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Bhagavat Life

Bhagavat Life

East Village, New York, New York
(26 Reviews)

Our mission

We are a nonprofit organization that promotes health, wellness, and holistic living to urban professionals. We offer a variety of educational, health, and social programs aimed at bringing holistic living and sacred arts into everyday life.

Our background

Formed in 2005 by practitioners of bhakti yoga, we originally sought to find a better way of educating and training other practitioners within the tradition. But it soon became apparent that our programs would be of practical value to the general public. After relocating to New York’s East Village in 2009, we reshaped our work into cooking classes, dining events, and eventually a subscription-based food service suited for people in Manhattan. Along the way, we were struck by the power of food to connect people with nature, each other, and themselves, and this became the basis of all our programs.

Our orientation

Our work seeks to connect people to the yoga experience in everyday life. That is, the experience of conscious connection to oneself, to others, and to life on all levels, and in the most basic ways of nourishing ourselves and each other. We are ever-conscious of how the vast majority of Americans (especially urban professionals) are prone to being “unwell” due to their eating habits and stressful lifestyle. Our mission seeks to heal this.

Our current offerings

Our current offerings include wellness cooking classes, meal-delivery services, dining events, and seasonal cleanses. Our primary offering is a service called Wellness Meals in which monthly subscriptions for Ayurvedic meals are sold for delivery anywhere in Manhattan and western Brooklyn. These meals are individualized to meet the specific needs of the client to enhance their health and well-being through food.

Introductory and hands-on cooking classes touch on the underlying science and philosophy of Ayurveda, in addition to teaching menu planning and food preparation. Seasonal cleanses are also offered as a supplemental means of detoxification. Underlying all of this is a communal environment in which clients support and learn from each other.

Our approach

We value equally the formal and informal aspects of learning. Our events are a mix of living-room, classroom, and kitchen-table experiences, and all of our programs promote the conscious preparation, sharing, and enjoyment of healthy food as the basis for health and wellness. Our programs aim to provide practical take-aways, active participation, theory and application, and the opportunity to connect with each other over fresh and wholesome food, while having fun.

Our management team

Prentiss Alter co-founded and leads Bhagavat Life as its executive director and chief fundraiser. His wife and co-founder, Divya Alter, is Bhagavat Life’s culinary director and principal teacher. She also teaches cooking at the New York Open Center; contract-teaches for Baruch College, Eileen Fisher, and NYC yoga studios. Divya has cooked in India, Europe, and the U.S. for 25 years and currently studies Ayurveda with Vaidya Ramakant Mishra.

Reviews of Bhagavat Life

(26 Reviews)
Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

Teresa D.

Attended: Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

It was a great class . The dishes were delicious and all the teachers great.

Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking


Attended: Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

Great class. Learned a lot about Ayurvedic cooking. Delicious meal.

Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

Elizabeth S.

Attended: Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

OMG! This class was fantastic! I take a lot of cooking classes and this was my all time favorite. Fun and I learned so much - great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

The Sound Bath

Julie R.

Attended: The Sound Bath

Relaxing bells, nice meditation and sound therapy. Afterwards, you get to enjoy a nice vegetarian meal -even came with dessert!

Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

ashley p.

Attended: Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

Loved the content and the educational aspect to the ingredients and digestion. Would definitely recommend it for those wanting to learn more about eating for health. This isn't a hands on course and at sometimes it was difficult to stay on track since our class was so big, but it was still a good learning environment and I met a lot of people who were interested and engaged in the lesson.

Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

Rose P.

Attended: Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

It was wonderful, I plan on doing more!!!!

Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking


Attended: Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking

This class was great-- instructor was wonderful and food was delicious. Engaging and informative. We went as a family and learned a lot while enjoying good company and good food.

Raw Cooking

Adrianne M.

Attended: Raw Cooking

Wonderful, wonderful. Love the instructor

The Art of Spring Cooking

Paul Gabos

Attended: The Art of Spring Cooking

The class was informative and very hands-on. If I have any negative feedback, it would be the venue - it was not an air-conditioned space so it was uncomfortably hot most of the evening. otherwise, the host was lovely and very knowledgable about her craft.

Introduction To Vegetarian Cooking


Attended: Introduction To Vegetarian Cooking

This course was as I expected. It was a very good introduction to the concepts of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic cooking. The teacher and the assistants were warm and welcoming and the facility was clean and inviting. She started with a quote from Martin Luther King "If you cannot do many great things, do many small things in a great way." This was equated with how we can start to change and become more healthy. The curriculum was true to the course description. It was great being able to meet and mingle with people from all over the city, NJ and CT, too. Thanks Course Horse

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25 1st Ave 5th Fl, New York, New York 10003
Bhagavat Life
East Village, Manhattan
25 1st Ave 5th Fl
Btwn E 1st & 2nd Streets
New York, New York 10003

Upcoming Classes at Bhagavat Life

Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking
Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6pm - 9pm