It has been almost 5 years since I turned vegetarian and interestingly never a day I regretted my decision. People often ask me for my reasons to be a vegetarian – is it religion, health or being environmentally conscious?
My experience is that to be a vegetarian is a conscious choice which complements my yogic lifestyle. This choice must come from deep within. It should not be something that is driven from external factors like a protest against the commercial poultry and diary industries or as a support to protect our mother earth. Anything that is externally driven without consciousness causes suppression of desires which could result in more psychological disorders in later stage.
My experience was a gradual yet natural progression of simply listening to my body.