Yoga, Dinner and A Movie

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Episode 10

The Little Princess: India Green Gems Spinach Patties: Reach For The Sun Simple Stretch

The Little Princess

Sara is her father’s Little Princess in this classic heartwarming tale of a delightful girl who must go to live in a boarding house, while her father is called to the war in Africa circa the late 1800’s. Sara’s grown up in her beloved colonial India, with it’s wonderful spices, colorful clothing, magic, lush greenery and a truly enchanted life. It’s difficult for her to be away from India, but being away from her father is worse. Sara’s cheerful attitude, however, is inviolate as she is determined to make the best of things. She soon makes friends with one of the servant girls, which is not allowed and not too long afterwards runs afoul when the “alpha girl” on the scene decides there isn’t room for the two of them. Next door in the other huge mansion is a kindly old gentleman who’s son is also off to war. He’s got an Indian servant named Ram Dass with whom Sara begins a kinship. It isn’t long before tragedy strikes and Sara hears of her father’s death in the war and the loss of all of his assets. Sara must become a servant and live in the dark, cold, roof leaking attic with Becky, the servant girl. Always in a positive mood, on a particularly cold night when both girls are sent to bed without dinner, Sara conjures up a dream breakfast and beautiful clothing and décor like she had in India. When the girls awaken, the dream has become real with some magic help from Ram Dass, who has managed to carry beautiful furnishings and food to decorate the room while the girls sleep, across a very high, narrow beam. The headmistress is not happy when she sees all of this and a dangerous pursuit to capture Sara and have her arrested ensues. While escaping across the dangerous beam to the safety of the home of the kindly old gentleman next door, she discovers her father, not dead, but having only amnesia, having been taken in at the behest of Ram Dass. The old magic of India has worked again in this timeless classic that reminds us to keep the faith, to feather our nests to reflect our true inner heart longings and to be kind, above all else. Hungry after that daring-do? Let’s see what Bela’s got for a great snack.

India Green Gems Spinach Patties

8 oz. Frozen chopped spinach, drain out excess water

2 slices bread, crust removed, cut into small pieces

1 cup breadcrumbs, flavored

1 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon red pepper powder

2-3 Tablespoons oil for frying

Pinch of Salt

1 egg, beaten. (for a Vegan substitute, use ¼ cup soft tofu and ½ cup chick pea flour or

Other Vegan binder)

In a skillet, heat the oil. Fry the bread pieces until light brown. Break into small pieces.

Add the spinach and spices. Continue frying until the spinach is dry. Let it cool

Add the egg or the Vegan alternatives to the Spinach

Add the bread pieces and form into patties (this makes about 12-14).

Roll patties in the breadcrumbs and fry until golden.

Sara’s Reach For The Sun Simple Stretch

This is almost exactly what Sara would do when she threw open the window from her room to let in the air, sunlight and even the snow. Sara embraced all that was free and beautiful and you can do, with this simple invigorating, hopeful, body aligning stretch.

Stand with feet about 6 inches apart, hand relaxed at your sides.

Stretch your arms wide and upwards from your sides as you inhale through your nose,

Bringing your hands up, over your head as if to touch the sun. Hands are 6 inches apart.

Exhale, arms remaining in position as you continue to breath, stretching more and more until you feel that you have stretched your spine as much as possible.

On the last exhalation, also exhaling through your nose, return your arms back down to your sides. Once is enough to invigorate the spine, lungs and to align the hips, shoulders and spine.

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Author, Speaker and Visionary, Acharya Sri Khadi Madama is the recipient of the Jewel of India Award, in New Delhi in 2009. You may visit her website at

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