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!

Have a wonderful transition from 2019 to 2020 and don´t miss to subscribe to my Blog:

With Love and Light, 

Monday Motivation Interview – with Balaram Das from Project KRISH – Girl child education and women empowerment

Today´s interview is as I promised – about Project KRISH – which helps to offer education, meals and a safe space in India for underprivileged girls. With love, Pitta drive and compassion a group of Devotees created a beautiful village and started to work their Dharma.

I talked to Balarama Das from Project KRISH and it was one of the most inspiring interviews. Balarama Das and me are connected in another way as well, as we both come from the Hardcore Straight Edge Scene and so this collaboration comes truly from a deep connection and the bottom of our hearts! It is also a talk where you can see how connected all the fields of Yoga and Ayurveda are.

Find out for yourself and get inspired and motivated this Monday!

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

Since I got involved in the HC Punk scene in the early 90s, the compassionate spirit within my heart was gradually reawakened.

Moreover, when I was introduced to the Krishna Bhakti culture, which is the path of selfless love and causeless compassion, the spirit of compassion became considerably manifested.

I’m trying my best to be compassionate to myself, other people, especially the helpless, to animals, to mother earth and other living beings.   

  • Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like?  Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

 I am from the Philippines and I grew up there. Right now, I’m trying to live here in Vrindavan, India. I came here in 2016. I am working/serving in one NGO which provides free education to the underprivileged girls in the village of Vrindavan.

My plan is to live here in Vrindavan and serve the Brajabasis as much as Srimati Radhika allows.

  • What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

Ayurveda is an ancient secret of living in harmony with each individuals‘ nature of existence. I’m trying to practice it.

  • What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the antidote to modern hyperconsumerist-materialistic-self-destructive lifestyle.

The modern world is pulling out human beings away from their natural environment of quality life. By practicing an ayurvedic lifestyle it will gradually help each individual to uncover their real self and will unmask the artificial and unbalanced impositions.

It is a great science of understanding how the human body works within and without.

  • Do you know which Dosha you are?

I’m predominantly Pitta.

  • How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Usually, I get up at Brahma Murta hour, about one and a half hours before sunrise, sometimes, earlier than that. I do some basic stretching and recline positions.

Then I drink 1-2 glasses of lemon water with black salt (no sugar). Then I will take a bath. I will do some mantra meditation for a few minutes and will start serving my Govardhan and salagram silas. After that, I will take early morning breakfast, usually fruits/nuts and some nice hot Indian rice porridge. This is my daily morning routine here in Vrindavan.

  • How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

I guess I’m unaware that I’m living half of my life in the principle of Ayurveda. I became a vegetarian 20yrs ago and prefer to buy vegetables from local farmers or community markets. Avoiding all the artificial canned or manufactured stuff. Spending more time on meditation and serene environment. Walking, Yoga, cycling, and nature tripping.

Every time I buy stuff, I usually choose natural, fresh and genuine Ayurvedic products. When I get sick, I prepare to make my own medicine from herbs and make an Ayurvedic tea. Since I’m In Vrindavan now, it’s more natural to live it. But I still need to work on some aspects of it.

  • I would like to hear more about the n4s zine! Can you tell us what exactly our zine is about?

I started the n4s zine in 1996. It’s an account of our life (those who are involved in N4S) especially our adventures and travels. When I was involved in the anarchist movement, I usually featured anarchist punk bands and different pieces of information on autonomous movement and collective.

The n4s zine becomes an unofficial manifesto or guide to DIY lifestyle in the local HC punk scene in the Philippines.I stopped writing the zine when I started to take the path of Krishna Bhakti at the beginning of 2000. 

But I realized, if some individuals were inspired by the contents of our zine, then it would be better to encourage them into something positive that will uplift their consciousness and life. So I revived the zine and took it in a new direction and started to feature bands that are Bhakti oriented and into a sober and positive lifestyle. Not just bands, but different individuals that will help inspire other people.

  • You are also involved in a project called „KRISH“ – what is this project all about?

Project Krish is about giving hope to the underprivileged girls of India. Currently, we are working on Vrindavan village. We established a school, the Braj Gopika Vidya Mandal in Nandgaon. This school provides free education, free meals, and free school supplies to poor girls. We also give them weekly skill development training.

Basically, it’s about women empowerment and educating the girl child. You may ask why girls? In India, especially in rural areas, women are still considered the low class. Most of their basic rights are being denied and violated, and they experience tremendous abuse, exploitation, and harassment. Child labor, child marriage, child prostitution, dowry system, violence, poverty; these are some of the problems the young girls of India are facing today.

Most parents prefer to have a boy instead of a girl child. Female infanticide is a very common practice here, they killed the baby girl after birth or even inside the womb. It’s not surprising to see a girl fetus in a trash bin or thrown into the drainage in India…. Our attempt to save the girl child and to make a change is very insignificant, but we need to start somewhere.

These horrible things are not just happening in India, but in other countries too. So we must do something about it.

  • Where can we reach out to you and support this project?

Support our campaign for Girl Child Education and Women Empowerment, please call us at +91 8979999497.

Send your donations here: projectkrish.com/donate/

Visit us at http://projectkrish.com/

Follow us on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/projectkrish/

Like and share our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/projectkrish/

  •  What are your goals the next months according to Project KRISH and your Zine?

 I’m planning to release the next issue of my zine next month and will try to continue writing for the zine so I can regularly publish it.

About Project Krish, we will continue our activities in school whatever we’d started. And we are looking forward to more admissions and expansion. We wouldn’t be able to pursue our goals without the help of our supporters. We only depend on you. So please help us in any way you can. If you can sponsor a girl, please donate. You can also send books and school supplies. If you will visit Vrindavan, you can come to our school and spend some time with the girls, talk to them, play with them, teach them and inspire them. There are so many ways we can do, you can simply share our social media pages. That would be enough. We need to reach more people. Thank you so much.

  • Is there any final quote you find inspiring and want to share with us?

“In a world full of hate, violence, destruction, and degradation; being kind and staying positive is an act of rebellion.” –n4s-

Radhe Radhe, Balaram Das! Thank you so much for finding time for this interview and making the world to a better place.

If you liked this interview, go and also like their Facebook and Instagram page, share their content so spread the project as far as possible to reach many people which could help!

Also subscribe to “From Ayurveda With Love” if you want to make a connection with us and don´t miss interesting projects, healers and so much more! You can also write for our blog if you want to!

From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

„Good Morning AyurYoga“ Flow

Practicing Yoga in our busy day to day lives can be challenging with Job, Kids a dog and our daily schedule. Ayurveda is recommending to start the day with Yoga and Meditation to feel more stable, awake and grounded.

I really enjoy it to start my day the “Ayurvedic way”, because it gives me lots of strength, energy and creativity but also more balance.

A gentle morning Yoga practice got many benefits

In the morning hours our brain is still in it´s “theta waves” status, which is similar to the status you arrive in deep meditation. We are deeply in contact with intuition and creativity – practicing to make a slow transition from sleeping to being awake can help you to improve your whole life.

This is also the reason why in India and Ayurveda the morning hours are sacred and important for our spiritual progress. It is a sacred space to make the connection to your highest self, to the Universe.

Here is a short sequence I love to practice in my morning hours – it can be done in 15 minutes, if you find some longer time on your mat, it is also possible to stretch it to 30 minutes. But it will help you to start your day in a calm and gentle way!

  1. Bananasana
It is allowed to feel at ease
  • 1 minute each side

Lay on your back. Walk your feet to the right side of the mat, your hands to the right side, arms stretched over head. Place left foot on the right and grab with your left hand your right wrist. Stretch into the side and breathe deeply. Change side after a minute.

This posture helps to relax the area around your bile and will let you feel less anger throughout the day.

2. Crocodile Twist

Breathe deeply into your heart and try to connect with your intuition
  • 1 minute each side

Place your feet now on the mat and cactus your arms – let your legs sway gentle from side to side. Massage your lower back, close your eyes. Let your legs now fall to the left side. Place your foot on the other leg and try to ground your right shoulder as far as possible. Breathe deeply into the area around your belly and enjoy the side stretch and twist. Change side after a minute.

This posture helps you to relax the Psoas muscle. This helps to breathe more deeply and relax our nervous system.

3. Shoulder Bridge

Connect to your inner peace
  • hold for one minute

Open your heart for the new day. Plant your feet on the ground, hip distance apart. Press through your feet and lift your hips to the sky. Externally rotate your arms so your palms face the ceiling, then interlink the fingers behind your back. Open your chest and press into your forearms and hands.

This posture helps you to encourage strength and to walk throughout the day with an more open-heart.

4. Legs Up The Wall on a pillow or block

Feel happiness and balance
  • 2 minutes

Bring now a pillow or block underneath your sacrum and begin to stretch your legs towards the sky. Hips and legs are in alignment. Cactus your arms again to open your chest and feel your shoulders waking up from the night. Flex your feet and make circles to wake your whole lymphatic system up. Breathe deeply into your belly and close your eyes.

The posture helps your spine to start regenerative into a new day and will leave you awake, energized and will give you a happy mood boost.

5. Reclining Bound Angle Pose

You already start to feel awake
  • 2 minutes

Now bend your knees. Bring your feet together with the outer edges of both feet on the floor. Place your heels close to your groin.

Let your palms lie next to your hips, palms facing the earth.

Exhale, and ensure that your abdominal muscles contract as your tailbone moves close to your pubic bone. Feel the elongation in your lower back and the stability of your spine as your pelvis tilts.

With the next deep exhale, let your knees open up such that it creates a good stretch in your groin and inner thighs. Feet are touching. Let shoulders and head relax.

Bring your hands in prayer position to your forehead and let your thumbs rest on your third eye centre.

This pose will bring you a deep relaxation and open up your third eye. The morning hours are perfect for this practice.

6. Gentle side stretches

Make space for yourself
  • 1 minute each side

Come to a seated, cross-legged position. Bring your right hand on the floor close to your hip area. Draw your right shoulder now down, bend the right elbow a tiny bit. Focus on your shoulder here, breathe deeply in and move the left arm now in front of you and above your head. Stretch the left arm and upper body now while you lean towards the right. Change sides after one minute.

This posture will help you to get rid of stiffness in your shoulders and neck.

7. Crossed legged forward fold and side stretch

Everything is allowed to flow throughout you
  • 3 minutes

Sit tall and straight. Breathe deeply in and out and start slowly to walk your hands away from you. Find your back straight, shoulders open, neck long and relaxed and focus on the stretch of your back. Stay here for 10 – 15 deep breaths.

Start walking the hands now to the right (later left) and focus more on your shoulders and side. You should feel here a good stretch in your side body. Bring your hands close to one another and start tot wist gently. Your chest wants to open up to the sky. Relax your neck.

Walk your hand back in the middle and stretch the other side.

This posture will help you to open up and get rid off tightness in your side body and shoulders.

8. Seated spinal twist variation

Listen to your breath and let it come and go like waves
  • 1 minute each side

Sit tall again and let your spine grow long. Inhale and bring up both arms, palms facing one another. Exhale and twist with your upper body to the right. Bring your right hand on the bottom behind your back and the left hand onto your right knee. Your neck stays long and you can look towards the right if your neck allows it. If not, let your neck rest above your collarbone. Change sides.

9. Clear the air Pranayama and gratitude practice

Make space and let go – clear the surroundings around you
  • 1 minute up to five minutes

Sit tall, bring your hands onto your knees. While inhaling you bring your arms up slowly and let the palms touch above your head, look slightly up to your hands and pause for a moment. While exhaling, you bring the hands in prayer position slowly to your heart. Inhale through the nose and exhale with a sigh through your mouth. Inhale new space, energy – prana. Exhale everything, you want to let go off. Take 10 of these deep breaths. When finished, bring your hands in prayer position to your heart. Close your eyes.

Let your heart open wide

What are you grateful for today? Can you invite gratitude into your morning?

Here are some helpful gratitude affirmations:

  • Thank you for this new day.
  • Thank you for all the blessings this day will bring.
  • I invite gratitude to my heart.
  • I am grateful for who I am and what I have.
  • I am thankful for simply being alive.

When you found your affirmation, stay a moment with it and repeat it in silence. Let it sink to the bottom of your heart. Bring your hands in prayer position to your third eye center.Bring your hands to your mouth. Bring your hands back to your heart and bow your forehead slightly down towards your fingertips.

Gratitude towards yourself. For showing up. For taking time. For your practice.

This new day is full of new possibilities. Let it be your best day yet.

Namaste,

Krishnaprema