“Learn not to divine yourself with what you are against. Instead divine yourself by expressing with your words and actions what you are FOR.” -Max Strom
KARO TAK: Vegan Cook, Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher & Activist
My name is Karo Tak. What i do i can describe in three words: FOOD. YOGA. ACTIVISM. I cook food, teach Jivamukti Yoga & am a true activist, fighting for what is right. I started this fight from a very young age and i will continue this fight until my very last breath, at least that is the idea. I am known as THE VEGANATOR, it’s what i have been calling myself since 2013, what does a veganator do? Well most of all LIVING BY EXAMPLE. Showing people the way to a healthy, plant-based compassionate and happy life style. I have been doing this for many years now. The person who got me on this path is Liam Walsh and i am forever grateful for his presence & guidance in my life.
LET THE FOOD DO THE TALKING. I believe in using food as the perfect metaphor for all that matters to me the most. Serving people with incredible good food for which no being was harmed, that’s all i want to do in life. I really want to show people what i stand FOR and not what i am AGAINST. I have a super positive approach to life & all i do and i like to think people can taste that, when they eat my food they taste the love, the love for what i do, the love for the people eating the food but mostly the LOVE for ANIMALS worldwide. All i do is for them. Everyday. All the way.
I started my vegan cooking career on board of the the M/Y Bob Barker (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel) in 2012, i released my own cookbook: KARO’S NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS CRUELTY-FREE DISHES (2013) & released the German version: ICH BIN EIN VEGANER in June 2014. (I am currently working on the Portuguese version of the book) I started my own vegan company: THE VEGANATOR in 2013 with which i facilitated vegan events, educational programs & cooking workshops all over Sydney and the world. I ran my own catering company, cooked at events, festivals, yoga and meditation retreats. I studied vegan nutrition & worked as a Head Chef at LENTIL AS ANYTHING, Sydney i co-founded and work as a Head Chef at FOODPRINTZ CAFE a vegan cafe which incorporates yoga, education and mindful living in Lisbon, we have been running for a few months now and with great success, come see for yourself! I also launched my very own vegan cheese line in December 2015: GOPAL CHEESE which we exclusively sell at FOODPRINTZ CAFE and with which i hold regular workshops.
CERTIFIED JIVAMUKTI YOGA TEACHER
I graduated as a Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher on the 16th of May 2013 in New York. Since then i have taught JIVAMUKTI YOGA in 15 cities, 9 countries and 3 continents. I taught in Sydney for about 2 years, i went overseas to teach Jivamukti Yoga all over the world in 2014 on a big tour and I now teach weekly classes in Lisbon at FOODPRINTZ CAFE. I LOVE being a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, it has given me so much, all i want to do is spread the method and bring it to as many people as i possibly can. I also started my own yoga apparel, yoga wear with a twists, just a little different, organic, vegan, fun t-shirts (soon also printed yoga mats) called: SHAK-TEE.
Activism comes from the word: ACTIVE, actively making a change. Through my life-long work as an animal rights activist (which started at the age of 5) i am truly dedicated to live by example totally committed to making the world a better place for all beings, i strive to live my yoga, to inspire others, to be the author of my own life, creator of my own possibilities and show people THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL. I have done a fair bit of public speaking on the matter of veganism & spiritual activism, i even made it as a guest lecturer at Sydney Uni in 2014. I organise spiritual activism talks, seminars and events, all for the betterment of the world and always FOR THE ANIMALS.
WITH GREAT LOVE ALL IS POSSIBLE- Sharon Gannon
Born in Holland in 1979 and travelling the world for about half of my life-time. I lived in Sydney for over a decade and i currently live in Lisbon, Portugal with my gorgeous Jack Russell: Sparky & my incredible partner Miguel who is my biggest inspiration. I am also a passionate cyclist, an ink fanatic & singer.
LOVE IT! LIVE IT! OWN IT!
This VIDEO represents all i do and why i do it. Check it HERE.