The Dharma of Food
with Arun Deva

In the last 200 years or so we have weakened our ties to the earth. It is the earth that manifests our food. It is indeed time we return our thanks to the elements that it is made of: space, air, fire, water and earth itself. We do this by remembering that food begins with taste, carries energy and eventually turns into the five elements within. In this lecture we will discuss the Ayurvedic and Yogic concepts of ahara: that which nourishes us and pathya: a suitable diet based on individual need. In the end, food must nourish us emotionally, mentally and physically. We must change our language from "nutritional value" to "taste and nourishment value" to once again discover the joy of eating dharmically.

Saturday, February 9
Suggested donation: $20 members/$30 non-members

Arun Deva, DASC, AYT, practices Yoga and Ayurveda in Los Angeles. He is a senior Ayurvedic Practitioner, Vinyasa Krama Certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) and an Ayur-yoga Certified Yoga Therapist. Having started his studies as a child growing up in India, he has made his home in Los Angeles for the past 30 years. He is the founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, travels internationally teaching Ayurvedic and Yogic lifestyle workshops, writes articles for different publications and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma.  His work can be found at and he can be reached at

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