7 Days at the Ashram: Learning that Food is Medicine

 

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.

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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

6:00am Satsang

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

8:00pm Satsang

10:30pm Lights out

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Big organic garden that we could pick fresh veggies from to add to our meals!

Big organic garden that we could pick fresh veggies from to add to our meals!

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Peace Meditation Labyrinth

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Our instructor taught us to wash the beans well.

Our instructor taught us to wash the beans well.

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Instructor Bharata showing us his skills!

Instructor Bharata showing us his skills!

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Everyday we topped our beautiful meals with ginger and beets! So colorful.

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Making moong bean dosas (pancakes).

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Stirring up the Subji!

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Fellow students in the training! Happy faces:)

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Molding the dough!

Molding the dough!

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Chappatis are a popular bread in the Ayurvedic cuisine, on the right side in the bowl. Super easy to digest and most nourishing of all breads.

Unique tea concoctions were made each day! This one had star anise and ginger:)

Unique tea concoctions were made each day! This one had star anise and ginger:)

 

Beautiful scenery!

Beautiful scenery!

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Ambika and her delightful salad dressing!

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Sivananda asana

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Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis book that we blessed as a new study.

Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis book that we blessed as a new study.

Everyones objects of new intention and study laid out for blessing.

Everyones objects of new intention and study laid out for blessing.

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Happy birthday Analia!

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Making the dough for the Rotis!

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The most amazing peacefull Ayurvedic cook! Bharat Lopez.

Graduation!

Graduation!

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!

OM SHANTI


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