Chair Yoga: Restoration for the Lower Back
Rejuvenate and release tension with this chair yoga sequence.
According to Hindu traditions, many of the functions of our bodies and minds are governed by the seven energy points in the body known as the chakras. When our chakras are open and nourished, we feel energized and balanced. Blocked or depleted chakras, however, lead to imbalances that can make us sluggish, anxious, or temperamental.
[Read: “7 Affirmations to Balance Your Chakras.”]
Each chakra is associated with a different color on the visible light spectrum and is strengthened by consuming that color with our physical senses. The sacral chakra is associated with the color orange, meaning that visualizing or wearing this color can help balance the energies within it.
Cooking and consuming orange foods takes this a step further, reaping the spiritual benefits of pumpkin and other similarly colored favorites.
If you’re feeling burned out, restricted, uninspired, or struggling with emotional or sexual intimacy, your sacral chakra may need some love. Located just below the navel, the sacral chakra is associated with creativity, sensuality and sexuality, emotions, femininity, and synergy with oneself.
[Read: “Strengthen Your Relationships through the Chakras.”]
Consuming orange foods is a fantastic way to feed the sacral chakra—both literally and symbolically. Orange and deep yellow foods contain high levels of lycopene, vitamins A and C, potassium, and vitamin K. All of these nutrients powerfully support the immune system and other key functions of the body—such as circulation—to help restore vitality, which is key to opening the sacral chakra.
Traditional ingredients like carrots, coconut, and raisins are blended with wholesome oats and nuts to turn this comforting dessert into an indulgent treat healthy enough to have for breakfast.
*Choose a neutral-tasting butter such as almond or sunflower seed for best taste. Unless you’re a peanut butter fiend—then, go for it!
Mangoes are an underrated fruit. Sweet and tart at once, they blend beautifully with Greek yogurt to create a velvety-rich mixture perfect for freezing into gourmet popsicles.
This vintage-style pudding combines the classic flavor and velvety texture of pumpkin with hearty grains to craft a rich dessert that will warm you from the inside out.
Crushed walnuts or pecans (optional)**
*Oat and almond milk are favorites in this, but any will work.
**Alternative add-ins include nut or seed butter, coconut flakes, or chocolate chips!
Nature offers us so many delicious orangey-yellow fruits, why choose just one? This thick, creamy smoothie brings together a handful of tropical flavors that taste like paradise in a glass.
*If you want to substitute a different kind of milk, choose a plant-based variety. Dairy milk may cause discomfort if consumed in large quantities with acidic fruits like these.
Sticking with orange, discover 5 beautiful ways to use pumpkin for skin.
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