When it comes to yoga, everything becomes a trend –studios, apparel, mats, and now cafés.
The latest trend in F&B, these quaint little places often come attached to a yoga studio; sometimes they are stand-alone too, either way they provide an opportunity to eat clean and green often in a contemporary and hip setting.
Here are some of the most sought after Yoga Cafés where you can enjoy wholesome food in serene surroundings whether or not you are not a yogi.
Yoga studio, B&B, café, retreat – putting Yogi-sthaan into a bracket is close to impossible. And there is good reason behind it — when Ajitsingh Tapasvi conceived Yogi-sthaan, all he wanted was a fluid space where one could ‘just be’. “I wanted this space to be like home – you can treat it as your office or as a café, you can do yoga or read; you can even stay over.” He explains. “We ask no questions and force nothing upon you. When a guest walks in he gets a copper water bottle with two kansa glasses, after that we do not disturb him.” He adds.
Open, green, unobtrusive, and relaxed, Yogi-sthaan is your place to go if you want to read, sleep, meditate, or just be. Their food made with ancient grains, and traditional methods only adds to the experience of calm and satiety.
Yogi-sthaan, Plot 89, 11th Cross Road, Indiranagar, Stage 1, Bangalore. Ph. 080 4091 4888
Mystic café, Kolkata.
The practitioners coming to the Mystic Yoga centers in Calcutta wanted to know what could they eat after an invigorating session of yoga; some wanted to spend more time in the peaceful environment of the studio, but without disturbing the others. And this is what led to the foundation of Mystic Café in Calcutta. The cafés, there are 4 of them attached to all 4 Mystic Yoga studios, serve small meals, snacks, and all-day breakfast. “Our meals are cooked with the principals of Ayurveda and is based on four pillars – it is healthy, tasty, satisfying and affordable.” Abhishek, the man behind Mystic Café tells us.
The no fuss décor, fresh and healthy menu, wide range of spiritual books, and peaceful environment means that the place is not limited to yogis, anyone looking for peace is welcome here.
Mystic café, 20A, Camac Street, 2nd Floor, Kolkata. Ph. 097486 49047
Yogi’s Belly, Hyderabad
White wrought Iron chairs set under a large mango tree, bare white walls and a tiled floor underneath, Yogi’s Belly, Hyderabad is the Zen you need in the middle of the busy Jubliee Hills. An extension of the Yoga Studio, Crafts store, and Mahamudra, a fine dining restaurant, at IshaLife Foundation, the place serves food made with clean, fresh ingredients using ancient grains and techniques.
Culinary offerings like Ice tea with turmeric and sabja seeds, Drumstick soup, Ragi Mudde, and Rice Waffles marry traditional with modern. The wholesome food served in an aesthetically enchanting and serene environment means this recently opened café is fast becoming the go-to spot for the city.
Isha life, Plot No: 522, Road 27, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Ph:040 2355 9955
Attached to an Iyenger style yogashala on the Anjuna beach, the Artjuna Goa is a yoga café unlike any other. Set up in an old Portuguese house, this café has indoor as well as outdoor seating, wholesome food, a quaint boutique, and an open space for events. “Artjuna is a proper yogashala with a teacher who was very close to the B.K.S Iyenger.” Moshè, who owns the place, tells us. “Our café primarily serves Mediterranean cuisine. It is clean and healthy food that is good for you,” he adds.
A lively space with a primarily vegetarian menu and continental fare, Artjuna also serves all-day breakfast and small eats. Its USP however is the freshness of the ingredients, home made cakes and coffee, and an exclusive vegan menu.
Artjuna, No. 972, Mnteiro Vaddo, Anjuna Baradez, 403509 Goa. Ph: 0832 2274794
Bright sunlight, large open spaces, homegrown micro greens and consciously sourced raw material are at the heart of Annamaya. The perfect spot to hit after an intense session of yoga, the place offers detoxification drinks, nutritious salads and fulfilling meals. “The essence of Annamaya lies in inspiring its patrons to follow a healthy lifestyle through mindful meals,” explains chef Balpreet, who heads the place. “Through our uniquely curated menu we bring our motto – eat mindful, shop artisanal & raise awareness – to life.” He adds.
The smoothies and fruit punches here are ideal for detoxification; salads like the Avocado Millet and Kale provide much needed nourishment, and small meals like Millet Khichdi are high in protein and minerals and make for a great post yoga meal.
Annamaya, Asset No.1, Aerocity, New Delhi, Delhi 110037. Ph. 011 4903 1351
The Yoga House, Mumbai
A bright space in the heart of suburban Mumbai, The Yoga House Café takes you away from the noise and traffic of the city, even if for a little while. Sheer curtains, white furniture and sea green walls make the place a yogi’s haven. Even though attached to the Yoga house, the Yoga café is open to everyone. The food concept here is based on macrobiotic recipes rooted in ancient dietary wisdom and traditions, and the menu centers around whole grains and local, seasonal produce.
Ten grain toast, home-made muesli, fresh juices and smoothies and the signature hash brown are the most famous items of this sustainability friendly, unpretentious and very inviting hangout.
Yoga House Café, Nargis Villa, Water Bungalow, Sherly Rajan Road, Bandra West. Mumbai. Ph. 02265545001
Yogi’s Belly Café , Chennai
Envisioned as a space for cultural exuberance, the Yogi’s Belly Café brings together the best of Indian culture – Yoga, Traditional Cuisine and Artisanal Craftsmanship. Located within the Isha Life premises, in Chennai, Yogi’s belly is a space that blends traditional with contemporary. “The menu here has been curated with a unique approach to health and fitness that stems from a deep understanding of the Yogic sciences.” Says Meena Thennaapan, the lady who manages the center.
The café offerings like Raw Termeric Juice, Papaya and Red Capsicum Salad, and Black Sesame Kulfi seamlessly blend the regular and the exotic to give its patrons spiritual yet modern flavours. The same holds good for the ambience of the café. With large ratten chairs, comfy couches and sheer curtains, the café indeed is a modern take on ancient science.
Isha life, New Number 117, Old Number 50, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai. Ph: 044-43535555