Cleanse and Detox with Ayurveda

Santa Fe Culinary Academy
05/17/2014, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Instructor: Shibana Singh
Class price: $85.00


38.jpgShibana Singh serves up a scrumptious Ayurveda-inspired, farm-fresh meal while introducing you to herbs, teas, and foods that will help you cleanse and detox this spring. The effects of various spices and teas will be discussed as well as different types of Ayurvedic cleanses for the body type. Hands-on.


Lassi – a yogurt drink spiced with special herbs and spices to help cool the body and aid with digestion.

Red and Yellow Lentils – cooked with ghee and tempered with mint, cilantro and other condiments.

Poha – A dish that can be served as breakfast, snack, or with meals. Made with flattened rice and spices and garnished with fresh grated coconut and lime juice.

Seasonal Farmer Fresh Greens – lightly sautéed with spices to balance the doshas and detox with a yogurt sauce.

Kheer –  Rice pudding with cinnamon, rose petals, saffron, and cardamom sweetened with coconut sugar.

Teas with ayurvedic herbs and chai will be served.

Annual Retreat – October 3 – 5, 2014

Annual Retreat
Oct. 3 – 5, 2014
at Rass Mandal (

Cover for ShibanaOctober 3rd is the auspicious festival of Vijay Dashmi signifying the victory of Durga (shakti) over the forces of evil personified in the demon, Mahishasura. It seems the very divine is with us on these retreats. Last year the retreat happened to fall on the significant day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

October 3rd:

  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Settle Into Rooms & Welcome
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm: The Sadhna of Shakti (Yoga practice based on the energetic forces within)
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dinner
  • Every night will end with 108 chants to the lunar energy of the moon under the open skies

October 4th:

  • 6:45 – 8:00 am: Om Your Day (Optional) – Honoring the sun with yoga, chanting, flowers, and water offerings to the sun
  • 8:30 – 10:00 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 am – noon: Understanding the Basics of Tantra and the Prana Body
  • 12:15 – 1:00 pm: Yoga as the Union of Shiva and Shakti
  • 1:00 – 3:30 pm: Lunch
  • 3:45 – 5:45 pm: Individual Ayurveda, Yoga, and Tantra Appointments
  • 6:00 – 6:45 pm: Bollywood Movement
  • 6:45 – 7:15 pm: Restorative Yoga
  • 7:45 pm: Dinner and Sharing Stories

October 5th:

  • 6:45 – 8:00 am: Om Your Day (optional) – Honoring the sun with yoga, chanting, flowers, and water offerings to the sun
  • 8:30 – 10:00 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 am – noon: Understanding the Basics of Tantra and the Prana Body
  • 12:15 – 1:00 pm: Yoga as the Union of Shiva and Shakti
  • 1:00 – 3:30 pm: Lunch
  • 3:45 – 5:45 pm: Individual Ayurveda, Yoga, and Tantra Appointments
  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Ecstatic Dance and Yoga
  • 7:30 pm: Dinner and the Joy of Being

October 6th:

  • Check Out (Breakfast will be available)

Tea, fruits, and snacks will be available all day.

Saturday will be a juice detox.  A light dinner of kitchri will be served.

Cleanses, yoga & Fitness packages, and Ayurveda treatments will be available at a 15% discount.

Retreat Costs:

  • Full Retreat = $1,650 plus tax (includes stay)
  • Friday Session = $185 plus tax
  • Saturday and Sunday Sessions = $350 each plus tax, or $550 plus tax if paid together

Contact Shibana to Reserve • 510-676-9147 •

Welcome the Spring

spring“Of the seasons, I am flower-bearing spring.”  – Lord Krisna (Gita)

Spring! That magical, dynamic time of the year when the pulse of life quickens, the first buds get ready to blossom, the rays of sun get stronger and brighter, the womb of the earth begins to warm up! To help this transition, the ancient sages in India came up with different rituals and festivals to celebrate the changing seasons so that as we danced, sang, and prayed during the festivals we would inherently know it was time to change the foods we ate, the way we dressed, and how we went about our daily life.

To stay in balance during this transition, which is organic and flowing for nature, we humans must synchronize our song with the dance of nature.

Join us for a day-long celebration welcoming the spring!

• 10:30 – 11:30 am Yoga
• 12 – 2:30 pm Lunch & Balancing Your Doshas for Spring
• 3:30 – 4:15 pm Move with Bollywood
• 5 – 7 pm Honoring the Fire Within  with Yoga and Chanting

$75 per person • Lunch Included
Bring a friend!  $60 per person when 2 or more book together

Please call 510-676-9147 or email for more information and to RSVP.

Click here for a printable flyer!

One-Day Ayurveda Intensive – October 11

This is the season which teaches us the impermanence of everything… the season which reminds us not to be hopelessly attached to the spring!

In ayurveda, this is the season for deficiency and change.  It is the season to add ojas (building foods), preferably after a gentle cleanse using the right foods for your doshas, herb teas, and yoga practices.  This helps eliminate ama (undigested food, thoughts, emotions, and relationships) from the system to build up your immunity for all the challenges of winter.

The mind and emotions feel the effects of the many sensory experiences of summer and spring.  While this will lead to creative and inspirational ideas, emotions that have been left unexpressed in the busyness of the warm months will begin to arise.

002 editedJoin Shibana One Wellness for a one-day Ayurveda intensive on Friday, October 11, to learn about ojas, tejas, and prana,  Ayurvedic lifestyle and foods  that aid in managing the high vata of the autumn months in preparation for winter.  The session will close with prayers and guidance on how to set up an altar that will be your personal sacred space.


Date:  October 11, 2013
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm • Ayurvedic lunch will be served
Cost:  $98

With love from the heart of the beloved,

Finding the Lusciousness in Life

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.


Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.


Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.


In the yogic practice we often talk about detachment from our emotions, but since few of us know what this really means, we go about the lila (play) of life expressing “detachment” as buttoned up and unfeeling. This often gives the impression that life on the spiritual path is dry and lusterless.

The true expression of vairagyam (loosely translated as detachment) is not freedom of emotions but rather a freedom in emotion.

Vairagyam is the ability and clarity to move through the rise and fall of different emotions, even play with emotion as the situation demands.

The word Rasa comes from Ayurveda and is translated as the juice, the flavor of food.

In Ayurveda we believe that there are six tastes and every meal should be created in a way that satisfies the six tastes. Just like an experienced chef will use different spices, flavors, and ingredients to satisfy the palate, an artist will use many colors, ideas, and textures to create a piece that feels balanced, We as human beings crave different rasas in our life, which in its deeper meaning, means the lusciousness in life.

Abhinavgupta, the greatest teacher of tantra, has identified 9 rasas or emotions:

  • erotic
  • comic
  • pathetic
  • furious
  • heroic
  • terrible
  • odious
  • marvelous

Obviously not everyone will be attracted to every rasa, the key is not to get stuck in one rasa and be judgmental about the others with the knowledge that even the most juicy and delicious of foods can get dull if it is the only flavor on the plate. Vairagyam is learning that there is a pathos in every comedy and it does not take long for a poignant, romantic moment to morph into a full-blown argument.

The key to letting your consciousness experience and move through a buffet of emotions is to truly drink in the experience, tasting and swirling each sip like a glass of aged wine.

Do not mix this with letting your emotions take over. This kind of separation arises only when you have realized that you are not your emotions, when you have recognized that all rasas have a purpose and can be transformed to serve and you learn to become a witness to your emotions. This recognition of the rasas and learning to transform them is the basis of all tantrik rituals.

As you become intimately connected with your emotions, you will be guided on how to transform or express them while they are still budding leading you to deeper understanding that all rasas are necessary to weave the beautiful, colorful, and magical tapestry of life.



Namaste, in gratitude