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Yoga for Foodies

3 May 2010 2,389 views 4 Comments

A couple weeks ago, my friend and sometime guest blogger Betsy invited Adam and I to join some Whole Foods Market employees for a yoga and chocolate class on the plaza above the flagship store.

yoga friends

Combining two of my favorite things – yoga and chocolate – sounded like heaven to me. Betsy read about David Romanelli, a yoga teacher that started offering classes combining yoga and food, in a New York Times article. She was inspired and asked him if he would come to Austin and teach a class.

david on mindful eating

It was a beautiful Austin spring day and David shared a bit about his background before class. He tried yoga for the first time when he lived in Los Angeles and fell in love with the practice. He loved how the focus on breathing and practice made him forget about anything other than the present and clear his mind. Now living in Arizona and regularly teaching yoga, he decided to experiment with combining food with yoga practice to bring that same focus and enjoyment to eating.

The class was at the beginner to intermediate level and was definitely challenging. This was a real yoga class, not just a couple of poses interspersed by eating chocolate bars. Dave talked us through the practice, playing some great music throughout.

handing out chocolate

At the end of the class, after the shivasana resting pose, he opened up packages of Vosges truffles and handed us each two. Before we ate, he talked us through focusing on the flavors, smells and textures of each.  It was delicious and I might describe it as yum but in this context, I have to describe it as ommmm.

truffles and matHopefully David will return to Austin to teach more classes. I know he is interested in working with chefs to create unique yoga and food experiences. If I hear he’s coming, I’ll send an update out on Twitter or Facebook for those of you with mouths watering.

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  • linda

    i have been exploring my options to find a “hood” yoga studio & begin the journey…for me this was such a timely post &… wow…the finale of the chocolate was sublime! thanks for sharing…:)

  • Betsy

    Blissfully delicious experience and highly recommended! Plans are in the works to bring David back to Austin for a full-out Yoga for Foodies experience; will post back once a date is confirmed. For those of you outside of Austin,check his website for upcoming tour dates: http://www.yeahdave.com/yeah-dave-yoga/yoga-wor

  • Betsy

    Blissfully delicious experience and highly recommended! Plans are in the works to bring David back to Austin for a full-out Yoga for Foodies experience; will post back once a date is confirmed. For those of you outside of Austin,check his website for upcoming tour dates: http://www.yeahdave.com/yeah-dave-yoga/yoga-wor

  • Betsy

    Blissfully delicious experience and highly recommended! Plans are in the works to bring David back to Austin for a full-out Yoga for Foodies experience; will post back once a date is confirmed. For those of you outside of Austin,check his website for upcoming tour dates: http://www.yeahdave.com/yeah-d