According to Ayurveda, "rasa," the Sanskrit word for taste, has a number of meanings including experience, enthusiasm, juice and essence. These diverse meanings only hint at the significance of taste within the Ayurvedic tradition.
Rasa is, in a very real way, the essence of life and quite literally affects every aspect of our being—from structure and physiology, straight through to our overall state of mind and consciousness. Ayurveda sees rasa, or taste, as a tremendously powerful therapeutic tool that determines not only how we experience our food, but ultimately, the overall flavor of our existence. Taste is assigned a much deeper significance in Ayurveda than we are accustomed to in the West; it is considered critically important in determining the effect that various foods, spices, therapeutic herbs, and experiences will have on our state of balance—body, mind, and spirit.
During this interactive workshop, taught by Ayurvedic chef Stephanie Wright, you will learn how the six tastes - sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent - impact your unique physiology, health, and wellbeing. Topics that we will cover include:
-Ayurvedic body types of Vata, Pitta and Kapha
-The energetics, mental and emotional attributes, benefits, potential consequences of overuse and examples of each taste
-How to harness the power of tastes to bring your unique body type into balance
Your ticket also includes a tasting menu of the following items:
-Homemade Chapati with Red Lentil Paté
-Immune Boosting Tea: Ginger, Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Black Pepper
Option of adding tinctures:
Turmeric Tincture -- Vata balancing
Wild Rose Tincture -- Pitta balancing
Cinnamon Bark -- Kapha balancing
-Seasonal Kitchari with red lentils, quinoa and basmati rice with kale, zucchini, carrots topped with cilantro chutney
-Rose Chocolate Avocado Mousse