At Upaya Yoga School, we recognize the significance of nourishing our bodies with wholesome and nutritious food that complements our yoga practice and overall well-being. Our culinary philosophy is deeply rooted in the concept of Saatvik food, in harmony with the principles of yoga and Ayurveda. Here’s what you can anticipate from our Saatvik food offerings:
We give priority to incorporating fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients into our meals. We firmly believe that food in its natural state, free from chemicals and pesticides, provides the utmost nutritional value. Our kitchen team meticulously selects seasonal fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes to craft delicious and nourishing meals for our community.
Our Saatvik food is primarily vegetarian, offering a diverse array of plant-based options. We hold the belief that a vegetarian diet fosters compassion, lightness, and purity—essential principles in yoga. Additionally, we accommodate vegan dietary preferences, ensuring that all students can partake in wholesome meals that align with their values and dietary needs.
Saatvik food is renowned for its purity, simplicity, and lightness, aiming to foster clarity of mind, spiritual growth, and harmony within the body. Our meticulously designed meals incorporate a balance of all six tastes—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent—creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Additionally, we emphasize the use of gentle spices and herbs that not only enhance digestion but also contribute to overall well-being.
Our kitchen team approaches meal preparation with mindfulness and love. They infuse each dish with positive energy and intention, viewing the act of nourishing the body and soul as sacred. We firmly believe that the energy and intention behind the food we consume profoundly affect our well-being. Therefore, we prioritize the creation of meals infused with love and mindfulness, recognizing their potential to contribute to the overall health and harmony of our community.
We draw inspiration from Ayurvedic principles in our food preparations. Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, underscores the importance of balancing doshas (energetic forces) within the body for optimal health. Our meals are thoughtfully crafted to support the equilibrium of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas, ensuring their suitability for all body types and promoting overall harmony and well-being.
At Upaya Yoga School, we are committed to curating a delightful and nurturing dining experience. Our dining spaces are intentionally designed to cultivate community and connection, providing you with the opportunity to share meals with fellow students and teachers. We firmly believe that coming together for meals fosters a sense of unity and enriches the overall yoga experience.
Recognizing the diversity of individual dietary needs and preferences, we are dedicated to accommodating them to the best of our ability. If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, we encourage you to inform us in advance so that we can ensure your needs are met throughout your stay with us.
Beyond exceptional yoga instruction, our focus extends to providing nourishing and wholesome Saatvik food. We invite you to embark on this holistic journey with us—a journey of yoga, mindfulness, and nourishment for your body, mind, and spirit.