The Basics of the Chakra System
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

The Basics of the Chakra System

“Chakra” is a Sanskrit word that literally means wheel or cycle. In the context of spiritual disciplines such as yoga, the chakras are considered to be wheel-like energy centers that are not physically discernible but belong to the subtle spiritual body and connect it to the material one. In this workshop, you will learn how to tap into the power of the chakra system and incorporate practical techniques such as yoga asanas, mantras and pranayamas that help you work through blockages that you may be experiencing into your practice.

You can register to experience the magic of the chakra system yourself here: The Basics of the Chakra System

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Cooking with Lightning! Ayurvedic Autumn Cleanse
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Cooking with Lightning! Ayurvedic Autumn Cleanse

Fall is a time of transition. It is evident everywhere around you. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. There is a subtle browning of the earth. Temperatures, which, just a few weeks ago were raging with the intense heat of summer, are beginning to hint at the telltale crispness of autumn. And there is the wind: slowly gathering strength, carrying the tides of winter on its breath.

Help ease the transition into the fall months by learning how you can use food as your medicine to remain grounded and balanced and how Ayurveda can be incorporated into your life to help you live in harmony with nature.

In this class, you will learn how to make the following dishes:

  • Grounding Kitchari with Cilantro Mint Chutney

  • Roasted Squash and Sautéed Kale with Lime Tahini Dressing

You can sign up for the cleanse here: Cooking with Lightning! Ayurvedic Autumn Cleanse

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Cooking with Lightning! Nourish Your Nature Elixir Workshop
Nov
23
2:00 PM14:00

Cooking with Lightning! Nourish Your Nature Elixir Workshop

Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is considered to be one of the world’s the oldest healing sciences. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means, “The Science of Life” and encourages the maintenance of health by living in tune with nature.

Through this workshop, you will learn how you can use herbs and tinctures as your medicine to make personalized elixirs to keep you nourished and balanced during the fall months.

In this class, you will learn how to make the following drinks:

  • Spirulina Hot Chocolate

  • Roasted Beet and Ginger Juice

  • Ginger Turmeric Cinnamon Tea

You can sign up to learn how you can nourish yourself here: Cooking with Lightning! Nourish Your Nature Elixir Workshop

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Principles of Ayurvedic Cooking
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Principles of Ayurvedic Cooking

According to the Ayurvedic principles, living a life of holistic balance can be as simple as paying attention to the foods we consume, and how we consume them. In this class, we'll go over the foundational Ayurvedic philosophies and ways to incorporate them into your day-to-day cooking at a beautiful culinary breakfast that will keep you balanced and grounded as we transition into fall.

During this class, we will learn how to make the following dishes;

  • Ginger Tea

  • Red Velvet Soup

  • Golden Beet and Green Bean Salad with Tahini Lime Dressing

  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Radishes with Kale Arugula Pesto:

  • Grounding Kitchari with Cilantro Mint Chutney

  • Coconut and Pistachio Date Balls

To step up your brunch game, you can sign up here: Principles of Ayurvedic Cooking

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Introduction to Ayurveda and the Importance of Seasonal Cooking
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Introduction to Ayurveda and the Importance of Seasonal Cooking

The practice of Ayurveda, a sister science to yoga, was developed 5,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is translated from Sanskrit as “the science of life” and provides personalized dietary practices depending on each person’s body constitution as well as the time of year. One of the central themes of an Ayurvedic diet is the importance of sourcing seasonal, locally grown ingredients as well as combining foods in a way that optimizes digestion. This workshop will provide you with an overview of Ayurveda as well as a few simple recipes that you can try that will help you remain balanced as we transition into fall.

You can sign up to learn what foods can bring you into balance during the fall season here: Introduction to Ayurveda and Seasonal Cooking

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Bringing Ayurveda to Italy
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Bringing Ayurveda to Italy

As we start transitioning into fall, we begin to seek out hearty meals to help keep us grounded through times of transition. Spinach risotto is the ultimate bowl full of comfort and allows for lets us apply Ayurvedic principles to north Italian cuisine! In this interactive, hands-on experience, you will learn:

- The importance of seasonal eating for our health and the environment
- How to eat for your body type (dosha)
- How to use spices to aid in digestion
- Helpful and practical cooking tips and tricks

Let's discover the secrets to healthy, sustainable, and Ayurvedic home cooking together!

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Nourish Your Nature Ayurvedic Autumn Elixir Workshop
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Nourish Your Nature Ayurvedic Autumn Elixir Workshop

Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is considered to be one of the world’s the oldest healing sciences. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means, “The Science of Life” and encourages the maintenance of health by living in tune with nature. Through this workshop, I will share how you can use herbs as your medicine to make personalized elixirs to keep grounded and balanced as we transition into fall.

You can tap into your highest self by signing up here: Nourish Your Nature Autumn Elixir Workshop

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NYC AgTech Week Happy Hour
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

NYC AgTech Week Happy Hour

The NYC Ag Collective - a consortium of 15+ commercial urban farms, tech companies, and non-profits - is pleased to announce the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, the only AgTech conference on the East Coast run by the leaders of the industry themselves.

This six-day conference features exclusive farm tours, panels, workshops, and networking events focused on the fast growing and innovative AgTech sector, and promises unprecedented access to industry founders, investors, startups, and thought leaders.

I will be starting off the week by catering the opening NYC AgTech Week Happy Hour with a locally sourced menu which features key ingredients grown with love in the New York Tri-State area. Join me and your local farmers by celebrating everything to do with agriculture by signing up here: NYC AgTech Week 2019

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Ayurvedic Brunch
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Ayurvedic Brunch

According to the Ayurvedic principles, living a life of holistic balance can be as simple as paying attention to the foods we consume, and how we consume them. In this class, we'll go over the foundational Ayurvedic philosophies and ways to incorporate them into your day-to-day cooking at a beautiful culinary breakfast that will keep you cool and calm during the summer months.

During this class, we will learn how to make the following dishes;

  • Cooling Kitchari

  • Broccoli with fresh cheese

  • Taro root fries with cinnamon raisin dressing

  • Avocado and watercress salad with creamy cucumber dressing

  • Coconut papaya smoothie

To step up your brunch game, you can sign up here: Ayurvedic Brunch

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Nourish Your Nature: Ayurvedic Elixir Workshop
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Nourish Your Nature: Ayurvedic Elixir Workshop

Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is considered to be one of the world’s the oldest healing sciences. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means, “The Science of Life” and encourages the maintenance of health by living in tune with nature. Through this workshop, Stephanie Wright, an Ayurvedic chef, will share how herbs can be used as your medicine to keep you cool and calm during the summer season.

You can sign up to nourish yourself here: Nourish Your Nature - Ayurvedic Elixir Workshop

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Nurture Your Nature: Restorative Yoga Workshop
Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Nurture Your Nature: Restorative Yoga Workshop

With the temperatures rising as we dive deeper into the summer season, the fire and water elements of the pitta dosha are becoming increasingly present in the hot, humid, incendiary air around us. We can feel that in our physical bodies, but also in the form of emotional and mental irritation, inflammation, and fiery drive to do, and play, more in the long days of summer sun.

In this immersive workshop, you’ll learn about and experience Ayurvedic routines and practices to balance excess heat in any form. We’ll review the basics of the three doshas, or constitutions, and how each interacts with the pitta dosha that’s dominant in summertime; share nutrition and self-care guidelines for balancing pitta; and enjoy a luscious restorative practice with cooling pranayama and hands-on assists, and light post-class refreshments to bring you to the ultimate state of chill even when the weather is hot.

You can sign up to nurture yourself here: Nurture Your Nature: Restorative Ayurvedic Yoga Workshop

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Local Roots Healthy Happy Hour
Jul
8
6:30 PM18:30

Local Roots Healthy Happy Hour

Not another boring Monday! Come eat, drink and celebrate local food with Local Roots and Agritecture Consulting and Ayurvedic Chef Stephanie Wright at our Healthy Happy Hour event.

Join like-minded people for drinks, great conversations, and enjoy a bountiful table of fresh Local Roots produce straight from the farm and small bites prepared by chef. Kombucha will flow like wine!

Subscribe to the Local Root's Summer market season at the event and you'll receive $15 towards your subscription.

You can sign up for a night full of fun here: Local Roots Healthy Happy Hour

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Food is Medicine: Unleash Your Body's Potential With Ayurveda
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Food is Medicine: Unleash Your Body's Potential With Ayurveda

Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science as it originated more than 5,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means, “The Science of Life” and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Through this workshop, Ayurvedic experts will share how seasonal eating can be used as your medicine to keep you balanced as we transition from spring into summer. Seasonal snacks made with seasonal produce from Local Roots as well as a guide on lifestyle and dietary recommendations, will keep you cool & calm during the summer season.

In this workshop attendees will receive:

  • An intro into to the Ayurvedic method including a quiz to ‘discover your dosha’

  • A guide for recognizing signs of some of the common health imbalances of summer, ie. Inflammation, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, headaches, irritability

  • Lifestyle recommendations to pacify the over-production of heat in the body during summer

  • Seasonal recipes designed to bring health for the summer season

  • Samples of the recipes using Local Roots produce to eat and enjoy

You can learn how to tap into your body’s potential with this link: Food is Medicine

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Summer Solstice Ayurvedic Workshop
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Solstice Ayurvedic Workshop

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means, “The Science of Life” and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. The term ‘solstice’ comes from two Latin words, the first being ‘sol’ which means ‘sun’ and the second being ‘sistere’ which literally means ‘to stand still’.  This marks the longest day of the year when we are gratefully bathed in the powerful, activating energy of the sun. It is a time of transformation, action, and inspiration.

Through this interactive workshop, you will learn how seasonal lifestyle practices such as yoga, pranayama and diet can be used as your medicine to keep you balanced as we transition from spring into summer. A seasonal snack and drink will be provided as well as a guide on lifestyle and dietary recommendations will keep you cool & calm during the summer season. 

Welcome in the new season by signing up for the Summer Equinox Ayurvedic Workshop at Swans Nest.

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Vegan Cuisine for the Carnivore
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Vegan Cuisine for the Carnivore

From improving digestion to reducing heart disease, boosting energy and perfecting ones skin tone, the myriad benefits of veganism are seemingly endless. Whether you're simply in search for some refreshing, vibrant options to start the year on a healthy note, or looking to overhaul your diet entirely in 2019, we're here to guide you through creating completely plant based and completely scrumptious meals. Replete with fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and spices - even the most avid of carnivores won't miss the meat in this class.

On the menu:

  • Charred Broccoli Salad

  • Roasted Carrots with Mole Sauce

  • Mushroom Dan Dan Noodles

  • Coconut Rice Pudding

To up your plant-based diet game, you can sign up for the class here: Vegan Cuisine for the Carnivore

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Spring Equinox Kapha Balancing Workshop
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Spring Equinox Kapha Balancing Workshop

In Ayurveda, the spring equinox marks the beginning of when the Kapha dosha as the world slowly comes out of hibernation. This transition is apparent in nature as the winter snows begin to melt, releasing their energy into plants, trees, and humans. It’s an important time to cleanse and detoxify, make new intentions, and plant seeds to ensure this vital energy is focused toward your future crops, creative projects and dreams.  However, as water and earth combine to create new life, one can literally and figuratively get stuck in the mud. Kapha dosha is aggravated by qualities that are heavy, moist and cold; therefore, an important factor in not aggravating kapha dosha in the spring is to invite in light, warm, dry qualities through food, activities and self-care rituals.

In this interactive workshop, we will teach you all about the characteristics of Kapha dosha and the Ayurvedic spices, dietary recommendations, essential oils, pranayama techniques, and yoga poses that will help you stay in balance during this time of transformation. We will also sample some seasonally appropriate teas and spice blends.

SIgn up to make space for new experiences here: Spring Equinox Kapha Balancing Workshop

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Market-to-Table Culinary Class
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Market-to-Table Culinary Class

In this one of a kind class, we’ll expand our horizons beyond the studio walls and head out to explore our local Greenmarket at the Grand Army Plaza. From each student’s selections from the produce available, we’ll create an entirely unique menu.

In this class, you’l learn how to cook with creativity and spontaneity, led entirely by the beautiful ingredients at your disposal. Without reliance on a pre-determined menu, you’ll step out of your comfort zones and learn to build flavors in a truly intuitive manner.

This transitional season yields all kinds of produce we're excited to cook with including asparagus, beets, parsnips, and the ever-popular ramps.

Sign up for this can’t-miss culinary experience here: Market-to-Table

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Mindful Writing Workshop
Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Mindful Writing Workshop

A holistic workshop on how to build momentum with your personal practice of writing. 

You don't need to burn the midnight oil or drink cup after cup of coffee to be a writer! In this workshop we'll learn about holistic ways to enhance ability, inspiration and momentum to move ahead with our personal writing practice and projects. Join Ellen Scordato, co-­founder of Stonesong Press, author and meditation teacher. Participants will identify what grounds, balances them and inspires them. The group will explore specific meditation and writing exercise and there will be plenty of time for writing, as well as sharing a delicious Ayurvedic meal at the end.

You can register here: Mindful Writing Workshop

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Soundbath at Bhakti Center
Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Soundbath at Bhakti Center

 An experiential workshop with a meal!

Sound Bath Meditations, facilitated by music psychotherapist and sound practitioner, Katie Down (MT-BC, LCAT), are deep listening experiences through all the senses with sound as a focal point for illuminating the idea that everything is made of vibration, and in the act of listening we are able to self-heal, connect deeply with one another, and create new neural-pathways for our inherent well-being and equanimity.

Our central nervous system can become highly charged due to external forces and Sound Bath Meditations have been found to help with the regulation of stress responses, enabling a sense of calm, deep relaxation, and creative visualization. Therapeutic musical drone instruments used include various types of singing bowls, tuning forks, monochords, shruti box, percussion and voice to help facilitate emotional and physical release, connection, and awareness through deep listening.

At the end of the workshop, you can enjoy a delicious Ayurvedic dinner together catered by me in conjunction with Bhagavat Life.

You can sign up and reserve your spot here: Soundbath Registration

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Intro to Ayurveda
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Ayurveda

This is a one-session class that will introduce you to the art of making delicious easy-to-make vegetarian meals based on SV Ayurveda. You will gain a basic understanding of:

  • Principles of what makes food healthy or not for you.

  • An overview of how to use spices and make spice mixtures.

  • An introduction into making entrées, soups, desserts, teas, and grain dishes.

  • The secrets of making sure your food is easy to digest and assimilate.

  • Tips on applying Ayurvedic principles to any type of cuisine.

  • Resources to support you in accessing optimal food choices in the grocery store or at restaurants

The dishes that we will be learning to make include:

Menu:

1. Almond Milk Chai

2. Grounding Khichari

3. Steamed Green Beans & Golden Beet Salad

4. Daikon Radish Chutney

5. Apple Muffins

6. How to Make Almond Milk

Register here: Intro to Ayurveda

Exchange: $100 per person, $160 for two

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Holiday Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy
Dec
15
2:00 PM14:00

Holiday Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy

With the craziness of the holidays approaching, soothe your body and mind this season and take care during this very special time of gifting and togetherness! Practice life enhancing pranayama and settle into a well sequenced series of restorative poses using the support of props. Experience the body and mind release into a state of deep relaxation as I provide hands-on assists during this two-hour indulgence. Rejuvenate with winter aromatherapy such as peppermint, juniper berry, ginger, lemon and lavender. A self-care sanctuary for your soul!

Please arrive 10-15min early to set up with ease.

Sign up here: Holiday Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy

Exchange: $45 in Advance/ $55 at the Door

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Early Winter Cooking Class
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Early Winter Cooking Class

With the winds of winter approaching, the body can be brought back into balance through warming and grounding foods and spices. In this early winter cooking classes, I will guide you through what seasonal ingredients and practices you can use to help harvest your best self! The dishes we will be learning include:

Menu

  • Ginger Tea

  • Braised Root Vegetables

  • Winter Vegetable Stock

  • Einkorn Barley Biscuits 

  • How to Make Paneer Cheese 

  • Green Cabbage and Kale  

  • Golden Cheese Cubes

  • Carrot Walnut Cake

Register here: Early Winter Cooking Class

Exchange: $125 per person, $225 for two

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Intro to Ayurveda
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Ayurveda

This is a one-session class that will introduce you to the art of making delicious easy-to-make vegetarian meals based on SV Ayurveda. You will gain a basic understanding of:

  • Principles of what makes food healthy or not for you.

  • An overview of how to use spices and make spice mixtures.

  • An introduction into making entrées, soups, desserts, teas, and grain dishes.

  • The secrets of making sure your food is easy to digest and assimilate.

  • Tips on applying Ayurvedic principles to any type of cuisine.

  • Resources to support you in accessing optimal food choices in the grocery store or at restaurants

The dishes that we will be learning to make include:

Menu:

1. Almond Milk Chai

2. Grounding Khichari

3. Steamed Green Beans & Golden Beet Salad

4. Daikon Radish Chutney

5. Apple Muffins

6. How to Make Almond Milk

Register here: Intro to Ayurveda

Exchange: $100 per person, $160 for two

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Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

Healthy Holiday Indulgence Cooking Class

The cold season is upon us, and it's time to transition to warming and grounding food. In the upcoming seasonal classes, you will learn how to balance your body and mind with delicious daily and holiday meals. On Friday, November 11th, I will be guiding you on how to make an Ayurvedic-friendly, indulgent healthy meal for your friends and family!

Menu:

  • Cranberry Orange Drink

  • Polenta Bites

  • How to Make Fresh Cream Cheese

  • Basil Parsley Pesto

  • Lasagna with Broccolini, Carrots and Spinach 

  • Almond Milk Bechamel

  • Chocolate Cake

You can sign up to get a peak into Ayurvedic cooking here: Bhagavat Life Cooking Classes

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