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, 

Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk and how to find a peaceful night with Ayurveda

How to sleep better with Ayurveda 

Nowadays many people struggle with a good night´s sleep. We sit in front of screens all day long, we are stressed and our head has a hard time to calm down. Ayurvedically speaking, we have excess Vata and we live a lifestyle that doesn´t help us with that. So for our brain, it is impossible to relax. 

Besides a general morning and night routine, there are some other helpful things you can do to release stress and find a calm and peaceful night. With that topic, I want to share a Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk recipe with you. It´s my number one sleep remedy treatment and my clients love it! 

A healthy evening Routine can help you to release stress and find better sleep. Your sleep quality will also increase the quality of your day, so try to change some habits and invest time into YOURSELF! Find here my top 4 hacks for a sweet night time:

  1. A hot bath with a relaxing oil massage before bed is helpful to stay away from your TV and phone, but also is grounding down your senses. A hot bathtub with candles, lavender or Jasmine scents will help you to find your center.
  2. Massaging your feet with warm oil is another perfect evening ritual when you don´t find time to take a bath. Our feet have a tremendous amount of nerve endings, massaging them will relax your whole body for good. 
  3. The Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk with Ashwagandha and nutmeg is also working in a vegan version. Nutmeg is a natural sleep remedy and Ashwagandha is calming and balancing our brain chemistry. The ritual of drinking a warm cup of delicious milk (almond milk is my favorite) will relax you and put you right to sleep. 
  4. A gentle Yoga practice and Pranayama practice in the evening. I always try to get stuff done until 7 p.m. and take some time on my mat. Alternate nostril breathing technique and Yin Yoga are wonderful to find peace. 

Let´s start our way to a healthy sleeping routine today. Start this evening with my magical milk receipe and maybe you will also find time for a hot bathtub on this rainy and foggy November evening. Here is my recipe for you: 

Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk

It tastes like a good Chai Latte! Promise!

Ingredients: 

· 1 cup plant milk of choice

· ¼ tsp. cinnamon

· ½ tsp. turmeric

· ¼ tsp. ground Ashwagandha 

· 1 pinch of cardamom

· 1 pinch of nutmeg

· 1 pinch of black pepper

· ½ tsp. virgin coconut oil 

· 1 tsp. agave juice or maple syrup

Preparations: 

1. Warm up the coconut oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat.

2. Whisk in turmeric, cinnamon, ashwagandha, cardamom, and nutmeg, and a pinch of fresh black pepper. Let the smell of spices fill up your kitchen and stir a bit until everything is a nice paste. 

3. Add the plant-based milk and let simmer for 5 minutes up to ten while stirring. Add the sweetener of choice. The longer you let the spices cook, the more helpful your sleep remedy is going to be! 

4. Pour your magical moon milk into your favorite mug, enjoy calm piano music and a good night´s story from an inspiring book. Ground down all your senses and have the best night´s rest! 

Don´t forget to subscribe to my blog! And tell us in the comment section below how good you slept!

Have a good night´s sleep and wonderful dreams! 

Namaste, 

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Ayurvedic Chocolate Porridge

When I talk about soul food, I mean exactly food LIKE THAT!

Find here my favorite Autumn Porridge bowl that comes along with creamy chocolate oats and Ashwagandha! Spices like cinnamon and cardamom will keep you warm and cosy during your day, while toppings like almond butter and cashews will help you to ground and nourish yourself.

Ingredients:


★ 1 Cups of Gluten-free oats/Oats, soaked overnight

★ 1-2 Cups of plant milk of choice

★ 2 Tsp. raw cocoa

★ ½ Tsp. Ashwagandha

★ ½ Tsp. Cardamom

★ ½ Tsp. Cinnamon

★ ½ Banana, 1 small apple, frozen raspberries, chias, gojis, cocoa nibs, cashews, almond butter

Instructions:


★ Soak the oats again overnight and add your plant milk in the morning and start slowly to warm it up!

★ Slice your banana, apple and add them into a small pan. Heat them slowly and add raspberries at the end. You can add maple syrup to sweeten it more.

★ Add the spices to your warm oats and mix and stir well for another five minutes. Add maybe more plant milk if needed.


★ Put your oats in a bowl and top with the warm banana and apple slices and raspberries. Add almond butter, gojis, chias and cocoa nibs.

★ Eat and enjoy warm and melting again. Ashwagandha will give your extra energy and takes your stress away!

I hope you enjoy the fall Season as much as I do! And I hope you like this recipe for sure. Please tag us when you tried our recipe on Instagram or Facebook and leave some love in the comment section below!

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With Love,

Traveling Korea Ayurvegan style

Let me tell you something about Korean food habits and Ayurvedic facts!

A travel blog about traveling Korea and exploring the similarities about TCM nutrition facts and Ayurvedic nutrition

I am back from my trip to Seoul and Jeju-Island and had a thriving September and time there! There was so much to explore – and one of my most favorite things is for sure – exploring food! Korean food got a delicious and unique taste, so very different from other Asian food combinations. But I also found some interesting things about Korean food and Ayurvedic nutrition facts – especially when it comes to the six tastes of Ayurveda.

Being vegan or vegetarian in Korea is possible, but sometimes challenging these days, as the Korean food is now mainly prepared with meat and fish compared to the traditional temple kitchen for example. It was even more, thriving to search and find those little vegan food spots, meeting other Korean vegans and make a difference as a vegan traveler.

Vegan in Seoul is easy!

Restaurants in Seoul often had one dish which is vegan, or vegetarian, so there it was kind of easy to find something. Some Kimbap restaurants which prepared fresh Kimbap rolls in front of your eyes, just made the rolls you would wish for. But what about the small and beautiful Island of Jeju-Do?

Vegan on Jeju-Do is adventurous

Jeju-Do is famous for sea animals, black pigs and even horse meat – when I was getting it right. So I guess many tourists are coming there for exactly those „specialties.“ But even on Jeju-do, there are small and thriving vegan food spots!

At first, it is simple at most temples to find temple food which is vegan and vegetarian. Here I can recommend to check their online pages, look for registration or opening times before you get there. Temple food with all it´s little traditional side dishes is about TCM components, which are perfectly fitting the six tastes of Ayurveda. After a meal like that, I was fulfilled, rejuvenated, not tired and sluggish, I had also no cravings at all.

The Loving Hut on Jeju-do

My favorite place on Jeju-Do was „The Loving Hut Jeju“ which is run by two amazing women. The chef is vegan for 23 years now and is saving stray dogs (and I also saw cats) from the Island. She said to me that she is doing it for the animals. Her food was like a homecoming. It was like coming home to your „Omma“ after a long and stressful week at work and so tasteful, delicious, that we went there twice in our short stay.

Kimchi Jigae

The menu there is changing with every season, which is form e even more Ayurvedically! Beautiful small, and comfortable place. I will come back for sure!

So if you are looking for a stay in Korea and you are vegan and vegetarian – prepare yourself with researches. If you haven´t any local and native speakers around, it could get challenging – but it is still possible!

Korean travel tips for you:

1. Be curious to try something new and try all the leaves to wrap your meals up and try all the side dishes! (So many Kimchi flavors! I loved it! )

2. Search the internet for vegan and vegetarian-friendly spots, you will find some but maybe you can´t sit down in every restaurant or place on your way. But the searching was always worth it!

3. Go and try temple food because those places were the most beautiful ones and the traditional Korean flavors are something you will mainly never taste in European restaurants or US places.

4. Not every dish is super spicy (I was warned that it is), also not every Kimchi was hot as hell – I was able to eat a balanced, on Ayurvedic tastes related, delicious diet there!

5. Most restaurants offer water for free and many are serving warm water or tea – this was amazing and also is an Ayurvedic principle for sure! As warm water is helping us to keep our digestive fire running and to digest properly.

6. I would also recommend trying as many dishes as possible. There is so much to explore in Korea!

So if you are planning to go there and feel a bit helpless, please feel free to mail me at any time. I can name some places for you and also have my brother there which can also help out with questions where to go and what to eat!

What do you think? Are you now in Wanderlust mode? Leave a comment in the section below and if you don´t want to miss the main principles of TCM nutrition and Ayurvedic nutrition next week, subscribe!

Have a beautiful Sunday,

Namaste!

„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

Ayurvedic Inspired Holistic Summer Recipes

An important topic of Ayurvedic lifestyle is food and nutrition. When it comes to summer, we will feel an increase of Pitta Dosha and can balance here with a specific diet.

In summer it is okay to eat more raw leafy greens to keep Pitta cool and this is also a wonderful side effect to balance Kapha. Light and cool vegetables balance Pitta and Kapha. As it is hot outside, we will not cool out that quickly and can even eat with our Vata dosha more refreshing dishes!

Find also my SOS heatwave tips and hacks here: http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/25/ayurveda-sos-guide-to-stay-cool-during-the-heat-wave/http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/25/ayurveda-sos-guide-to-stay-cool-during-the-heat-wave/

My Ayuredic summer diet is also Acid/Alkaline balancing – People with a Kapha-Pitta Dosha can also benefit from the recipes I am going to share with you today. I am inspired by plantbased, highcarb, lowfat recipes, which are perfect for summer and Kapha and Pitta friendly!

The recipes are plantbased, gluten-free and have zero oil, less spices and you can find the Ayurvedic tastes for every recipe at the end of the instructions!

I will please your taste buds today with:

  • A delicious and cooling coconut bowl recipe
  • A healthy and grounding potato salad recipe
  • A creamy low fat pasta recipe to feed your soul

I hope you will enjoy every single one of my recipes! I am actually eating them a lot! 🙂

Ayurvedic Meal Plan – High Carb Low Fat inspired

Breakfast

“When life gives you a coconut…make a bowl out of it!“ – Bowl

Refreshing, nourishing and pretty!

Please have this bowl not as the first thing in the morning. Start with a warm fennel tea a half hour before you eat it! Some say coconut joghurt is joghurt and can´t be eaten with fruits, others say it is also a fruit and can be eaten mixed with other fruits. I go very well with my sensitive digestion with coconut joghurt and fruits – try and see how your body is feeling about it! 😊 I think when we don´t eat a bowl like this every morning, we will be fine!

Ingredients:

1 cup of Coconut Joghurt, room temperature

1 ripe peach, cut in pieces

½ banana, cut in slices

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tbsp blueberries

1 tbsp strawberries

1 tbsp gluten free muesli

1 tsp cashews

1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl and mix with your coconut joghurt
  2. Cut the peach into peaces and mix under the coconut – banana mix
  3. Slice the banana and then just top everything on your bowl – I always start with the banana slices, go on with the other fruits and sprinkle muesli, cashews, chias at the end over everything!

Pro-Tip: Peaches are Vata pacifying but aggravate Kapha and Pitta. You could replace here with apricot (Kapha and Vata) and Strawberries instead of peaches (Pitta).

You can also skip the banana and cashews when your Kapha is aggravated a lot. 😊

Do you still need a morning routine? Find my article about how-to here: http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/30/kick-start-your-day-with-an-ayurvedic-morning-routine/http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/30/kick-start-your-day-with-an-ayurvedic-morning-routine/

Lunch

„Potato salad kissed by Mayocado”

Potatoes and Avocado are helpful for losing weight!

Ingredients:

„Potato Salad“

2 big potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced

1 small red onion, diced

2 stalks of green spring onion, diced

2 stalks of green cellery, diced

„Clean Mayocado“

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 tsp dijon mustard

¼ tsp himalayan salt

½ tsp maple syrup

1 tsp fresh or dried dill, minced

1 tsp lemon juice

1 pinch black pepper

½ cup water

Instructions:

  1. Chop your potatoes into cubes and place in a medium sized bowl. Chop the onion, the cellery and the green spring onions and mix with your potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Peep the Avocado and pull it into another bowl. Mash with a fork until creamy. Mix with mustard, lemon juice, salt, maple syrup, dill and add black pepper and a bit water into your mixture. It should be a creamy consictence which can coat your potatoes evenly.
  3. Mix everything together and top with green spring onions if wanted.

I served black bean patties to it which is also awesome when you have a bbq with your friends! I also love to just have leafy greens underneath the potato salad – so we can feed our taste buds with bitter and astringent!

Pro-Tip: Use warm potatoes and serve also the salad with lukewarm potatoes.

What is Ayurvedic about this recipe? We have here all six tastes according to Ayurveda included:

Sweet – maple syrup, avocado, onion

Sour – lemon

Salty – salt

Bitter – celery, dill

Pungent – celery, onion, dill, mustard

Astringent – potatoes

Dinner

„Soulfeeding Pasta“

Creaminess will let you melt away!

Ingredients:

Gluten-free Pasta of choice

1 cup of spinach, diced

1 red onion, diced

2 cups of cauliflower

2 garlic cloves

½ cup of soaked cashwes

1 tbsp of hemp seeds

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

½ tsp salt

1 pinch black pepper

A bit water

Instructions:

  1. Cook your cauliflower in a bowl or steam it, until soft. Chop in the meanwhile your spinach and onion, heat a bit water in a small pan and start to sautee the veggies. Set aside.
  2. Start boiling water for your noodles and mix all your sauce ingredients in a blender: the cauliflower, the garlic cloves, hemp seeds, cashews, yeast, lemon, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix until creamy. Place your noodles in a bowl and top with sauteed veggies, pour sauce over and mix well.
  4. Enjoy and don´t eat after 6 p.m.! 😉

What is Ayurvedic about this recipe? We have here all six tastes according to Ayurveda included:

Sweet – hemp seeds, cashews

Sour – spinach, yeast, lemon

Salty – spinach, salt

Bitter – spinach

Pungent – onion, garlic

Astringent – spinach

Takeaways:

  • Plantbased wholefoods are perfect to nourish our body, in summer we can help to stay cool with specific foods
  • Ayurveda recommends to eat 6 tastes with every meal – this is not even that hard as you can see!
  • During the Pitta season it is okay to eat raw fruits and cooling foods – important here is to find a balance to not aggrevate one specific Dosha a lot
  • Pitta and Kapha go well without any oil in their dishes – let yourself inspire by delicious SOS-free recipes
  • Start your morning always with warm water, eat never too cold and make the experience that this alone can help your mind-body-soul wellbeing a lot!

If you liked my recipes, let me know in the comment section, tag me in your pictures on Facebook and Insta!

Let´s start into a new week, get nourished and energized! Wishing you all the best!

Namaste!

Yours,

Krishnaprema

According to Ayurveda – a vegan diet can help to boost your health!

There is always a bit of a sceptical opinion when it comes to Ayurveda and vegan nutrition. But there is no point why Ayurveda and veganism shouldn´t be working together.

Ayurvedic nutrition is complex and a health care system. Ayurvedic nutrition is also very individual and holistic. The advice of Ayurvedic nutrition is mostly to skip fish, meat and eggs – because they are heavy to digest anyways. Cheese and sausages are also nothing any Ayurvedic nutrition plan would suggest.

But wait, what´s with all the animal based ingredients in ayurvedic recipes?

But milk, batter, honey and joghurt are part of many recipes and health care tipps. The traditional diet is here more vegetarian, but obvisously not vegan.

The vegan philosophy and ethics are perfectly fitting together with Ayurvedic nutrition. From a spiritual perspective, we have the topic of Ahimsa – which can be translated as a form of non-violence. The old vedic texts are saying that the killing of animals is giving the soul a dark shade and eating meat, fish and eggs is increasing negative emotions, thoughts, lazyness and attachment.

You might know this philosophy from your Yogateacher training or any Yoga book, which talks about the spiritual texts and basic philosophy.

Traditionally, Ayurveda got more a scientific point of view on diet and separates food in 12 different parts – even meat, fish, eggs and milk got kind of medical effects when we use them. But when it comes to illnesses and stress, there is always the suggestion to don´t eat any of those ingredients. Or to be clear – there is – depending on the kind of illness – the decision, if your diet is going to be vegetarian, mixed or vegan to heal. And – what I learned from Ayurveda over the years is for sure – there is no right or wrong, no black and white.

Many vegans are vegan for the animals. Ethical reasons are the main key here.

For vegan nutrition it would be important to eat enough plant-based healthy fats and proteins. Good oils, nuts and seeds, grains and legumes in any form should be on your daily plate. As you might know, Ayurveda uses specific herbs which will help to digest the legumes in an easy way and don´t leave you bloated. Cumin, Asafoetida and Himalayan Salt is a mix that works fine with lentils, beans and soy protein.

Vegan fast food is also just fast food according to Ayurveda. You want to eat fresh, healthy food to keep your spirit up high!

The best way to eat ayurvedic and vegan, is to eat on a regular basis lentil curries, rich soups with peas, fresh veggies and grains and add to your daily nutrition plan seasonal fruits, herbs, seeds and nuts. You should support your Agni, your digestive fire with foods which are easy for your body to assimilate, break down and absorb. That means you also have to look at your specific constitution! 😊

Tips for your Ayurvedic constitution and a vegan diet:

Vata

Vata peeps are often bloated from raw veggies and too many legumes. It will lead you to dry and rough skin, feeling exhausted and being bloated a lot. A good combination of healthy fats can help you to feel balanced – eat many nuts, sesame oil, try my coconut porridge and warming spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger. Vata Dosha peeps are mostly into a healthy holistic diet anyways, because it speaks to their qualities so much – which are sublte, dry and cold. Eating raw salads, drinking smoothies is increasing our ether energies, so we feel inspired, high vibing and spiritual.

Pitta

Pitta peeps have a grounded metabolism and can eat many grains, legumes and even cold and raw food and digest it well – especially according tot he other Doshas. A vegan diet can be very easy for this dosha when it is mainly based high carb and low fat, without many spicy dishes. Sour, spicy and meat are increasing the acidity of your digestion so much that it leads to irritated skin, infections of the nerves and even heartburn. Coconut can cool you down, also chickpeas, mungbeans and leafy greens will make you feel super balanced.

Kapha

Kapha peeps can also benefit from a vegan diet because they can easily reduce their fat intake. Animal based proteins are also causing the feeling of heavyness and increasing the mucus production – which is not supportive for this Dosha anyways. Veggies, spices and fruits who spice up your life and energy level are perfect! Ginger, pepper and eggplants or pineapples will help you to digest plant based proteins. Spices which are keeping your metabolism going like pepper and ginge rare perfect for you! Kapha Dosha can benefit a lot from a vegan diet, but also should avoid to eat raw foods too much.

As you can see, a vegan and ayurvedic diet are pretty compatible! It is a very young movement and there are many options not available yet but I am sure also ayurvedic-vegan products are increasing in the future. Today I just found one company which seels Chyavanprash vegan and without Ghee, so I decided to work on a nice recipe now for my own (and you for sure!) 😉

To keep it short here for you:

  • Ayurveda and veganism got a lot in common, also based on the ancient philosophy about „doing no harm.“
  • Ayurveda and veganism can be a huge benefit for some Dosha related characteristics.
  • Ayurveda and veganism are working great on your health, when you watch out for a balanced diet with healthy veggies, grains and fruits, also healthy fats.
  • Ayurveda and veganism are a younger movement and there is much to explore right now according to recipes and treatments.

I hope you have the best Sunday! Stay compassionate and humble! Namaste!

Vegan, healthy and happy for 18 years now!

Krishnaprema

Let´s talk about (conscious) Sex!

Erotic is all about energy! How is the principle of erotic and sex working from an Ayurvedic perspective? We will find out today!

Vitality, energy and charisma are qualities we call in Ayurveda “Ojas.” Ojas is our vitality; it is the most etheric metabolism product our organism is able to produce. It is no material we can grab, but it is also not intelligence in it´s purest form. It is what makes us vital, alive. It is the connection between body, mind and soul and the purest form of life energy.

And now ask yourself what makes a human attractive.

Isn´t it the vitality, energy and charisma we find hot?

Ojas as a product of our metabolism is deeply connected to our nutrition

But all that “feeds” us is food. Nice food, a hug, a compliment, or beautiful music, a sunrise we watch on a beach. Whatever we feed to our five senses – our metabolism will process that.

Agni is the principle that breaks down what we eat – the rice, the asparagus, the berries. When our Agni is working well, it will turn the food into subtle qualities. Food and what we feed our senses. In fact: when we eat the right food and our metabolism can work as it´s best, we will have all the Ojas!

Creativity, vitality, optimism and radiance are what people will see when they look at us and find attractive about us.

How is this attraction been created?

Our food will break down in seven Dhatus which are our bodily tissues:

Rasa (Plasma)

Rakta (Blood)

Mamsa (Muscles)

Meda (Fat)

Ashti (Bones)

Majja (Nervous system)

Shukra (Reproductive Tissue)

Shukra is the most subtle form of tissues we have in our body which can create Ojas itself. Let´s say you are high in Shukra – translated that means your libido is high, as well.

When you are a man, you will lose Shukra during the sexual act and ejaculation. The old Ayurvedic texts recommended drinking milk after sex, so that you can build up Shukra ASAP. Today the milk quality is poor so that we don´t recommend that. 😉

The Ayurvedic medicine will teach us that it is important to be sensitive with our Shukra, because it means vitality and influences our whole energy level. The idea of Tantra is to practice sex so conscious, that you don´t lose your Shukra during it.

Does that now mean you are not allowed to have lots of sex or even – no sex?!

It means that you should try to have a conscious way of sex and it depends also onto your Dosha!

Vata constitution is about a low libido, Pitta is about passionate libido, Kapha is high in libido. Kapha Dosha stands for strength, robustness and endurance. When it comes to the amount of sex, the ayurvedic texts recommend also noting age, the seasons and the climate. When it is hot in summer we shouldn´t have as much sex as in the winter season, where we build Shukra throughout vigorous food.

The principle of Brahmacharya, which many Yoga peeps should be familiar with, teaches us to avoid sex. But in Ayurveda it is one of 13 natural needs we have as humans. The avoiding of those needs or the excessive practice of them, are bringing our Doshas to imbalance. Which also means – it could lead to illness!

Finding your own “truth”

It should be our goal to find a balanced life and that can also be very unique. Ayurveda describes this philosophy with two words – Satmya (compatible) and Asatmya (intolerance). Satmya means translated through the old texts “My Truth.” Not everything is good for all people in the same amount!

We try to find out what is the best for us and our organism is going to tell us what is good and bad for us. All the disciplines like Yoga and Ayurveda are helping us towards this step.

Increasing your sexual attraction and libido

Is it even possible through Ayurveda to increase attraction and libido? Sure. The key is to have a conscious relationship with your vitality. Breaking the topic down, from an Ayurvedic perspective, that means:

  • Every kind of energy that you consume, like liquid, food, air, light, experiences can be transformed by Agni in Shukra (the magical life force) and Ojas (the bodily tissues) in the best possible way.
  • Take care of your Agni, eat for your Dosha constitution, eat nutritious, light and not too heavy food, don´t eat late in the day.
  • Everything that you feed your body with, should be “sattva” – the cleaner your food, your experiences, your music, your thoughts, the more Ojas your Agni can produce!
  • The more “tamas” you will consume, the more unhealthy stuff, less Ojas your Agni will rock!
  • Your attraction is your energetic radiance, the vitality and joy you send out there. When you are balanced, you can be truly yourself! And that´s also the secret to a fulfilled sexuality!

Ayurveda is the way about balancing our life in the best possible way, and as you can see it is not as complicated as some old texts may seem to in the first moment. Isn´t a more conscious way of sexuality a beautiful theory, to practice and integrate in our society? All is about performance and bringing the best results nowadays – what when we make a change here?

What are your thoughts on Ayurveda and Yoga and Sex? Let us know in the comments!

Read you hopefully next week and wishing you the best possible day! Namaste!

Monday Motivation Meditation

Find here my first video of a guided meditation! This meditation is for beginners and will help you to start reflected and inspired into your new week!

Grab a pillow or folded blanket, or a block and sit down with me for a few cycles of breath and setting an intention!

Cultivating a practice like this can help you to focus more on the important things in life and find joy and peace. Find better sleep, wake up more energized, concentrated and relaxed!

I had fun doing this and will do some more for sure! Exploring the possibilities of techniques and technology was fun! If you like my blog, I would love a subscription – visit us soon again and have a beautiful week ahead!

Namaste!