Why a Veggie food festival:

When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
~Ayurvedic Proverb

We would like to highlight the importance of eating right for having good health. Healthy lifestyle involves consuming the right kind of food, cooked in the right manner and consumed in the right environment and conditions.  We are bringing 1000 vegie recipes so that nobody feels lack of choice and variety in veggie food.

What is the Connection between Yoga and Food?

Eating the right food is an essential part of living a Yogic life.What we eat, not only influences our physical well being, but also our emotions and thoughts. India’s ancient medical science puts lots on emphasis on food and has a complete manual on food, eating habits, cooking principles and lot on knowledge on how food impacts health, emotions and general well being.

How will this festival benefit me and the community?

Sometimes it becomes a challenge to find enough variety and have right combination of vegetarian food to have a balanced diet here in the west. The vegie food fest strives to bring time tested knowledge and recipes of vegie food so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of eating right.

Why vegetarian Food

“You Are What you Eat” – a commonly used phrase in yoga, has a powerful meaning. Yoga believes that food not only influences your body in the physical sense but is also known to directly influence emotions and feelings. It can induce bliss or anger, contentment or restlessness, thoughts of the sacred or the profane. The quality of the food you eat literally creates your state of mind and emotions. The teachings of yoga advocate a vegetarian diet with special emphasis on foods that bring peace to body, mind, and spirit.
Why vegetarian? – Yoga food is based on the idea that foods must be consumed in their most natural forms in order to realize their true benefits. The yogic belief is that several health disorders can be traced to faulty nutrition, poor diet and difficulty in digestion. The big Idea? – In order to stay healthy and happy “food should be digested very easily”! A vegetarian yoga diet ensures that all faculties of digestion work smoothly—absorption, assimilation, and elimination. The diet also contains high amounts of fiber and antioxidants. Yoga food helps to maintain a strong and healthy body, a stress-free mind, and a positive spirituality in our complex lifestyles. The benefits of a well-balanced vegetarian diet can be powerful.
What are we doing on the veggie food festival Day.
We will be showcasing 1000 veggie food dishes made by Volunteers from all over Greater Toronto Area. We will also be publishing these recipes in a book and distributing these books at the festival.

Better food makes better mood

Ayurveda classifies food not as proteins or carbohydrates etc. but according to its effect on the body and mind. It classifies food based on three qualities or gunas that governs human life – sattva, rajas and tamas.
• Tamasic food creates lethargy or sluggishness
• Rajasic food creates activity or restlessness
• Sattvic food, which consists of vegetarian fare, creates lightness, energy and positivity
These three qualities are present in our body in varying degree and have a direct influence on us, our moods, emotions and consequent health. There is an ancient Ayurvedic proverb which sums it up- “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

Go on the special Mood and Energy Enhancers Diet for the next 30-days

Just for the next 30-days, go on a special diet plan. Include only sattvic vegetarian food in your diet plans and let us know how you feel: examine your energy level, moods, emotions, and thoughts. We’d like to hear from you. For better experience, add 30-minutes of yoga too.
Write to us at info@srisriyoga.in.
Scientifically speaking, we need food for two reasons: as fuel to produce energy to exist (prana or life energy) and as raw material to regenerate the body. Yoga says that our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and unpleasantness in the mind manifests as an ailment in the body. It has been observed that the practice of yoga, accompanied with a sattvic diet, can truly create wonders. This is because when one does Yoga, pranayama (breathing techniques), and complements it with sattvic food, the prana levels in the body increase. This creates a lighter, positive, happy and harmonious state of being. In fact, many yoga practitioners have experienced that one of the major impacts of yoga is an increased awareness of their body and mind. This allows for their natural progression towards sattvic high-prana generating food choices. It is almost as though the body desires to return to its innate mechanism which is attuned to a vegetarian diet. The best encapsulation of this is by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living, who says, “When you become subtle in your mind and go deeper in your heart, you turn vegetarian naturally.” Another marvelous benefit of a daily dose of yoga, coupled with a vegetarian diet, is that it is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, look younger and get that glowing skin and hair. But it would be prudent to allow more celebrated vegetarian yogis to make that all-consuming point.