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Education > Ojas is a Sanskrit Word for "Vigor".

Ojas is a Sanskrit Word for "Vigor".

Have you ever noticed that lovers, saints, babies, yogis, and
mothers-to-be give off a similar radiance? Their skin is glowing;
they’re smiling; they’ve got that trademark sparkle in their eyes.
They’re beaming with vitality–literally. According to ayurveda, vibrant
individuals have ample amounts of ojas, one of the three vital essences
that promote health, creativity, well-being, and spiritual strength.
Ojas is the juice of life, the pure essence of all bodily tissue, and a
source of happiness and immunity.

Ancient ayurvedic texts say that if you have healthy ojas, you can
live happily for a hundred years. But if your ojas is depleted, you
become vulnerable to aging, illness, and even premature death.

Ojas is a Sanskrit word which literally means "vigor". According to the principles of Ayurveda,
it is the essential energy of the body which can be equated with the
"fluid of life". Those who practice Ayurveda say that Ojas is the sap
of one's life energy which, when sufficient, is equated with immunity and, when deficient, results in weakness, fatigue and ultimately disease. Soma, a drink used for religious purposes, is supposed to be related in some way.

Ojas is both the gateway and the container. It is the gateway
between consciousness and physiology, between spiritual and material.
As the subtlest physical, it is a container. It contains the flow of
cosmic energy (Prana) from Atman through the individual.

Ojas is the first material expression of consciousness. It is both
manifest and unmanifest. It pervades the body, has a yellowish-red
color, looks like ghee, smells like puffed rice, tastes like honey. It
is similar to balanced Kapha; only not as heavy.

Ojas is Primal vigor. Ojas is the subtle energy of water, the
stored-up vital reserve, the basis for physical and mental strength and
endurance. It is to Vata, Pitta, Kapha, as Samhita is to rishi, devata, and chhandas.
It holds the body together. It allows the body-mind’s balanced
functioning. Ojas is responsible for maintaining contentment, luster,
strength, and health. It is the main factor responsible for immunity.

Ojas is produced at every stage of digestion and is the finest end
product of digestion. As such, it is the essence of the body tissues

There are 5 factors which increase Ojas: behavioral Rasayanas, devotion (Bhakti Yoga), medicinal Rasayanas (includes Ojas increasing foods), fresh, wholesome diet, 5 ways to eliminate Ama.
There are 7 factors which hamper the flow of transformation of the Dhatus causing Ojas to be less or imbalanced: excessive injury/harm to the
body; excessive loss of substance; overexertion; excessive anger;
excessive grief; excessive thinking, worry, anxiety; excessive hunger.

(in other words...STRESS! ana)
Most of us could use an extra dose of ojas. Here are five tips to help you feel refreshed and radiant.

Eat Ojas-Friendly Foods
Fresh, whole foods that have been ripened by the sun contain the most
vitalizing energy. Avoid overprocessed, refined foods, alcohol, and
stimulants, and incorporate these ojas-rich foods into your diet

Fruits: avocados, apples, bananas, dates, figs, apricots.
Vegetables: leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, alfalfa sprouts, okra,
sweet potatoes, yams, rhubarb, spinach, turnips, watercress, zucchini.
Grains: amaranth, basmati rice, oatmeal, whole wheat.
Legumes: mung dal, soy beans, soy milk, tofu.
Dairy: goat cheese, cottage cheese, fresh yogurt, ghee (clarified butter).
Nuts: almonds, Brazil nuts, black walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts.

Drink Almond Milk
Soak 10 almonds overnight in water. In the morning, remove the skins.
Place the almonds in a blender with one cup of warm milk, a pinch of
cardamom powder, a pinch of freshly ground black pepper, and one
teaspoon of honey. Blend for five minutes on high speed–and enjoy.
Because almonds, milk, and honey are super-rich in ojas, this drink
will nourish and energize you.

Nurture Yourself
If you commit to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, you’ll begin to
feel more vibrant in no time. Why? Because stress depletes ojas, while
relaxation replenishes it. Here are a few ayurvedic lifestyle tips: Get
regular exercise (but don’t overdo it); go to bed on time, get about
eight hours of sleep, and wake up on time every day; nourish your
senses with nature and the arts; think positive; spend time with loved
ones; and avoid multi-tasking, sensory overload, excessive sex, chronic
stress, harsh winds, and extreme temperatures.

Practice Yoga & Meditation
You can boost your vitality by practicing asana, pranayama, and
meditation on a regular basis. If you’re new to meditation, try working
with the So Hum mantra.

Close your eyes and breathe deeply for several
minutes. Then, focusing your attention at the third eye, mentally say
the word “so” on an inhalation and mentally say the word “hum” on an

Continue repeating this mantra in coordination with your
breath for at least five minutes. This meditation will build ojas and
uplift your spirits.

Massage Yourself
Each night before you go to bed, rub a few ounces of warm, organic,
unrefined oil all over your body with special attention to the ears,
nostrils, and other orifices. Then take a warm bath and scrub your body
with natural soap. This nourishing routine will make your muscles melt,
and you’ll sleep like a baby. If you know your prakriti (constitution),
you can choose an oil accordingly, or take a dosha test at, and then follow the instructions below:

For Vata: use a warm, heavy oil such as sesame, almond, or bhringaraj.
For Pitta: use a cooling or neutral oil like olive, sunflower, coconut, or ghee.
For Kapha: use a light oil such as mustard, flaxseed, or safflower.

World-renowned ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, is
the founder of the Ayurvedic Institute ( in Albuquerque,
New Mexico, and the author of numerous books.

 By Vasant Lad, Yoga+

Supercharge Me! Natural Energy Boosters

posted on June 24, 2009 7:33 AM ()

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