Rejuvenation at midlife is more than skin deep.
A fierce midlife happens when you know you are your own person. You are who you are, there is no comparison and no going back to a younger age. Ayurveda support the fierce midlife by offering rejuvenation or Rasayana within your daily routine.
Ayurvedic Rasayana is the process of infusing the body with ojas, tejas, and prana.
Ojas is a refined substance which provides lightness and brightness of being as well as longevity. Some of the function of ojas is to allow the individual to make clear wise choices which can differentiate between good and bad. Ojas helps provide immunity for the body and mind. Ojas is described as “juiciness factor”.
Tejas is a refined substance which provides energy, brightness and intelligence. Tejas provides the clarity and willpower for the individual to make act with discernment. “Brilliance factor” is another way to describe Tejas.
Prana is as refined substance and life force itself. It provides animation and health for all beings. Prana is closely related to breath.
Midlife for women
Midlife is a time when a woman can see that she has been depleted by time, obstructed by ama (toxins), aggravated by doshic imbalances and impaired agni (digestive capacity). Dinacharya and proper nutrition according to ayurvedic principles is the first step to rejuvenation for the midlife yogini.
As Angela Davis said in her speech at the Women’s March 1/21/17
“We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages.”
While she spoke to us as a society, the same is true for each of us as individuals. Our histories of experience, dietary practices and self care routines cannot be erased but can be transformed so that a meltdown of psyche or health doesn’t happen. In fact we can rejuvenate our cells and our minds to live the next phase of life in better health and more authentically than previous generations of women without the use of chemicals or medical intervention.
When can someone start Rasayana – Rejuvenation Treatments?
Ayurveda practices rejuvenation or Rasayana for everyone at any age, just about. It starts at age 10 and continues evolves and changes every ten years. By midlife, in ayurveda, rejuvenation practices are in full bloom.
Most of us look in the mirror and see wrinkles and start our rejuvenation practices of hyaluronic acid creams or get face lifts. We get on diet and exercise kicks. We will do just about anything including injecting botulism into our faces to reduce the signs of aging. A fierce midlife in our society often is based on external drastic actions to look and stay young.
The rejuvenation practices of Ayurveda start with the consideration of time and age on the body and an evaluation of Agni.
The word Agni is directly translated as the word fire. From an ayurvedic perspective agni is the digestive capacity. It is the transformative element in which the external world gets digested, absorbed and assimilated yielding nutrition knowledge and understanding.
Balanced Agni is when all experiences and foods are fully digested, absorbed and assimilated appropriately.
Midlife is when, we have accumulated many years of experience which have yet to be digested. Psychotherapy anyone? In our youth we made decisions that at midlife we are karmically the result of.
In summary, change happens not in the big events or big drastic changes but in the every day ordinary choices and habits. One important focus for rejuvenating the skin, energy and health is improving agni.
Action Items to support Agni:
Try these three things..
- Eat at the same time of the day, every day, well ok, within the same hour every day.
- Sit down and do nothing else other than eating during your meal. That includes talking texting and watching TV/Videos. You can have some soothing music.
- Rub your feet at night with sesame oil or any other doshic appropriate oil for a good night sleep.
Do this for a week. Tell me if you feel better and have more energy. A fierce midlife is waiting for you to take action.