Namaste for Dinner: New Yoga and Raw Vegan Dinner Series Coming to Fishtown

The series kicks off April 3rd.

Photo credit: Brad Eeles

Photo credit: Brad Eeles

You know that “Namastay in bed” quote, a mainstay on most Instagram feeds? Well, here’s a different take on it: Raw vegan foods chef Lisa Ransing and yoga instructor Gabrelle Sigal, of Amrita Yoga and Trifecta Fit, are teaming up to host a month-long BYOB yoga and raw vegan dinner series called Namaste for Dinner in Fishtown this April.

Here’s the gist: First, attendees will get their downward dog on with Sigal, then they’ll chow down on good stuff like burgers (raw and vegan, of course) with sundried-tomato ketchup and smokey cashew aioli, home-brewed kombucha and coconut chocolate pudding, all made by Ransing. Namaste for Dinner — get it? 

Ransing, who worked as a cook at places like Le Bec-Fin and Brasserie Perrier before becoming a personal chef and eventually starting her own raw vegan food delivery service Full Moon Fare (delivery is currently on hold — she’s focusing on events like these for now) two summers ago, says, “After yoga, I want to eat something really fresh.” But that can be hard to find after an evening yoga class.

She’s a regular in Sigal’s classes at Amrita, and on a whim, the two decided to team up. They started doing pop-up yoga and dinner events — offering folks the fresh, healthy food Ransing always craves after a sweat session — at a friend’s loft in Fishtown about a year ago, but this is their first stab at a month-long series.

Each week of the Namaste for Dinner series has a different theme, with a yoga class and menu designed to match: The first week will focus on strength, the second on detoxing, the third on calming and restoring, and the fourth on energizing. Folks are encouraged to attend the whole series ($150), but you can also opt to participate in just one session ($40). If you sign up for the whole shebang, you’ll be entered to win a free private yoga session with Sigal, along with a food basket made by Ransing.

During the yoga portion of the evening, Ransing says you can expect an alignment-based practice that will leave you feeling strong. Then for dinner, which will be held at long communal table, you can expect a spread of creative, all-organic, good-for-you, raw vegan food. If this series does well, Ransing is hoping to make these yoga dinners a regular event on people’s calendars. “I would love to do this as more of a regular thing, where people can buy class cards and come whatever nights they want,” she says.

The Namaste for Dinner series kicks off on Friday, April 3rd, then happens the next three Fridays, April 10th, 17th and 24th. The shindigs will be held at Love Me Do Photography’s studio, at 2220 Easy Susquehanna Avenue in Fishtown, and there are 30 spots in each session. To reserve your spot, email Lisa Ransing at

And psst: If you’re in the market for a new house cleaning service, you can also find Ransing co-running Sage Domestics, a Philly-based boutique cleaning service that uses all homemade all-organic products.

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