The diet at the Yoga Festival was given by Yogi Bhajan, based his own recipes.
The purpose of the yoga festival diet is to help you to cleanse, alkalize, and to process the energy.
Eating a simple diet (or mono-diet) is balancing for both the body and the mind.
The diet served at the Festival is completely vegetarian, and as much as possible, made from organic produce. We offer gluten-free and non-spicy options, as well as dairy free options, and a separate menu for kids (LINK to Children and Teen Food – under Youth Camps). For those with allergies/food intolerances, please see the recipes below (LINK) for the full list of ingredients of each meal.
Breakfast is spicy potato soup, bananas and oranges. The potato soup in the morning is cleansing through its spices and through the celery. You may want to keep the fruit and eat it later during the day as a light snack to keep your energy up.
After the morning workshops, watermelon is served in front of the Big Top. This will help to keep you hydrated and give you a boost for the All Camp workshop.
Dinner (served in the late afternoon) is mung beans and rice (the classic yogic food, also called “kitcheree”, which is an excellent protein and easy to digest), with a spicy hot-sauce (for internal cleansing), carrots and beets (for minerals and to support the liver in its cleansing process) and salad (for vitamins and enzymes).
Yogi Tea and Golden milk are served in the evenings (with cow milk and non-dairy options, also with sugar and no sugar options). The key healing ingredient in Golden Milk is turmeric, a known anti-inflammatory and therefore healing for the joints (which can help a lot with sitting to meditate!).
During White Tantric Yoga we have an extra meal at lunch of “Tantric Burgers”, a bun with a veggie burger and lettuce. This is based on Yogi Bhajan’s instruction that the participants need more carbohydrates during the three days of White Tantric. Note: there is a Gluten free option for Tantric burgers.
Children do not have the same need for cleansing as adults, so we have a separate kitchen that makes healthy and child-friendly food. Additional snacks are served through the day in Children’s camp, and for breakfast and dinner the first few lines of the langar field (closest to the road/furthest from the lake) will serve children’s meals. For more information on children’s food, click here.
ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCES
For those with allergies and intolerances, please note:
- we do our best to serve everybody, but please remember the kitchen needs to provide food for more than 3000 people and is not able to meet individual dietary requests
- for hygienic and safety reasons only the kitchen crew can enter in the kitchen area, so you cannot prepare food for yourself there
- the use of gas burners/ camp stoves is strictly prohibited on the camping site
- we don’t use gluten based ingredients (e.g., in the mung beans and rice or the gluten free Tantric Burgers), but we cannot exclude cross contamination. Please consider this if you need to be an a very strict gluten free diet.
- If you cannot eat spicy food, consider waiting at the children’s langar lines – they can serve you from the non-spicy children’s mung beans and rice once the children have been served.
- For those with intolerances/ allergies than make you unable to eat mung beans and rice, the kitchen will make available plain rice to go with your vegetables. This is available at the door to the kitchen (it is not served on the langar field).
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING FOOD
Guidelines for Preparing Food
As an angel you dwell in your Divine. Your altitude is the highest on each step of life. To the animal realm, God is only an existence. To human and earthling realm, God is a companion. To a saint and the angelic realm, God is personal and always present.
- Your thoughts and vibration while you cook goes into the food you are cooking. This is why in many traditions it is recommended to chant and have a peaceful environment while preparing food – to elevate the vibration so that your food is full of love and to increase the healing power of your ingredients.
- Breathing is an important part of setting up a balanced environment, while you cook and while you eat. The digestive system will be relaxed and will have a better assimilation.
- The way the food is presented is equally as important as the way it has been cooked.
- Set up a graceful environment for eating – set the table, take your time over your meal. If you can’t eat in a graceful environment, it would be better to wait.
- Take a moment before you eat to be grateful. Blessing food adds prana, or life force. A simple word is as important as an eloquent one. Our habit is to chant three long Sat Nams to bless the food. This has the added benefit of making you take three long deep breaths before eating, which helps bring you into a more relaxed state, and prepares the digestive system.
- Take time to fully chew your food. The stomach has no teeth, and by properly chewing your food, you reduce the work of the digestive system.