What’s a yoga cafe, you ask? It is an extension of a yoga studio, a space where, after a session of stretching, deep breathing and fuelling the mind, ones sits back to fuel the body. Mumbai is home to four such spaces that differ from your usual coffee shop, in that they offer healthy, vegan and/or organic food and simply exude a calm, happy vibe. Some of them also follow Sattvic practices and thus, refrain from using Rajasic (spicy and artificial) ingredients.
Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
1. Aleph, Juhu
Aleph, a two-storied cafe, is like a hipster’s front room with multiple mattresses decorating the space, Paulo Coelho’s books cluttering a corner and yoga mats on the side. It’s a yoga studio that offers classes twice a day (morning and evening), and its attached cafe serves wholesome grub including burgers and sandwiches.
They also have Kashmiri Kahwa, Assam tea and some coffees to choose from. The top floor or the terrace also hosts weekend gigs (open mics). With fairy lights all over, the evenings here are reminiscent of an evening in Goa.
Do not trust Google Maps to find this one. Tucked away in one of the bylanes of Pali Hill, more specifically on New Kanthwadi Road, BAD has a fancy, imposing structure, almost like an art installation standing out in the milling crowd of old, dilapidated houses. The futuristic façade promises yoga, meditation, a cosy library, a terrace garden and more.
On the culinary front, this tapas bar offers a vegan menu for the health conscious, but also cooks up a spicy storm with the rest of its offerings. The Spanish chef in the kitchen promises to serve authentic gazpachos, tortillas and innovative salads.
The breezy café with its blue monochrome interiors hosts yoga sessions every morning. However, it’s not meant for those shoestring budget days, considering their most reasonable coffee (Turkish coffee) is priced at Rs 250.
Perhaps the very first yoga cafe of its kind in the city, The Yoga House looks as though it came straight out of a European film. True to the name, it hosts yoga sessions for beginners as well as advanced level practitioners through the day.
The first floor is a dedicated yoga studio, while the cafe is located on the second and the third floors. The menu is strictly organic. Your best options would be Poha With Sprouts and their healthy salads.
The most reasonably priced yoga cafe in the suburb, Yogacara also provides Ayurvedic detoxification, Sattvic rejuvenation therapies and therapeutic massages.
The menu is light on spices, and aims to serve you the best of herbs and natural ingredients. We suggest you try their Ayurvedic Thali to experience a wholesome yogic meal. It includes Indian dal, lightly cooked veggies, rice with cumin seeds, herb flavoured buttermilk, nachni or wheat rotis and a light dessert.
Image Credit: The Yoga House