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Behavior of Eating is Yoga

The Sanskrit root of the word “yoga” means “to yoke.” Therefore, yoga is literally union. In truth, all of your existence is yoga. You are made of this world. You depend on this world. If this world ends—locally or globally—you end too. There is no absolute self-sufficiency, and therefore no stand-alone self.

All separation is relative, a trick of the mind. Un-trick yourself at your next meal. Recognize that you are not apart from this world but a part of this world. Eating, just like breathing, reminds you of this union.

As such, the behavior of eating is yoga.  Eating unifies.

Let your dinner table become a yoga mat for your mind.  And stay in the asana you are in: when you eat, eat.

Adapted from Reinventing the Meal

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Behavior of Eating is Yoga

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2016). Behavior of Eating is Yoga. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 22, 2019, from


Last updated: 19 Jul 2016
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