Food As Medicine: Ayurvedic Cooking Certification

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
  • Sep 17 - 24, 2017 (8 days)
  • Tent - Bring Your Own - $1,150.00 Tent - Ashram Furnished - $1,255.00 Om Cabin - Shared - $1,255.00 Om Cabin - Private - $1,710.00 Siva Cabin - Shared - $1,640.00 Siva Cabin - Private - $1,990.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Shared…

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In this 7-day certificate course, learn Ayurveda’s principles of six tastes and three constitutions to build recipes for restoring health and balance. Theory and hands-on practice learning cooking, spices, and herbs. Taught by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner who understands food as medicine. This course is part of a series of modules offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in collaboration with Acharya David Frawley (Vamadeva). The course manuals are derived from the correspondence courses of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. The aim is to give everyone a thorough foundational knowledge of how Ayurveda helps apply Food as Medicine.

Topics of study:

The Science of the Five Elements/Six Tastes, Rasa-Virya-Vipak-Prabhava

The Three Gunas

The Biological Humors of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

The Twenty Attributes

Agni (digestive fire) / Ama and its four states

Dietary Therapy, principles, outline of Ayurvedic Diet, Food Lists per Constitution; Food List and Food Type Analysis – Fruit and Vegetables

Grains, Beans, Seeds and Nuts, Dairy Products, Animal Products

Oils, Condiments and Spices

Herbs for Digestion and Elimination

Daily Schedule

06:00 – 07:30 am – Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture

08:00 – 10:00 am – Yoga Class: Asanas and Pranayama

10:00 – 10:45 am – Vegetarian Brunch

12:00 – 02:00 pm – Theory Talk with Bharata

03:00 – 06:00 pm – Cooking with Bharata

06:00 – 06:45 pm – Vegetarian Dinner

08:00 – 09:30 pm – Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture


This is a thorough, foundational course for students based on the books and distance learning programs of David Frawley. The course is designed for students of all kinds. No Ayurveda background required. It will be a good continuation of study for those who have taken the 10-day “Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification Course.”

Reference Books

Comprehensive manual issued – with recipes

Sivananda Yoga Cookbook

Sivananda Home Yoga Companion


Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a 50-hour co-certification signed by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and the American Institute of Vedic Studies (AIVS).

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on the first day with Orientation followed by Satsang

Departure: The course will end at 3pm on final day.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form (click ‘register’ below).


– Sivananda Ashram Yoga provided a tranquil sanctuary reprieve from my human everyday life and let me live a transformative spiritual experience without distraction. The Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop led by Bharata exposed me to the necessary elements to remember that “food is medicine” and there are specifics in the diet that can enhance growth and vibrancy for living in love! – Michele Spencer, Elk Grove CA, Dec 15, 2013

– I learned all the things I needed to know about how to make the food I cook every day so much more satisfying and agreeable. The class was easy to understand and I got to ask all my questions. – Dharma Deva, Ester CA, Dec 12,2013

This was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to return! Bharata is an amazing teacher and I’m excited to try the Ayurvedic cooking and principles. – Melanie Carvalho, East Palo Alto, 02-16-2014

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  • Sep 17, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017 (8 days)


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