So much can be un-done on the Yoga mat. During those times in between however, when a painkiller seems the only solution, I urge you to try a protocol less extreme. Here are a few options.
Path (āyana) of essence (rasa)
walking the path of sacred wisdom.
an Ayurvedic concoction for longevity, radiance and health.
Herein are a couple of my current favourite Rasayana recipes for you today - inspired by the Autumn here in Switzerland, her sweeping cedar hues and green to golden change - these nourishing preparations are made with sustaining Ojas (longevity) in mind.
Autumn especially is a fabulous time of the year to embrace the potent potion making potential of yummy nourishing drinks.
But first, a little about Ojas; what is it and how to strengthen yours.
Contrary to common assumption, the Doshas that we know as Kapha, Pitta and Vata, are actually not seen in such positive light Ayurvedically so. Their tendancy to excess, implies the potential of disease. However each has a subtle counterpart known as Ojas, Tejas and Prana.
Ojas is the beneficial role of Kapha dosha and means strength.
Tejas is from Pitta dosha and the means radiance.
Prana is of Vata and eludes to the vital essence of life.
Together they work to encompass health within.
Back to Ojas
Ojas is heartiness, deep tissue health and resilience. It is the biological water humor, immunity and our mental emotional harmony and strength.
The equivalent of Ojas in Traditional Chinese Medicine is called Jing and both TCM and Ayurveda imply that we are born with a certain amount and it declines with the natural process of aging, yet can be preserved with appropriate life-stlye choices.
In a nutshell, Ojas is important and to Nourish your Strength (check out my upcoming workshop) is an important factor in bolstering mind-body-spirit health.
5 quick tips to Strengthen Ojas
Rest; take it easy. Don’t overdo yourself and make time to pause.
Nutrition; not to much, not too little. Ayurvedic, vegetarian preference. Fresh is best.
Devotion; have faith, practice forgiveness and patience. Handle pleasure and pain with equanimity.
Meditate; let the mind be witnessed for a bit and hang out with the witness. Bliss.
Time communing with nature; get out an be an Earthling, the other 4 tips will take care of themselves ;)
Now time for your Rasayana drink recipes !
The following Rasayana recipe is very good as a grounding pre-bedtime treat. Substitute the milk as you desire and the dates for honey if you are following a Kapha reducing program. As you gain familiarity with the spices, play around with the measures according to your taste.
SLEEPY TIME RASAYANA
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp Ghee
1/8 tsp Nutmeg (fresh ground is more effective in sleep supporting benefits)
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5 medjoule dates (optional for extra grounding) or honey if watching Kapha
pinch saffron (optional)
Warm your ingredients on the stove.
Transfer to a blender to blitz into a warm creamy whip.
Sip by candlelight and slip into a serene night time sleep.
Enjoy this mojo building pre-bedtime treat that will melt cravings and stress into deep restful dreams.
STRESS BUSTING AFTERNOON TEA
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water (or a pre brewed tea of choice - I like liquorice root at the moment)
1/4 teaspoon of your rejuvenating tonic herb of choice (*Ashwaganda or *Shatavari powder)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Crack of black pepper
1 crushed Cardamom pod (OR dip a toothpick into your doTERRA Cardamom essential oil and stir it into the finished drink)
Cook your ingredients on the stove
Strain and sweeten to taste
Enjoy as a warm, calming Autumn afternoon treat
*Although typically safe, please check with your local Ayurvedic practitioner for your own personal indication of use.
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Love and hearty Rasayana vibes,
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I digress... If you'd like to read a little more about my Essential Oil journey, find the blog post here.
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So. Thereupon consuming, digesting and assimilating all the necessary jargon, I let the mind stuff settle and went directly to the practice; using the oils in my day-to-day life.
It took me almost 6 months of sampling and trialling the products of the two major essential oil leaders, to make my choice and I must say it was a difficult choice as the quality of both companies is truly high !
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The entire first hour of that film touched all the pain points of being a mother. Having spent a good portion of time in India during my younger explorer days, I was transported, my present mind reeling with dismay, every cell in my being wailing - "But they are only little boys !!!"
This movie beautifully illuminates the abysmally dismal situation of extreme child exploitation that India maintains as a hideous stain.
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Faith. Belief. Hope.
To have hope is to hold in your heart the possibility of embodying the whole. Happiness is your birthright. Born wide eyed and full of soul, sometimes its necessary to be reminded of your invincible dynamic might.
The doTERRA Hope blend is a courageous concoction of cleansing Bergamot, innocence restoring Ylang Ylang and perspective shifting Frankincense; tickled by the steadying scent of vanilla in a base of fractionated coconut oil.
Apply this gorgeous blend directly from the roller bottle. It's fresh, playful and enlightening perfume comes in handy during times of trauma recall and despairing stress.
Be reminded of your nature as whole.
Our plant friends are wonderful ally's on this path and a little hope, goes a long way.
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