“Finally – the book that tells the whole story about this thing we do three times a day: eat. FOOD YOGA shares in delicious prose both the spiritual and physical relevance of food in our lives and how we can use it to heal ourselves and our planet. ‘Should be a must-read for anybody who’s ever held a fork.”
– Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life and MAIN STREET VEGAN.
FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul ™
by Paul Rodney Turner
Paul Rodney Turner (aka Priyavrata das) is the international director of Food for Life, the world’s largest plant-based food relief with projects in over 50 countries, has been conducting workshops on FOOD YOGA throughout the world. The workshops are based on his new book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul
FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul is a completely new approach to holistic living. Until now, books on healthy living and nutrition have focused on the mechanics of health and happiness, and in doing so, have promoted philosophies and plans that in one way or another have alienated vast numbers of people. As a result, despite volumes of literature and research, there is no consensus on what diet or mode of living is best. What they have all failed to identify is one underlying truth that connects us all and from which all health plans can be reconciled and/or elevated to their ultimate stature. That truth is: our constitutional nature is spirit and we are all spiritually equal. Any healthy living program, therefore, needs to address the “nutritional” needs of body, mind, and spirit.
Utilizing scientific facts and logical argument, Turner introduces the reader to higher concepts of self-worth, whereupon the selfish ideals of impersonal consumerism are replaced with a philosophy of grateful, interdependent spirituality, where health and happiness, are not the exclusive domain of a chosen few but are possible for everyone.
The book aims to encourage the reader to start making food part of their daily spiritual ritual. Turner has attempted to make the presentation as non-sectarian as possible, without losing the integrity of the message. The book covers a wide range of topics related to food with the aim of making people think more deeply about their food choices and how important food is to their spiritual development. The book leads the reader along a path of becoming more aware of the divine nature of food to the point where they are then introduced to what he calls, The FOOD OFFERING MEDITATION, which summarizes the lessons learned along the way and serves to put them in the right frame of mind to transform their eating into a spiritual experience.
The book is a result of teaching Food Yoga at vegetarian conferences around the world for the last 15 years. Based on the positive responses from his seminars, he feels strong that the public is ready to embrace the new paradigm of FOOD YOGA and this book will provide the unbiased guidance they need.
Praise for FOOD YOGA
Finally - the book that tells the whole story about this thing we do three times a day: eat. FOOD YOGA shares in delicious prose both the spiritual and physical relevance of food in our lives, and how we can use it to heal ourselves and our planet. 'Should be must-read for anybody who's ever held a fork. - Victoria Moran, author of MAIN STREET VEGAN, Creating a Charmed Life and The Love-Powered Diet
The book is fantastic! I cannot believe how much you packed into that number of pages....everything from your personal story to various spiritual paths to USDA organics myth to Monsanto and more....I think this book will be a hit.
I didn't expect to like this book. I have already heard too many people using phrases like 'food yoga,' while their practical relationship with food isn't all that remarkable, and their understanding of what makes food 'spiritual' seems very superstitious. I'm happy to say, though, that this book is NOT like that! Paul leads us through a very rational and thorough exploration of what food really is, and presents us a very deep and vivid methodology for interacting with it in a truly yogic, spiritual way. I hope many people from all walks of life read it, for I'm sure that whoever does will benefit immensely.
A more comprehensive book on diet and its relation to mind, body, and spirit would be hard to find. Paul’s prodigious knowledge of his subject provides profound insights into just what the food you eat is doing to all three of these inter-related dimensions of your life. In terms of health, he offers clear guidance on how we can follow Hippocrates’ famous edict to ‘make food your medicine and medicine your food.’ It is said that all disease starts in the gut, and after reading this book you will know how by making simple adjustments to what you put in your mouth, you can avoid most of the illnesses that plague modern society.
More than that, you will gain an understanding of how food affects your consciousness, subtly impelling you to act in ways that are ultimately harmful to your being. According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, food can either uplift or degrade you, take you towards higher realms of spiritual happiness, or down towards darkness and depression. So if you want to avoid the dark side this book is a must.
Paul also discusses the impact of diet on our environment, something which we would do well to carefully note as we begin to experience more and more environmental catastrophes, many of which are rooted in what is on our plates.
Finally, we learn from Paul of the oneness of all existence, of how food is a sacred gift from nature and God, of which we are all a part. Yoga is the means by which this truth is realized, and conscious eating is an integral part of that practice. The food yogi thus offers his food in gratitude to its creator, thereby spiritualising it so that eating becomes an act of divine communion with the Supreme.
So if you want to be healthy, happy and progressive on the path of self-realization, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
I just finished reading your book! I loved, loved, loved it. Also, this is the first time that I actually read a book on the computer and since I have a nice comfy laptop it was great. I was even able to highlight passages and quotes that I plan to integrate in a presentation that I am doing next month for a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Anyway, back to your book. First of all, I think that you are a great writer. You write in a clear manner. I did not get lost or drift away at any time. I don't have a lot of experience reading books on this subject (perhaps because the number of such books are limited?) but one book that I did "try" to read well, the fact that I even use the word "try"...I tried but couldn't get through it. I picked up a lot in your book that I will integrate into my own life.
Today I have a book recommendation for you My book today is called Food Yoga. My friend Paul who is the author was previously a Monk & now is known as the Food Yogi. He travels the world feeding the poor & teaching his way of life. He is an incredible man who inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle from a holistic approach to nourish your body, mind and soul.
Check out Paul's Facebook page to order his book, www.facebook.com/foodyogi
With the high-geared pace of living in a globalised-society, information, money, and transport move ever faster with each increasingly frequent technological advance. We seem ever intent on fast… fast connections, fast loans, fast cars, and fast food. Yet is fast best? Particularly, when it comes to the essential, primal ingredient of health and life – food. Priya Vrata’s “FOOD YOGA” provides a moment of rest to catch our breath, reflect, and gain clarity. His extensive knowledge drawn from both traditional and scientific sources provides insights into the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual nurturing provided when food is engaged with consciously, respectfully and spiritually…as Yoga.
Thanks for your book and the food at Bluesfest! I am into the power of food, how what we consume is closely connected to our being as a whole and also being conscious and grateful for all the elements involved in bringing food to my plate.. so yes, i am enjoying reading ur book. big up!
As a journalist, I’m often asked to write articles on inspiring people. So when I was commissioned to write an article about Food for Life Global director Paul Rodney Turner I was intrigued to read his book. I was pregnant with my first child at the time and open to exploring any new information on health and nutrition as the cravings for white bread, cakes and biscuits were becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.
Food Yoga got me back on track. It covered everything from how to prepare your food to increasing your fresh food intake and being respectful about its origins. Food became about nourishing the mind, body and soul, and not just of myself, but also that of the precious new life that was growing inside me. Never is it more important for a woman to eat healthy than when she is pregnant, and I am grateful that Food Yoga came into my life at just the right time. You can read the article I wrote on Paul and his work for Food For Life Global in Issue 40 of Australian Yoga Life magazine.
FOOD YOGA is a thorough presentation of eating as a yogic science. Paul Rodney Turner deliciously elucidates the politics and nutritional esoterica of food, along with its underlying spiritual dimensions. The book is almost edible in its value and would be a tasteful addition to anyone’s library. A must read!
Steven J. Rosen
Food Yoga” is one of the most interesting and beneficial books I have ever read. Full of fascinating facts, such as the Sacred Geometry of Whole foods, the story of an Indian man who survives on Sun Gazing alone, Laughter Yoga etc. It has helped me and my family tremendously in daily lifestyle habits, being selective with the food and water we consume, incorporating as much fresh & locally grown fruit and vegetables, and eliminating unbeneficial ingredients from our diet.
“Food Yoga” is a unique book, because it does not only concentrate on what to consume for optimal health, but makes that important realisation that food has the power to change our thoughts, feelings and our hearts. Above all food is a gift, and as such we should always respect it and give thanks and offerings to the Creator
I just want to say thank you, now that I really know what I got. 🙂 Your book is incredibly inspiring. I spent 2 days at the seaside and read it front to back in one breath. 🙂 It touches so many topics, and at this moment in life, the "water" chapter (and many others) resonated with me....I don't consider myself a great cook, but I'll appreciate eating now quite a bit more:) and i just wanted to add, I'm having my first raw month (9th day), being vegetarian 16.5 years, vegan 1.5, this opens totally new dimensions. YOUR BOOK CAME TO MY HANDS AT JUST THE RIGHT MOMENT as everything always does :))) Love, Katra
Food Yoga presents simple choices to improve your lifestyle. The deeper you dive into the knowledge of this book the higher will be your understanding of values in life. Hearing Paul Turner talk on the subject is a bigger treat to make you happier, healthier and satisfied in life. A must read to make the world a better place to live in.
Hiren N. Kara
My first thought? What more could this book possibly have to say about food that countless other diet or “lifestyle” books haven’t already said? It was going to be a long and boring read about everything I already knew–eat more vegetables because they are good for you and cut out the sugar and fat because they’re not. Boy was I wrong! Food Yoga is so much more than that. It goes way beyond what you ever thought you knew about food and nourishment. In order for the reader to fully understand the importance and value of food, Priya Vrata (aka Paul Rodney Turner) first explains the fundamentals of life that play a vital role in Food Yoga: quantum physics, metaphysics, electromagnetics, DNA, the intelligent design of nature and the universe, sacred geometry, animism, the power of thoughts and emotions, the power and influence of water, Ying and Yang life forces . . . The list goes on and on. I was pleasantly surprised by this. Understanding all of these elements goes a long way to understanding why raw foods are so good for you. There is more to an apple than you ever thought possible. We even share the same torus (energetic body structure). Did you know that it is possible to live over 400 days without food altogether? It’s been done. Simply by Sun Gazing. Personally, I wouldn’t want to try it myself, I love my food, but the fact that the human body is capable of nourishing itself in the same manner as a plant is fascinating! Genetically modified organisms, thirteen foods you should only ever buy organic, A-Z list of sacred foods and their benefits, the ten elements of a Food Yogi diet, Ayurveda, Yoga, meal purification, the power of intention and gratitude, compassion for animals, food energies and alchemical reactions in the body, pages of fabulous smoothie recipes . . . To be honest, there is just too much more to tell you about this book than this space allows for. Whether you are a meat-eater, a vegetarian, a vegan, or a raw foodist, it really doesn’t matter; Food Yoga will give you countless valuable insights worthy of consideration before your next meal. Highly recommended!
This is the kind of book you want anyone you love or care about to read and benefit from. Beautifully written from the heart with such truth and wisdom. Knowledge I enjoy teaching my son and one day he can teach his kids – like a gift that keeps on giving. Ancient wisdom presented in a practical way that anyone can take something from this book and will feel a sense of empowerment and motivation that you can live a healthy more fulfilled life. The recipes are fantastic for kids
especially if you have fussy eaters like I do. Brilliant!
If I may take this opportunity to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your “Food Yoga” book. I have since made significant changes to my whole approach with food and thank you so much for writing your book. I work in the health field in Darwin and work closely with our indigenous Australians and since reading your book I feel that I have been enabled better to talk to our people the importance with connection of food which is related to our whole being and our earth and our land which I believe has been so forgotten about. Thank you!
I have just finished reading your book and could not put it down ! Refreshing to see such a fresh approach to health and nutrition combined magically with food energetics and spirituality.I highly recommend Paul's book to anyone who is serious about developing their connection with their food, mother earth and the higher self.One great read. Much love.
I didn’t know much about your background and am impressed by it. What a long time to be a monk! There was quite a lot I’d not heard before in the book, especially about the Torus shape... I’d heard that some Hindus and Krishnas don’t eat garlic/onions, and am glad to now know why. Really appreciated the line about how easy it is to find fault, but how little we gain by doing so. If only more animal advocates took that to heart.
FOOD YOGA is an eye opener and very educational for the public in general. It is well researched and provides the reader with a lot of insights into the art of healthy eating. I recommend this book for everyone to read and I congratulate Priya Vrata (Paul Rodney Turner).
Hari Bhakti Dey
Incredible! I've been taking it with me everywhere. I'm in the middle of many exams and assignments at the moment but its also helping with that which is very convienient! It's really motivated me to be offering all things to the divine spirit first now, instead of just when i think to do it.
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