Today’s Sunday Sutra features a beautifully yellow, solar plexus stimulating smoothie. I almost didn’t post this recipe yet, because I’ve been trying to post my smoothies in sync with my yoga teacher training. We haven’t gotten to the solar plexus yet, but this smoothie is so bright and cheering that I couldn’t resist posting it!
In my most recent yoga teacher training class, we covered the sacral chakra (Svadhisthana), the source of reproductive and creative energy. Our teacher for the day was actually a British woman who specializes in holistic therapies, quantum biofeedback, and Ayurvedic medicine. She moved to the States in the 80’s with her American husband, but still has this wonderfully beautiful British accent that just lent the whole class this aura of calmness. Her class was absolutely amazing – because the sacral chakra is the source of reproductive energy, and as we were all women in the class, we talked about what it means to be a woman in this day and age. It was an incredibly intelligent and informed discussion between women of all walks of life. Then, at the end of the class, we listened to sacred chakra music and did a dance where we could let out our inner wild woman. We were all dancing, uninhibited, as if our bodies were meant to engage in this movement. It was magical.
But today’s Sunday Sutra concerns the solar plexus chakra, also known as the Manipura, which is the source of our digestive fire (agni) and our true sense of self. This chakra is located at the navel and can be opened with such poses as boat pose (paripurna navasana), bow pose (dhanurasana), and half lord of the fishes pose (ardha matsyendrasana).
Because this chakra is associated with digestion, it contains pineapple and papaya, two fruits that contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The smoothie also contains turmeric, which too can be used as a digestive aid. Plus, it gives this smoothie a beautifully yellow color that represents the Manipura chakra.
Sunday Sutra: Solar Plexus Chakra Smoothie
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Papaya
- 1 Cup Fresh Pineapple
- 1 Frozen Banana
- Pinch Turmeric
- Squeeze of a Satsuma Orange
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Song of the Day:
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
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