• This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte Mix May Be Your New Favorite Ritual
    • Food and Cooking
    • November 30, 2021
    This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte Mix May Be Your New Favorite Ritual

    Meet your new favorite ritual—this Ashwagandha Latte Mix is made with mindfully sourced ingredients, packed with herbal adaptogens, easy to make, and oh so good.

  • How to Create a Morning Routine for Vibrant Energy
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • May 22, 2020
    How to Create a Morning Routine for Vibrant Energy

    A morning routine is practically synonymous with Ayurveda, the science of life. Read this article to learn how to develop a morning routine that works for you.

  • Cultivating Ojas with Ayurveda
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • January 29, 2020
    Cultivating Ojas with Ayurveda

    In the Ayurvedic tradition, ojas has everything to do with immunity.  Because it is the superfine essence of kapha, it shares desirable qualities of this dosha, such as strength, nourishment, steadiness.

  • 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda
    • Health and Wellness
    • October 19, 2018
    7 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda

    Finding the delicate balance between what fuels you and what depletes you is essential for sustaining energy, yet this is something that can take a lifetime to learn. Investing time and self-study into better understanding those details is important, and there are some basic principles within Ayurveda that can help. Just as the three Ayurvedic constitutions are often interested in different activities, each dosha also has a varying capacity for sustaining and expressing both physical and mental energy. 

  • 5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 06, 2018
    5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day

    The majority of us are overbooked and over-committed, which as a result, has left us feeling stressed, unhealthy, and not quite like ourselves. When we find ourselves deep into this storyline and ready to take action, we often prioritize the what over the when, thinking a cleanse and more yoga should do the trick. But as your parents knew all along, routine is what keeps you on track.

  • Lemon Moringa Latte Recipe: A Caffeine-Free Energy Boost
    • All Recipes
    • April 30, 2018
    Lemon Moringa Latte Recipe: A Caffeine-Free Energy Boost

    This moringa latte makes a delightful morning drink, and can also be a great midday pick-me-up that won’t leave you with the lingering effects of caffeine.

  • Moringa Oleifera—A Superfood for All Ages
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • March 29, 2018
    Moringa Oleifera—A Superfood for All Ages

    Moringa oleifera often makes headlines thanks to its superb nutritious content. Rightly so—it truly is a superfood. Its leaves are particularly nutritious.

  • Sesame Vitality Shake: A Nourishing Drink for the Change of Seasons
    • All Recipes
    • March 02, 2018
    Sesame Vitality Shake: A Nourishing Drink for the Change of Seasons

    Sesame seeds are a commonly used Ayurvedic ingredient. The whole seeds are often added to food and the oil is prized for abhyanga and other treatments. But there’s one more way that you can enjoy this versatile food as medicine: in a soothing and delicious Sesame Vitality Shake.

  • 4 Things You Can Do for Adrenal Fatigue
    • Endocrine System
    • August 24, 2017
    4 Things You Can Do for Adrenal Fatigue

    Adrenal fatigue can be categorized as an imbalance of vata, pitta, or both. Usually overdoing (pitta tendency) and over-stimulating the senses (vata tendency) lead to an overload that our sensitive systems will need to digest.

  • Energy Burnout Is Affecting Your Hormones
    • Endocrine System
    • August 23, 2017
    Energy Burnout Is Affecting Your Hormones

    From an Ayurvedic perspective, energy burnout is a case of pitta-overload or an accumulation of a hot, sharp, fiery type of energy. While pitta imbalances can be seen in many forms, like inflammation, skin conditions, or blood conditions, the changes it causes in our endocrine system can be most threatening to our well-being.

  • The Deeper Causes of Fatigue
    • Health and Wellness
    • August 03, 2017
    The Deeper Causes of Fatigue

    When we tire, the first message is from our body, a warning that we must rest and restore. When we become chronically fatigued, the message is from a deeper source. We are being told to change our ways.

  • The Key to High Energy & Fighting Fatigue
    • Vitality
    • April 21, 2016
    The Key to High Energy & Fighting Fatigue

    Our energy level is reflective of our health and vitality. Sometimes, the cause of low energy can be found through investigation of dietary and lifestyle habits.

Vitality

When you close your eyes and envision what it means to be in perfect health, what comes to mind? Very likely, you may see yourself enjoying an abundance of energy, experiencing freedom from physical discomfort, and exuding a natural radiance or inner glow.

For many of us, we associate health with a capacity to feel vibrantly alive—moving through our days with a feeling of joy, vigor, and strength. In essence, we tend to think of optimal health as a state of physical, mental, and emotional vitality.

As a holistic approach to health, Ayurveda is very much in line with this vision of overall wellness that includes the many layers of our being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It promotes strong physical health and immunity, but also extends to mental and emotional wellness, balanced energy levels, and a sense of inner vibrancy.

Ayurveda even extends beyond the individual experience to consider the health of one’s natural environment and community, recognizing that we are a part of nature, and our own vitality is dependent upon the greater web of life of which we are a part.

So what does vitality mean from an Ayurvedic perspective? With this picture of energy, vibrancy, and glowing inner radiance in your mind’s eye, let us introduce you to the concept of ojas!

Ojas is essentially the body’s vital reserve of energy and has everything to do with vitality and robust immunity. It can be thought of as a honey-like sap of life that gives us our healthy, youthful “juiciness.” When ojas is strong, it acts like a shield of protection that helps us ward off stress, pathogens, and imbalance.

Along with energy and immunity, ojas is also closely related to reproductive health, as well as our hormones and cerebrospinal fluid. While it can be difficult to conceptualize, ojas is vitally important to our physical health, as well as our ability to feel contentment and satisfaction in life.

So if you’re wondering how to get more energy and experience true vitality and health, tending to ojas is an excellent place to start. Being the ultrafine, subtle essence that it is, ojas can easily become diminished and dried up when we are overly busy, run down, or stressed. On the other hand, when cared for mindfully, ojas is the key to a healthy immune system and robust vitality.

Cultivating healthy ojas and moving towards the vitality we seek requires us to slow down and give ourselves ample time for nourishment, rest, and self-care. Ojas is intricately linked to the Ayurvedic practice of rasayana, or rejuvenation, and thrives from nurturing practices such as abhyanga, healthy sleep, meditation, and spending time in nature.

Ojas can also be boosted by enjoying a nourishing and nutritious diet and incorporating Ayurvedic herbs for energy. These blog articles cover all things ojas, energy, nourishment, and rejuvenation to guide you towards your most brilliant, energized, and deeply resourced state of vitality and overall health.

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