Grow The Glow – Ojas!

Ojas – The Essence Of Vitality

According to Ayurveda our life force energy and vitality come from Ojas, which is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as „essence of vitality.“ Ojas is what gives us energy, a glow, a healthy look. It is the energy that keeps our immune system running, which gives us strength, balance, and happiness.

Ojas will be created by your body through the proper and healthy digestion of food, it is linked to Prana which some Yogis might also hear about, and Tejas, which is the essence of fire. Prana is the essence of air and Ojas is the essence of water. Ojas is the seat of Prana -Tejas creates Ojas, Ojas is in charge of Prana, the vital force.

Qualities that every one of us would like to have in abundance, right? For many of us, our Ojas feels lower, and so we feel sad, weak, tired. We dream about what we all want to achieve and do but we are lacking the energy to step out there to live our Dharma.

Related to the Doshas, Kapha is normally very high in Ojas, while Vata is maybe lacking Ojas the most, easily. Signs of a balanced amount of Ojas are for example:

  • Glowing skin and eyes
  • A fit and healthy body constitution
  • A healthy amount of energy
  • Healthy and sharp senses
  • A strong immune system
  • Lack of pain or aches
  • A happy and positive mood and light mind
  • A creative, focused and clear mind
  • Overall well-being

While the lack of Ojas is manifesting in many imbalances you might already know, like cold hands and feet, dry skin (Vata), a heavy body feeling or slow mind (Kapha), being sick often, combined with infections (Pitta), a lack of focus, depression and so on.

Ojas can be restored through our diet.

Food is a simple way to keep our body healthy and balanced – even when so many are doubting it first. The qualities of Ojas are also the qualities you can search in your food to maintain more of this life force energy. Sweet, heavy, smooth, cool and fresh – foods like Avocado, banana, dates, and almonds. (A win for every day!)

We should eat fresh, locally grown and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Not too much raw food, food that is helpful for our own constitution. Organic foods. Whole foods.

We should avoid alcohol, drugs, stimulants, refined sugar and flour, microwave food and processed foods, canned, frozen, fried foods.

Foods that are building Ojas are:

  • Whole grains (preferred gluten-free)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes and Yams
  • Pumpkins (Hokkaido)
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Almond yogurt
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts)
  • Mung beans
  • Leafy greens
  • Olive oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil
  • Ginger, turmeric, Ashwagandha, licorice, Amalaki

There are also some Ayurvedic recipes like Chyawanprash, which is a medical jam with herbs and fruits – Amla fruit, Ashwagandha root are some ingredients and are highly Ojas building.

Find my Chakra Fruit Salad recipe here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/08/25/ayurvedic-chakra-salad-recipe/

Also, some tonic milk which you can drink daily can help you to build up Ojas, find my recipe here:

Grow The Glow Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 10 almonds, soaked overnight
  • 2 dates, soaked overnight
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Agave juice or Maple syrup

Instructions:

Add a tsp. of coconut oil into a small pot and warm with the spices, roast them for 5 minutes on medium heat. Pour the milk and agave juice, add the dates and almond and warm up lightly. Put your warm milk in a blender and mix until everything is blended well. The mixture will be creamy and foamy. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa on top, enjoy!

Also a healthy lifestyle and Ayurvedic routine are helpful – it is all about the balance! A regular sleeping schedule, cleansing techniques, meditation and Yoga, movement, fresh air and self massages with herbal oils are a good foundation to build Ojas.

Ojas is what we all should put first on our New Year´s resolution list!

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With Love and Light, 

Holistic Ayurvedic Inspired Christmas Menu

Christmas is just around the corner and you may ask yourself what to prepare this year for you and your loved ones? I always disliked the feeling of being stuffed and sluggish after even the most vegan Christmas Dinner recipe variations. Ayurveda got some creative, delicious options we can prepare easily, without stress and hours at the kitchen. And, believe me – to impress your guests on another level!

Let´s just head directly into the recipes and happy kitchen time for all of you!

Entree

Walnut – Soup with Curry butter and Crispy Parsley Leafs

Creamy, unique and impressive!

Walnuts are rich in healthy fat, which may aggravate Kapha. But the herbs and ingredients balance this inspiring and delicious soup evenly out. The alcohol leaves the dish while it is heated. If you don´t want to use it, take some more soy cream.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Walnuts
  • ½ onion
  • ½ celery bulb
  • 2 Cups of potatoes
  • 2 Cups of carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ stalk porree (you will only need the white part)
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 200 ml soy cream
  • 200 ml white vine
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Curry butter:

  • Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. Curry
  • 1 hand full of Fresh parsley

Instructions:

1. Chop the walnuts and roast them under medium heat in a saucepan without any oil. Set a half cup aside.

2. Chop the onion, celery, potatoes, carrots in even pieces. Slice the porree thinly and mince the garlic.

3. Heat sesame oil in a big pot and start to fry the onions, the garlic until transculent. Add your veggies and roast on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add vine, vegetable broth and walnuts and let all cook until soft.

4. Add soy sauce and simmer fort wo more minutes.

5. Blend the soup evenly in a blender or food processor and taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

6. In a small pan, start to heat sesame oil with maple syrup and add the curry powder and parsley leafs. Add the other walnuts and spread over the Walnut soup in a bowl.

One of my favorite Christmas recipes this year!

Main Menu

Mashed Chickpea – Potatoes with Thyme Carrots and Hokkaido Patty Stars

Delicious, simple and creative!

Pacifies Vata and Kapha, the chickpeas bring in some light qualities into the earthy,mashed potatoes. Pitta peeps could make the patties in the oven without any oil to make it more digestible.

Ingredients:

Mashed – Chickpea – Potatoes

  • 1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight with plenty of water and cooked soft – you can also use one can of already soft chickpeas
  • 4 big potatoes or 6 smaller ones
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 tbsp. chickpea flour
  • sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • black pepper
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. ginger, powder
  • chopped parsley
  • sesame oil
  • plant milk (Soy or Almond)
  • water

Instructions:

1. Chop and peel the potatoes and bring water to boil in a medium large pot. Add the peeled and chopped parsnip and cook with potatoes until soft, with a pinch of salt.

2. Add chickpeas, chickpea flour, pepper and salt, turmeric and ginger and mash all evenly together.

3. Pour in one cup of water and mash until the whole mixture is getting creamy. Add now almond milk or soy milk, until you become a super creamy consistency and stirr well.

4. Add one teaspoon of sesame oil and start to warm up the potatoe mash.

5. Chop the parsley and serve sprinkled with parsely and fresh pepper.

Thyme Carrots

Pacifies Vata, Pitta and Kapha – an easy to digest side dish with a whole amount of flavors!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg small carrots
  • sesame oil  
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • a bunch of fresh thyme or dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup  

Instructions:

1. Trim the leafy green stalks off the carrots, and peel them.

2. Heat some sesame oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Crush the unpeeled garlic with the flat side of your knife and add your garlic to the pan. Change sides after one minute and be careful the garlic don´t get burned.

3. Add your thyme sprigs or dry thyme and pour your agave juice over. Add one cup of water.

4. Add the carrots, season with sea salt and black pepper, and let your carrots be covered evenly with thyme and your liquid.

5. Cover your pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until your carrots are soft.

6. Remove the cover, and let simmer for another 5 minutes, until the glaze has reduced. The carrots are going to be sticky and caramelized when they are done.

Hokkaido Patty Stars

Ingredients:

  • ½ Hokkaido pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 1 cup cannelini beans, canned
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp. buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Sesame oil for frying

Instructions:

Serving: Place a small amount of every dish on your plate, drizzle a bit thyme sesame oil and chopped parsley over the plate. A pinch of fresh black pepper is also pretty.

  1. Start to boil the pumpkin with the potato and carrots in a medium sized pot, until soft. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onion.
  3. Mash your beans with a potatoe masher in a big bowl and add your pumpkin mix to it. Add all the other spices and dry ingredients and mix it evenly together. The misture should be sticky enough and not too wet. Use water or more oat flour if you aren´t sure.
  4. Taste if more spices are needed. When the mixture isn´t that hot anymore, start to make thick and round patties. If you have a huge star cookie stencil, you can start making star patties, use the rest to make another patty at the end. If not, make round patties.
  5. Fry the patties in a medium sized pan, and don´t use too much sesame oil at first. It don´t have to swim in oil, just fry them evenly brown from every side.
The patties can be in a beautiful shape with simply using a cooky stencil!

Dessert

Lavender – Orange – Pudding

Calming, grounding, and all the flavors! Mmmhhh….!

This raw vegan dessert comes along with some interesting flavors and the cashews are balancing the dry and aetherical qualities of lavender a bit to serve Vata, while dates and oranges are gifting Pitta and Kapha with an adventure for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • 2 peeled oranges
  • 1 cup of cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup of dates, soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp. of agave juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers or a drop of lavender oil (natural one!)
  • 1 pinch of organic, orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in your blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Scoop into small, single serving bowls and place in your frigde overnight.
  3. Decorate the pudding with orange zest, and more lavender flowers before serving. Serve at room temperature.

I am wishing you a beautiful, healing, loving Christmas time!

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With warm hearted greetings,

Unfold the magic of Ayurveda with therapeutic oils

You may be read in every article about Ayurvedic daily routine, to use basic oils like sesame oil or almond oil for your daily Abhyanga massage. Even when they have some small effects on your health:

What if I tell you now, that it is just (nearly) the same as using a lotion?

The magic and healing quality of Ayurveda can´t be experienced by using basic oils but it is a good start to start a daily self-care routine. There is so much more possible! And I am not talking about the use of essential oils!

Medical oils are used traditionally in Ayurveda

The perfect oil is lubricating, soothing, moistening, and calming the body and your senses and mind. In Sanskrit, the word oil is called ‘Sneha‘.

Sneha is also a term for love and therefore holds a special place in the Ayurvedic tradition. Sneha will nourish your body and mind with it’s loving, soothing and properties.

Applying medical oils will balance your doshas, can help you to heal different symptoms caused by imbalances and can help your body to gain strength and a calm state of mind. In fact, Ayurvedic oils can go down so deep into your tissues, that it is even possible to support your body after a broken bone or operation to heal properly!

The skin is our largest organ – so we can take in here a much bigger amount of herbs than in any other possible way! Ayurvedic therapeutic oils are prepared sacredly – the amount of herbs used for one liter of oil is a game-changer!

Every good Ayurvedic Health Coach or Therapist will find a specific oil for you and use it for your booked Ayurvedic massage. And also – suggest one for using at home! Don´t settle for less!

Find here today some interesting and helpful oils for your Dosha and some specific imbalances. You can buy oil online, worldwide – give it a try! Going three months of a daily Ayurvedic massage routine with therapeutic oil is not just preventive, but will also reveal the true power of Ayurvedic healing art!

Vata Oils

The most balancing oil and perfect for a daily self-massage is called:

Dhanvantaram Thaila

Dhanvantaram Thaila goes with coconut oil and is also helpful before and after pregnancy, rheumatism, arthritis, strengthen muscles, dementia.

We can say, that Vata oils are helpful to balance several Vata caused diseases or imbalances.

Watch also out for:

Bala Thaila, Karpasyadi Thaila, Chukkadi Thaila, Mahanarayana Thaila (especially for adrenal fatigue and burn out syndrome).

Pitta Oils

Chandanadi Thaila

This oil can cool down every Pitta imbalance. Thaila is coconut oil-based and can be best used on the head as well to balance Pitta Dosha.

It is helpful with mental disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression.

Watch also out for:

Bringaraja Thaila, Eladi Keram (infections of the skin, acne), Eladi Thaila.

Kapha Oils

There is not much oil for Kapha Dosha available, because we work with the opposite qualities of each Dosha to maintain balance. Kapha peeps should prefer dry massages with herbs. But there is some good Kapha oil available as well:

Sahacaradi Thaila

When you feel stagnant and slowly, your bones feel heavy – this one can help with rheumatic issues, blocked shrotas, mental disorders, pain in different body parts and metabolic diseases.

Watch also out for:

Curnas for dry massages can help to balance Kapha. Brahmi Curna, Bhringaraja Curna, and Haridra Curna can balance Kapha caused symptoms.

How to apply therapeutic oil?

You can find my guide to a self-massage at home here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/31/ayuryogadetox-free-e-book-available-now/

For therapeutic oil, it is helpful to warm them a bit up in their bottle. I use a baby bottle warmer, as it goes quickly warm while I am brushing my teeth.

Rub the oil stronger into your skin than you normally would, to bring the herbs deeper to your tissues.

Therapeutic oils smell a bit different than wellness oils. I use specific pants and a shirt to sit with the oil for 20 minutes or overnight before I shower it off. Use mild soap to shower it off.

Pour a hot cup of water afterward you in your bath sink to avoid clogging from the thick oil!

I love to let the oil sink in overnight – I sleep better, I wake up rested and I feel amazingly balanced. I also helped my body with Vata oil against cracking joints, a really fragile upper spine and eczema!

It is a self-experienced practice. Hit me per Mail or comment if you have any other questions about therapeutic oil or supplier!

Where to find oils? DM me if you need help!

I am wishing you the most beautiful Sunday and a pretty good start into a new week! Don’t forget to hit the button and subscribe to my blog!

Namaste,

From my heart to yours,

Brace yourself – Winter is right around the corner!

Here are my Top 9 vital substances to stay healthy during the cold season!

Vital substances are the key to a strong immune defense, besides balanced nutrition and lifestyle. Here are 9 key vital substances for the upcoming colder months.

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is essential for our immune system, if you are lacking in Vitamin C intake, the risk to catch a cold is high. But even when you already caught something – Vitamin C can have a positive impact and will help to reduce the duration and severity!

You can find Vitamin C in fresh fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and black currants, Kiwi, Acerola, and Aronia are high in Vitamin C. Sweet bell pepper and cabbage as well.

2. Vitamin A

Vitamin A and carotenoids (which are built in our digestive system and transform into Vitamin A) will keep your skin and mucous membrane healthy and are so a natural defense system against germs. Vitamin A is also building cells of your immune defense system.

You can find Vitamin A and carotenoids in colorful vegetables which are in season. Carrots, sweet bell pepper, broccoli and kale for example. Vitamin A needs also a bit of oil to unfold. Sesame oil and olive oil are perfect for the Winter season.

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D or also cholecalciferol is one of the most important parts of our immune defense system. Your body can build this incredible vitamin by itself but needs sunshine for it!

You can find Vitamin D in Avocados, mushrooms like champignons, porcini, oyster mushrooms. Vegan butter is also enriched with Vitamin D. Spinach, kale and cauliflower have also Vitamin D amounts.

4. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that works on many metabolism functions in our body. He is helping the immune system cells to defend our system. Also when you already caught a cold, a proper amount of zinc will help you to get back on track more quickly!

You will find zinc in nuts, different kinds of wheat, brown rice. Buckwheat, corn, oats, and linseeds are zinc supplier!

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E or tocopherol is THE defense system for our cells and is destroying cell-destroying substances! It inhibits as well as inflammatory processes.

You can find Vitamin E in plant-based oils and seeds and nuts!

6. Vitamin B

The Vitamin B group contains riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6) and niacin (B3). B vitamins are essential for our mucosa and are building a barrier against bacteria and virus infections. Vitamin B 6 also supports the formation of immune cells in our bodies.

You can find Vitamin B in many legumes and leafy greens, vegetables. The more colorful your food, the better for your immune system!

7. Iron

Iron deficiency leads to a decrease in immune cells! Also, our gut bacteria need iron to survive and stay balanced!

You can find Iron in fennel, green vegetables, herbs, and legumes!

8. Selenium

Selenium is a trace element and helps to destroy harmful radicals. Cells with a supportive function to our immune system deficiency are also low when we havenßt enough Selenium in our diet!

You can find Selenium in brazil nut kernels, legumes, mushrooms, and grains.

9. Probiotics and Prebiotics

The main part of our immune defense system is sitting – in our intestines! Our intestinal flora grows billions of microorganisms and needs prebiotics to feed those! Probiotics are helpful to keep the intestinal flora balanced and healthy.

You can find prebiotics in oats, bananas, onions and also in Jerusalem artichokes and barley. Probiotics are in lactic acid foods like Kimchi, Sourkraut, and yogurt. Find my Ayurvedic – vegan Kimchi recipe here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/05/09/vegan-kimchi-recipe-from-ayurveda-with-love/

What else will keep your immune defense system strong and balanced?

  • Stay hydrated to keep your mucous membrane healthy. Warm tea, warm water and Nasya oil after Neti cleansing can balance your mucous membrane.
  • Washing hands regularly to reduce germ spreading.
  • Less stress – stress is weakening your immune system. Yoga, self-massages and a balanced time off will be supportive to your immune system.
  • Sports and fresh air are key to a balanced and strong immune system.
  • Air humidity – the air can be dry and crucial to your mucous membrane, a good air humidifier can help out here!
  • Warming spices and warm Food are what your body needs now during the cold season. Find a delicious recipe for hot and warming soup here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/16/the-period-cure-fho-real/

What is your secret to stay healthy and balanced during the cold season? Let us know in the comment section below!

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with love,

6 common facts about Ayurveda and TCM

Ayurveda has a history of more than 5,000 years, originated in the Indus Valley region of India. First, it was passed orally from family to family and generation to generation. Later it was recorded in the ancient Vedic books. The knowledge was spread along the silk road and influenced Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is originated in China. As the origin of history got lost, written records are available from 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture points history can be followed way back to Stone Age.

As you can see – there must be some similarities between Ayurveda and the ancient way of TCM. Both systems are holistic for sure and see the human as a whole. Let´s have a closer look!

1.) Connections to the tongue

Ayurveda and TCM both use tongue diagnosis. In TCM the tongue is a map to our organs. In Ayurveda, we also use cracks, color, coat of the tongue to have a closer look at the imbalances of our patients. TCM also recommends to brush the tongue and avoid certain drinks or food before having a tongue diagnosis. 

2.) The theory of elements 

Here is another common thing – TCM is separating the body in 5 elements. Ayurvedic theory is separating the body into 5 elements as well. In Ayurveda, we call it Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water), Kapha (Earth & Water). In TCM it is Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. 

And both systems have a similar way to find those elements in the human body. Here is a TCM description: 

  1. Solid structures such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue, and hair represent earth form.
  2. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat.
  3. Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
  4. Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
  5. Space takes care of physical attraction and fear.

3.) Pulse Diagnose 

Both Ayurveda and TCM use Pulse diagnose to find imbalances. 

Ayurveda describes the Doshas in our Pulses, while TCM describes 29 different Pulses in the human body. The goal is the same: to have a closer look at the individual and its imbalances to find a unique treatment. 

4.) The causes of illness

In TCM the evils are external in origin but can penetrate deeply into the body, as they do in Ayurveda.

The Six Evils are:

  • Wind
  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Heat
  • Summer Heat
  • Dryness

In Ayurveda Dryness and Wind and everything that is aggravating Vata is the root of 60% of all illnesses. 30% are related to Pitta Dosha and just 10% can be found related to Kapha Dosha. 

5.) Tastes and properties 

TCM describes different tastes in herbs and nutrition as well. Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Sour, Salty, Astringent and Bland. In Ayurveda, we describe Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. 

6.) Dietary and Nutritional guidelines 

Just have a look at the common TCM guidelines for eating habits and what should be avoided:

General Eating Habits   

  •   Eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and do not rush your meal
  •  Avoid intense interactions at mealtime, including television and reading
  •  Chewing food thoroughly supports spleen qi
  •  Don’t eat meals late at night
  • Avoid overconsumption and excessive fasting

  Avoid:

  •  Raw, cold food, and iced beverages
  •  Excessive dairy
  •  Oily, greasy, and fried foods
  •  Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods like fruit
  •  Refined carbohydrates
  •  Excessive alcohol intake
  •  Excessive meat consumption

I am sure you can find here all the nutrition facts, you already read about Ayurvedic nutrition!

What do you think? What do you prefer? What do you practice? I would like to read some of your personal experiences in the comment section below! 

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Have a beautiful new week & lovely greetings, 

Ayurvedic Chakra Salad Recipe

August and September are harvest months! Plums are ripe, apricots are super sweet, blackberries are on peak, new and fresh pears are already available. We also have got all the summer berries available. It is as you can see – the perfect time for fruit salads!

This chakra salad comes along with an Ayurvedic dressing made of tahini and lemon juice.

Let´s enjoy the last hot days with this refreshing and nourishing, rainbow colored salad!

Ingredients:

Strawberries – red/root chakra

Apricots – orange/sacral chakra

Peaches – yellow/sloar plexus chakra

Kiwi – green/heart chakra

Blueberries – blue/throat chakra

Blackberries – indigo/third eye chakra

Plums – violett/crown chakra

& hemp hearts for topping the salad

Ayurvedic Tahini Dressing:

2 tbsp. of tahini

1 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. orange juice

½ tsp. Cinnamon

pinch of ginger, cardamom, sea salt

½ cup of water (eventually more if needed)

Preparation:

  1. Wash and chop your fruits. You can replace the fruits according to the colors for sure! 😊
  2. Place in a bowl and start to mix the dressing – I used my little blender bottle for this one. Add all the ingredients fort he tahini dressing in your blender, mix it and drizzle it over your salad.
  3. Garnish with the hemp seeds.
  4. Enjoy this beautiful salad with your familiy and friends!

I hope you like this recipe! This is also possible in a savory way with fresh veggies! Want to know how? Then please subscribe to my blog and stay tuned for the next post!

I am wishing you a beautiful new week ahead!

Namaste!

Real Dharma Doo – Project KRISH is helping girls to get education in India

Today I want to share a project with a good cause! It is about women´s and children´s rights and is originated in India, the home country of Yoga and Ayurveda.

The team of project KRISH believes in a social change, in education for every child and is on the way to make the world a better place.

They get free education, meals and skill training

They established a village in Nandgaon, named “Braj Gopika Vidhyamandal.” Here have young, underprivileged girls the opportunity to get free education, meals and also skill training to get more confident and get a chance to improve who they are and what they want to be. In India it is still very common to send female children to work or marry them early away. Also there is often no school around which they could go to – especially in rural areas of the country.

Education should be accessible to every child

The team believes that education should be accessible to every child because it can be such a big help to uplift families and communities to get out of a circle of poverty. It creates more chances for everyone when children are educated!

There is also an elevating effect out of child labor, childhood marriage, prenatal deaths, sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation – by proper education social issues like that can be avoided.

Confidence, self-esteem and finding themselves

The possibility of skill training is helpful to develop women´s self-esteem and grow confidence. The girls have the possibility to train every Saturday with volunteers from an underprivileged background to find their talents and skills by making new experiences. They also build up a sense of pride within themselves and culture by trying martial arts, mehndi, cooking classes, drawing, handcrafting, singing, playing musical instruments and more. They also learn Yoga and the Orissa dance, drama playing.

I make a wish….

If I had a birthday wish for this year, I would wish that as many people as possible donate to this project and help all the girls who deserve education and a better life. I decided to provide regularly donation based Yoga classes to send there some money. I also want to grow my business so that I can provide more help to awesome projects like that!

Now it´s your turn! How can you help?

Click the website for more information. http://projectkrish.com/

Follow their social media accounts and

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/projectkrish/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/projectkrish/

spread this awesome cause and project!

This is Dharma-Doo in it´s purest form! If you want to know more, feel free to write me or the peeps on Project KRISH – we are more than happy to answer all of your questions.

Tune in tomorrow for an inspirational interview with Balarama Das from Project KRISH! 😊

Thank you so far for your attentention and have a beautiful and inspiring start into your new week!

From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

Meet Angela Perger from “The Simple Ayurveda Podcast” – Monday Motivation Interview

There are people who are talking about Yoga and Ayurveda, and people who are living Yoga and Ayurveda. Angela Perger from the “Simple Ayurveda” Podcast is one of the most authentic people I have met around the last year at the Internet. Her simplicity to explain Ayurveda and make it fit into our day to day life is mesmerizing. How she is teaching her kids the Ayurvedic lifestyle is adorable. Her Podcast is like listen to a dear friend while you are having tea together. Her Instagram is full of aesthetic and minimalistic impressions. And just by looking at her, I feel so grounded. Just convince yourself with this Monday Motivation interview…let´s get the week started… 🙂

1. From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

I feel so much compassion for Mother Earth, for plants, for animals and for fellow human beings. I believe dharma is about being our true selves and understanding where we are able to shine our inner light out. I see dharma as a path, rather than something to be achieved. For me, my path has evolved from elementary school teacher to Yoga teacher to mother to someone that shares Ayurveda. I hope to make Ayurveda easy to understand and apply to anyone and everyone’s daily life.  

2. Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I was born in Florida and my husband is from New Jersey. We split out our time between the two and currently we’ve been living in an RV with our children, ages 2 and 6, for the past few months in Florida. My plans for 2019 are to continue studying and teaching Ayurveda through various workshops and trainings, both in person and online.  I am also really excited about hosting The Simple Ayurveda Podcast!

3. Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

I started Simple Ayurveda in 2018 as an online resource. After years of teaching continuing education courses for Yoga teachers in person, I am excited to offer them to distance learners. The first session of Simple Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers had students from Canada, the United States and Europe. It was so awesome to connect with like-minded people from around the world. I will offer the course again in September 2019.

4. What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

Ayurveda has absolutely changed my life. After years of trying every diet and healing protocol I could find to heal from diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and a rare liver condition called primary sclerosing cholangitis, Ayurveda has offered not only relief, but a deep understanding of “why”. Rather than feeling like a victim, I feel empowered to be in charge of my own health and well being.

5. What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

I look at Ayurveda as a lense in which to view life. I don’t think that we have to follow every recommendation perfectly to get the benefits of Ayurveda. I use the principle of like attracts like and opposites to create balance to make everyday decisions. For example, when I am feeling easily irritated I ask myself questions like “Have I been consuming caffeine or other stimulants? Or have I been on my phone too much?” It’s such a gift to be able to get the root cause of any imbalance.

6. Do you know which Dosha you are?

I am primarily Pitta Dosha, although it took me a long time to realize it. For years I thought I wasn’t athletic or competitive enough to fit the typical descriptions. I now see that for me competition shows up more as self-doubt or the need for perfectionism rather than the urge to compete with others. As I’ve become more balanced I’ve gotten better at the physical activities I enjoy like SUP and surfing.

7. How does your perfect morning routine look like?

My morning routine is usually meditation in bed without waking up the kids, tongue scraping and oral care, sometimes Abhyanga followed by a shower and then making breakfast. My perfect morning routine would include Yoga too, but for now that usually happens later in the day.

8. How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

One of the biggest ways is through following a daily routine. I try to wake up, eat and go to bed at the same time every day. Another big shift was switching my heaviest meal to noon. Mindful eating practices and paying attention to my Agni are a continual effort.

9. Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

I still haven’t tried neti yet.

10. Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

I’ve been practicing Yoga for 11 years. I started teaching Yoga to adults and kids 8 years ago at a campground. Since then I’ve taught it to children in Costa Rica, Mexico, Philadelphia, in schools, preschools, and a studio. I’ve also taught prenatal, mommy & me, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. I’ve held a daily practice through two pregnancies and believe it’s the most powerful thing any of us can do.   

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I’ve stopped trying to plan out my life, but I definitely see myself teaching Ayurveda and Yoga. I would love to grow Simple Ayurveda into a network of Ayurvedic practitioners with diverse offerings. My kids will be seven and twelve and that’s sort of wild to imagine.

12. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

I can be impatient (Pitta). I tend to get a lot of ideas and be really excited but then sort of lose interest (Vata). I am focusing on being present and creating boundaries for myself so that I can cultivate a little bit more grounding, sustainable energy (Kapha).

13. How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

There were a few key moments along the way. As an inner city school teacher in Philadelphia I fell in love with Yoga for the stress relief. I signed up for Yoga teacher training with the intention of only teaching to children, never adults. The seed of Ayurveda was planted in that training as well as the confidence to teach adults.

Years later I worked with an Ayurveda health counselor after trying a naturopath, a top university doctor and countless other experts. When the health counselor wanted to refer me to someone with more experience I realized no one could solve my health imbalances for me. I decided to study Ayurveda for myself to get the bottom of everything. Again, I had no intentions of becoming a coach or a teacher but once I felt better I felt like I couldn’t keep the information to myself so I started a website and podcast.

14. How important is meditation to you?

It is essential. I practice every day in some way or shape. Sometimes it’s a walking meditation. Other days it’s a Yin Yoga practice. Many times it’s seated first thing in the morning, still in my pajamas in bed. I don’t believe meditation has to look a certain way.

15. What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

I love the quote by Yogi Bhajan, “Be the lighthouse.” I feel like this sums up my philosophy on life. Our Dharma is to be our true selves. The spiritual path falls into place when our everyday actions line up with our higher selves.

16. What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

In the past year I have stopped consuming caffeine and alcohol. My energy and emotions are much more even which affects everyone around me. I’ve also worked with an intuitive healer to let go of some ancestral trauma.

17. Who has been your greatest influence?

Over my life it has been the strong women in my family including my mother, grandmothers and aunts. Over the past decade I have had some amazing Yoga teachers.

18. What is your greatest strength?

I have been told my superpower is the gift of transformation- that I can turn any situation into something better.

19. How do you handle stress and pressure?

In the past I had the tendency to feel overwhelmed and run away from it. Through Yoga I am working on patience and surrender. Yin Yoga has been extremely helpful with this.

20. What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

I love Abhyanga or Epsom salt baths with essential oils based on my mood or what I need for that day. Some of my favorites are lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, cedarwood and jasmine.

I celebrate the new moon each month with my kids. We use The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck to draw a card and we set intentions/draw pictures for the upcoming moon cycle. Another favorite ritual is creating a vision board inside my planner every year. I love being able to look at it anytime throughout the year.

21. Are you into Wellness?

Yes! Feeling well and happy is the best way to enjoy this precious life.

22. What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

Simplicity and minimalism have been my gateway into the Zero Waste movement. Although I’ve always cared about the environment (I used my allowance to join the Save the Manatees club as a child), it was really the overwhelm of clutter that led me to reducing my possessions and to stop using shopping as an activity.

Life is just easier when things are simple- a mason jar has so many uses and I don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of different kinds of containers. Cooking and focusing on fresh, organic food has helped me to (mostly) give up the takeout habit that contributes to so much waste. I’m still a work in progress but I believe it’s better for all of us to be doing something rather than giving up because we aren’t doing it perfectly.

As a mother, I work really hard to reduce all of the waste that comes along with everything offered for kids. We skip balloons and goodie bags for parties and ask for no birthday gifts. They still get presents from family, but they don’t need a bunch of stuff from everyone they know. As every parent has experienced, this is a constant struggle but a lesson that I am willing to work on with them for the sake of our earth.

23. Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

I love the beach and simple, neutral colors so my creative content reflects those interests. I feel like it’s important for people to know Ayurveda doesn’t have to look a certain way. At its core, Ayurveda is about connecting diet and lifestyle with nature’s rhythms. It’s about honoring the sacredness of everyday life. I hope that Simple Ayurveda’s aesthetic invokes feelings of easefulness and relatability.

My outer life revolves around being a mother and spending time in nature. I don’t sign my kids up for activities- we spend our free time chasing each other at the park, exploring nature trails, making sand animals at the beach, swimming, cooking, reading and playing.

When I have time to myself I’m either curled up with a book (always nonfiction) or walking at the beach.

24. Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

On Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/simple_ayurveda/

The Simple Ayurveda Facebook Community:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1924000204595413/?ref=group_browse_new

The Simple Ayurveda Podcast is available on Spotify and iTunes.

25. Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet, less attached to it.” ~ Ram Dass

Thank you so much Angela for taking the time to answer in such a beautiful way! Wishing you a nice Mother´s Day on Sunday and a Beautiful week!

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