Food is considered sacred as per Yogic and Hindu philosophy, and prayers are offered before consuming it. The person who identifies the importance of Annam (food) within the five layer of body helps carry life in the worldly process and subsequently seeks to identify Brahman, the enlightenment. Annadhana, the donation of food, is highly praised in Hinduism. The importance of Annadhana is prescribed in many scriptures. She is worshipped through the recitation of her thousand names and her one hundred and eight names. The Sri Annapurna Ashtakam is chanted by yogis around the world as a prayer for nourishment, wisdom, and renunciation. Before partaking of any food.
Om Annapurne sadaa purne, Sankara praana vallabhe, Gyaan vairagya sidhyartham, Bikshaam dehee ch parvati.
Mathaa ch Parvati Devi, Pitaa devo Maheshwara, Bandhawa Shiva Bhakatas ch, Swadesho Bhuvana Trayam.
Om Annapurna, who is forever complete and beloved energy of Lord Shiva. Oh Parvati give me the alms of Your grace to, awaken within me spiritual knowledge, attain freedom from all worldly desires and attain spiritual goal of my life.
My mother is Goddess Parvati, my father is the Supreme Lord Maheshwara (Shiva). My relatives are the devotees of Lord Shiva, and the three worlds are my Motherland.
At , SWAN Yoga Retreat Goa India- we believe in the dictum “you become ,what you eat” so food is given a lot of importance, we put great effort in making sure that during your stay with us all our guests and visitors are provided with healthy, delicious and nourishing food. We mainly serve food with Indian flavours different cuisines inspired from different regions of India, we believe since you are in India you should get the chance to savour some of the best food India has to offer. Local Goan flavours are also part for the wide variety of menu which is served to our guests. The weekly menus consists of food varieties to cater to almost all the tastes and moods. We also take care of the different intolerance and allergies if the guests are suffering from, we encourage our guests to be vocal about their food preferences so that if possible it could be accommodated. We also give opportunity to our guests to help out in the kitchen so that they can witness the process of food making which is very well received by all, inspired by the great demand from our guests we have started a cooking course which is getting really popular among the retreat participants, one can enroll themselves for this two day course in which you are taught how to cook Indian style vegetarian food.
Everyday and at each meal an offering is giving to Mother Annapurna so that the nourishing energy contained in the food can nourish us all her children. We also encourage our guest and visitors to see food as not just food which is satisfying your hunger or senses, but is it to be seen as an offering given to the body to sustain it so that the body can eventually be used for attaining the higher in the life, to know the Divine and to experience the Divine , which is there in every thing including the food we eat.