If you are fighting high levels of stress lately and you feel very distracted and disengaged from the world, you need to bring yourself to the present.
Cooking provides a perfect opportunity to be anchored in the present. It’s a great chance to practice meditation and to understand what it means to be in the here and now. Preparing your food with mindfulness and passion will create positive energetic vibrations. These are absorbed by the food you are preparing and will enter your body during digestion. The quality of your food is greatly enhanced by caring attention that you have whilst preparing the food.
Cooking gives also an opportunity to get back in touch with the food that you eat and to establish a good relationship with your body. Mindful cooking is accompanied by mindful eating techniques that will help you break negative habits.
How is the class structured?
We will start the class with some deep breathing techniques that will help you be more centred in life. Then I'll introduce myself and give you some helpful tips for feeling more healthy in the kitchen.
During this class, we will make homemade chickpeas gnocchi with a tomato sauce. The recipe is vegan and extremely healthy. You will find all the ingredients laid down and after a demonstration of what to do, you will make the gnocchi. The workshop is very hands-on. Whilst we prepare the food, Sara Newman, a qualified yoga teacher and meditation expert, will guide us through the cooking class with some meditative techniques, by noting every movement, smells, changes in the environment temperature.
After cooking the recipe, we will sit, relax and Sara will guide us through some mindful eating. Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the whole experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body. We pay attention to the colours, smells, textures, flavours, shapes, temperatures, and even the sounds of our food. We pay attention to the experience of the body and of the mind. We watch when the mind gets distracted, pulling away from full attention to what we are eating or drinking, we watch the impulses that arise after tasting food. We notice the impulse and return to just eating. We notice how eating affects our mood and how our emotions like anxiety influence our eating.
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