I come from a family of good cooks. As children, my sisters and I were in the kitchen from a fairly early age, taking turns every Sunday afternoon to make assorted cream cakes, scones and cookies. Luckily, my parents have a keen sense of adventure, and so, we took long summer vacations travelling across Europe enjoying the sights, and of course, the foods. As an adult, I travelled much further afield, and my passion for food and smell, and how it can make us feel, has remained strong.
Smell is very closely associated with love. We tend to do and eat that which we love. I have also been practicing yoga for most of my life and have studied extensively because I saw value in it. Whilst studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali however, as any one of you might also have done, I got very unsatisfield with many of the commentaries of the sutras.
They seemed very distant and not related to a modern way of life, and so, I came up with an idea to combine something I love...food, with something that is a bit of a chore...studying yoga philosophy.
And so Cooking the Yoga Sutras was born. The idea was to come up with ingredients that would be a metaphor for a vital yoga sutra. Amazing!
No more boring and dry commentaries by men eating berries and oatmeal. I wanted to use regular foods as metaphors, including butter, chocolate and even (yogi gasp), chicken.
Yes, aversion is one of the problems we all have because it means that we judge people that don't agree with us. Enter the evangelical vegetarian or vegan. (not you or I)
The course is a 12 part series of four to five, 15 minute videos introducing some philosophy around a particular yoga sutra and another set of videos taking the main ingredient into the kitchen to help to ingest the teachings (good idea eh?).
Anyway, you get the gist. You get a bunch of recipes too, along with some ideas on journalling and personal practice.
By the end of the series, you may not be a better cook, but you will probably know more about some of the vital yoga teachings than many other people who practice yoga.
Put that into your food sheath!