Ojas — The Internal Antidote to Aging

It has been said that the whole of ayurveda is aimed at maximizing the production and maintenance of ojas.

A healthy, glowing face and a brightly-burning light in the eyes — the glow of radiant health — is something that is universally appealing and desirable. According to Maharishi Ayurveda this radiance and luster around the body is called ojas. Optimum ojas is the key to perfect health, balanced and blissful emotions, and even the unfolding of inner spiritual development. Ojas promotes longevity and is an internally generated antidote to aging, according to Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf. It is the product of perfectly functioning digestion and metabolism. A high amount of ojas means everything we eat is transformed into toxin-free energy, creating a vibrantly alert and blissful state of mind and emotions.

Ojas is described in Maharishi Ayurveda as the most refined and subtle essence of the physical body. It is too refined to be seen under a microscope; not quite pure consciousness nor concrete physical matter. It acts as the lamp at the door, between both worlds. It creates bala, or strength in the body, promoting immunity to all diseases and infection. When ojas flows unobstructed in the channels of the body, it creates vibrant health and enhances inner bliss.

A major obstacle to the production and flow of ojas in the body is ama, or toxins. Ama is the product of weak digestion and metabolism; stress and fatigue are also contributing factors. Ama is the complete opposite of ojas. It clogs and creates blockages in the body's microcirculatory channels, obstructing the cells' perfect communication and connectivity that takes place in the intercellular gap — blocking the flow of ojas.

The best way to eliminate ama is to visit the Maharishi Ayurveda health spa, The Raj, in Maharishi Vedic City, IA.

At The Raj, trained ayurvedic experts can detect the amounts of ama and ojas in the pulse and give recommendations for, and administer treatments for, the reduction of ama and the increase and maintenance of ojas. This spa also sells Maharishi Ayurveda herbs which are recommended by the Vedic health experts according to individualized needs for increasing ojas.

Some simple ways to increase ojas include: daily abhyanga (oil self-massage) and bath — so spend time and attention on these; a diet full of fresh, organic, and sattvic foods that are easy to digest and full of nature's intelligence — the fresher the better; ghee, milk, almonds, raw honey, and oranges are especially ojas-promoting; finally, a well-rested nervous system resulting from a good Vedic routine, which includes proper sleep habits. When ojas is fully enlivened, your mental and physical stress and strain, the basis for sickness and suffering, are eliminated, and you are destined to live a long life free of disease. It is the basis of good health, and it is the goal of all treatments and therapies of Maharishi Ayurveda to enhance ojas. Ojas is characterized by health, happiness, bliss, lightness, immunity and overall strength in the body.

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