Ayurveda, Ojas and Okinawa

Okinawa - Ayurveda - Longevity

(or how to increase your energy level by increasing your Ojas 🙂 )

One of the most striking impressions Okinawa leaves to its visitors, is the vitality of the older population. You see them everywhere, walking, riding their bicycles, working in the yard, mingling with children, fending for themselves and their community, while having a permanent smile on their glowing face. 🙂

In Ayurveda this is a book picture, of healthy ojas! Ojas, according to Ayurveda, is that vital essence of our body, that which gives us vigor.

This video features an introduction to Ojas, while taking you around some of Okinawa’s visual gems. You will see:

  • Maeda Flats – Awesome scuba diving location
  • Kouri Island – Great paddleboarding spot
  • Yaka Beach – A taste of rural Okinawa
  • Cafe Curcuma – Great Thai food and breathtaking ocean views
  • Mermaid’s Grotto – Another scuba diving gem
  • Last but not least! Our adopted Okinawan Grandma 🙂

Ojas is not something that can be touched or precisely measured. Ojas is felt, perceived, experienced. Ojas is physical, mental and emotional strength, stamina and resilience. Ojas is physical, mental and emotional immunity. Ojas is the result of really respecting this life and being grateful for it.

Hiking Maeda Flats – Rough Terrain

Ojas is something we are born with and something we can develop. The prerequisite for healthy ojas is a healthy digestive fire, a healthy agni. Fortunately, a healthy digestive fire or agni, is something we have full control over. We can choose what we put in our body and in our mind. Yes, it is called food for thought for a reason. 🙂

Paddleboarding Kouri Island

Ayurveda says that there are specific foods and specific practices that are highly conducive to strengthening our digestive fire, our agni. Interestingly enough, some of these practices are completely free, such as walking outside during daylight for at least 20 minutes a day, preferably without sunglasses and engaging in some sort of regular body – weight training or physical activity.

Looks like the Okinawans have it all figured out!

Until next time much, much love from both of us! By the way, what else would you like to know about, in terms of Ayurveda? Let us know in the comment section below.

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