Kitchen  Yogi Program

A Kitchen 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.


  • Meditation and Hatha Yoga sessions, spiritual study classes, and meetings
  • 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

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, cleanups, programs, or free time



Prerequisite LYT Program or Integral Yoga Teacher Training 

Tuition: Free

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

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

Sadhana or Practices

Kitchen 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 be able 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


  • Successful completion of the Living Yoga Training (LYT) Program or Integral Yoga Teacher Training programs
  • A commitment to serve three (3+) consecutive months
  • A commitment to adhere to the Integral Yoga Lifestyle Principles


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