Daily Practice Session

Yoga Session 19 June 2022

Starting Prayer: MPD 2+2,  (Om) Shantih (Peace), Shantih, Shantih!!

Namaste. You are Welcome to the World of Yoga, the World of Wisdom.

Jason – Yoga means remain connected to nature

(Connect to Nature means balanced health and happiness)

Vishal – I enjoy Yoga despite travelling far distance to attend, benefits of Yoga and blessings of elders are sources of my strength – (Internal strength is ultimate aim of any good activity).


Today’s Session

    1. Micro Standing Kriyas: Complete the Schedule with closed eyes.

    2. Lying on Stomach: Entire schedule with closed eyes.

    3. Meditation: Intro, Kayotsarg, Internal Trip and Deep Breath Meditation.

    4. Pranayama (If time allows): Fire-Breath (AV), Abdomen Breath (Swas-Parsess), Bellows Breath (Bhastrika), Alternate Breathing (AV) – with these 3 Pranayama are 7 Mudras (Gestures), Oceanic Pranayama and Ujjai Pranayama.

Add: Kechari Mudra – practice, swallow (Nectar – Amrit) and observe breath with focus at third eye with MPD.

Practice of just 6 Pranayamas can keep us healthy and active for the whole day. Explain.

    1. Mantras, Singhasana and Laughing

Jai Bolo – Maa BhadraKali Ki -Jai, Sache Darbaar Ki – Jai

Closing Prayer: With folded hands we pray to Divinity — May I remain Happy, may my Family remain Happy, may my Community remain Happy, may my Country remain Happy and may entire universe remain Happy.


Standard Procedure (SP) for practice of Postures (Kriyas)

Lying on Back,

Lying on Stomach &

Sitting Postures (Kriyas)

with Integrated-inbuilt 

Pranayama and Meditation.


    1. Relaxed-Posture (Vishram-avastha) in Savasana, Sukhasana/ Vajrasana or Makrasana, to start with.

    2. Remain equanimous, detached and free from any external influence and with positive mindset.

    3. Awakened-Posture (Chetna-vastha), before starting Kriyas and before Starting Posture.

    4. Starting Posture, sometimes it is same as Awakened-Posture.

    5. Inhale (Purak- P1), breath-in for 1 point of time, say 1 sec. Breath to be smooth and deep to one’s capacity. When inhaling, feel the Life-Force Breath rejuvenating & nourishing this area of body, brain & entire body.

    6. Hold breath (Kumbhak-K4), Start practicing Kriya (Posture) & continue as long as one can Hold breath for 4 points of time, say 4 secs or as long as one can hold breath easily.

    7. Keep focused on this activity/ posture and the area of body on which posture of Kriya is working, remaining smooth and awakened.

    8. One may start normal breathing if want to practice more than this breath or whenever sometimes finds difficult to hold breath.

    9. When a little breath is left, Stop Kriya and return to Starting Posture and releaser the breath with deep-Exhale (Rechak – R2 with 2 points of time, say 2 secs). When Deep-Exhaling above, feel liberated from toxins exiting from this area, brain & entire body whereby a tight area is liberated when breathing out. Stay there in Starting Posture for a duration of 3 normal breaths.

    10. This completes 1 Rep. Complete such 3 Reps. One may practice more Reps. If feel to do more to one’s capacity and time availability. After each Rep. (between Reps) there is Rest for 3 normal breaths. It completes one Posture or Kriya.

    11. After completing this Posture (Kriya) Relax in Savasana, Makrasana or Dhyanasana for 5 normal (count with expansion and contraction of muscles of stomach). While relaxing, feel and digest the instant and consistent calming impact of above completed Kriya, on this area of body, brain and entire body, keeping focus on Nucleus or Naval area.

    12. Similarly, complete next Postures (Kriyas) and contine with closed eyes until entire Schedule is competed.

    13. In group-practice sessions, all start Kriya together, but may stop sooner or later according to individual capacity. It is so easy and joyful to work Kriyas together harmoniously.

    14. First day’s learning and practice, step-wise consolidates with addition of Kriyas next day and on consecutive days, so as you may do it in same sequence with closed eyes. After adequate practice of Kriyas with closed eyes, this conscious deep breathing (Pranayama) and focus (Meditation) on specific areas of body, brain and the entire body we are completely relaxed, replenished and energized.

    15. Positive impacts are felt from the day-1 and simultaneously with practice. However, optimum results are visible within 120 days being the life span of main constituents of blood i.e. RBC’s (Red Blood Corpuscles) and the life span of WBC’s and Platelets being seven days each stand covered.


Relaxation (Kayotsarg) Meditation – Practice

Posture: It can be practiced in standing, sitting or lying down posture. Important thing is maintaining immobility of body. If one is tired or as a beginner, lying down posture could be more convenient. Normally Kayotsarg is practiced in lying posture. If someone wants to practice in morning or already feeling relaxed, then standing posture could be the choice.

It can be practiced anytime in a day. A good suggestion is to practice it in same time every day. Practice it for 30 mins, 45 mins or more as per interest. Normally it is practiced after preparation for Meditation. The practice the Kayotsarg is the basic part of Meditation or Perception wherein body is observed separate from the Self or Soul. 

Practice for steadiness of the body:

    1. i) Keep your body steady, relaxed and free from tension.

    2. ii) Keep your spine and neck straight but without stiffness.

iii) Relax all the muscles of your body, let there be no stiffness.

    1. iv) Let your body become limp (do not tight or grip any part).

    2. v) Free yourself from attachments. Keep your body completely steady, as motionless as a statue. Do not allow the limbs of your body to move. No movement at all.

Practice steadiness of body for at least 5 minutes.

Relaxation (Kayotsarga) has three implications:

    1. i) Complete relaxation of the body and

    2. ii) Self-awareness for every part of body

iii) Free from attachments, ambitions and desires towards the body.

Further, for achieving complete relaxation of the body:

    1. iv) Mentally divide the entire body into several parts and concentrate your mind on each part one by one, from feet to head.

    2. v) Allow your mind to spread in the whole part – allow it to undertake a trip in the whole part.

    3. vi) Use the technique of auto-suggestion to relax the whole part and experience the resulting relaxation.

vii) Experience that each and every muscle, each and every nerve has become relaxed.

Viii) And in the same way attain, the relaxation of the whole body.

    1. ix) Use deep concentration and remain completely alert (aware). Practice Kayotsarga.

Detailed Instructions for Practice of Relaxation (Kayotsarg):
1. Starting with the big toe or thumb of your right foot, concentrate your mind on it.
Allow your mind to spread throughout the big toe. Allow it to spread and permeate throughout the whole portion of the toe – the right and the left, the front and the back, the outside and the inside. Perceive the sensations and vibrations taking place in that region. Simply feel and observe them minutely without any like or dislike.

Suggest to the muscles and nerves to relax. Relax….. Relax….. Relax…..

Experience that they are relaxing.
Experience that they have become relaxed.

    1. In the same way, attain relaxation of the other parts of the right limb – the other toes, sole, heel, ankle, upper part of the foot, calf-muscles, knee, thigh, up to the hip-joint.

    2. In the same way relax the left limb up to the hip-joint.

Experience that the whole of the lower portion of the body has become completely relaxed.

    1. Now achieve the relaxation of the middle portion of the body from the waist up to the neck.

Concentrate your mind on each part one by one starting with the lower abdomen, relax the right and the left, the front and the back, the outside and the inside of your lower abdomen.

Similarly relax the upper abdomen – the right and the left, the front and the back, the outside and the inside of your upper abdomen.

    1. Through your navel enter the abdominal cavity and relax both kidneys, the large intestine, the small intestine, the pancreas, the duodenum, the spleen, the liver, the stomach and the diaphragm.

Use auto-suggestion and achieve relaxation.

    1. Concentrate your mind on the chest. Allow your mind to spread on entire chest. Through auto-suggestion relax the right side & the left side, the front & the back, the outside & the inside of your chest. Now relax the entire rib-cage. Beginning with the lowest rib, relax each and every rib in turn. Relax the front ribs, the back ribs, the right ribs and the left ribs.

Now enter the chest and relax the heart, the right lung, the left lung by auto-suggestion.
(Those who have got any heart trouble should pause here for a few minutes and by auto-suggestion slow down the heart to remove stress.)

    1. Achieve the relaxation of the back, spinal and spinal chord and the neck muscles. Through auto-suggestion relax their the right and the left, the front and the back, the outside and the inside.

    2. Then concentrate your mind on both the hands and arms one by one; starting from the thumb, relax all the fingers one by one starting from thumb, the palm, the wrist, the lower arm, the elbow, the upper arm and the shoulder. Through auto-suggestion relax their front & the back, the right side & the left side, the outside & the inside. Now concentrate on throat and vocal cords (voice box) and relax them by auto-suggestion. Observe complete inner silence. There should be no vibrations in the voice box.

    3. Experience that the whole of the middle portion of your body has become completely relaxed.

    4. Now achieve the relaxation of the upper portion of body from throat upto the head.

Here we have come to a bit more difficult part of the exercise. So far you were relaxing large muscles which respond quickly to your suggestion. But now we have to relax a large number of small and tiny muscles which are difficult to relax. First unclench your teeth and unlock your jaws and let your tongue go limp. Keep your lips softly closed.

Now through auto-suggestion relax all the facial muscles; beginning with the chin, relax the lips, the face, the inner portion of the mouth including the gums, the teeth, the tongue, the palate, inside of the right cheek, inside of the left cheek, then relax the nose, the right ear, the left ear, the right temples, the left temples, the right eye, the left eye, the forehead and the scalp, through auto-suggestion.

Experience that the whole of your upper portion of the body has become completely relaxed.

Again allow your mind to travel from the feet upto the head and from the head to the feet, this time rather quickly and see that there is no tension anywhere in the body.

Experience that the whole body from the feet up to the head has become completely relaxed.

Now experience that your body is surrounded by a flow of bright white light.

Experience the clarity of environment.

Experience peace in each and every point of your consciousness.

Remain completely aware of each and every part of the body. Try to keep your body completely steady and motionless.

Keeping the eyes closed, return back to the sitting posture in Dhyanasana.

Recite the Aphorism (Sutra) of Taking Refuge (Sharan):

arahante saranam pavvajjami (I seek refuge in the adorable ones);
siddhe saranam pavvajjami (I seek refuge in the emancipated ones);
sahu saranam pavvajjami (I seek refuge in the saints);
kevalipannattam dhammam saranam pavvajjami (I seek refuge in the religion propounded by the omniscient ones).

Vande Sachcham (I pay my obeisance to Truth, by bowing down to ground)            – 3 times.


Breathing Techniques or Pranayama or Swara Yoga

“In the macro and microcosms all are created only by the Swara, which is also the cause of creation and dissolution. Swara is verily Lord Shiva himself.”          – Sutra 20, Siva Swarodaya

Turn your senses inward. Time and space mode allows us to easily turn our senses inwards or outwards connecting with various objects. Breath is life and principal carrier or vehicle for the flow of life force Breath and all its movements within the body. We sometimes take it to be granted. Without Breath none of our senses can function. With Breath we remain intimately connected with our emotions & state of mind. This Meditative Awareness is our inherent birth-right.


 Preparation for Meditation, Kayotsarg and Internal Trip

Meditation is followed and practised under three main Parts i.e.

Basic, Supporting and Advance Processes:

    1. i) Basic parts include Kayotsarg (Relaxation), Internal Trip, Perception of Breathing, Body, Psyche Centres, Colour; Anuprekshas or Contemplation and Chanting of Mantras.

ii) Supporting parts include Postures or Asanas (Mudra), Pranayama and Sound (Dhvani).

iii) Advance parts include Perception of Present Moment, Thought Perception and Animesh Perception or Tratak (focusing on a single point with open eyes without blinking).

Healthy body and mind are the foundation of Meditation.

Let’s first learn with open eyes. Then we will be practicing with closed eyes.

i) Effective Meditation as a Natural Remedy utilizes our infinite potential to restore the loss of self-respect, stability of mind, satisfaction, courage, efficiency, natural contentment and joy. It also enhances our self-confidence, positive presence, behaviour, space, time and capacity to attend the needs of other people without any conditions and rewards. We start enjoying the freedom from fear and feelings of isolation and separation. With Effective Meditation we attain our highest potential in life by achieving optimum focus which helps fulfil righteous aims of our life.

With 10 normal breaths, feel the incoming and outgoing breath.

ii) Keeping the face muscles relaxed, simply observe incoming and outgoing breath as it is, without making any efforts, jerks or changes. While inhaling feel the expansion and while exhaling feel the contraction of the muscles of stomach. During inhale when Breath & Awareness move downwards, feel yourself receiving enlivening-fulfilling energy, light, life and vitality from mother nature; and during exhale when Breath & Awareness move upwards, feel yourself emptying-cleansing of all toxins, fatigue, stale, stress and everything you do not need in the body and feel free and relaxed.

iii) Being in touch with Breath opens up the possibilities of Meditative Awareness. Focus your awareness at the joint of upper lip & bridge of both nostrils. Here mind sets easily because Breath itself is natural focus for the attention of the mind. At this centre of awareness of touch and feeling, feel the air entering and leaving the body and observe the flow of life force energy and all its movements within the body. At this point, without any effort or jerks, all extraneous noises disappear and the Breath becomes smooth and even so that exhalation and inhalation are the same. Simply observe the point where inhalation becomes exhalation and vice versa, without any gap or pause. Naturally breathing becomes one continuous cycle. Focus at this centre of awareness, naturally expanding to bring in touch with the entire energy field of our body from the tip of our toes to the crown of our head. If you can hold the inhaled-exhaled breath for longer period to your capacity, it provides deep relaxation to body and mind based on your systems of breathing and subtle energy carrying life-force breath throughout the body.

iv) Ensure that you are continuously in touch with the flow of life-force breath at the joint of upper lip & bridge of both nostrils and energy field of our body from the tip of our toes to the crown of our head.

In next phase, shift your focus of attention upwards to the Centre of Intuition (Ajna Chakra) between both eyebrows which is the seat of our Existence, Chetna or Soul. It will enlighten the vision of the entire body and bathe the entire body in the divine light of Being, following instructions from the intellect. All types of Orders, Commands and suggestions originating from this Ajna Chakra bring every big success as against external instructions without roots within.

Meditation and Self-Healing

The Meditation Healing is most effective in achieving complete focus and in the fulfilment of the righteous aims of life. Meditation is not merely a means to sharpen and enhance one’s focus of brain. It also prepares basic foundation for one’s physical, mental and emotional development. There are meditative procedures to remain fully aware within and be utterly intoxicated at the same time. All the ingredients of a joyful life are within us and there is no need to desperately resort to unnecessary short-cuts including smoking, alcohol and drugs.

It is awakened thinking and practice that brings the desired growth to our soul besides brain and body. Every big achievement is the product of our focussed thinking which is the root basis of Meditation. We become fearless, courageous, social, gentle, noble, overall healthy and anything just by way of such determined thinking.  Fix mind on one point or area of life through your intellect, hold body in stable posture and resort to contemplation and meditation. During Meditation, the focussed thoughts penetrates within us by way of visualisation on our senses which takes concrete shape with its continued deliberations. Practical approach enables us to master the meditative art of “Inaction in action and action in inaction”. It is scientific as before starting any activity we were in a state of stillness and silent awareness that enhances our strength due to enhanced focus of mind on the ensuing activity. Deep sleep relaxes us and prepares for next day wherein action is contained in inaction. Similarly, before having food we meditate on food in silence, before starting any work during the day and before start of driving a car we observe silence that gives us meditative strength for doing the work proficiently. As against mad rush for action after action, the stillness and silent meditation or awareness refreshes us and recharges energy, keeps us free from stress and maintains alertness and enthusiasm. Each time focus your awareness on the joint of both nostrils with upper lip, acknowledge entire energy field of your body from toe of right feet to crown or top of the head, shift your focus upwards at Ajna Chakra between eyebrows and remain in touch with yourself acknowledging your presence, let your hearing extend into the space all around you and hear sounds equanimously free from likes and dislikes. At the end of the activity or driving you will still having patience, relaxation and politeness to your co-workers / road-users and return to stillness and silent awareness before starting next activity / driving. It will maintain natural rhythm and we will enjoy even the most strenuous tasks.

The best time for the Meditation: The best time for meditation is a duration of 1 hour 36 minutes before sun rises known as “Brahm Muhurta” which is equivalent to 4 Gharis (24 minutes each) or 2 Muhurts (48 minutes each). It is like — even when we are walking in secluded place like parks and forests during this time, Gods are following us at their time of Brahm-Muhurt to listen the prayers of their followers and bless them. At this time, we get ideas of progress and how to implement them besides solution to the problems being faced by us. God provides spiritual, mental and even physical support and strength at this time and any work done according to those ideas are bound to bring tremendous progress and prosperity. It is like a blank cheque to fill as much as you can. It is our conscious that guides to the kind of Karma we perform which changes our destiny. So, we need to enhance the strength and capacity of our consciousness.


Yoga Chakras – Plexus means a network of nerves or vessels in the body

Root  (Guda, Anus)

Sacral (Basti, Bladder)




Intuition Agna



Coccygeal plexus, Base of spine

Sacral plexus, 2 fingers above Root

Solar plexus, behind Navel, point of nadis congregation

Cardiac plexus

Cervical plexus,  gate of liberation

Top of spinal col, between eye-brows








Indigo/ Lalima







Ether or Space




Smell, connected to nasal cavity





Intuition, 3rd eye, Ida-Pingla merge into Sushumna

Purely divine

Symbol Lotus Petals

4 Red Lotus

6 bright Red, Scarlet

10 bright yellow

12 pale blue

16 smoky violet










Om Shanti


When we focus on these Centres, enhanced supply of blood and oxygen strengthens them and balances the related Hormones.



Planet: Psychic Centres (Chaitanya-kendras or Yoga Chakras)


Mercury: Enlightenment-Centre (Jyoti-kendra)


Jupiter: Intuition Centre (Darshana-kendra (Agya/ Ajna Chakra)


Venus: Purity-Centre (Visudhi Kendra / Chakra)


Sun: Bliss-Centre (Ananda-kendra /Anahat Chakra)


Mars: Bio-Electricity Centre (Tajasya-kendra/ Manipur Chakra)

Saturn: Energy Centre (Shakti-kendra/ Muladhara Chakra)


Moon: Health-Centre (Svasthya-kendra/Swadhisthana Chakra). 


108 Self-Healing or Marma Points

Health is smooth flow of blood and oxygen i.e. Prana.

We need to ensure it with the help of 108 Self-Healing or Marma Points under 5 Categories, vide Classic Ayurveda Text Sushruta Samhita. We are physically and mentally healthy when these Self-Healing points remain active and unblocked. Entire worries and stress reside in Joint Category of Healing-Points.

Step-wise, it will be part of our regular practice.

 What is in the macrocosm is in this microcosm (Yatha Pinde Tatha Brahmande)    – Chandogya Upanishad.

‘The self is one. It is unmoving: yet faster than the mind. Thus, moving faster, it is beyond the reach of the senses. Ever steady, it outstrips all that run. By its mere presence, the cosmic energy is enabled to sustain the activities of living beings.’                        

‘It moves, It moves not. It is far, It is very near. It is inside all this, It is verily outside all this.’

                                           – 4th Mantra, Isha-Upanishad.

Ishawara said: Creation takes place due to the tatwas (sutle essences). It is sustained by them and finally dissolves into them. O Devi, tatwas are the origin of the Brahamanda (universe).                                                                                                        – Sutra 4, Shiva Swarodaya”

 So, balanced health is simply balance or harmony of 5 elements within us and with nature outside our physical body. So, there should not be vast gap between us and the nature. Due to our habits, food and life style we weaken our body by distancing from nature i.e. we are unable to face outside environment or nature. It is what we term as lack of Immunity in body or our immune-system not robust. Breath Meditation when practiced early morning in open nature and not always in studios, is more effective for Immunity and concentration or focus. Ideal time is 96 minutes before sunrise called Brahm-Muhurta. We need focus in every work and activity.

 In Meditation FOOD is significant: It affects our body, thoughts and concentration. Food provides us 2 kinds of energy – chemical and electrical. Veg food enhances satwik thinking and qualities – kindness, tolerance, patience etc.

Faith, Belief or Acknowledge yourself and forces of nature around us: After knowing these facts, we must have faith in ourselves, our existence and systems developed to sustain life.

Let’s resolve that now on every day in morning, we work to attain our aim, with at least standing micro, pranayama and silent meditation

If we can discipline food & other areas, aim will be easily achieved.

“For the one balanced in food and recreation, who is restrained in his actions, whose sleep and walking are regulated, there ensures a discipline which destroys all ailment.                               — The Bhagawad Gita, VI, 7.”

How significant it is? Explain – abdomen via spine is connected to hips, legs, neck & hands. Then Bandhas (restraints), Agnisaar (fire movements) & Nauli – directly take care of these areas. Real Activation starts from abdomen and also inactivation.

 Aim: To provide Holistic Health with minimum or no medicine, no injection and no surgery. Stress-Free, Happy and Harmonious Living is easily achieved because Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama when regularly practiced balance all our hormones. It activates every part of our body from the tip of the toes to the crown of our head.

Vision is to contribute at Universal level from childhood onwards through Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama & Science of Living by inculcating stable habits for harmonious & happy living with ethical values and Immune System free from any Virus like Corona, Disease or Addictions.

This Ancient Knowledge of Yog is a Supreme Secret that makes our system Immune to any disease so as we live life nicely and it can save millions of dollars of individuals and Governments.

It is an everlasting solution for Mental Health, General Health of body and brain and any terrible situations faced we humans.  Yoga (these Kriyas, Pranayama & Meditation) not only solve most of our health issues, they provide us peace at individual level and also at global level, solving threats of wars and epidemic like Korona. So, an ultimate & everlasting solution.

Health is balanced, harmonized or aligned state of our body, mind and Chetna or Soul.

Our practices are designed for this. In routine life, our nature of work involves much sitting, standing, walking etc. for a longer period. Our habits of food, sleep and behavior also add to it. Excess of anything is not good. Toxins or material deposits inside our body obstruct and slow our normal activity and we do not remain at ease with ourselves which is disease.

Slowly it imbalances or misaligns us.

These Kriyas help to remove toxins and align our body and mind. Meditation enhances concentration as our Chetna or Soul which has Chetanya or internal alertness or vigil as its main component. Meditation also helps in creation of our permanent habits or Sanskara over a period of time. We will try practice of Meditation in each Session.

How we know about deposits and misalignment. Besides look, we can feel them and with more certainty during Kauli knee-joints make sound. Soon after Pranayama-Session we feel some freedom from toxins.

Physical Kriyas can be understood easily in a few days. Meditation and creation of its habits (Sanskara) takes some time.

Prayers and Mantras: Many of us sit in Morning-Prayer. Prayer means – asking for self. Meditation means looking within. There are stages and procedures for Meditation.

Mantras are part of Meditation like Gayitri Mantra – Om Bhur –.

 Yoga Meaning: Yogah Karmashu Kaushalam

Ch2 V.50, Bhagwad Gita.

Karma and Karma Phal: Karma refers to any Act, the principles of cause and effect, action and reaction which have consequences or Karm-Phal, which at one time or another returns upon the Doer. Vedas provide that you will reap what you sow whether goodness or evil creating Punya (positive) and Papa (negative). We create our own Karma which is not fate. Many Karmas do not have immediate effect.

Karmas may be divided in following four categories:

    1. Sanchita or Accumulated Karma: Sum total of all karmas of this and past life till date.

    2. Prarabdha or initiated motion’s Karma: A portion of sanchita karma that is bearing fruit and shaping the events and conditions of the current life, including the nature of one’s bodies, personal tendencies and associations.

    3. Kriryamana or being created Karma: The karma being created and added to sanchita in this life by one’s thoughts, words and actions, or in the inner worlds between lives. What we are currently creating through our choices right now. It is our creativity that is unfolding, it is our “free will”.

    4. Agama Karma or coming Karma: Is the actions that we are planning for the future. Actions that will or will not be achieved depending on the choices “free will” that we are making now and those that we have made in the past.

Joining or Integration of body, mind & soul (chetna). It helps accomplish our work in an excellent way as it provides concentration and integration of our organs – eyes, ears, legs, hand. Another significant definition is Chitta Vridhi Nirodha;

Development of Personality is one of Definitions of Yoga. Spiritual Maturity simply means strength of Chetna or Vigil within. We will work on it in details in our Meditation Sessions. Spiritual or Internal Simple strength comes, when:

We try to change ourselves and not others; understand and accept everyone as they are; “let go” attitude; drop expectations from a relationship and give for the sake of giving; know whatever you do it is for your own sake or peace; stop proving to the world, how intelligent you are; don’t seek approval from others; stop comparing with others; be at peace with yourself; differentiate between wants and needs; do not attach happiness with material things.

Summary of ABC News – today – on Veg food

Link – https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-30/the-200-year-history-of-vegetarianism-in-australia/100310038

Australian First Nations people consumed a roughly 30 to 90 per cent plant-based diet, depending on where they lived, says historical researcher – and lifelong vegetarian – Edgar Crook.

“They [were] looking back to Eden where humans didn’t eat meat … Where the lion would lay down with the lamb.

“Nobody died, nobody got killed – or no animal, no person. They saw that as what we should be trying to attain, an Eden on Earth,” Crook tells ABC RN’s The History Listen.

Meat could ‘lead you into sin’

In the early 1800s, Seventh Day Adventists held “a general belief that [meat and alcohol] mutually worked together to cause various forms of social ills and promiscuity”, Crook says.

“[They believed they] could damage your health and lead you into sin.”

Nudists, hippies and film stars 

By the 1930s, new groups began extolling the virtues of veggies. 

No longer just the religious pushing vegetarianism, these proponents included some very different – and sometimes very naked – groups of people.

The free body culture movement, or Freikörperkultur, which began in Germany before making its way into Australia, was “very keen on exercise, on nudity [and on] vegetarianism,” Crook says.

Around this time, Australian swimmer and Hollywood film star Annette Kellerman was enthusiastic about her vegetarianism, recommending that good health could be maintained on a flesh-free diet.

“There was definitely a swing towards vegetarian food and it was called macrobiotics. Lentils and beans and rice,” O’Connell explains.

This recipe is from early Australian vegetarian cookbook Dishes Without Meat by Alice Jevons.

Posted by ABC Radio National on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

She says macrobiotics was part of a “revolt against materialism and mass production and commercialised food” as well as an “interest in Eastern religions, which promoted a vegetarian way of eating”.

Vegetarian food is now so mainstream it’s common fare at major fast-food restaurants. The production of fake meat is becoming so sophisticated that manufacturers could soon incorporate lab-grown fat for extra flavour. And every year more and more Australians are leaning towards a plant-based diet, for either environmental, ethical or health reasons or simply as a preference of taste.

And while Australia may not have become the Eden envisaged by those early Swedenborgians, it’s certainly a place that enables, and often embraces, a thriving vegetarian movement.