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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The perfect Kapha breakfast – let´s get energized!

The last two Sunday´s were all about breakfast ideas and facts for Vata and Pitta Dosha. Today we come to our third Dosha, which is all about Earth and Water!

According to Ayurveda, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To activate your agni, your digestive fire, your body needs food. Without any breakfast, our body will respond quickly to stress, our blood sugar level is low, concentration won´t come easy and our metabolism need more time to “start.” We will be tired quickly and have binge eating habits for lunch or cravings for sugar and sweets. 

The qualities of Kapha Dosha

Dry and warm ingredients are the key here. They are giving your Dosha the possibility to warm up and get energetic! Fresh ginger, cardamom is helping your digestive fire to work in the right amount.

Kapha Dosha is a Dosha that can go without breakfast and also have coffee – but when you are not super hungry, I would suggest eating later in the morning, but don´t skip the breakfast at all. And also – don´t have coffee on an empty stomach! 😉

Kaphas are sometimes not super hungry and overeat then, avoid that and try to have regular meals.

Always remember the opposites of your Dosha

Airy foods go well for your Dosha, it will make your body feel less heavy and help you to don´t gain weight. Healthy airy foods are mostly steamed veggies like Brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower – but not everyone likes it savory for breakfast. Raw veggies are also to avoid.

Dried fruits are perfect in your porridge, and there are delicious porridge recipes without any oats – but with Quinoa or shredded coconut! Buckwheat can taste awesome and tiger nuts will be your new best friend.

Fiery foods as ginger, cinnamon, cumin and warming spices are perfect and can be combined with some fruits! Fruits that are warmed up and spiced up make a great combo to porridges. If you are not such a hungry morning breakfast person, warm fruits with spices can be delicious without any grains.

Get inspired by this nourishing and energizing Quinoa breakfast bowl:

The mighty Quinoa Bowl

That Quinoa porridge could make your day!

Ingredients:                         

½ cup of cooked Quinoa (I like the three colored version)

1 cup plant based milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom powder

½ teaspoon ground cloves

A pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt

2 tablespoons of flax seeds

A bit agave juice for sweetness

Toppings:

Chia seeds, blueberries, cacao nibs

Or warm apples and pears with a mix of cinnamon, ground cloves and cardamom

Preparation:

  1. Warm up the plant based milk in a small pot with your spices and let them simmer for a moment on medium heat.
  2. Add Quinoa and let it cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir from time to time.
  3. Put in a bowl and add your toppings of choice.
  4. To make the version of your apples and pears, heat some coconut oil and roast the spices, before you add the fruits. The fruits should get warm but not super mushy!
  5. Enjoy! To save time, prepare everything in the evening, this porridge is easy to reheat as well! 🙂

Please let me know if you tried this recipe and share with a picture! 🙂

Do you already feel balanced and like a new person? Share in our comment section below and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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Have a beautiful Sunday and a lovely new week as well! Namaste!