Cooking Classes During Yoga Teacher Training
"By the purity of food one becomes purified in his inner nature; by the purification of his inner nature he verily gets memory of the Self; and by the attainment of the memory of the Self, all ties and attachments are severed." -- Chhandogya Upanishad
Yoga resides in a healthy being and, a healthy body comes from nutritious diet and appropriate exercise. In order to reap wholesome benefits of yoga program, learning and practice of the art along with a healthy diet that can act as the right propeller in leading the program towards successful fulfillment is vital. With this holy prerogative, Rishikul Yogshala conducts yogic cooking classes for our participating candidates as an important component of the Yoga TTC program.
What Is Yogic Food?
Yogic food has marked its origination since the birth of the immortal science of Yoga and Ayurveda. Known as ‘Sattvic’ food in Indian context, the type is also referred to as the victual for the body and the soul. Theory and practical manifestations of Sattvic diet or Yogic food are well defined in the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda.
The diet comprises of the purest forms of elements either lacto-vegetarian or plain vegetarian in nature that deliver mental, physical and spiritual upheaval to a bodily presence.
Yogic Diet seeks refuge in the brace of all natural vegetation, milk and nectar extracts like honey, while it refrains from a diet that involves killing an animal.
It is believed that as a yogi undergoes spiritual purification, their desire or instinct for killing another living creature for the replenishment of their own gut gradually diminishes and, eventually reaches its end with complete refinement of the mind, body and soul. When travelling the path of yoga and spiritually, imbibing the yogic diet becomes imperative for ensuring a well-prepared body and a positive mind.
Use Of Ayurveda In Yogic Diet
A science that traces its root back to the Vedic period, Ayurveda is the foundation on which the essentials of yogic diet are developed. Human body balance lies on three primitive doshas in a body (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Disruption in any of these doshas results in an upset balance and harmony of the body while making it disease ridden. Ayurveda has remedies, drugs, therapies, specific ingredients that ensure a perfect balance is maintained and restored to its perfect rhythm. Ayurveda finds its presence in yogic diet through various naturally occurring herbs, plant roots and extracts that render medicinal, replenishing properties to the food. This addresses the five quintessential elements of which a human body is composed of (as scribed in Ayurveda) namely, earth, fire, water, air and ether.
Ayurveda Cooking Classes During Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat
- The Ayurveda cooking classes are developed for all those participating yogis who undertake the yoga program with a dedicated spirit and, wish to sincerely adapt to the yogic lifestyle for a healthy living even after the conclusion of their training. With these Yogic cooking classes, the participating candidates shall be able to successfully continue imbibing the yogic diet in their regular lives.
While the cooking classes’ progress in a well-defined series that target holistic well-being of the participants. Few of the core subjects of these magnificent cooking classes are as follows:
The traditional food of India represents a wide panorama of food types and diet choices. Being a multi-ethnic land, the cooking style itself varies from region to region and, is largely divided into South Indian, East Indian, West Indian and North Indian cuisine. India, being a land of assorted flavors and variegated taste buds, has over thousands of food and diet choices developed to satiate and fulfill the requirements of healthy living.
Ayurveda science upon which the core of yogic living lies is understood and practiced with the purpose of grasping its miraculous qualities in order to prepare highly nutritious yogic meals. Use of Ayurvedic herbs and plant extracts like turmeric, fennel, ginseng, ginger, etc. is studied for refined knowledge and practice of yogic cooking. With this subject, you get the know-how of the core ingredients that ignite the flavor and benefits of food. It is the presence of Ayurveda that makes a food unique and special for the mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Learn the method of cooking the famous Ayurvedic Detox food – the Vedic Khichadi. A dish that is normal to the household of many has been used to provide ample nutrition to babies, sick people and people on detoxification regimens. It is a powerful choice of food for purification of the abdomen and is used to deeper spiritual practices.
Poha is another uniquely simple and healthy breakfast choice in northern and western province of India. It is flattened rice that looks like light flakes and, is prepared with herbs like mustard seeds, sweet curry leaves. For healthier composition, vegetables like onion, tomato, peas, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, etc. are utilized in its preparation. It is considered an ideal breakfast choice for people on weight-loss regimen.
This South Indian and Mahrashtrian delicacy is prepared as thick porridge and, is made from roasted Semolina. Seasonal vegetables are added for a complete taste and nutrition value. Specific herbal seasonings are also added for extracting additional flavor and medicinal benefits.
Cheela is an Indian pancake made with thick Bengal gram flour. Bengal gram, prepared from ground chickpeas is a high protein delicacy and an ideal breakfast option. Initially, it can be a bit complex to learn its preparation. However, once you get the practical aspect of it, it proves to be fairly easy and quick.
Roti is a consistent food type of India made of whole wheat eaten as a part of main course along with a curry or vegetable dish. It is also a staple bread of India and is particularly famous in North India. Cooking it requires preparation of dough kneaded with water or milk. Once, the dough sets, small balls are taken and flattened into a circle with the help of rolling pin. It is further transferred onto an iron plate or tawa and cooked on both sides.
Tomato chutney or tamatar ki chutney is a spicy dip of India prepared with tomato and Indian herbs and spices. It has medicinal properties along with a delectable tangy taste. It can be consumed for eliminating digestive disorders and for extracting anti oxidants. Additionally, this sauce is thoroughly relished with delicacies like dhokla, cheela, idlis, etc.
Palak Paneer is a famous north Indian delicacy prepared with cottage cheese and pureed spinach. A highly nutritious dish, it is usually consumed at dinner time. Sprinkled with herbs like garlic, and powered dry spices, the delicacy is an ideal combination of taste and heath. In addition, we undertake cooking classes of various diet choices on request of our students.
Yogic Cooking Class Outcomes
Besides unlocking a permanent doorway towards healthy living, here are some of the interesting outcomes of these yogic cooking classes:
- An enlightening glimpse into the most ancient science of medicine and healthy living.
- Acquired ability to cook nutritious meals with minimum effort and exquisite taste.
- The experience of cooking an assortment of most commonly consumed yogic meals.
- Informative and fun exchanges with fellow yogis on the science of Ayurveda.
- Opportunity to learn and explore the most respected and rejuvenating art form that is a true pleasure for the mind, body and soul.