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
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
Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts)
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.
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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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
· 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
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!
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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.
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!
When it comes to Ayurvedic treatments, many people are a bit lost in all those terms in a foreign language. Before their busy minds are even open to read a flyer so far, they decide to book a classic massage. I will try to break down some amazing Ayurvedic bodywork treatments the next weeks and also tell you about their benefits and why they are something you should experience at least once a lifetime!
One of those „you have to do this once a lifetime“ treatments, and also highlights of my Ayurvedic Health Coach training, was this sacred and effective healing technique, called Shirodhara, which is best placed right after an Abhyanga massage (which is a full body massage).
Ayurvedic bodywork related to traditional Wellness treatments
Ayurvedic bodywork offers us a great and powerful tool to bring our body, mind, and soul back in balance. Traditional massages, like the well- known Swedish Wellness massages are working also onto a level of relaxation, but more on a physical level.
Ayurvedic treatments are different on that point – they have a massive impact on multiple layers of our body. They have already a long history of emotional – well being, soul connecting elements as well, as physical health benefits like moving lymphatic fluids, helping to release tension in the muscles, releasing toxins – but also helping to open the third eye center, the center of your intuition.
Deep relaxation and outer body experience
The first time I had a Shirodhara, I was spaced out completely! I forgot about the time, about location, about my thoughts. Yes – exactly – my Vata mind was able to shut down completely. I never experienced such a deep relaxation before this treatment in my whole life. Many customers of mine experience similar things and are surprised about the highly effective way to find balance. I literally felt like a monkey in space, but a very satisfied one!
Relaxation is sometimes hard for beginners…
In many relaxation techniques of Yoga and meditation, the first times are crucial to many beginners and people who are highly stressed. The overwhelming day to day lives of so many people with hours of screen time, busy scheduling and problems are giving them a hard time to shut down their minds. They feel often encouraged after trying Pranayama, meditation or Yoga Nidra – because of course – their mind is still noisy and wandering at the beginning.
People which are burnt out and can´t even make the connection to themselves, or even have a negative mindset like „I can´t relax twenty minutes of doing nothing“ are best treated first with a full body massage and a Shirodhara experience.
The direct effect of relaxation kicking in is going to open a new mindset for them towards Yoga and other relaxation techniques. Because sometimes you just need some successful moment to start something new and healthy. Like „Oh wait, I can also relax!“ That they can´t ever relax is something many people believe when they first show up at my practice.
Benefits of Shirodhara:
Shirodhara is also part of any Panchakarma detox program and got many benefits!
At a Shirodhara treatment, a steady flow of warm oil is poured onto your forehead between your eyebrows, which is known as the „Third Eye Centre.“ You might know this from some Wellness catalogs. This practice is not just a „fancy Wellness technique,“ it also can awaken your intuitive self and activate the third eye center.
More benefits are:
Treatments at imbalances like headaches and migraines, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
It can improve your sleep quality, balance your Vata in the best possible way, relaxes your whole nervous system and improve even your cognitive abilities.
This is not just something which can help many people with chronical struggles like migraine, this is also an amazing first step into a more conscious lifestyle. Yoga teachers, health coaches, and meditation teachers can help their clients with Ayurvedic bodywork.
For example – You have a nice client who is highly successful in his or her job but comes to you to find peace and relaxation. But this person is so stressed out and out of balance, that he or she is already telling you after the second session, how hard it is to change their lifestyle, even when they know it would be better for them.
A tip for visiting an Ayurvedic health coach, doctor or center and getting treatment could motivate them to stay your client and want to work with you! Sometimes people just need a little step in the right direction to start a more healthy and conscious life.
And I think as health coaches, Yoga teachers, and mindful people, we want that as many people as possible make the experience to live their best life and find relaxation and happiness. Even better when the little step is such a sacred and wonderful life-changing treatment like Shirodhara!
Let´s dive next week deeper into Abhyanga massages! I booked my next Abhyanga and Shirodhara for the first week in September and will share this experience for sure with you! Hope you enjoyed this little insight and also inspiration if you work with clients!
Have the most beautiful week, from my heart to yours,
Today I want to share a project with a good cause! It is about women´s and children´s rights and is originated in India, the home country of Yoga and Ayurveda.
The team of
project KRISH believes in a social change, in education for every child and is
on the way to make the world a better place.
They get free education, meals and skill training
established a village in Nandgaon, named “Braj Gopika Vidhyamandal.” Here have
young, underprivileged girls the opportunity to get free education, meals and
also skill training to get more confident and get a chance to improve who they
are and what they want to be. In India it is still very common to send female
children to work or marry them early away. Also there is often no school around
which they could go to – especially in rural areas of the country.
Education should be accessible to every child
believes that education should be accessible to every child because it can be
such a big help to uplift families and communities to get out of a circle of
poverty. It creates more chances for everyone when children are educated!
also an elevating effect out of child labor, childhood marriage, prenatal
deaths, sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation – by proper education social
issues like that can be avoided.
Confidence, self-esteem and finding themselves
The possibility of skill training is helpful to develop women´s self-esteem and grow confidence. The girls have the possibility to train every Saturday with volunteers from an underprivileged background to find their talents and skills by making new experiences. They also build up a sense of pride within themselves and culture by trying martial arts, mehndi, cooking classes, drawing, handcrafting, singing, playing musical instruments and more. They also learn Yoga and the Orissa dance, drama playing.
I make a wish….
If I had a birthday wish for this year, I would wish that as many people as possible donate to this project and help all the girls who deserve education and a better life. I decided to provide regularly donation based Yoga classes to send there some money. I also want to grow my business so that I can provide more help to awesome projects like that!
The day I decided to stop damaging my body through drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and change my lifestyle was a no-brainer.
For sure I had to choose a path where I can wake up in the morning and
feel rested, balanced and happy.
For sure I had to choose health, well-being and less stress caused by stupid decisions and drama.
I was on a very dark side and had all the effects an unhealthy lifestyle could bring – dizziness, sickness over and over again; sleep deprivation, hair loss and an unhealthy skin.
After starting a Yoga teacher training I began to see clear – and after a while, a path of sustainable health made the most sense for me. I was vegan already forever on that point of my life – but you can also live an unhealthy vegan life as you might know! During my YTT I have made the connection with plant based wholefoods and after a while I felt awesome on a SOS-free high carb vegan diet.
I started to practice Yoga regularly, later daily. I worked out a bit to strengthen my body. It had a huge effect on my mind, body and soul.
Why am I telling you that? Because I made a choice. And you can also
make choices. Every day of your life you can decide in which direction you want
to evolve. Choose the path for a life you desire and you feel awesome with.
You are here on earth for a special experience. Choose a positive
mindset. Choose a happy you. Break cycles which obviously don´t make you feel
Step out there. And shine. If I can, you can do as well. Commit to your Dharma. I believe in you! 💫🙌🏼
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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!
We are super excited and honored to Feature This week Angela Glaz on “From Ayurveda With Love!” Angela is a radiant and joyful Yogateacher, Ayurvedic Counselor and The Founder and studio Owner from “Eka Yoga” in Seattle, WA. How to win the Online Consultation you will find at the end of this interview!
Angela got such a bright smile that brightens up every grey and cloudy day in Seattle! Meet her on her way, let her inspire you and learn more about EKA Yoga in Seattle, the way of an Ayurvedic counselor and why a daily routine is so helpful!
From Ayurveda With Love means compassion
and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate
My Dharma is to help people understand, love, and appreciate what makes them unique, through Yoga and Ayurveda, so that they can live their best life.
Tell us where do you come from, what
you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?
I am originally from the Midwestern region of
the US, but have been living in Seattle (the West Coast) for about the last 10
years. This year, I’m refining my business, meaning I’m setting myself up to
spend more time doing new and exciting things, relaxing, and hanging out with
my family. Fall of 2019, I am planning on heading to France, which has been a
Where do you
I own a yoga studio (Seattle) and an online
platform, Eka Yoga, that is dedicated to reconnecting Yoga and Ayurveda through
education and inspiration.
What do you know about
Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?
I know quite a bit! I have been studying
Ayurveda for nearly 10 years and it is a huge part of my everyday life and
What are your thoughts
I love it! Through the ancient wisdom of both
Ayurveda and Yoga, I healed my own body and mind. I am continually amazed how
it is able to transform lives.
Do you know which Dosha
I am Vata dominant, with a big dose of Kapha.
How does your perfect
morning routine looks like?
I love my morning routine! I normally leave my house around 5:45 am every morning to teach, so I do get up quite early to get everything in, but it’s well worth it.
– Wake up
– Tongue Scrape
– Drink warm water with lemon
– Oil pull
– Bathe while oil pulling
– Spit out oil and then brush teeth.
– Meditate or journal for 10-15 minutes. There
are days where this is only 2-3 minutes, but I make sure it always happens. J
How do you integrate
Ayurveda into your day to day life?
Both my morning routine and evening routine are
heavily focused around Ayurvedic daily habits. As of right now, in the evening,
I only practice dry brushing and Abhyanga about once a week, but I do massage
my feet with oil every night to promote a good night of sleep.
As for food, I enjoy cooking, so I normally make
most of my meals fresh. Being Vata dominant, my belly does way better with
cooked vegetables that are heavily spiced.
I also, of course, practice yoga daily.
Sometimes I go to a class; sometimes my practice is just my dog and me in the
Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would
like to try but never had the chance?
Yes… I have not yet done a full and proper Panchakarma session. I would love to go away to a serene location and be fully guided through the practice
Are you into Yoga or practicing it?
Yes and yes. I have been practicing for about 15 years and teaching for a little over 10 years.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Living a joyful and abundant life with my husband and kids (no kids yet), somewhere a bit more sunny than Seattle. I see myself running my business online so that I am able to help more people feel like the best version of them!
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
I always feel the need to justify what I am
doing to ensure people know that everything I do has been thought out and with
good intentions. I have a fear of being judged and not liked, which has, many
times, put me in my own way. It’s silly some of the things we think, believe,
Anyway… I am aware of it and I have asked my
husband to call me out whenever I do it
to break the habit. Often, I don’t even realize I am doing it. Eeek!
How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?
I fell into it. It started with gym yoga, which I absolutely
hated the first time I did it, as I am not athletic or coordinated and it
forced me to be alone with my thoughts. Quick back-story: I was diagnosed with
depression around the age of 7 and had a challenging upbringing, by the time I
hit college and took this yoga class; I was a pretty angry and bitter human
being. The only reason I went back was
because I bought a pass and I was determined to get my money’s worth. After a couple months of yoga, I noticed that
my insomnia was lessening and my lower back didn’t hurt as much, so I kept
going. Long story short, I met a yoga
professor who introduced me to more of the spiritual side of yoga, and it blew
my mind! Shortly after, I decided to head to India to further my studies. In
India, I was introduced to Ayurveda, which was probably my key moment. There, I
realized how much Yoga and Ayurveda were changing me physically, mentally, and
emotionally, and thought, “If I can do this, anyone can.”
How important is meditation to you?
always a part of my practice because I felt like I couldn’t do it. However,
after opening my own business I realized I could, I had to, and I could do it
anywhere. Meditation is what keeps me grounded and helps me flow with ease and
grace through each day.
What is your philosophy and spiritual path?
Be kind to your self,
others, and the planet. If you can do that, we all win!
What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?
I started doing talk
therapy. Between running a business, managing staff, all of my yoga students,
and Ayurvedic clients, I realized that I take in a LOT of input, feelings, and
emotions each day with no real outlet. I
see a therapist monthly to literally just talk it out. This allows me to
release all that I absorbed over the month, resolve any internal conflicts I’m
battling with and also be more present with my clients and students.
Who has been your greatest influence?
I’m Vata, I can’t just
choose one! Most recently, I’ve been reading everything Deepak Chopra, and
feeling very inspired and connected to his message.
What is your greatest strength?
I’m inviting. I like making people feel safe and welcome,
whether it’s in their own body, a physical space, or on social media.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
The usual… Yoga,
meditation, and most importantly, breathing. Breath work is amazing because you
can do it anywhere and at any time. When I know that I have a busy or stressful
period of time coming up, I will also take Ashwagandha daily to help combat
that fight or flight response.
What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?
I love daily walks
with my pup, nightly oil foot massages, and a weekly face mask/reading session.
Are you into Wellness?
What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?
I am definitely on
board with the Zero Waste Movement and I do try to reduce my waste. I’m lucky
to live in a city that has banned plastic bags and is huge on composting, so it
makes it pretty easy to get started.
Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also an “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?
It has to be the Vata
in me because I never run out of ideas. I’m not sure where it actually comes
from. Sometimes I get an idea by someone I saw walking down the street. (“Is
laughing.”) The hardest part for me is sitting down long enough to make them
into something real and tangible.
I really love the
opportunity to create anything in any way shape or form. I do draw or doodle as
another form of mindfulness and meditation.
Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?
Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share with us?
“Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less,
love more; and all good things are yours.” – Swedish Proverb
Wasn´t that inspiring and uplifting?
If you ever have the chance to show up at EKA yoga in Seattle, do it and say hi to Angela! I will definitely stop by there next week when I am in Seattle. But let´s get real now! Win an online Consultation with her to find out more about your Dosha!
How can you participate?
Follow Angela on Instagram: @ayurvedicangela and @eka_yoga_ayurveda