Do Omnivores Eat Meat at Yoga School?

I like meat.

I like meat a lot. In my experience over the past few years I know that eating a moderate protein and high-fat diet from healthy and well-raised animal products is when I feel my best.

So when I made the commitment to spend five weeks living and learning about meditation and yoga at a vegetarian-mostly-vegan retreat center in southern Mexico, I went half expecting to get more than an earful about my diet. In fact—despite knowing that I should be going into the experience expectation free—I was already fairly certain that I might disagree with my instructors on a number of issues. And as far as expectations go, they set me up for feeling like an adversary.

Have you ever gone to somewhere expecting to defend yourself only to be surrounded by accepting arms and open hearts?


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