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Kurma writes foreword to FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul

Kurma writes foreword to FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul

Australia’s Vegetarian Guru, Kurma Das, author of numerous vegetarian cookbooks, including Great Vegetarian Dishes, shares his thoughts on FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul.

FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul is a virtual manifesto of the art and science of food yoga, and is a treasure trove of priceless information about many of the divine aspects of foodKurma Das

FOREWORD

It is an honour to have been asked to write a small foreword to this fascinating book. I have personally known Paul Turner for over 30 years. We have shared a common yoga path, and from time to time, we have found ourselves cooking together in kitchens around the world.

We both became inspired and empowered by the same teachings of the founder of ISKCON, Swami Prabhupada. From him we learned the art and science of the Yoga of Eating.  As explained in this book, one of the main elements of this Yoga is the preparation of sacred foods. For thousands of years, kitchen-yogis in temples throughout India have practiced the divine art and science of preparing wonderful and diverse vegetarian food saturated with love and devotion.  Cooking thus becomes yoga.

The Sanskrit word yoga carries the meaning of ‘connection’, specifically the connection between the individual soul and the Supreme Soul. This connection has now been broken, and yoga is the means for reestablishing it.

The techniques for reestablishing the connection are intimate and personal. If we love someone, we want to do things for them, and a very common thing that people do for people they love is to cook for them.

Kitchen Yogis around the world prepare offerings in this same spirit of love. This love is manifested at every stage of the cooking process – from the purchasing of the ingredients to the final offering of the sacred meal to the object of one’s devotion. Such a spiritualized diet is thus spiritually elevating.

If something is good for you spiritually, it is generally also good for you materially. Medical studies have shown that vegetarians tend to suffer less than others from various heart diseases and cancers. As far as the planet is concerned, the meat industry is one of the most wasteful of natural resources and the most destructive of the environment. A spiritual vegetarian diet is good not only for your soul but also for your body and our planet.

From The Yoga of Eating you will learn how to achieve optimum health by practicing the Food Yogi diet and lifestyle, which includes what to eat, when to eat, water therapy, food offering meditation, and conscious eating. The characteristics of a food yogi, the metaphysics of food, sacred foods, the importance of water, the culture of spiritual hospitality – and much more – are explained in detail.

FOOD YOGA is a virtual manifesto of the art and science of food yoga, and is a treasure trove of priceless information about many of the divine aspects of food.

By reading this book you will learn just how important food is to your spiritual journey. You will discover how to genuinely feel compassion and respect for all living beings, and how this universal respect is so fundamental to a Food Yogi lifestyle.

Foods prepared with loving intention have the ability to unite people in a loving bond. From this excellent book you will learn how to spiritualize your eating, and by doing so, help the world to become a better place.

Kurma Dasa
New Govardhana Farm
Murwillumbah, Australia
14 January 2012
www.kurma.net

About KURMA

Kurma was head chef at Melbourne’s most popular Vegetarian Restaurant, Gopal’s, for many years and is the author of Great Vegetarian Dishes which is in its seventh print run, Cooking With KurmaQuick Vegetarian Dishes and most recently Vegetarian World Food. All books have received wide acclaim for their professional, clearly written and richly illustrated presentation of vegetarian cuisine.

Kurma has hosted three internationally broadcast television cooking series seen in over 46 countries. His third and latest 26-part TV series “Cooking with Kurma – More Great Vegetarian Dishes” screened throughout Australia on SBS and Foxtel.

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FOOD YOGI workshop on Bribie Island (29 Jan)

FOOD YOGI workshop on Bribie Island (29 Jan)

Australian born, Priya Vrata (aka the FOOD YOGI), director of Food for Life Global is currently on a tour presenting FOOD YOGI workshops. The 1 – 3 day workshops present the philosophy of Food for Life as it relates to food choices, lifestyle, respect for nature and spirituality. The presentation is based on notes from Food Yogi’s book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul a 320 page manifesto of the Food Yogi lifestyle with a specific emphasis on introducing a Food Offering Meditation. [paid-downloads id=”4″] (eBook $9.95) The idea behind the book was inspired by the founder of ISKCON, Swami Prabhupada, who said that “everyone should get a chance to take prasadam…” He believed strongly that through the liberal distribution of prasadam the whole world could become peaceful and prosperous.” Prasadam is a Sanskrit word that means mercy, and specifically refers to food that has been prepared with loving intention and then offered in love to God. The meaning of Swami Prabhupada’s statement is that clean, non-violent foods that are prepared with loving intention have the ability to unite people in a loving bond. We’ve all had experience of this when we’ve sat down to a meal prepared with love on festive days. Because food is the most basic necessity of life it behooves us to honor the blessing of having food on our table, and even more importantly making sure that everyone else has food as well. This can only happen when we genuinely feel compassion and respect for all living beings and it is this universal respect that is fundamental to a Food Yogi lifestyle. The purpose of the Food Yogi course is to introduce students to the culture of spiritual hospitality and the importance of food on their spiritual journey. Students learn how to achieve optimum health by practicing the Food Yogi diet and lifestyle, which includes, what to eat, when to eat, water therapy, a food offering meditation, conscious eating and raw food demonstrations. The Food Yoga workshop covers a variety of subjects, including:

  • Metaphysics of food
  • Sacred Foods and Alchemy
  • Sacred Geometry of Food
  • The importance of water
  • Food Politics
  • Spiritual Hospitality
  • The 10 Characteristics of a Food Yogi
  • Food Offering Meditation
  • Conscious Eating
TIME
Sunday, January 29 · 10:30am – 3:00pm

LOCATION
Witchie Woo Wellness B & B 10 Eighth ave Woorim, Bribie Island. Australia

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FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul is available!

FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul is available!

FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul is officially available as an eBook today, January 1st, 2012! 

FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul is a completely new approach to holistic living. Until now, books on healthy living and nutrition have focused on the mechanics of health and happiness, and in doing so, have promoted philosophies and plans that in one way or another have alienated vast numbers of people. As a result, despite volumes of literature and research there is no consensus on what diet or mode of living is best. What they have all failed to identify is one underlying truth that connects us all and from which all health plans can be reconciled and/or elevated to their ultimate stature.

That truth is: our constitutional nature is spirit and we are all spiritually equal. Any healthy living program therefore needs to address the “nutritional” needs of body, mind and spirit. Utilizing scientific facts and logical argument, I introduce the reader to higher concepts of self worth, whereupon the selfish ideals of impersonal consumerism are replaced with a philosophy of grateful, interdependent spirituality, where health and happiness, are not the exclusive domain of a chosen few, but are possible for everyone. The book aims to encourage the reader to start making food part of their daily spiritual ritual. I have attempted to make the presentation as non-sectarian as possible, without losing the integrity of the message.

The book covers a wide range of topics related to food with the aim of making people think more deeply about their food choices and how important food is to their spiritual development. The book leads the reader along a path of becoming more aware of the divine nature of food to the point where they are then introduced to what I call, The FOOD OFFERING MEDITATION, which summarizes the lessons learned along the way and serves to put them in the right frame of mind to transform their eating into a spiritual experience. The book is a result of teaching The Yoga of Eating at vegetarian conferences around the world for the last 15 years. Based on the positive responses from my seminars, I feel strongly that the public is fully ready to embrace the ideals of FOOD YOGA and this book will provide the unbiased guidance they need.

Joel Salatin of PolyFace Farm, Fresh, and academy award nominated Food Inc. speaks about the new food paradigm this way:

“There is a certain sense of sacredness that can come from our connection with our food: Having a relationship with our farmers, seeing and knowing where our food comes from, being present while preparing it, giving thanks or making an offering, and most importantly being present while eating. Generally, we would be lucky to have part of this equation going just some of the time. The ideal is having the full chain of events working in our lives on a regular sustained basis. This is what the new paradigm of food is striving for.”

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Food Yoga Workshop on Bribie Island, Australia

Food Yoga Workshop on Bribie Island, Australia

Yogi Priya with a raw vegan chocolate mint "cheese"cake

Yogi Priya conducted another workshop at the beautiful Witchie Woo Bed & Breakfast retreat centre on Bribie Island, owned and managed by entrepreneur, healer and visionary Craig Harmer.

Twenty three partipants learned the science of Food Yoga and were then treated to a 2 hour raw gourmet food demonstration by Yogi Priya and his Food Yogi assistants, Craig, Vicki, and Ange.

The raw food demonstration included:

  • Garden avocado salad
  • Garden Pate
  • Hummus
  • Brazil Nut milk
  • Almond cheese
  • Chocolate mango vegan cheesecake
  • Chocolate strawberry vegan cheesecake
  • Apple pie
  • Mango ice cream
  • Banana nutmeg ice cream
  • and 6 power smoothies
For more information about how you can have a Food Yogi workshop and raw gourmet demonstration, contact us now.
Witchie Woo Bed and Breakfast Wellness Retreat

The Witchie Woo Wellness Retreat offers first class accommodation along with the following healing services:

  • Massage
  • Crystal Healing
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Psychic Readings
  • Mediumship
  • Mediation
  • Kinesiology
  • Hypnotherapy

Contact your host Craig Harmer on
Phone: 07 34081577
Mobile: 0488442283
Email: charmer8888@bigpond.com

 

 

 

 

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Food for Life Director gives Food Yogi Workshops

Food for Life Director gives Food Yogi Workshops

Taichung, Taiwan — June 24 – 27 — Australian born, Paul Turner (aka Priyavrata), director of Food for Life Global is currently on a tour of Asian countries presenting FOOD YOGI workshops. The 3 day course presents the philosophy of Food for Life as it relates to food choices, lifestyle, respect for nature and spirituality.

The presentation is based on notes from Turner’s yet to be published book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing the Soul — a 320 page manifesto of the Food Yogi lifestyle with a specific emphasis on introducing a Food Offering Meditation.

The idea behind the book was inspired by the founder of Food for Life, Swami Prabhupada, who said that “everyone should get a chance to take prasadam…” He believed strongly that through the liberal distribution of prasadam (food that is prepared with loving intention and then offered to God) the whole world could become peaceful and prosperous.” The meaning of this statement is that clean, non-violent foods that are prepared with loving intention have the ability to unite people in a loving bond. We all have experience of this when we sit down to a meal prepared with love on holidays.

The purpose of the Food Yogi course is to introduce students to the culture of spiritual hospitality and the importance of food on their spiritual journey. Students learn how to achieve optimum health by practicing the Food Yogi diet and lifestyle, which includes, what to eat, when to eat, water therapy, a food offering meditation, conscious eating and raw food demonstrations.

The Food Yoga workshop covers a variety of subjects, including:

  • Metaphysics of food
  • Sacred Foods and Alchemy
  • Sacred Geometry of Food
  • The importance of water
  • Food Politics
  • Spiritual Hospitality
  • The 10 Characteristics of a Food Yogi
  • Food Offering Meditation
  • Conscious Eating
Raw vegan red grape cheesecake
Raw vegan avocado soup 
Priya making a green smoothie

Every day is followed with a raw vegan food demonstration to show students that it is easy to prepare tasty, nutritious, good looking meals in minutes, including: Sprouting, salads dressings, green smoothies, energy drinks, live vegan soups, live vegan wraps, nut and seed pates and live vegan desserts.

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