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, 

Easy peasy vegan summer Dal recipe

It´s warm outside and all those fruits and salads are nourishing and fine but in the evening hours you are craving somehow, something grounding and warm?

Got you!

My Vata Dosha is actually aggrevated a bit as well, on hot days delicious salads and more raw foods than usual are making me feel really good. But a warm dish in the evening which is easy to digest (and even easier to prepare) gives me that grounded feeling I need! (And let me sleep way better)!

Why is it a summer Dal recipe?

I used yellow lentils (which are easier to digest) and ingredients that are growing now in my garden and are also in season. You will see that the balance of herbs and veggies in this recipe are fitting perfectly into summer and you will also feel – how good it is for the hot season!

Dosha specific informations about ingredients, will also follow after the instructions! This recipe is Tri-Doshic but when you struggle with balance, you will find some useful tips how to adjust the meal for your specific needs!

Here is my delicious easy peasy vegan summer Dal recipe:

I also added some carrots! Be creative! 🤗

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups yellow lentils, soaked in water overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • fresh cilantro and parsley
  • Gomasio (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wash the soaked lentils and prepare a pot with 4 cups of water. Bring it to boil and cook the lentils until close to soft.
  2. In the meanwhile, chop the garlic, onions and zucchini and wash and prepare the fresh spinach leaves. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a medium sized pan and start with the onions, add the garlic when the onions begin to glaze.
  3. Add the other spices until you have a nice paste before you add the zucchini. Stir well on medium heat until everything is coated evenly. Drop some water in if needed – but stay low with the fat!
  4. Add coconut milk to your lentils and stir in the spice – veggie mix from your pan. Let simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Chop the cilantro and parsley.
  6. Serve Dal with basmati rice, flatbread or quinoa! Top with cilantro and parsley and Gomasio.
  7. Enjoy! 😊

Easy peasy Ayurvedic Dosha hacks:

Vata: If Vata is aggrevated a lot and you don´t feel heat at all, use sesame oil and add some cinamon into your spice mix or use Vata Churna (which I also do a lot)!

Pitta: You could eat the Dal with a fresh salad instead of rice and stay away from the spinach if you feel super hot – you could simply replace it with carrots.

Kapha: You can make this dish without coconut oil and glaze your veggies in a non stick pan by simply adding water after roasting it on medium heat and add water, in small amounts to it. You could also make it like a soup and stay away from the carbs like rice or bread!

So I hope you will like my vegan summer Dal! I will also have a big potion of it this evening – by the way, adding less salt into your dishes and adding more fresh herbs and spices can help you to lose weight if wanted or needed. I like to top with Gomasio which is a mix of sesame seeds and high quality salt for the extra taste! 

Have a beautiful week ahead! If you liked this recipe, leave some love in my comment section below! And tag us on Instagram with your creations! We would love to repost that!

Namaste,

Yours,

Krishnaprema