Nutrition and Yoga

Modern science and medicine are increasingly documenting the importance of a balanced diet centered on whole foods and living in harmony with nature (or the Tao) as the keys to health, happiness and longevity. Women’s Health and Vitality program offers a dynamic approach for women to cultivate radiant health and spiritual awareness from a holistic perspective. I synthesize teachings from the traditional macrobiotic diet, Taoist philosophy and yoga.

My curriculum guides students in the teachings of Hatha Yoga and, in particular, the use of Iyengar and Ashtanga based practices to support the physical and energetic body. However, in order to garner optimum health one has to take yoga “off the mat” and…into the kitchen!

My inspiration for healing with whole foods originated from my experience when I lived overseas and studied the major dietary and herbal traditions of the East.

The subject of intense interest for me was always related to dietary healing. For more than twenty years, I have used the principles behind macrobiotic practices, originating in Japan, to heal and energize my body so that my spirit could flourish.

In combination with a diet based on natural and local foods, I integrate Taoist philosophy. The ancient principles of Taoism and Five Phase Theory (which involves understanding the alchemy of the five elements) supports women to become aware of the tremendous benefits of eating in harmony with their own metabolic and energetic levels. When combined with yogic principles, regular dietary practices can help prevent disease and promote internal healing.

Thus classes are devoted to offering a clear, practical explanation of how to organize and prepare meals per each student’s individual needs. Dietary prescriptions are given to women relative to their age, yoga practice, Ayurvedic body type, hormonal make-up and phase of life that she is in.

My cooking classes will show you how to prepare everyday meals in accord with the seasons, the climate you live in and the resources available to you. In addition to guiding students as to how to create medicinal dishes including soups, grain dishes and how to cook with root vegetables and sea vegetables, I guide students on how to make drinks, smoothies and medicinal concoctions based on the Five Phase Theory.

Along with designing a holistic/macrobiotic diet for women’s physical, emotional and spiritual health, I review specific physical conditions such as:

  • Cancer, including cysts in breasts and reproductive organs
  • Hormonal balance, menopause and osteoporosis
  • Allergies, candida and digestive disorders
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Premenstrual syndrome and other disorders
  • Varicose veins, cellulite and skin problems
  • Stress and lack of energy
  • Women and sexuality

Watch our Blog for the Nutrition Article of the Month. Examples include,

  • Revamp your eating patterns in three easy steps
  • Macrobiotics and menopause
  • Heal yourself with natural foods
  • Sprouting adventure in Surya’s kitchen temple
  • The yin and yang of blended raw vegetable juice
  • The yin and yang of winter cooking
  • The yin and yang of spring cooking
  • The yin and yang of summer cooking
  • The yin and yang of fall cooking