Ojas - the vital nectar of life

If we desire perfect health, it’s crucial to eliminate the ama (undigested food, toxic residue) stored in our body and focus on producing ojas, which is the essential life energy. Ojas means “vigor” in Sanskrit and  is the pure and subtle substance that’s extracted from food that has been completely digested. Ojas circulates throughout the tissues and heart, sustaining the physical self, bringing clarity to the mind and balancing the emotions. In short, when the body produces ojas, the highest nectar of life, we feel blissful, balanced and good.

To promote the creation and flow of ojas, we need a good diet focused on pure foods (along with the ahimsa, non-violence, principle of yoga), referred to as “sattvic” (pure and balanced) in Ayurveda. The body can easily digest sattvic food and extract its ojas or prime energy. The most sattvic foods include fresh organic vegetables, almonds, sesame, honey, rice, and fruits. It’s not necessary to eat these foods exclusively — just focus on having them on a regular basis.

Some foods are difficult if not impossible for the body to convert into ojas, including meat, poultry, fish, oily foods, cheese, leftovers, processed food, and items with an excess of sour or salty tastes. Food that has been canned, frozen, or reheated won’t produce as much ojas as freshly prepared meals – they are lacking prana. In addition, consuming alcohol and smoking cigarettes destroys ojas.

So what is it gonna be this weekend? Ojas enhancing foods and drinks? Why not give it a try and see how you feel…

Autor: Deddou Burkhard - founder & yoga teacher of UP YOGA

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