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A Life in Balance: Sattvic Food and the Art of Living Foundation

Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK
Religions 2019, 10(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010002
Received: 26 October 2018 / Revised: 14 December 2018 / Accepted: 17 December 2018 / Published: 21 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Food in Global and Historical Perspective )
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Abstract

Many modern forms of yoga can be located in the holistic milieu. Discourses of health and wellbeing for mind, body and soul are central in the holistic milieu. Ideas about food and diet are frequently significant aspects of this therapeutic discourse. This paper focuses on ideas about food and diet in the Art of Living Foundation (AOL), a modern transnational yoga movement. AOL legitimises its beliefs about food through an appeal to concepts found in traditional texts on yoga and āyurveda. In particular, the concept of sattva, which can be translated as balance or harmony—both significant tropes in the holistic milieu—is central to discourses about food choices in AOL and other writers in the holistic milieu. View Full-Text
Keywords: Yoga; āyurveda; holistic milieu; therapeutic culture; food and diet; health and wellbeing; The Art of Living Foundation Yoga; āyurveda; holistic milieu; therapeutic culture; food and diet; health and wellbeing; The Art of Living Foundation
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