Macrobiotic & Wholefoods cooking is part of the Japanese yoga lifestyle. You don’t have to adopt either of these to benefit from the yoga, nor do you need to always eat in this way to benefit from these cooking styles. Both Macrobiotic & wholefoods meals are healthy, nutritious & delicious for everyone!


Detoxification has an important role in improved health and promoting a stronger immune system.

Based on the principle that chronic illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxins in the body (creating an acidic blood ph), detoxification is one of the more widely used treatments & concepts in alternative medicine. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new ones are essential parts of the healing process & for maintenance of good health & strong immune system.

Macrobiotic & Wholefoods Seasonal Detox Program – according to Eastern Medicine Tradition within Japanese Yoga

At the start of each season, choose to participate in a 3 day or 5 day half-fast and one week of early morning yoga.

A vital element within Ki yoga is to detoxify the body every 3 months/at the turn of each season. You can choose to do either a 3 day or 5 day detox which consists of morning medicines and recipes to take home along with one week of early morning intensive yoga appropriate for that season.

If you are interested to learn in depth about this, please ask and we can run a program over 3 hours covering:

  • History & fundamentals of macrobiotic cooking and seasonal detox
  • Impact on physiology after detox
  • Learn the specific foods & particular cooking methods according to the 5 Elements
  • Meals to take home with you for the Detox program (3 days worth) & the recipes.
  • Learn which foods and tastes (eg sour, pungent etc) correlate with the different organs within the body to strengthen the various areas in tandem with the appropriate yoga asanas working with those areas in a particular season.

More information can be found here regarding the 3 day or 5 day half-fast.

Macrobiotic Cooking – 5 Elements

Many people use Japanese yoga as a lifestyle for general health, fitness and wellbeing. Part of this healthy lifestyle is to incorporate a macrobiotic diet (or similarly a wholefoods diet) as part of the regime.

The Macrobiotic way of eating was developed and popularised in Japan. It is based on the 5 Element theory and yin & yang from Traditional Eastern Oriental medicine. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Since the diet was developed in Japan, Japanese foods that are thought to be beneficial for health are incorporated in most modern macrobiotic diets.

The fundamental principles underlying macrobiotic cooking are to eat locally grown foods which are in season, reduce animal protein and to eat in moderation. Incorporating a macrobiotic diet is to result in a more alkaline ph of blood in the body, thereby reducing or eliminating disease.

Similarly wholefoods cooking encompasses the same as macrobiotic cooking, but less focus on cooking methods and ways of serving that is part of the macrobiotic way. Also, there is no exclusion of some foods, as there is in macrobiotic cooking (such as nightshades which are deemed problematic for some people). Likewise, there is not a specific inclusion of therapeutic Japanese foods which are found in the Macrobiotic style of cooking.

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Learn about the 5 Elements in Macrobiotic cooking

Meals prepared in line with the 5-Element theory

Eating according to what's in season

Ever tried morning medicines to help alkalize the blood?

Wholefoods & Macrobiotic Cooking Classes Putney & Ryde

If you would like to tailor a wholefoods or macrobiotic cooking class for your team or group, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email.


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