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Kitchen Ashram Yogi Program

A Kitchen Ashram Yogi Program offers participants an opportunity to explore their interest in vegetarian cooking and kitchen procedures through hands-on experience while deepening their experience of the Integral Yoga teachings and practices.

Understanding the nutritional requirements of a vegetarian diet, cooking seasonally, and learning fundamental techniques for preparing ethnic cuisines are just a few of the areas covered in this vegetarian cooking residential program.

Curriculum

  • Basic vegetarian nutritional standards, recipe development, and cooking techniques
  • Kitchen standards: hygiene, proper use of tools and equipment, and food safety
  • Ethnic food preparation, including Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and Italian
  • Bread making
  • Inventory, ordering, and storage
  • Meditation and Hatha Yoga sessions, spiritual study classes, and meetings
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Information

Prerequisite LYT Program or Integral Yoga Teacher Training 

Tuition: Free

Questions?
1-434-969-3121, ext. 176/178 [email protected]

Sadhana or Practices

Kitchen Ashram Yogi program offers a full immersion into the yogic lifestyle through study and practice of the essential Yoga approaches—Karma Yoga (selfless service); Bhakti Yoga (devotion); Hatha Yoga (asana and pranayama); Raja Yoga (concentration and meditation); Jnana Yoga (self-analysis). Program participants are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Group Meditation 10 sessions per week (5 morning meditations: 5 am or 6:20 am, and 5 afternoon meditations: 12 pm or 6 pm)
  • Hatha Yoga (postures, breathing practices, deep relaxation) – 5 sessions per week, including at least 3 Integral Yoga classes
  • Karma Yoga (selfless service) – 33 hours of service, including two kitchen cleanups each week
  • Evening Programs/Classes/Special events – 2 per week, including Satsang

Sample Schedule

(may vary depending on Ashram activities)

5:00 – 6:15 am Meditation (or 6:20 – 7:30 am)
6:20 – 7:50 am Hatha Yoga class
8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 11:45 am Morning service shift
12:00 – 12:30 pm Silent Meditation
12:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 4:45 pm Afternoon service shift
5:00 – 6:30 pm Hatha Yoga/Meditation
6:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 pm  Classes, programs, or free time

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of at least one month of the Living Yoga Training (LYT) Program, with the recommendation of the LYT Coordinator; one of the Ashram’s month-long Integral Yoga Teacher Training programs, with the recommendation of the main Teacher Training Instructor
  • A commitment to serve three (3) consecutive months, with a monthly review, renewable with the approval of the Residential Services Supervisor
  • A commitment to adhere to the Integral Yoga Lifestyle Principles

Objectives

  • Learning the fundamental administrative skills of daily meal development
  • Practicing daily group sadhana (Hatha Yoga, meditation, scripture studies, and Karma Yoga, or selfless service).
  • Creating, preparing, and cooking nutritious vegetarian meals for the Yogaville Community.

For financial information, please visit the Ashram Yogi Programs’ Finances page.

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