Raw, adjective: 1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.

Greg gave me the heads-up on this article in today's NYT, and I think you'll enjoy it.

"When Chocolate and Chakras Collide" takes front and center in this morning's Dining section. For a mainstream attempt to explore the ethics of yoga and food, it's not so bad. Julia Moskin tackles the central yogic ethic of ahimsa (non-harming) that informs most yogis' eating and lifestyle choices. She manages to name-drop many of the biggies, people like [vegans] David Life, Sharon Gannon and Steve Ross, with a fair lack of bias, although that typical mainstream media judgmental "hippie-dippie-yoga" sneer still sneaks in now and then.

That said, it's still a decent three-page article - much longer than most - and Moskin actually dives into topics like the Upanishads, Ayurvedic theory, and the problem of the commodification of yoga as the ancient practice blooms into more and more of an industry. Ubuntu (the combo restaurant-yoga studio in Napa) gets a mention, along with a simple presentation of ayurvedic science and the notion of the doshas.

Exposure is a good thing, even if sometimes it means simplified philosophy. Read it, share it, think about it. (And a bonus: the photo illustration shows a yogi with a piece of cake. That's definitely a veiled wink to my bundts, no? Yeah, that's what I thought. Cause the NYT really cares about the ethics of bundt.)


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