Smoothie + Stretch
The smoothie takes about a minute or so to blend. I am tempted to grab my phone and play a word game, or check Facebook but I'm reminded that this is an opportunity for me in the kitchen for movement, breath work or meditation. A minute or two is great for a slow stretch. I chose a simple side bending posture:
Side Bend/Half Moon
This pose resembles a crescent shaped moon; and is easily accessible from a standing position. This side-bending posture expands the intercostals (the muscles in the rib cage), engages the core and oblique muscles, improves circulation and provides energy throughout the body through the expansion of the stretch. It is suitable for yogis of all levels and is a great pose to begin warming up the body. Begin in an upright position, with the feet rooted into the ground. Draw both arms overhead, pinkies turning inward. Allow one arm to rest on the side of the body and the other arm to reach overhead and to the side, creating a “half moon” shape. Keep the feet grounded and the core engaged. Feeling the lengthening of the side body, hold here for several breaths, then repeat on the other side.
Benefits: Strengthens the thighs and abdominal areas.
Contraindications: Hip or spine injury.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
1 C. power greens (I keep mine in the freezer)
Heaping 1/2 C. frozen organic mixed berries
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder (I use Plant Fusion)
1 tsp. Amla powder (Indian gooseberry)
Toasted Coconut Almond Milk (I use Califa)
Put all ingredients in a blender. Start on low and then increase speed until you have the consistency you desire, about a minute.
Movement option: Use that minute or so to side bend (3x/3 full breaths on each side)