Let us find out what is being cooked at the Lower East side of New York, Manhattan.
Divya Altar will be interviewed by Ananda Vrindavan Devi.
For Divya, food is much more than a means of sustenance. Food is a friend that has transformed and uplifted her on levels way beyond the physical. She grew up in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and her conscious relationship with food began when she was 18, while interning at the kitchen of an underground yoga ashram. She has been a vegetarian and a cook since then (27+ years).
For five years, she studied in India, where she first experienced Ayurveda. Over time, this ancient healing practice has helped her cure digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and an autoimmune disorder. The transformative healing experience inspired her to study Shaka Vansiya (SV) Ayurveda (which emphasizes on linking the physical and mental needs with the foods and seasonings that will create balance) and become a certified nutritional consultant and culinary educator. Over the years, her cooking evolved from fun, to service, to a health necessity, to education, to writing a book, to a full chef’s career, and… going back to where it started. She has taught thousands of people how to cook, and she has a passion to share the excitement and sense of possibility one can experience in their encounters with pure, sumptuous food.
Her husband, Prentiss, and her are the cofounders of Bhagavat Life, an Ayurvedic culinary school and Divya’s Kitchen, an Ayurvedic restaurant in Manhattan, probably one of the most successful restaurants of the lower east side village of NYC. She is also the author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen
She gives credit to many of her teachers who nurtured her and watched her become who she is today. Among whom are Vaidya R.K. Mishra, Krishna Kshetra Swami, BT Swami, Yamuna Devi, Barbara Ann Brennan, Jaidev Singh, and many more.
In her free time, she likes to read books, roam in nature, and hang out with friends and family.
Date : Saturday, 13 June 2020
Time : 12:00 AM Eastern US time, 8:30 PM India time