The Ashram Kitchen Project

Ashram diet follows all yogic rules recommended such as regularity, following the cycles of nature, moderation, light and cooked food as easiest to digest, spices, freshly prepared meals, simplicity, occasionally fasting and most important proper attitude. We treat food as Prasad.

In the ancient Indian culture, food was prasad, the grace of God. It was eaten not for pleasure, but as an offering to the inner fire, to keep it burning. The inner fire is in manipura chakra, the storehouse of prana, our vital energy. In ancient Greece, food was seen as ‘medicine’. The Hippocratic Oath confirms this, ‘I will apply dietetic and lifestyle measures to help the sick to my best ability and judgement.” In both these ancient civilisations food was the elixir of life.

At Satyanandashram, the kitchen is one of the busiest and most important areas in the ashram; this is where prasad is prepared and offered to the residents and visitors.

A lot of the vegetables and fruit are organically grown by the ashram in a field close by. Other ingredients, however, need to be continuously purchased, such as pulses, flour, tea, condiments, seeds and grains. The food is then prepared in a community spirit and as seva yoga.

Yoga places great importance on the conservation of energy. Energy should not be wasted. Food should be simple, easy to digest and nutritious. When we overeat we drain our energy, and become tamasic. How is it possible to have enough energy? How is it possible not to be tamasic? As Hippocrates said everything in excess is opposed to nature. We’ve been taught everything except how to live. How to live life well, should’ve been our first basic lesson.
Swami Sivamurti Saraswati

No excess
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

In the ashram all meals is vegetarian and sattwic. A sattwic diet calms the mind; it includes fruits, cereals, rise, pulses, legumes, fresh vegetables, ghee, olive oil, and other natural and nutritious foods.

For optimum digestion and health, a sattvic diet is best. A sattvic diet is not just simple or vegetarian food. Sattvic foods have a kind of vitality which increases peace, bliss, lightness, clarity, intelligence and illumination.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

In order for the ashram kitchen to run, we require your immediate assistance. Satyanandashram Hellas is not sponsored by any government agency and its main source of income is the implementation of programs aimed at the physical, mental and spiritual upliftment of those who come and stay here and/or attend courses. In supporting this project, you are sustaining Satyanandashram Hellas, and the Sannyasa residents who tirelessly offer their service to the vision of Satyananda Yoga.

No contribution is too small.

In relation to diet, there is one important point which you must also remember. Consciousness is above diet. Whether you eat fruit, cooked or raw vegetables cheese, butter, beef or ham, it makes no difference to the consciousness.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

How you can be part of this beautiful community of service

You are welcome to come and unite in our efforts to help us accomplish our aims and goals. Our association needs people who are ready to offer their hearts, their skills and ideas as well as monetary contributions, and to integrate their ‘head, heart and hands’ in service.

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If you consider the needs of others, we need you.
If you have a generous heart, we need you.
Ιf you have large hands, we need you.
If you have bright ideas, we need you.

Your contributions allow us to reach out to more and more people. Your contributions enable us to support and work towards the fulfilment of the vision of Swami Satyananda, Swami Niranjanananda and their lineage  that of peace and prosperity for all humankind.

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Ashram Kitchen

The Ashram Kitchen Project

Ashram diet follows all yogic rules recommended such as regularity, following the cycles of nature, moderation, light and cooked food as easiest to digest, spices, freshly prepared meals, simplicity, occasionally fasting and most important proper attitude. We treat food as Prasad.

In the ancient Indian culture, food was prasad, the grace of God. It was eaten not for pleasure, but as an offering to the inner fire, to keep it burning. The inner fire is in manipura chakra, the storehouse of prana, our vital energy. In ancient Greece, food was seen as ‘medicine’. The Hippocratic Oath confirms this, ‘I will apply dietetic and lifestyle measures to help the sick to my best ability and judgement.” In both these ancient civilisations food was the elixir of life.

At Satyanandashram, the kitchen is one of the busiest and most important areas in the ashram; this is where prasad is prepared and offered to the residents and visitors.

A lot of the vegetables and fruit are organically grown by the ashram in a field close by. Other ingredients, however, need to be continuously purchased, such as pulses, flour, tea, condiments, seeds and grains. The food is then prepared in a community spirit and as seva yoga.

Yoga places great importance on the conservation of energy. Energy should not be wasted. Food should be simple, easy to digest and nutritious. When we overeat we drain our energy, and become tamasic. How is it possible to have enough energy? How is it possible not to be tamasic? As Hippocrates said everything in excess is opposed to nature. We’ve been taught everything except how to live. How to live life well, should’ve been our first basic lesson.
Swami Sivamurti Saraswati

No excess
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

In the ashram all meals is vegetarian and sattwic. A sattwic diet calms the mind; it includes fruits, cereals, rise, pulses, legumes, fresh vegetables, ghee, olive oil, and other natural and nutritious foods.

For optimum digestion and health, a sattvic diet is best. A sattvic diet is not just simple or vegetarian food. Sattvic foods have a kind of vitality which increases peace, bliss, lightness, clarity, intelligence and illumination.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

In order for the ashram kitchen to run, we require your immediate assistance. Satyanandashram Hellas is not sponsored by any government agency and its main source of income is the implementation of programs aimed at the physical, mental and spiritual upliftment of those who come and stay here and/or attend courses. In supporting this project, you are sustaining Satyanandashram Hellas, and the Sannyasa residents who tirelessly offer their service to the vision of Satyananda Yoga.

No contribution is too small.

In relation to diet, there is one important point which you must also remember. Consciousness is above diet. Whether you eat fruit, cooked or raw vegetables cheese, butter, beef or ham, it makes no difference to the consciousness.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati