Ayurvedic Kitchen

The Ayurvedic Kitchen and Garden is an integral part of 7 Centers Yoga Arts Teacher Training Programs. One of the sister sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda treats the individual constitution and uses food and herbs as medicine to create balance in the doshas allowing for proper assimilation of nutrition.

A personal Ayurvedic wellness program begins as students go through an assessment of their physical constitution and understanding what choices will assist them along their path to balance and health. Every day they live Ayurveda through the tri-doshic meals provided at the Center and their daily self-care routine. Students keep a daily journal of how the food and lifestyle affects their body and mind. Each week there is a class on Ayurveda going deeper than just the fundamentals. They also spend time in the Ayurvedic kitchen learning to create balanced meals with all six tastes that pacify one’s constitution.

We grow food for the Ayurvedic Kitchen in our vegetable garden and supplement with locally grown food from the Sedona Community Farmers’ Market and other local farmers. Part of the yoga curriculum includes hands-on education in gardening and using local herbs as medicine. This unique and special education brings awareness to current ecological issues and trains students in the sacredness of Nature. The students also learn to practice meditation and mantra while working in the garden helping the plants thrive which in turn, nurtures the students when they eat the food. Working with the plants and earth is a great way for the students to connect back with the cycles of nature as the ancient sages and masters of yoga knew how to do.

We offer an Ayurvedic work/study program to further education in cooking and eating according to Ayurveda. Graduates often return to be Ayurvedic apprentices after completing their trainings where they continue to grow in their yoga practices as well. The Ayurvedic Kitchen Apprenticeship is a unique 30 day immersion into living a yogic and Ayurvedic lifestyle. For more information contact Sydney at 928-203-4400. Download Ayurveda Apprentice Application


Holistic Health Consultation w/ Avani Sukhadia
Addressing your specific health concerns which includes an in-depth dosha (body/mind type) analysis, pulse reading & tongue examination. Learn to heal your body and relax your mind with customized Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations. Achieve balance through foods, herbs, body care, sound sleep, internal cleansing, and beneficial daily routines.  1½ hrs

Nutritional Counseling w/ Ayurvedic Chef  Shruthi Bajaj
Guidance in cooking healing foods for your individual constitution and/or health concerns. Shruthi will work with you personally using kitchen medicine – food, spices, herbs and essential oils – to remedy imbalances in the body and mind.  Maybe your interest is how to cook for a family with different constitutions, how to cook healthy food for one that is quick and cost effective, or how to heal yourself from disease or imbalances. You’ll come away with a course of action, menu plans, a cookbook and advice. 1 hour consultation

Private Cooking Class w/ Ayurvedic Chef  Shruthi Bajaj
For hands on practical cooking guidance, you may opt for this as an extension to the consultation. Shruthi will help you develop a few basic meals tailored to your constitution and/or a disease or imbalance and cook them with you. This is a great way to integrate the nutritional advice for greater success in implementing Ayurveda into your lifestyle with ease.  If interested please contact Shruthi directly and submit a health questionnaire prior to the appointment. 2 hours

shruthibajajBorn in India and raised in a traditional family, Shruthi Bajaj grew up immersed in the colorful and joyous celebration of Indian cooking and eating. When she started making cooking her own, she found that applying Ayurvedic principles improved her digestion and energy levels. Continuation of an Ayurvedic lifestyle has brought ongoing well-being through reduced stress levels and clarity of her journey.

Shruthi holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Samadhi Yoga (2007, Denver CO). She has been studying Ayurvedic Nutrition and Self Care with Amadea Morningstar since 2010, and plans to continue deepening her learning with her teacher. Her mum, Vasant Lad, and Maya Tiwari also inspire her. Shruthi has cooked Ayurvedic meals in kitchens and retreat centers all over Southeast Asia, India, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Northern California. Shruthi has cooked Ayurvedic meals in kitchens and retreat centers all over Southeast Asia, India, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Northern California, and is honored to now be at 7 Centers Yoga Arts to follow in their noble lineage. 

Shruthi Bajaj may be reached at 415-261-7575  or via email or her website www.cardamom-kitchen.com.