My Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking Course
Ayurveda is a tangible reminder that you are an integral part of this natural world, alive with radiance and grace. In fact, you are a mirror of all that is mighty and majestic, and you are made of the very same power that ignites and sustains all existence.
From the root words Ayur meaning “life,” and Veda meaning “science,” Ayurveda does not define a person by an illness. Instead it views every individual as a vital expression of life, with innate intelligence and regenerative powers – that can be optimized for radiant wellness and nurtured for healing and recovery. In this way, Ayurveda restores dignity to patients and humanity to medicine.
To me, cooking is where Ayurvedic wisdom comes home, where nature, in her great generosity, offers herself most fully to us—letting us touch, taste, smell, and behold her bounty while turning everyday meals into nourishing delights of balance and wellness.
In this course I invite you in to my kitchen where we begin with the principles, sample the six tastes and the science of creating balanced meals, move on to set up the Ayurvedic kitchen, learn about spices and cook up the meals that constitute the essence of Ayurvedic nutrition, including sides and snacks, tonics and teas, and finally demonstrate a few make-at-home healing remedies to help restore greater imbalances.
Ayurvedic wisdom claims that, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” This course lays the groundwork for a personally tailored diet that is healthy, wholesome, and joyfully homemade.
When you sign up, you’ll receive:
• 8 lessons, each with a central video teaching and demonstration, filmed in my kitchen.
• A PDF for each lesson with Ayurvedic principles, applications, recipes, seasonal produce and grocery lists, plus food suggestions for the doshas, and spice wisdom.
• Access to an online group to share and communicate with others taking the course, and with Laura.
This course is both an introduction to Ayurveda and a delicious overview of Ayurvedic Cooking, encouraging greater harmony with nature, embracing what is fresh, while learning how to maximize the health potential of each meal. With video teachings, written materials, original recipes and support through our group forum, this Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking Course has five learning objectives:
- To introduce the concepts of Ayurvedic nutrition
- To demonstrate the sumptuous simplicity of Ayurvedic kitchen
- To encourage home cooking as an enticing and essential foundation of health
- To broadly present balanced meals across the day and seasons
- To inspire a more creative, personal, self-trusting, intuitive relationship with nature through food.
Each lesson consists of a video teaching/demonstration, accompanied by a PDFThroughout there are pointers and tips to help you personalize this class. At the end of the course a bonus audio meditation for mindful meals is offered.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Ayurveda: The Five Elements & Three Doshas
Lesson 2 : The Six Tastes: Nature’s Nourishing Spectrum
Lesson 3: Seasons & Spices: Balancing the Seasons & Doshas
Lesson 4: Setting Up Your Kitchen & The Basics
Lesson 5: What To Eat When: Ayurveda as Circadian Medicine
Lesson 6: Sides & Snacks: Enhancing flavor, maintaining balance
Lesson 7: Teas & Tonics: Medicine in a Mug
Lesson 8: Healing Remedies: Easy recipes to restore
Plus: Audio Bonus: Meditation for Mindful Meals
About the Instructor
Laura Plumb is the the best-selling author of Ayurveda Cooking For Beginners, the writer and host of a 53-part tv series called VedaCleanse and a 12-part series called Divine Yoga. As a graduate of the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and the American Institute of Vedic Studies, she is a leading educator on the power of the Vedic sciences to promote sacred, sumptuous living.
Formerly the General Manager of The Discovery Channel Europe, Laura is the founder/director of VedaWise, offering clinical services in natural medicine for whole person wellness and trainings in the Vedic sciences. She offers classes and consultations in Ayurveda, Jyotish, Yoga Therapy, Whole Food Cooking and Nutrition, and serves as a contributing Ayurvedic educator at the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, a staff writer for Spirituality & Health, and an Ambassador for Banyan Botanicals.
Laura’s blog food-alovestory.com is an inspirational resource for Ayurvedic recipes and wise living. Her popular whole food, plant based seasonal cleanses are powerful, effective and deliciously nourishing. Her articles on health and wellness have been published in Huffington Post, Ayurveda Next Door, Spirituality & Health, and the Times of India, among other national and international media.