Food yoga

6 Day Food Yoga Retreat in Brazil


Join director of Food for Life and “food yogi,” Paul Rodney Turner for a 6 day food yoga retreat in the spectacular Dharma Shala Eco Retreat in Brazil. The ultimate goal of the retreat is to inspire you to live your life more consciously and to make food choices and your relationship with food more meaningful and nourishing to your body, mind and soul. Introduction: As humans, we resonate to “five”-ness, therefore, your retreat will unfold and nourish your body, mind and spirit through reconnecting with the 5 principle elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. Each day we will immerse ourselves in one of the elements – understanding how that elements expresses itself in nature, our body, food, music and activities. Food Yogi on the Healthy You TV show [youtube][/youtube] Our Food Yogi team have created a special program for helping you become fully immersed in each one of the elements, through theory and practical activities on the first day and then an excursion the following day where we will all experience the full power of each element and discuss what we’ve learnt. We will spend one whole day on each of the five main elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) culminating in a feast where everyone will be involved in putting their food yoga skills to practice. Arrival (23 September) 4pm: Registration begins 6pm: Dinner 7pm: Meeting the teachers DAY 1 – EARTH (24th September) 5:30am: Morning Sun gazing […]

Food for Life featured in main Newspaper in Colombia

Paul Rodney Turner, director of Food for Life Global. (c) 2014 El Espectador

Mission: Food for Life Source: El Espectador, 13 April, 2014 Paul Rodney Turner said that the country [Colombia] has the most nutritious fruits and vegetables in the world. The food relief program is in 60 countries. In 1974, in Calcutta, India, the spiritual master Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness saw a group of children in his village fighting for food scraps with stray dogs. “No one within 10 miles of our temples should go hungry,” he told his students that day. So was born the Food for Life Global organization (FFLG), now the world ‘s largest plant-based food relief, with hundreds of volunteers in 60 countries delivering over three million free meals daily. That initial act of compassion soon spread beyond the borders of India, inspiring Krishna devotees to start a project in a small a kitchen in Sydney, Australia. Paul Rodney Turner has been a volunteer for the organization since 1984. He first went to live a solitary life in the blue mountains of Sydney at age 19, and then chose to became a monk for 14 years and dedicate himself to meditation and the study of India’s ancient spiritual teachings. In 1995, he established Food for Life Global to spread the project throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, mitigating hunger with vegan food and the support of thousands of spontaneous helpers ready to serve. His first arrived in Colombia in August 2013 and […]

My journey with Food for Life – A summary of 30 years of Service


I could hardly imagine Food for Life being so successful when I first became a volunteer way back in 1984. Back then, I worked as an assistant cook and server at a free food cafe called, Gopals in Parramatta, Australia. That was one of the first free food cafes set up by the Hare Krishna movement in Australia and it was a forerunner to other Food for Life projects throughout Australia. The Beginning days In 1974, Srila Prabhupada (1896 – 1977) the founder acharya of ISKCON and the pioneer of the kirtan movement in the West, was alarmed by some commotion outside the window of his room in India. He looked outside to see village children fighting off dogs over scraps of food that had recently been thrown out after a festival feast. The leaf plates still had some rice and curry stuck to them and that was just too much to ignore for these kids. Unfortunately, it was the same for the local street dogs and they wanted those remnants. The children waved sticks and screamed while the dogs sneered with the hair on their backs fully raised. It was war and from the swami’s view point and no one was a winner. He stood there in silence and cried. “How can this be?” he wondered. Feeling guilty that he had just finished his lunch, he called his students to come and see what was happening. “Do you see how hungry […]

What is the dietary standard for a YOGI?


The director, Paul Rodney Turner talks about the ancient tradition of prasadam distribution and food yoga and his new book The main purpose of my new book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul is to introduce all people (Hindu and non-Hindu) to the concept of eating prasadam or high-vibrational, karma-free food. The word yoga means to unite, so in this sense we are talking about uniting body, mind and spirit, and ultimately connecting with the supreme spirit through the process of offering food and eating. However, much of my book also talks about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle for a budding yogi. For those already comfortable with the idea of sanctifying food, I point out that food yoga begins not at the offering altar, but in the growing and selecting of pure ingredients. In this sense, I  advocate that yogis should eat whole foods and stay away from processed foods and any food that has harmed the life of animals or the planet. My organisation, Food for Life Global stipulates that only such pure food should be served by our affiliates. I feel that ISKCON, a principle partner, has made a huge mistake in advocating commercial dairy as an acceptable part of their yogi diet in their temples, and it is our aim that their outreach project, Food for Life veers clear of this belief. In pursuance of this ideal, Food for Life Global does not financially support any FFL […]

VERITAS magazine features FOOD YOGA


Leading consciousness magazine, VERITAS, published a three page article on Food Yoga written by director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner. The article is an introduction to food yoga, but also shares many of Paul’s early experiences as a monk and humanitarian, including his work during the 2005 Tsunami relief in Sri Lanka. “The path of food yoga is about reconnecting with your food in such a way that it nourishes your body, mind and soul. This is I believe is a major flaw in most lifestyle or nutrition programs being espoused today. My background as a monk and my volunteer work for Food for Life Global, have taught me just how powerful food is as a uniter and healer of our body, mind and soul. In fact, the mission for the charity is not to feed hungry people, but rather, to unite the world through pure food. A food yogi is one who lives a balanced and conscientious life fueled by the uniting power of pure foods that have been prepared with loving intention. Food yoga is, in essence, a discipline that embraces all spiritual paths by accepting one core truth – that food in its most pure form is divine and therefore an excellent medium for spiritual purification.” – (Excerpt from article)  The 13th edition of VERITAS magazine is available online and through most newsagents.   FOOD YOGA WORKSHOP On October 20th, Paul will conduct a one […]