The Barbican Centre is presenting an event organized by Skinni Buddha Yoga where you get a chance to gorge on some organic yogic food. In case you are keen to find out more about yoga as a lifestyle then this is a great place to taste some of what the sacred yoga texts recommend by way of diet.
All yogic foods served here will be vegetarian. The dairy products will be part of the accompaniment and not feature in the main dishes, making the menu completely vegan. In Ayurveda such a diet is known as a Sattvic diet which is based on the foods prescribed in Ayurveda and Yoga literature that contain sattva, which means quality. In the yogic system of dietary classification, foods that harm the mind and body are considered Tamasic, while foods that are neither positive nor negative are called Rajasic. In the literature of the ancient and medieval era, the concept has been widely discussed as Mitahara, meaning the practice of moderation in eating.
A diet that conforms to the practice and aesthetics of Yoga is called a Yogic diet. Such a diet is also related to person’s spiritual progress. In Yoga, it is believed that diet has an intimate connection with the mind. As the saying goes-Man is what he eats. The mind is formed out of the subtlest portion of food, that not only affects a person physically but also at a mental and emotional level. The Indian Sage Uddalaka told his son Svetaketu that food, when consumed becomes threefold: the gross particles become waste, the middling one's flesh and the fine ones the mind.
The belief is that purity of food can bring purity to the mind. Yoga believes that the fine particles that rise upwards play a crucial role in forming the mind, like; when curd is churned, its fine particles rise upwards to form butter. This concept of food is also mentioned in the Hindu ritual text, the Chhandogya Upanishad which claims that by the purity of food one becomes purified in his inner nature. It makes one capable of detaching oneself of unsettling emotions and helps develop a certain peace within.
So, if you were wondering what connection does your mind have with your food, this a place where you will get the answers. There will be buffet style food in a seated area near to the seafront.
The event is on June 18, 2018 at St Saviours,41 Lambhay Hill, Plymouth,PL1 2NW
For details, visit: www.barbican.org.uk
Founder: Louise Blouin