Do you ever wonder why some people seem to get sick all the time, yet others can live with ease through cold and flu season without even a sniffle? It’s all about ojas, which is our vitality.
Ojas is both energy and represented as an actual substance in our bodies (the ancient texts say it is a yellow liquid that is produced in the heart and reproductive organs). With its cool, soft and stable qualities, ojas is responsible not just for immunity, but for spiritual unity, bliss, reproductive function and overall vitality. It creates the luster in our eyes and hair, and gives us the unctuousness that is a sure sign of health. In other words, the amount of ojas we have determines how we are able to use the energy available to us.
By Rachel Saum
Since my stay at Hale Pule as a volunteer on Durga Farms, I have restructured many of the ways that I cook and eat my meals. The practices I learned have brought me back to a conscious awareness that the nourishment that I put in my body is sacred. With food at the core of my health, daily routines and so many social and cultural events, it’s no surprise that even a few small changes have impacted my life so greatly. Through the use of these practices, I have moved toward a healthier relationship with food – overeating less, savoring flavors more and tuning into my body’s signals to boost health and vitality.
Here’s what has changed about my meals since I left Hale Pule:
If you’re looking for a way to bring some new flavors to your meals, spoon on some Ayurvedic sauces.
We’ve created three simple Ayurvedic recipes for sauces that are a great addition to your plate. Our basil pesto, parsley wasabi and tahini honey sauces are crowd-pleasers that will make your delicious meals even better.
By Stephanie Stillman
When I first learned of Yoga I thought it was only about physical poses and chanting an “Om” every so often. So it may be surprising that the Yoga practice I can’t live without has nothing to do with touching my toes or going upside down. It has everything to do with ahimsa, the practice of gentle kindness.
By Lisa Akesson
We all know the feeling after a long day at work. Whether you work sitting at a desk or with physical labor, the mind as well as the body is affected. Your thoughts are spinning, and it can seem impossible to sit down and meditate to quiet the mind. There are many techniques you can use, but here are a few of my favorite routines.
Our breath is prana, life force. The simple act of breathing is what brings many people to a Yoga asana practice, and breath is also what will deepen your practice so you can experience the essence of true Yoga.
The diaphragm, located just beneath the lungs and ribcage, is an important muscle to keep strong and flexible if you want to improve your breath and, by extension, the flow of prana throughout your body. Loosening the tension in your diaphragm caused by stress and modern living will promote deeper, more even breaths. With greater control over the breath, you can exercise greater control over your mind. This will bring you closer to what Yoga is about – union between body, mind and spirit.
I founded Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga for a simple reason: to spread the light of these powerful sciences so more people can step into the lives they are meant to live.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the next phase in this journey: the launch of our 400-hour Ayurvedic health counselor certification program.
Our goal with this program is to introduce more people into the beauty of Ayurveda by training Ayurvedic counselors to understand the deeper concepts of this beautiful science in a clear and simple manner – the way it was intended. Graduates of the program will be equipped with the skills they need to work with clients who are ready to take a step up in their lives.
By Judith Michaels Safford
I've had two visits to the emergency room in 75 years. One was at three years old with a threat of appendicitis (it turned out to be constipation and indigestion). The second visit was dehydration from flu. In spite of a sugar addiction, numerous weird diets and seven pregnancies, life has blessed me with good health.
“No matter where I am in the world, I can find my truth and center.” Q&A with a Hale Pule Yoga teacher training graduate.
In this post, we talk to Sondra Hamilton, a graduate of Hale Pule’s 200-hour Yoga teacher training. She shares with us the difference Yoga has made in her life and the profound changes she has gone through as a result of attending a teacher training.
HP: What initially attracted you to Yoga?
SH: I was initially attracted to Yoga when I was a server and had a clear awareness that I was not breathing the whole shift. I had tried several vinyasa flow classes and it just was not clicking. I was about to give up on attending classes when one Christmas morning I attended a Forrest Yoga class. The teacher started the class by going through all the chakras and meditation. That was the moment it clicked for me.