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Hands-On, Lecture

Achieving Balance with Ayurveda: A 4-Day Intensive Course

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Tuesday, January 22

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Practiced for over 5,000 years, and rooted in the ancient knowledge of Vedic India, Ayurveda is a finely tuned, holistic system designed to help people live long, healthy, and well balanced lives. Taken from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning lifespan, and veda, meaning knowledge, Ayurveda teaches how to prevent illness and promote healing, through proper diet and lifestyle, connecting with consciousness, and harmonizing body and mind. In this intensive workshop, Chef Richard LaMarita, an Ayurvedic student and practitioner of 30 years, will teach you all about the theoretical principles and practical applications of this science of life.

Each day will include lecture and hands-on cooking sessions.

Students will learn:

  • Basic knife skills
  • How to identify dosha and dosha disorders
  • How to strengthen the digestive system
  • Agni, Ojas and Ama
  • How to boost immunity
  • Detoxification practices
  • Herbal remedies and medicinal use of spices
  • Ayurvedic meals and menu planning
  • How to prepare dhals, beverages, energizing foods, and desserts


Dishes We'll Cover

Dahls & Kitcharis

Ojas Nutritive Tonic
Mango Date Lassi
Kale Pear Smoothie

Digestive Fennel Honey Tea
Trinity Spice Tea
The Celery Craze Morning Smoothie

Bengali Digestive Dahl
Digestive Mung Dahl Kitchari with Greens
Warming Dahl

Indian Winter Vata Menu:

Mushroom Rasam with Roasted Hazelnuts

Tamarind Chutney

Paratha Wrap
Curry Eggplant, Red Russian Kale, Panir

Sweet Onion Curry

Steamed Flattened Rice with Spices

Roasted Pineapple in Ginger Syrup

Green Jasmine Coconut Whipped Cream

Farm-to-Table Winter Pitta Menu:

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup, Sweetened Cranberries

Grilled Baby Artichoke and White Bean Salad

Savory Vegetable Tart

Turmeric – Coriander Sweet Potato Chips with Basil Aioli

Brown Rice Pudding/Chocolado Parfait with Pomegranate Seed

Winter Italian Kapha Menu:

Spiced Spinach and Chard in a Chickpea Broth

Portobello and Eggplant Lasagna

Broccoli Rabe with Chili

Gluten-Free Anise Biscotti

Cashew Milk

Iced Hot Chocolate

*This is a sample menu. All recipes are subject to change.

About the Instructor

Richard LaMarita is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and has been a Chef Instructor since 1986. He has worked in many popular restaurants in NYC, including Tabla. He has been practicing and studying Ayurveda for 30 years. He holds a Master's Degree from Maharishi Vedic University and has worked with accomplished Ayurvedic masters such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dr. B.D. TriGuna. He has led seminars on Ayurveda, Diet and Nutrition, Cooking, Yoga, and Meditation throughout the US, in Europe, and in Asia. Presently, he works as a private chef, and is a Chef Instructor at NGI.

Class Schedule

Tuesday, January 22, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 23, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday, January 24, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday, January 25, 9:30am - 4:00pm

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