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David Life is a co-founder (with Sharon Gannon) of the Jivamukti School of Yoga and co-director of the Jivamukti Yoga Center  in New York. Born in a small town in[…]

Diet, diet, diet.

David Life: Diet. Diet is . . . diet . . . The physical body is made out of the food that we eat. Literally what you put into your mouth becomes your body. So if you eat death; if you eat decaying meat; if you eat dying corpses, that’s what you become. It’s that simple. If you eat live food; if you eat low on the food chain so as to cause the least amount of harm; if you eat foods that have a vitality and a ___________; if you grow those foods yourself – if they’re organic – then you become that pure essence, and it shows. It shows in the skin and the eyes, and in the way . . . the appearance of the body, the stature of the body. Also why you eat is very important, because we find that many people in America and in the world are overweight. This shows that the motivation for their eating is basically a selfish motivation – that they’re trying to horde within the body a storehouse for some future deprivation I guess. So why you eat and what you eat are probably the two most important factors in how you look and how you age. I think exercise is important too. But compared to diet, it’s much less important.

Recorded on: 10/31/07 <p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;>