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)
- Sweet potatoes and Yams
- Pumpkins (Hokkaido)
- Soy milk
- Soy yogurt
- Almond milk
- Almond yogurt
- 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:
Also, some tonic milk which you can drink daily can help you to build up Ojas, find my recipe here:
Grow The Glow Milk
- 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
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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