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Giveaway: For the Love of Food and Yoga

Proper nutrition is an important part of maintaining a 6 day a week Ashtanga practice. Without a proper diet, our muscles recover slowly and we don’t have the energy for the practice. I was excited to be able to do this giveaway of several wonderful cookbooks from Skyhorse Publishing. This week’s giveaway will be, For the Love of Food and Yoga: A Celebration of Mindful Eating and Being, by Liz Price-Kellogg and Kristen Taylor.

For the Love of Food and Yoga is a 326 page  hard back cookbook that not only has delicious recipes, it is interspersed with yoga asanas, inspirational quotes, and writings on yoga. All the recipes are vegetarian, vegan or raw.

Ashtangis who praise this book:


“The interspersion of yoga asanas, inspirational quotes, and thoughtful yogic writings provides a wonderful representation of the holistic web of the food we eat, the thoughts we think, and the paths we tread.”- David Swenson

“Encourages us to take a deeper and more conscious approach to nourishing our bodies and feeding our souls.”-Kathy Falge, Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga teacher

Satiated Tomatoes pg 211
Satiated Tomatoes pg 211

Giveaway Details:

  • The APP is giving away  one copy of For the Love of  Food and Yoga.
  • All entries are due by October 21, 2015
  • You must be subscribed to the blog

To be entered into the Giveaway, comment below and let us know if you are vegetarian, vegan, raw or an omnivore (animal and veggies) and why. I have another giveaway and this information will help me see if you guys are interested.



Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail


  • Darcy Howe

    I personally find it hard to maintain a diet that supports my practice. Always looking for new ways to do this. Omnivore.

  • ian

    I’m a vegetarian slowly moving to a completely plant-based diet. I couldn’t move past practising ahimsa knowing an animal suffered for me to eat it.

  • Jenny

    I’m an omnivore- why? Because I feel its natural to eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, and animal protein. I do desire to have a healthier diet and to learn more about what I consume as I have learnt over the last year that a full practice & focus of your body & mind is imperative to be truly balanced

  • Amber

    I like to create meals that go along with the principles of ayurveda to support balance within my dosha. I would love to go completely vegetarian with it, but still struggle with giving up certain kinds of meats as they make me feel more grounded.

  • shilpa dsouza

    Omnivore. I am starting to lean on more veg food for most of the week. Since I am living with family – husband and son, it gets tricky for me to plan for meal times. I have create a balance between healthy, mostly vegetarian, some bits of meat and tasty.

  • Cris

    Vegetarian for over eight years, and trying to reduce eggs and dairy (milk is out of my diet) as much as I can. The most of the time, my meals are vegan.
    Is one of the best decisions I have ever taken in my life.

    Years after I discovered the eight-fold path of the ashtanga method and wondered how could someone follow the principle of ahimsa without avoiding animals from the diet.

  • AAM_mommy

    I’ve been a vegetarian since childhood. I dabble with vegan for months/years at a time. For me it’s the ethics involved with the raising of animals for consumption. This book combines 2 of my very favorite things!

  • Kacey Neckowitz

    I’m an omnivore because I’m LAZY!

    I have a toddler, 2 part-time jobs, poor organizational skills when it comes to meal planning and cooking. I’ve been practicing Ashtanga yoga for nearly two years and know, without a doubt, that food is playing a major role in the health of my practice and of my family. I was raised eating meat, and want to have more recipes to rely on that support my practice and the overall health and happiness of my family!


  • Heidi

    Was reading Thich Naht Hahn’s book on Anger earlier this year & when he talked about eating animals who are treated badly and the anger & sadness they carry which then gets transferred to humans when they eat that meat…..that just made me wake up & I haven’t eaten animal products since. I have been getting headaches & questioned whether my body is lacking some vital nutrients…but my decision not to eat animal products is a fundamental shift in my mindset that feels profound so I’m not going back. Really interested to read more on vegan nutrition that supports a daily ashtanga practice.

  • Amy

    I am an a omnivore who should be a vegetarian. I stopped eating meat when I was about 8-10 years old because I just knew. I couldn’t really explain it to people but I just knew I shouldn’t eat meat and didn’t want to. In my early twenties I started eating meat and became addicted to the taste of it. Now it’s hard letting go even though my body suffers because of it. I have let go of dairy and gluten which has greatly reduced suffering in my body. Now the next step is removing animal protein. I yo yo back and forth and I am waiting for the moment to come when my self discipline and faith will overcome my desire.

  • Sarah

    Newbie vegetarian, inspired by ahimsa! Always have been an animal lover… don’t know how I was an omnivore for so long. Transitioning to vegan 🙂

  • Tara

    I follow a vegetarian, borderline vegan diet, as well as gluten-free. The changes to my diet have been a very slow but steady evolution from the processed-food, carb-heavy omnivore diet to where it is now. Through the yoga practice, I just noticed some types of food either no longer sitting well in my stomach, or just no longer craving them at all. That’s how the meat dropped off. It stopped feeling good in my stomach and I just had no desire to eat it. But, after my first visit to India and being so close to all of the animals there, it finally took on a moral perspective for me. I did not want eat animals–fish included. The gluten intolerance was discovered after an illness-induced fast; when I started eating my normal foods again, something made my joints, muscles and gut feel “gunked up” and inflamed. After trial and error, I discovered that it was the gluten.

    This a long way to explain that all of my food choices have been encouraged by the awareness taught to me by the yoga practice, and done not only to truly nourish my body, but also my mind.

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