Art of Wholesome Ayurvedic Cooking Course Autumn Reunion

Thank you Jyoti !

A couple of years ago, I attended Jyoti Jain’s Art of Wholesome Cooking course and learned about Ayurveda & Ayurvedic Cooking.  I mentioned it back then Here:) She had never made any of the “breads” (we all know Nann but others) back then but  this time, yes: … I found her course to be comprehensive and super useful as in … the next day, you can take the recipes and make the delicious dishes (provided you have the spices, that, along with the technique are the keys to successful recreation of her sublime dishes:)  She is a certified cooking teacher/trainer from Art of Living Foundation but in her own home cooking, she has always been a talented across the borders cook.  She formally became certified in “Ayurvedic” cooking because she felt that Standard American Diet (“SAD”) lacks some aspects of “balance” and felt that incorporating Ayurvedic cooking in our everyday can vastly improve our moods and enhance our health.

It is fascinating to learn different methods and styles of cooking as I had also completed courses in Macrobiotic cooking hosted by Teacher Fumiko Arao (Palo Alto) and Yukie Kawase (of Japan).  One is not better than the other – both offerings so much to improve our health and relationship with our body, foods and the cosmos.

From both teachings, what I have learned is the importance of quality protein, mostly plant based; how to flavor them if in Ayurvedic cooking, with herbs and spices; if in Macrobiotic cooking, with Umami rich probiotic seasoning (Miso, Koji, shoyu, dashi).  What’s interesting is the vast difference in use of “oil”.  Macrobiotic cooking uses virtually no oil; Arurvedic cooking uses abundance of oil, namely Ghee (clarified butter). I have ideas as to why and why this works in each of the cuisines to maximize the flavors.

Again, this is not a contest or a comparison on which is better but it’s really about knowing the wisdom that supports the philosophy of each, both medicinal and both health enhancing when we adhere to the intention of balance, variety and quality nourishment.  In both cuisines, reasons for going further, for example to be vegetarian or vegan is usually for philosophical and spiritual reasons, not so much for health.  It is interesting though, once you embark on either or both, fusion cooking that’s more plant based, our body either shuns meats or feels at odds when consumed.

A lot has to due with the LOCATION and the CLIMATE of that culture (for example, the health benefits of Mediterranean cuisine is often cited), where that particular cuisine originates.  Each cuisine is packed with the wisdom accumulated over time of people who lived in that geographic place which determined their needs.  We can take that wisdom and when we know why’s, then, we can do better incorporating the ideas birthed from the wise ancestors to fit the needs of us, living this modern times.

 

Jyoti just whips up these Chapati (not poori, as these are not fried) by rolling the dough and with hands shapes them and … onto the stovetop for the final grilling to puff.  SOOO yummy with a drop of Ghee on top 🙂

Aruyvedic Detox Tea & the bowl of chickpeas was so so flavorful and good, I forgot to that the photo – an empty bowl attests to the delicious taste.

If you’d like to sign up for her next class, just DM me for more information.

Gratitude @ Sunset reciting Loving Kindness Chants

May I be safe
May I be healthy
May I be happy
May I be at ease
May I be filled with loving-kindness
May I be peaceful

It’s time of gathering – family – friends – abundance – harvest – and at the same time, for many, it’s also time of deep reflection.  I know many have suffered a loss; I know many are suffering right now; so … I am lucky enough to worry more about how to get the time to go to the gym and a yoga studio to exercise and practice to better myself, to re-energize as Thanksgiving suppers have a tendency to turn us into sloths – but all the more – we need to take the time to take care of ourselves inside out.  In the hassle and bustle of the holiday season,  onslaught of social obligations and commitments, we need to take the time, carve out the time to be with nature and be on our mat for that meaningful soulful time to breathe and balance and strengthen not only our muscles but our resolve. Resolute in our resolve for strengthening our relationships, for disciplined self-care regimen, at this especially vulnerable time. Then, we can make space to really be present with each person we hold dear and precious in our lives. To really savor and truly appreciate this present moment, imbued in the golden Autumn light.

21 days until Winter Solstice.  Have you Yin-Yanged for wellness today?

Are you feeling whole and strong today?  Or are you feeling a bit sad, dull, sluggish or fragmented – if so, why?  And what would help you feel whole and strong again?

What if I said, soften your heart and be gentle with your words …

May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be at ease
May you be filled with loving-kindness
May you be peaceful