Diet and Nutrition

Yogic Diet, Vegetarian Cooking, Ayurvedic Healing, Juice Fasting

Vegetarian Cooking Course

Learn the science of the 6 tastes, a unique feature of ayurvedic nutrition to insure proper digestion, assimilation of nutrients and elimination. The use of spices and sattvic food, based on grains, pulses and vegetables, savouries and sweetmeats as prescribed in Ayurveda bring about a wholesome experience of wellbeing.  This workshop promises “Good digestion, Balanced meals, tasty and easy to digest food for the whole family.”  Learn the art of using Indian spices for balancing your specific condition.

6 Tastes

  • Sweet- provides nutrition and tissue build-up.
  • Salty- retain water to keep cohesion in the tissues.
  • Sour- promotes secretions for proper metabolism.
  • Bitter– cleanses blood and toxins left along g.i. tract.
  • Hot- enhances agni(digestive fire), dissolves phlegm and has antimicrobial effects.
  • Astringent- allows water absorption in the colon for proper elimination.

Food as Medicine

In this 7-day certificate course, learn Ayurveda’s principles of six tastes and three constitutions to build recipes for restoring health and balance. Theory and hands-on practice learning cooking, spices, and herbs. Taught by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner who understands food as medicine. This course is part of a series of modules offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in collaboration with Acharya David Frawley (Vamadeva). The course manuals are derived from the correspondence courses of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. The aim is to give everyone a thorough foundational knowledge of how Ayurveda helps apply Food as Medicine.

Food as Medicine

In this 7-day certificate course, learn Ayurveda’s principles of six tastes and three constitutions to build recipes for restoring health and balance. Theory and hands-on practice learning cooking, spices, and herbs. Taught by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner who understands food as medicine. This course is part of a series of modules offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in collaboration with Acharya David Frawley (Vamadeva). The course manuals are derived from the correspondence courses of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. The aim is to give everyone a thorough foundational knowledge of how Ayurveda helps apply Food as Medicine.

Juicing Retreats

Cleanse in a healthy way, with 5 days of juicing to cleanse and  balance the body and mind. Enjoy twice daily yoga classes, meditation, chanting, satsang and the guidance of experienced teachers as you restore body, mind and spirit. We will juice 3 times per day with fresh, organic vegetable and fruit juices in the beautiful open-air grounds of the Ashram, an ideal natural environment that safely supports purification. Daily work shops will discuss the process of juice fasting and the physical and spiritual impact of fasting. On the final day we will break the fast with light meals based on raw foods.

Detoxification and Juice Fasting

This program is an ideal opportunity to deeply cleanse and rejuvenate body and mind in a safe and supportive environment. You can rest in the warmth of the northern California summer, enjoying clean air and sunshine in the Sierra foothills, and the support of experienced staff and health care practitioners.

Juice-fasting is the fastest and safest way to eliminate toxins from the body. Fruit and vegetable juices and herbal teas help the process of detoxification while adding vitamins and minerals to the body. Juice fasting allows the body to stay slim, healthy and vital. By fasting you give your digestive system the opportunity to rest, and in so doing, the body has more energy. This energy is used by the mind and you enjoy mental clarity, concentration, and control over the senses. You feel light, joyful, and peaceful.

The program is designed to create a transformation not only on the physical level but also on the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Herbal supplements, yoga and meditation help with this. With the practice of both yoga and fasting you will achieve a higher degree of physical, mental and spiritual awareness as toxins are eliminated.

Detoxification and Juice Fasting

This program is an ideal opportunity to deeply cleanse and rejuvenate body and mind in a safe and supportive environment. You can rest in the warmth of the northern California summer, enjoying clean air and sunshine in the Sierra foothills, and the support of experienced staff and health care practitioners.

Juice-fasting is the fastest and safest way to eliminate toxins from the body. Fruit and vegetable juices and herbal teas help the process of detoxification while adding vitamins and minerals to the body. Juice fasting allows the body to stay slim, healthy and vital. By fasting you give your digestive system the opportunity to rest, and in so doing, the body has more energy. This energy is used by the mind and you enjoy mental clarity, concentration, and control over the senses. You feel light, joyful, and peaceful.

The program is designed to create a transformation not only on the physical level but also on the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Herbal supplements, yoga and meditation help with this. With the practice of both yoga and fasting you will achieve a higher degree of physical, mental and spiritual awareness as toxins are eliminated.

Upcoming Dates

Dates Program Name Price see more... Register
December 31, 2018 - January 5, 2019 Juice Fasting Retreat $550.00
January 11 - 13, 2019 Ayurvedic Cooking Course $250.00

Faculty

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Bharata Surya

Bharata Surya (Javier Lopez) is a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and a certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Counselor, Pancha Karma specialist and Marma therapist trained in the US and India. For the last 15 years he has led private practices and set up Ayurvedic clinics in different parts of the US and abroad, conducting multiple workshops and programs and designed protocols on diet, herbology, lifestyle management therapies, yoga/ayurvedic cleansings and juice fastings. As lead chef at the Yoga Farm Ashram, Bharata stresses the importance of healing the body and mind through food. Besides offering Ayurveda consultations, he teaches weekend and full 7-day certified…

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Karuna Devi

Karuna Devi is a teacher of Classical Yoga for many years, to be graduated Yoga Health Educator, a student of Ayurveda, a practitioner of the four paths of yoga, and a dedicated student of Swami Sitaramananda and the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. Bringing a brightness and sincerity to the teaching of Classical Yoga, Karuna Devi is dedicated to helping students create a firm foundation on which to build a successful yoga practice.

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Rudra Manohara

Rudra Manohara is a Yoga Farm staff member and teacher of Classical Hatha Yoga. He is professionally trained and has over 15 years experience in both the culinary arts and massage bodywork therapy, as well as a background in theatre and dance. In support of community development and personal well-being, Rudra Manohara continues to dedicate his life to the healing path of Yoga.

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Manu Dawson

Manu Dawson is a nutritional consultant of the Integral Yoga Natural Apothecary in New York. He is a dynamic teacher of yogic diet and nutrition and a workshop leader on topics of cleansing, fasting, and detoxification. For the last few years he has successfully and safely guided many guests of the Yoga Retreat through this program of detoxification.