A few months ago I wrote about incorporating a new ingredient into your repertoire. What better time to revisit this concept than January, I say!
In the last few months I’ve been experimenting with chia and at the same time experimenting with bringing headstand and forearm stand back into my yoga practice – a little sprinkle here and there. You may have a yoga pose that you tried once, twice or many times, that has fallen out of your regular practice. Or perhaps you have a pose that you’ve always wanted to try but aren’t quite sure you’re able to. Well, this month it’s time to take the plunge!
Take a moment to think of that elusive pose you’d like to work on, then make a commitment to yourself to make slight modifications in your practice to accommodate that pose. Every little opening of the body is reaching that goal, no matter how long it takes to actually get into the shape.
I’ve been making an effort to do dolphin pose instead of downward dog and warrior pose with cactus arms to gradually ready my body for my goal pose of forearm stand. In the kitchen, I’ve been adding a tablespoon of chia into my baked oatmeal or a smoothie, experimenting with the texture and flavor of chia.
To help you along your way, try this Chia Smoothie recipe. One thing to note about chia is that it raises energy levels, which makes it a good substitute for coffee and not so great to ingest at night.
Yoga teacher & kitchen advocate
1 tbsp chia seeds
200 ml coconut milk
1 cup frozen fruit
In a blender, combine all ingredients in a blender. With blender running, drizzle in water and blend until smooth and desired consistency is reached.
Other suggestions: Use any frozen fruit you like. Try avocado instead of banana. Add more chia and a little cocoa powder to make chocolate pudding.