Saturday, March 20 • 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Learn how yoga is a practical science that gives us the tools to enable us to realize the divine eternal Self through revealing how compassion and kindness towards others, including other animals, leads to our own enlightenment and lasting happiness.
—Sharon Gannon creator of the Jivamukti Yoga method and author of Yoga and Veganism
March 20 has been “Meatout Day” since 1976, and we’ll mark its 45th anniversary by declaring March 20, 2021, the day that Yoga Goes Vegan. Ahimsa, dynamic harmlessness, is a vital part of the Yoga tradition and Integral Yoga has always recommended a vegetarian diet. As we evolve as individuals, and as we see the devastating effects of all animal agriculture, including dairy production, on the lives of the animals involved and on the earth, we are called to stretch further and consider a move toward vegan eating and living.
Many modern Yogis may not be aware of the importance of veganism (or vegetarianism) or know how to implement it into their lives. The purpose of this gathering is to help Yoga practitioners move gently in this direction.
This content-packed, full-day retreat will provide a wealth of reasons why this is important, and suggestions for how to make the switch—healthfully, affordably, and seamlessly. As this is not without controversy, we invite Yoga teachers and students who are vegan and feel a bit ostracized in their Yoga communities to be reenergized by this global vegan movement. This will be a great day for “coming out” by vegan Yogis, and for inviting others in.
The retreat is a co-production of the Integral Yoga Institute, YogaIsVegan.com and the Yoga Is Vegan podcast, and MainStreetVegan.net and the Main Street Vegan podcast. We have gathered a diverse array of presenters and will also include times for small group-gatherings to share your own process. The schedule is below, all times given as U.S. Eastern Standard Time:
Agenda: Yoga Goes Vegan Gathering and Retreat
45th Annual Meatout Day, March 20, 2021
- 9:30–9:45 a.m. Welcome with Chandra/Jo Sgammato
- 9:45–10:30 a.m. Integral Yoga Class with Chandra/Jo Sgammato
- 10:30–11:15 a.m. The Nuts and Bolts (and Grains and Beans) of Being a Vegan Yogi with Victoria Moran, Main Street Vegan
- 11:15–11:30 a.m. Break
- 11:30–11:40 a.m. The Symbolism of Krishna’s Love of Butter Video with Sailesh Rao, Ph.D., ClimateHealers.org
- 11:40 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Why Are You Here Today? Breakout sessions
- 12:15–1:00 p.m. Vegan Yoga and Ayurveda with Sujatha Menon, Five Seasons Yoga, UK
- 1:00–2:00 p.m. Lunch break
- 2:00–4:00 p.m. Yoga, Ahimsa, and Real Life: A Vegan Yogis’ Panel with Carole Kalyani Baral (ed., The Yoga Way: Food for Body, Mind & Spirit by Sri Swami Satchidananda), joined by panel members Holly Skodis (Yoga Is Vegan and Yoga Is Vegan Podcast), Jess Gumkowski (YogiTriathlete Podcast), Christina Gdisis (Compassionate Filled Life)
- 4:00–4:15 p.m. Break
- 4:15–5:00 p.m. Yoga, Veganism, Kids, and Our Future with Rep. Jeremy Gray, Alabama state representative
- 5:00–5:30 p.m. How Will You Further Embody Ahimsa in Your Practice and in Your Life? Breakout sessions
- 5:30–6:00 p.m. Closing and Meditation with Chandra
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sliding scale $97–$108–$125
Victoria Moran – Author of 13 books including Main Street Vegan, host of the Main Street Vegan Podcast, producer of the documentary, A Prayer for Compassion, and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training vegan lifestyle coaches and educators. She started with Integral Yoga in her early 20s and recently became an RYT-200 at 70.
Chandra/Jo Sgammato – Certified Integral Yoga instructor, served in many capacities of Integral Yoga Institute of New York and current board member. A manager of the Integral Yoga Therapy Certification program, Chandra also runs IYI’s Yoga At Work® and Yoga At School™ programs.
Holly Skodis – Joining from Westport, Connecticut, Holly is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, and founder of Yoga Is Vegan, a project and podcast dedicated to raising the collective consciousness.
Kalyani (Carole) Baral – A native New Yorker now living in Santa Barbara, Kalyani is a longtime teacher of Integral Yoga and a vegan who revised Swami Satchidananda’s classic The Yoga Way: Food for Body, Mind & Spirit to reflect vegan values.
Rep. Jeremy Gray – This Alabama state representative is a vegan, youth advocate, athlete, and yogi, working to overturn the Alabama law banning Yoga in the state’s public schools.
Christina Gdisis – A teacher of Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, meditation, and vegan cooking, advisor to Voters for Animal Rights, Christina grew up in Queens and is now based in Beacon, New York.
Jess Gumkowski – Southern California-based co-host with her husband, BJ, of the YogiTriathlete Podcast. She is a vegan athlete, certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator, and author of the YogaTriathlete Cookbooks.
Sujatha Menon – Hailing from Warwickshire in the United Kingdom, Su is an Independent Yoga Network Yoga teacher, an Ayurvedic Therapist (Ayurvedic Practitioners Association), personal trainer (Register of Exercise Professionals), and PhD candidate in health sciences. Also a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator, Su is the founder of the Ayurvegan Kitchen and Five Seasons Yoga.
Sailesh Rao, Ph.D. (on video) – A former systems engineer, Dr. Rao is founder and director of ClimateHealers.org, and author of Carbon Yoga and Carbon Dharma.