By Tina Paymaster, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner at Parsley Health
Ayurveda is a 5000 year old system of medicine that originated in India. It takes into account our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being and how they interact with each other.
What threads all of these layers together is the highest vibration energy – love, the most powerful of which is Divine Love. The other two are Romantic Love and Self Love.
Divine Love is something that always exists and it is the energy that heals all, yet because of physical or emotional trauma, high-stress jobs, unhealthy diet and lifestyle habits, we often lose touch with this connection.
Ayurveda teaches that the Divine exists in everything and everything exists in the Divine, so when we lose connection with the Divine, we are in essence losing connection with our true Self. This doesn’t mean that we are the same as the Divine, but rather that the Divine exists within us, in our heart. The heart is where consciousness meets matter, where the spiritual meets the physical.
Ayurvedic self-care practices are the ultimate way to foster more love, regain connection with Divine energy and create the right environment for health and happiness to grow. Among these practices, those that increase our consciousness are seen as the most important because it is our spiritual connection that most deeply impacts our physical body.
Imagine that instead of one physical body, you have five bodies, or Koshas. The innermost and most dense is your physical body or Annamayakosha . Just beyond that is your energetic body (Pranamayakosha), your emotional body (Manomayakosha), intuitive body (Gyanamayakosha) and then your spiritual body (Anandamayakosha).
It’s the energy of pure consciousness, or life force energy, that shines its light through each of these koshas beginning with the Anandamayakosha and that eventually translates to what we know as our physical body. If we are engaging in unhealthy and impure activities - eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, getting into negative relationships, etc., we end up polluting these koshas and end by the time the “light” gets to the physical body, it’s no longer healing, but harming. This is when disease manifests.
The conscious connection to source energy enables us to make choices that are good for us, which helps to promote perfect emotional and physical digestion. All of this aids in producing the life-giving essence known as Ojas. Ojas gives us our youthful glow, feelings of bliss, energy and longevity. Without it, we wouldn’t be alive. When we run out of ojas, we run out of life.
Incorporating daily meditation and pranayama is one of the most important things you can do to strengthen the physical and emotional heart so you can heal on a deep level.
Ready to learn more Ojas promoting practices? Join Ayurvedic Practitioner and Parsey Health coach, Tina Paymaster, at The Springs on February 12 for an in-depth discussion, “Ojas: The Nectar of Radiance & Love.” She’ll share many more daily practices that will help you feel healthier and happier all year long!