My road to veganism wasn't exactly conventional. When I was 16 years old I became very sick and was hospitalized, I almost died and that gave me a different perspective on life. During this time, I was in search of a deeper understanding of life and ultimately healing. After a near brush of death, I returned home to my city of Guadalajara, Mexico. I began asking the age old question “What’s the meaning of life?” “Why are we here?”. During this self examination, I discovered a course through my mother who has always been my teacher and was introduced to pranayama. The instructor taught us ancient breathing techniques and philosophies. One day after class, I asked the professor more questions about her teachings. She suggested I attend Sant Mat and Shabbat yoga with her. I was still a young teenaged girl so I had to get permission to join class, which thankfully I was given. This is where my journey into the Yogi lifestyle began.
The common thread of Shabbat yoga was the idea of being compassionate to all living things; not only humans but all beings. I immediately became vegetarian, along with my parents, which at the time, wasn’t a very “popular” lifestyle. This philosophy opened my mind to seeing all beings as equal and consequently changed my eating habits. As a result, the switch to a mostly plant-based diet significantly improved my health and I began to heal faster. I studied Kriya Yoga and realized how it also speaks about compassion. Like all processes, my journey into vegetarianism was evolving. I was still eating dairy and eggs because, at the time, I didn’t think it was affecting or harming the animals. That all changed when what was supposed to be a brief stop over in New York City en route to India, turned into meeting my Guru Sri Dharma Mitra.