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ayurveda, raw, organic, vegetarian, vegan.

first impressions of omega

I have arrived, and it’s wonderful!

So far I have been doing lots of yoga, getting to know my fellow seasonal staff-ers, enjoyed a shamanic music experience, meditated, got settled in, learned about the mission and values of Omega, and of course had my first day of work.

The people here are lovely, there are many seasonal staff-ers, I believe there’s about 60 of us, and the people I have met are great and all seem to have an amazing story of why they are here, how they got here or goals in the future.

On arrival day the weather was beautiful and sunny, it was the perfect day to explore and acclimate to the surroundings. We are in the middle of beautiful nature, there is a large lake. Spring has just popped out here, the leaves on the trees are nearly filling the space, lots of the trees are in bloom and many plants are as well. Just walking around this place creates a calmness inside.

It will rain a lot here in the Hudson Valley, actually while I write this it’s raining out.

My work at Omega is supporting the faculty; hundreds of teachers come to Omega every year and the team that I work for supports the teachers in their every needs. Today was my first day of work and there is a lot of detail that goes into this particular position, it’s so much fun! I walk around with a walkie-talkie and I drive around on a golf-cart. Bliss.

The food is amazing, it is all farm to table, which means extremely fresh and healthy local produce! It’s great not having to cook, but having a delicious buffet meal three times a day. There’s kale, collards, brussels sprouts at every meal, there’s hummus, beans, there was kitchari, porridge, beets, there’s always a salad bar. The list goes on!

It’s interesting to see the balance between living in community, and Omega being a business. It’s very down to earth and serious as one would expect, but then there’s the community aspect to it which is a more laid-back and new-age lifestyle. In my opinion the best of both worlds. I think my background and experience is why I was placed in the department that I was placed in since I can understand the business aspect to it very much.

Last week I had taken my first Jivamukti class at Union Square in NYC, and this week I got to meet the co-founders! We got to ask them any questions we wanted to and it was so inspirational to hear them speak to us.

More later, including photos, it has been a little overwhelming so far so I haven’t popped out my camera much.

we love bacteria

It seems as though most people nowadays are terrified of bacteria. There are anti-bacterial plentitudes for sale in grocery stores and drug stores. Doctors are prescribing antibiotics much too frequently, often as a prevention, not even a cure. Cows are injected with antibiotics and hormones that in turn kill our good and bad bacteria in our bodily systems. This is not good.

Bacteria are a good thing, there is no need to use chemicals in your home to clear out the bacteria. The cleaning products themselves are much worse for you than the bacteria. People with allergies and asthma probably have ultra clean homes. There are a plentitude of harmless cleaning products out there, at your local organic grocery store, or you can use the magical combination of vinegar and (baking) soda to clean your home.

Good bacteria are important in our gut, we need them to help us digest our food. These bacteria are killed in your body by alcohol, processed foods, too much sugar, etc. You can add these bacteria back to your body by eating fermented foods such as (non-heated) sauerkraut, miso, apple cider vinegar, pickled anything, yoghurt, kefir, tempeh, and more. Organic variations are the best. Eating fermented foods after a meal does miracles for your digestion. No need to buy Activia or something like that, because they load their product with sugar which as stated before kills the bacteria. Also many of the prepacked sauerkrauts or miso have been heated (pasteurized) which kills the good bacteria, try and find some that are non-heated or make it yourself!

I refuse to take antibiotics, especially if it’s a preventative thing, I haven’t gotten sick because of refusing. Don’t listen to me and not take antibiotics, though, I don’t want anything to happen to you, I just want you to think a little for yourself and not take everything specialists say for granted. I just know that for me nothing bad has happened by not taking them after small surgeries.

Don’t be afraid of germs, they aren’t too bad. Also, I never get sick! If you eat a balanced diet without (too much) processed foods your body won’t get sick from the viruses going around during flu seasons. Also, you need to exercise of course. Don’t wash away the good bacteria from your skin, teeth, hands or be afraid of them as we are a team, our body works together with the bacteria in our process of digestion.