Vegetarian Cooking

Join a group of like-minded people in the East Village to explore the art of cooking incredibly tasty and healthy food! In these classes, you will learn a variety of dishes, flavors, utensils, smells, textures, and colors to make your life better. And you'll most certainly walk away finding your kitchen a more comfortable, useful, and inspiring place, no matter who you are! This approach is based on Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old tradition of holistic medicine that comes from India. It applies to practically any style of cooking, culture, or circumstance.


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Intro Class

These are one-session classes that introduce you to the art of making delicious easy-to-make vegetarian meals based on 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

Each class will combine discussion, participatory cooking demonstrations, and ends with a delicious meal for everyone! As Ayurveda aligns health with the rhythm of the seasons, our intro cooking classes change focus seasonally.

Intro Class – Summer Menu

1) Cooling Digestive Drink
2) Sautéed Spicy Greens
3) Steamed Vegetables w/ Herbed Sauce
4) Colorful Grains
5) Almond Milk Shake (including how to make your own fresh almond milk!)
6) Stewed Apple for Morning Detox
* Classes are vegan and gluten-free friendly. Please notify us upon registering if you have this need.


Classes are generally available Monday & Wednesday from 6-9pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11-2pm. Three hours is indicated because there is a meal afterwards and people tend to stay over that long. Classes are subject to availability. You must RSVP ahead of time. We recommend registering 1-3 weeks in advance. If someone cancels their registration within 24 hours, they may reschedule or apply the purchase value to another Bhagavat Life event or service. Bhagavat Life does not offer refunds.

All classes take place at our location: 25 1st Ave 5th Floor. Enter the building through the Bhakti Center main doors.

One Person: $100
Two People: $160 instead of $200 (20% off)
If you aleady have a voucher to attend one of our Intro To Vegetarian Cooking simply email us at to register.

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Ongoing Classes

Approachable Ayurvedic Cooking
Special two-part series

Ayurvedic cooking makes home-cooking and sustaining personal health attractive and powerful. The big secret is: it’s pretty easy too.

In this two-part series, you'll learn how to bring Ayurvedic principles into your home in a practical way. We'll become familiar with all the essential ingredients, tools and resources to make this work for you, and have a ton of fun and deliciousness along the way!

Part One: Basic Ingredients.

We'll cover the ingredients most commonly used in Ayurveda and learn how to start incorporating them into your cooking at home. Ingredients such as hing and taro may sound unfamiliar, but your eyes will be opened to accessible ingredients you never new existed at most grocery stores!

Topics for discussion will include:
  • Vegetables: Taro, Loki, Daikon
  • Spices: Curry Leaves, Hing, Kalonji
  • Cooling vs. Heating foods
  • Healthy Proteins & Fats

We'll cover the benefits of such ingredients and go over where to find them and how to use them, making Ayurveda accessible to even the newest participant, and keeping the practice practical to bring home to your everyday routine.

Part Two: Ayurved-izing Your Favorite Dishes

Here, our aim is to help translate Ayurvedic cooking into your day-to-day life, bringing the fundamentals "closer to home," and helping our students make healthier choices in their everyday cooking. We'll specifically learn how to bring Ayurvedic principles into some of your favorite American or international dishes, incorporating new knowledge into your most beloved home cooked meals. Who doesn't love pizza? Let's make an Ayurvedic pizza!

Topics for discussion will include:
  • Basic Ayurvedic Principles
  • Substitutions we use to make recipes more Ayurvedic
  • How to balance heating dishes with more cooling spices/veg/herb
  • Seasonal ingredients used to substitute

The menu will contain dishes we've made for heart to table dinners that we've adjusted according to Ayurvedic principles.

There's no better way to fall into the new season than bringing health and wellness into your own household!


*** Only Part Two sessions are available ***

Sunday September 21st from 4-7:00pm or Tuesday September 23rd from 6-9:00pm.

One person - $125
Two people - $225

*Includes classes, materials, and two full meals!



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