SoupAyoga combines my deep, soulful love of cooking (soups) with the wisdom of ayurveda and the practice of yoga. I make vegan (sometimes vegetarian) soups from local, sustainable ingredients, using food knowledge I’ve cultivated through over 35 years of study and practice all over the world. I combine multicultural flavor profiles with the health benefits of ayurveda to create what people have consistently called “fantastic” soups that are substantial and balanced enough to have as a full meal. When I first started sharing my soups I was bringing them to the yoga classes I teach and quickly realized that my desire to cook and share was actually fulfilling a very necessary void – what to eat after yoga? How to eat in a way that bolsters and supports the elemental balancing ayurvedic yoga classes intends? My soups are tridoshic (meaning good for everyone) but sometimes lean towards elements either I need to balance or that the natural environment is inspiring and encouraging, usually both.
How does it work? On Saturdays I go to the local farmer’s market and select the best of what’s in season! This usually involves green leafy vegetables, something brightly colored like carrots and or sweet potatoes, some type(s) of peppers, herbs, and really anything else perky and bright. I love the fact that the market I go to only carries produce from local farmers who they know. Everything I buy there is organic and tastes pure and extremely fresh. All of the colors are vibrant and enticing. Since my approach to yoga is holistic, including a combination of meditation, asana (movement), and pranayama (breathwork), I practice before, during and after cooking. Somedays I have an idea of the flavors I’m aiming for but mostly, I take everything out and lay all of the veggies (and legumes) on the counter so that I can see them and wait to see what speaks to me. I layer flavors starting with the spices and vegetables that grow underground and build the soup ingredients up to the smallest, leafiest items which go in last.
Why soup? It’s a perfect meal! It can be made as hearty or as light as possible. You can have a lot or a little depending on the time of the day. Fresh ingredients maintain their freshness and it can be enjoyed during any season. Depending on the oils, spices, and combination of pulses and vegetables, soups can be made to balance and optimize any elemental combination.