Happy November folks! What's that you say? November is half over? Well crap! The past couple months have included some big changes for me, so that might be why I'm a little behind. I started my second year of Ayurveda training up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my day job ended, and I decided to start teaching yoga and studying Ayurveda full time. I'm also starting my internship as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, if the other things weren't enough.
This Fall, I have felt scared, frustrated, and exhausted, but also grateful, excited, in love with my life, and hopeful for the future. Yoga and Ayurveda are my spark, they make me light up, and you might know that already if you have asked me about them since it's hard to shut me up once I get started. In an effort to share what I love so much, I am going to start posting recipes, tips, and more on this page. I hope you'll find these tools helpful!
So what is Ayurveda? It's a 5,000 year old holistic system of health from India and sister science to yoga. Ayurveda promotes wellness by bringing the body and mind back into balance by following the rhythms of nature. Oftentimes, in our present day multi-tasking, non-stop, busy is better society, where we are trained to ignore these natural cycles and the wisdom of the body, we can easily get depleted.
Ojas is what gives us strength and vitality according to Ayurveda and manifests as all functions that preserve the body linking it to the immune system in modern medicine. Each weekend after our training we are reminded to protect our ojas, meaning treating ourselves with compassion, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy, whole foods diet, and managing stress with practices such as meditation.
Supporting your ojas means a stronger immune system and during the holiday season it's a great time to make sure we're taking care of ourselves as things tend to get a bit hectic. For now, try to take a little time each day to protect your ojas by meditating, cooking some wholesome food, going to bed a little earlier, or even trying some yoga nidra. Better yet, make yourself an ojas date shake! These babies are delicious and decadent. The first time I made this I couldn't believe I'd lived 30 years without one and licked the glass clean. Dates, ghee, and milk are some of the most nourishing and ojas rich foods in Ayurveda, so drink up. I hope you enjoy and remember protect your ojas!
Ojas Date Shake
4 - 5 dates
1 C whole organic milk or almond milk
1 Tbsp melted ghee (optional)
1 pinch, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Bring milk to boil and turn off heat once it foams. Let the milk cool until it's comfortable to the touch and put into blender. Add spices, ghee, and vanilla and blend until dates are blended in. Serve warm in the winter.