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.
- 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
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 morningmeditations: 5 am or 6:20 am, and 5 afternoonmeditations: 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
(may vary depending on Ashram activities)
- 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
- 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.