Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie

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Today’s Sunday Sutra is all about the Throat Chakra, or Vishuddha, the center of communication and self-expression in our bodies. While the throat chakra is, funnily enough, located at the throat, the bodily sense associated with this chakra is hearing. I think this is fascinating.

Backing up a step…. the chakras were first clearly delineated in the Hevajra, a Buddhist text originating in the late 8th century. Since then they have become a central concept in yogic teachings. In my first post of this series, I explained how chakras are energy centers within our bodies, starting from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, governing various types of needs and characteristics we exhibit. I likened them to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, to which they bear uncanny similarities. (Yet we accept one as psychological canon, and the other as “New Age” nonsense. But I digress).

How interesting is it that the sense associated with the throat chakra – the source of self-expression and communication – is hearing? What does that say about the type of energy we need to keep this chakra in balance?

This also calls to mind the current state of politics here in the U.S. It seems that every day, someone says something that’s absolutely uncalled for, or just plain morally wrong. This is a sign of hyperactivity in these individuals’ throat chakras – they’re so busy speaking and espousing their own view of the world, that they’re not taking any time to really hear. Think of how many of the world’s problems could be solved (or at least lessened) if we just took the time to hear each other more. And I’m not talking about just listening – really and truly hearing, not only words, but truth from the heart. What if politicians stopped saying the first thing that comes to their minds about refugees, and actually heard their stories? Heard the struggles of a nation stricken with war, of a life defined by terror and fear, of families whose only goal is their children’s survival? Maybe then they’d realize that we’re not all that different. Every parent wants the best for their children, no matter race, nationality, religion, or belief.

If you take anything away from this post, I hope it is the knowledge of the power of hearing. Just writing this, I feel motivated to really hear others without the constant dialogue in my own mind. Really focusing on the other person, and hearing their truth from their heart. I hope this inspires you as well.

Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie | Well and Full | #vegan #yogaSunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie | Well and Full | #vegan #yoga

Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie | Well and Full | #vegan #yoga

Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie

Balance your Vishuddha with this vibrantly blue Throat Chakra smoothie, made with blueberries and spirulina.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 Smoothies



  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Spirulina
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blackberries
  • 2 Cups Plant Milk

Optional Toppings

  • Bee Pollen
  • Chia Seeds


  • Add all ingredients into the blender and blend on high until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie | Well and Full | #vegan #yoga

Quotes of the Day:

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

Ernest Hemingway

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

Stephen R. Covey

18 responses to “Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie”

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine Avatar

    Wow, stunning deep color! Blueberries have always been my favorite fruit for smoothies!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks girl! :D

  2. Ursula @ Avatar

    Uhhhh, impressive color! I have to try it for this reason alone ;-) Is the Spirulina very important or can I just skip it?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Spirulina gives this smoothie its deep blue color! But it’s not super critical to the taste :)

  3. Amy | Lemon and Coconut Avatar

    5 stars
    Yes it’s so so true, we all have such trouble hearing, and it is that internal dialogue that blocks us, we must try to hear each other, to recognise what is going on, or we are not living in reality at all and we are all alone.

    I have always had strong sensation in my throat and hate anyone to touch it, do you think that is a throat chakra blockage? And I have a lot of ear problems. I think I do find it hard to express myself and to be heard. It’s very interesting, there is just so much to learn! Thanks Sarah. Stunning smoothie and photos too xx

    1. Sarah Avatar

      It’s funny you ask that because there’s a young woman in my yoga teacher training who has the exact same problem – she feels like her throat is constricted, and she has a hard time letting her voice be heard. The former may be a physical manifestation of the latter. My recommendation would be to meditate on why you find it hard to express yourself – then work to find a way to combat whatever it is that’s holding you back! :) Just remember that you have EVERY RIGHT to have your voice be heard, and that your opinion is valuable :) :)

      1. Sarah Avatar
  4. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health Avatar

    the second quote is so true and im guilty of that most of the time. thank you for the reminder..and the color of this smoothie is just amazing!!!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Dixya! :)

  5. Maya | Spice + Sprout Avatar

    I love reading your thoughts Sarah! This post was such a great thing to read before staring my day, thank you :) I have only ever had spirulina in capsule form, but maybe I should try out the powdered form so I can start to add it into smoothies!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind note, Maya! I’m glad you liked reading it :) And yes you should definitely try spirulina, it’s so good for you! :)

  6. Donice Gilliland Avatar
    Donice Gilliland

    I really want to try this! What are the granules garnishing the top of the smoothie in your photos? And where can I get spirulina?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      The granules are bee pollen! And you can get spirulina from Whole Foods or from Amazon!

  7. Jodi Avatar

    hearing their truth from their heart. – This is everything, Sarah. I’m such a sucker for good quotes too and boy did this post deliver. I believe that hearing and listening are two different things, we hear so many things in a day, but rarely do we ever stop to really listen – to hear with intention. I’m loving this series so much, yoga is a big part of my winter life and lately it has become so much more than just the physical movements to me. Thank you for sharing, lovely as always x

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you so much Jodi, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post :) You’re absolutely right – hearing and listening are two completely different things. And I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been incorporating yoga into your life! It’s so wonderful and healing! Ahh I wish I could come visit so we could do yoga together, lady! :D

  8. Gena Avatar

    5 stars
    I love how you’ve been incorporating the idea of the chakras and sutras into your posts, Sarah. I’ve absolutely had clients express the throat tightness and its connection to self-expression — and what a beautiful idea to help heal and release through food!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you Gena! And that’s really interesting how you’ve had clients with the sensation of throat tightness coupled with difficulties in self-expression… it’s funny how things we traditionally consider to be purely “mental” or “emotional” can manifest themselves in the body!

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