Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic health system that promotes optimal healing to navigate life. Ayurveda doesn’t simply tell you what kinds of foods to eat or what daily practices will strengthen your mental health. Ayurveda takes it a step further and works with people on all levels, supporting the interrelationship between consciousness, body and mind.
In Ayurveda, there are many self-care practices that help to promote your well-being, including your ability to handle and adapt to stress. Ojas, or the subtle essence of all vital fluids, is that which gives your mind contentment, immune and nervous system strength and nourishes your spirit with gratitude and happiness. The more you build up your ojas bank account, the more help you have to resist stress and adapt to life’s changes. Ojas is your rain coat to protect you from the storms of life.
Healing with Ayurveda centers on building ojas through proper sleep, proper digestion and proper use of sexual energy, or brahmacharya. These 3 Pillars of Life help you to live in a way that both promote and protect ojas. So, want to make a deposit into your Ojas bank account? Here are 3 simple tips for balancing your body, mind and spirit during COVID-19:
1. Treat yourself to an oil massage. Abhyanga is one of the most mindful ways to promote self-care and self-love. Nourishing your body with warm oil before showering helps to fill yourself up with your own love and amplify ojas. However, it is important to note that it’s best not to oil if you are congested, have excess fluid or phlegm, or are experiencing diarrhea.
2. Wake up early, between 4 and 6am. Go to sleep by 10pm. Waking up before the sun allows for a quiet morning for meditation, contemplation and breathing exercises. Going to sleep by 10pm ensures proper rest, repair and proper digestion of experiences, emotions and food from earlier in your day. Tuning in to the natural, circadian rhythm of the world is one of the best ways to connect with your own true inner nature, build ojas and heal mind, body and spirit.
3. Make Lunch your largest meal! This might be my favorite Ayurvedic lifestyle tip for building ojas, strengthening digestion and balancing stress. The sun is at its peak from 12 to 1pm, and so is your agni, or digestive fire! By eating a larger lunch, you may find that you eat a smaller dinner. While food is energy and nourishment during the day, at night it tends to slow down your metabolism, resulting in weaker digestion and a drain on ojas.
Be Kind, Be Healthy, Be Ayurveda.
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