It took 5 modes of transportation to get to the Ashram in Grass Valley California. It started with a Lift Ride to an airplane to a local bus to an Amtrak and finally a peaceful man picking me up in a car from the Amtrak station to get to the Ashram. I was SO excited to be attending an Ayurvedic hands on course called: Food is Medicine. For the next 7 days I would be living a strict ashram lifestyle and receiving my Ayurvedic Cooking Certification! Yee Haw!
Oh boy was it beautiful there. When I arrived I set up my tent. No computer or cell phone for 7 days! I did turn my phone on a couple times to check in with family but other than that kept the phone off the rest of the time.
This is a pooja ceremony that was taking place. The indian man was offering things to the fire like: ghee, bananas, and flowers. He chanted for 5 hours! What an amazing experience. As soon as I got there I began electronically cleansing right away. Isn’t that terrible that I even had to say that? The ashram schedule goes like this…
5:30am Wake-up bell
8:00am Asana & pranayama class
10:00am Organic vegetarian brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga (opportunity to serve the Ashram)
12:00pm Ayurvedic Lecture and Cooking
6:00pm Organic vegetarian dinner
10:30pm Lights out
It was an amazing week, as you can see! It was so beautiful to be with people who were interested in the cooking area of this indian healing system. Everyone in the course was so happy to be there and so gracious. Bharata was so knowledgeble about Ayurveda, it was mind blowing. He answered all of our questions so calmly. He was so relaxed and confident in the kitchen. It was unbelieveable how easygoing he was while 10 students were in the kitchen watching him and he had a small time frame to get the meal ready by. I now know about ayurvedic spices and how to use them. These are skills I can carry with me for life.
Not only was the course amazing, but also the experience living at the Ashram. I have began praying before I eat and just being more concious of food in general. Its so easy to just throw things in your mouth with out even thinking about it. The schedule of only eating twice a day really put into perspective of how much we don’t need! I strongly recommend going to the Sivanvanda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley California. Here is there website… http://www.sivanandayogafarm.org/
You can even check out Bharat’s next workshops on the farm!