Sometimes. despite our best efforts & intentions, the universe has a different plan for us. That was how my morning went. I am suffering from my typical summer insomnia, so after a miserable night of tossing & turning, I peeled myself out of bed for Sunrise Yoga. Even though puffy eyed & groggy, I was looking forward to it. It is a special Friday morning treat that I only get to enjoy for a few more weeks. I hustled the dog on our morning walk, made a quick espresso, splashed some cool water on my face, put on my “snappy yoga tights” as my dear friend Seana calls them, & headed out the door. Key in the ignition & ding…low tire pressure light, which is fairly common with my car, so wasn’t concerned. Halfway down the block….ka-klunk, ka-klunk….oh dear. I pulled over & sure enough. Flat tire. 6:30 am. Why, universe, why? Moments like these I am grateful for my AAA membership, even though I use it maybe once every few years. Within 10 minutes, a kind man was sent to my rescue, changed out the flat for the spare, & I was on my way back home to wait for the tire shop to open.
Maybe the universe heard my tummy rumble on the way out the door, & the flat tire was a beckon back home to put something nourishing in my belly. I’ve really been enjoying this summer’s crop of berries & I’ve really been enjoying putting a bit of fresh ginger in my smoothies for a morning pick me up. Thus, the “Gingerberry Smoothie” was born. Not the prettiest of colors, as the mix of berries & kale tends to make for a muddy hue. I added a bit of plain coconut yogurt (this brand is the best!) for some creamy body, & a few sprigs of mint, just because.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ¼ cup plain coconut yogurt
- 1 cup mixed summer berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
- 1 large handful of chopped kale
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- A few sprigs of mint
- A drizzle of raw honey (or agave) for sweetness, if desired
- Put all ingredients into a high speed blender & blend until smooth
In other news, I am gearing of for my final weekend intensive for my Yoga Teacher Training. It’s been quite an experience, & a lot of work, hence my absence! This weekend I will be teaching my first 20 minute “class” to my teachers & fellow students. I really can’t believe I’ve made it this far. I had so much fear around teaching, even though I felt a calling to it. I really want to teach yoga & mindfulness to children & incorporate it into my work with children with autism. I’ve really anchored into that intention & it’s pretty amazing how a few connections & opportunities have materialized. It’s exciting when the universe seems to rise up to support you!