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 the SVA Ayurveda tradition, a 5,000-year-old lineage 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 SVA 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 Summer Drink
2) Almond Rose Delight
3) Sauteed Broccoli, Golden Squash & Carrots w/ Freshly Made Paneer
*How to Make Paneer
5) Dilled Basmati Rice
6) Farmers Market Salad w/ Sunflower Seed Dressing
7) 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 11am-2pm, 3-6pm or 4-7pm. 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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September Seasonal Cooking Classes

Edible Skin Care Cooking Class

Glowing, youthful skin is the by-product of healthy digestion and eating the right foods. Join this two-part cooking series and delve into the food-to-health connection from the inside out.

  • Explore the food-to-skin connection and the different skin types,
  • Discover what essential oils are good for each body type, including edible skin care that is effective, inexpensive, and easy to make.
  • Learn seasonal recipes for vegetables, soups, salads, and grains that support healthy skin from the inside, along with the basic principles of cooking with spices and making spice blends.
Recipes include: Amaranth & Cauliflower, Okra Curry, Cooling Lauki Squash for hiper-acidic stomach, Avocado "Dumplings," Detox Kulthi Bean Stew, Gluten-Free Biscuits, Apple Einkorn Muffins, various Ayurvedic drinks for regulating digestion and elimination, and many more
- 20 total recipes.

Sundays, 3-6pm Sep 20th & 27th
$125 for one session, $225 for both.


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October Seasonal Cooking Classes


Have you had your quota of heat this summer? Spending most of the time in NYC, I definitely feel that I've reached my limit and can't wait for the temperatures to drop.

The SVA Ayurveda tradition that we follow at Bhagavat Life speaks about the importance of using the seasonal “junction” of autumn to prepare our physiologies to handle the cold of winter.

During the summer, we tend to accumulate a lot of heat. As the weather cools down, our channels gradually shrink, slowing down the release of bodily heat and toxins, so we might experience excessive hair loss or congestion. With the change of seasons, it is important to “de-heat” and ease our physiology with diet and exercise in order to strengthen our immune system to withstand the challenging winter months.

In our October hands-on cooking classes, we will speak about what adjustments in your diet, routine, or nutritional supplements will help you stay in synch with the new season. I will share simple and tasty recipes with spices and food combinations that support cooling and gently cleansing the digestive system. Cauliflower Coconut Curry with Peas and Fresh Cheese, Bitter Melon Crisps, Red Cabbage, Beets, and Avocado Salad, Moringa Soup, Lauki and Daikon Radish, Cooling Liver Drink, Fennel-Cheese Samosa, and a healthy indulgence in Apple Pie with Heart-Shaped Crust. I will also share tips on how to safely add more turmeric to your diet and how to incorporate more warm and warming foods and herbs.

This series will be a way for us to kiss goodbye to a shiny summer and welcome the cooling rays of fall. Hope you can join us in feasting our way through the junction between the two seasons!

Sundays, 3-6pm October 11th & 18th
Tuesdays, 6-9pm October 13th & 20th
$125 for one session, $225 for both.

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