Ojas is our primal vigour or stamina. It is that which holds and sustains us physically, mentally and emotionally. It provides endurance, resistance and strength to ward of diseases. Ojas is also needed in order to maintain and circulate prana. When ojas is plentiful, our nervous system is strong, we have good immunity to disease, and we are stable and strong emotionally. We can cope with the ‘knocks’ in life and maintain our centre. When ojas is low or depleted, we not only feel exhausted and easily succumb to illness, we are emotionally vulnerable, our nervous system feels jangled (we jump at the slightest noise) and small things send us into distress.
Ojas can be used up by overwork, stress, psychological trauma (such as excessive stress or intense grief), physical trauma (such as a car accident) and vigorous exercise beyond our capacity (one of the reasons why Ayurveda and yoga teach us to exercise at only 50% of our capacity).
Practicing mindfulness supports the cultivation and containment of Ojas. Simplicity, space, depth, calm, focus on one thing at a time – these things naturally give rise the causes and conditions that promote Ojas formation.
Many of us today are ojas depleted! Yoga teachers, mothers, athletes, those who have been sick or are recovering from trauma-all need to cultivate ojas.
Over this one and a half days, Flo will explain the theory, and guide us through a variety of techniques which will aid us in letting go of mental tension and stress, leading us towards deep calm and inner stillness.