All posts tagged: ojas

Yagya – Communing with the Divine

Yagya, typically involving a fire ceremony but can also be something as simple as exercise or eating your meal, is the way in which we commune with nature’s intelligence to invoke an effect of greater purification, unity and love. Yagya is like the cosmic mobile phone. It is the way in which we summon the divine. We are communing. It is a communication procedure by which we are requesting an order. Everything in nature revolves around the principle of reciprocity. When we make a request (with intent) through consciousness, we are trigging a spontaneous phenomena of reciprocity. When we understand this principle and we incorporate agni (fire), agni becomes the transmuter, the purifier but also the deliverer of the message of the intent. Agni metabolises intent into manifestation. In Yagya, we offer that intent with things we hold precious to us such as ghee, sandalwood, turmeric, flowers and other various substances from the earth. These things which we are offering to the fire hold a very sattvic (pure) quality that when transmuted from its gross …

Honey – Nectar or Poison?

Honey, nature’s sweet nectar, was considered by the ancient Vedic sages as one of the most exceptional food items available to mankind. It constitutes unique medicinal properties par excellence. And all this certainly still prevails today, but only when used properly. In stark contrast, honey when heated is considered fatal and is classified as poison. Not only did ancient vedic sages clearly warn civilisations about this, but now modern science is proving ancient wisdom by confirming the toxicity of heated honey. I understand that these words condemning heated honey seem harsh, radical and perhaps rather shocking. But many sages (who are considered authentic authorities on the science of life that is Ayurveda) used these exact words for this topic. And by the way, this language was rarely used. I personally consider heated honey as the #1 Biggest Flaw in The Post Modern Era Diet. The Importance of Honey Honey is a medicine, not so much a food. Honey is only good in little quantities. This is “because of properties like difficult digestibility, dryness and astringency.”(1) …

Nature Deficit Disorder

Yep it’s actually a thing. This contemporary phenomenon, “Nature Deficit Disorder,” is slightly controversial in the medical industry in regards to it being recognised as a mental disorder. Richard Louv, an author who came up with this “phrase” has stated: “Nature-deficit disorder is not meant to be a medical diagnosis but rather to serve as a description of the human costs of alienation from the natural world.” And boy what health costs it can have… Youngers generations are being at risk of having a shorter lifespan. Behavioural problems are developing as well as Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and depression. Studies from the University of Illinois is showing a strong link to ADD, and recently studies in USA showed classrooms and other forms of education that used outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produced significant student gain in social studies, science, language, arts and math. Eye problems like myopia (short-sighted) due to lack of exposure to bright (natural outdoor) light are at jeopardy.(3,4). Childhood obesity is a growing problem and an influential cause of it is …

Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

There are two species of Banana’s – Musa acuminata (the common fruit) and Musa balbisiana (plantain or green banana that’s used as a vegetable). Additionally there are hybrids and offsprings, but they all stem from these 2 original wild species. I will share the Ayurvedic view of the common Banana fruit (Musa acuminata), known as “Kadali” in Sanskrit. The Benefits: “Banana cures obesity, kapha, diseases of the vagina, causes constipation, improves colour and destroys poisoning.” (Lodhradi Gana).(1) Banana is a good remedy for depression and a great replacement to snacking on chocolate as a comfort food. When depression is caused by quality of dryness, bananas actually grant courage and fortitude.- (This does not mean to indulge in Banana when feeling down, eat everything in moderation). It mitigates Pitta due to sweet taste, however if eaten in excess can increase pitta. It increases stomach acid – beneficial for those with too little acid. High in Potassium – Potassium levels are important for those whose sodium/salt intake is high and for nerves and muscles. High in Vitamin B6 – …

Bed-Time Golden Milk Tonic

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight. Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? If you are having trouble getting to sleep, waking up throughout the night, or any sleep disturbances, this Ayurvedic remedy will reduces your stress to allow you to switch off. Supersede the Stress Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases,(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones), do not decrease, rather, they keep us revved up throughout the night, and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down. Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%(2). The improvements of sleep are remarkable: Promotes deeper sleep (3) Supports more restorative sleep (3) Provides relaxation …

7 Ayurvedic Super Foods

According to modern science, food nutritionists, food industry leaders and dieticians, so called “superfoods” aren’t exactly “super.” Wikipedia describes that “Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits..” The European Union has even prohibited the marketing of products as “superfoods,” unless accompanied by a specific medical claim supported by credible scientific research.(1) Not particularly inspiring…so I will redefine the word from an Ayurvedic perspective. First of all, there is no need to exaggerate that foods are “super.” Whatever one uniquely needs will be their superfood. Additionally, everything is actually superfood if you know how to transform and use it. In general, for a food to be “super” it must: 1.Promote ‘Sattva’ – Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic …

Tulsi (Holy Basil) – The Queen of Herbs

Described as the most holy plant on earth in the ancient Vedic texts, tulsi is still revered today as holier than holy. For millennia, tulsi has been grown for spiritual purposes in the backyards of most Indian homes. Its branches are carved into beads and worn to enhance spiritual progress. Its fragrance is used to purify temples and the leaves are used in sacred ceremonies to honour God and heighten one’s awareness. What is not commonly known about the Tulsi plant are its best kept secrets, it’s medicinal value. It’s beneficial properties were originally undiscovered because the plant was so sacred that people wouldn’t ingest it out of reverence and respect. In Ayurveda, this miraculous plant literally links and heals one’s body, mind and spirit. English name: Holy Basil Botanical name: Ocimum Sanctum Also known as: The Queen of Herbs Adaptogen to Stress Interestingly, tulsi is both spiritual and medicinal for the same reasons. Tulsi not only helps protect the body from the degenerative effects of stress, but it also repairs the body from its …