I can relate to the suffering of these guys and i'd like more men to experience yoga with everyone else. Now I thought maybe the beer would attract people who maybe were borderline at attending yoga......with some reflection I also thought that perhaps the state of calm or almost non thinking( with excessive consumption) is a bit like trying to achieve this through meditation no?? but with meditation we do it in a safer more conscious way??...

.I'd be interested to hear what other think and I hope I haven't offended anyone..

.oh! as for alcohol consumption! as long as its not excessive on a regular basis, or, beyond safe limits I'm fine with it...beating oneself up about the occasional drink must be very damaging to a persons psyche..I see people do this self harm by beating themselves up about food all the time and its so negative. If someone offers you a beer and a delicious cake with love I say accept it with gratitude and love and let it nourish your soul!!...actually i use that rule with most things..so important to remember ahimsa as it relates to our concept of our individual reality and "self" :) 

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