As the food so the mind. As the mind so the man. Yet, as the pace of life changes, as our lifestyles transform, we adopt new food, not necessarily healthy, and discard beneficial foodstuff from our diet. We create an imbalance in our overall well-being due to our callous attitude to our diet as well as non-clarity about what to eat, when to eat and how to eat.
The Yoga Institute is home to a well-planned kitchen, where the students and campers are assured of freshly cooked, wholesome food. Only Sattvic food is prepared under supervision in hygienic process in an open kitchen. While there is more emphasis on keeping the nutrition intact of all the food cooked here, the diners are served with lip-smacking dishes loaded with delicate flavors. Since simple eating is the mantra of yoga, Sattvic recipes are prepared with less oil and without onion, garlic and spice.The herbal tea served at the Dinning Hall is the most sought after alternative to the usual coffee and tea.
Adjoining the kitchen is the Dining Hall which is designed to promote eating with a Sattvic state of mind. As it is not advisable to eat food with disturbed state of mind, diners are guided to maintain silence in the hall. The institute also keeps a check on its environmental footprint by serving meals only in reusable, stainless steel utensils. The Kitchen and Dinning Hall also keep the not-so-eco-friendly paper napkins and paper towels out.
The diners sit on the floor to eat meals in the Dinning Hall. This is an ancient Indian tradition and has its roots in yoga. It requires the diners to sit cross-legged akin to sukhasana. Some of the health benefits of eating in this manner include enhanced digestion, improved posture, feeling calm and also weight management. However, those who have physical health limitations to sit on the floor have an access to chairs too.