Tea Recipe to Keep You Healthy!
My first yoga class was in 1998 at a place called Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas. A skinny man with a beard dressed in white clothes with a turban on his head had us do strange chanting and fast breathing and other things like make faces like a lion and laugh spontaneously and then we all had to lay down while he played a gong for what seemed like a very long time.
I thought it was the weirdest thing ever.
Then, after is was all over, we were served a cup of the most amazing tea I had ever had. Seriously. It tasted SO good to me.
So I went back. And I went back again. And again. Because, although yoga was extremely unusual to my Southern upbringing, I sure did feel good after class and for the days afterwards. And that tea! How could I pass up that tea?
That was my introduction to yoga; it was kundalini yoga. My first teacher was Mehtab (aka Michael), and his classes were quite magical. And that tea is known as Yogi Tea (or chai), and it’s a recipe passed on from the famed Yogi Bhajan.
I still practice Kundalini yoga, and I don’t think it’s weird at all any more, just awesome. I now live in my home state of Alabama, and I take the occasional kundalini class here at the various yoga studios around town that happen to offer it. Recently I was in Akasha’s class at Birmingham Yoga, and he reminded us of the awesome benefits of yogi tea and suggested we make it ourselves.
Wow. Why haven’t I thought of that?
So at New Year’s, a friend and I went to the store seeking out the ingredients, and I now drink this wonderful tea in the comfort of my own home just about every morning. Because it’s just so darn good!
AND, I have not gotten the flu. I swear, I think this tea may be the best cold/sick preventer out there. Be gone, flu. Be gone, flu-shots-that-get-us-sick-anyway!
So drink up, friends!
Here’s the recipe courtesy of Birmingham Yoga!
30 whole Green Cardamon pods
30 whole Black Peppercorns
1 inch or more of fresh Ginger, thinly sliced
5 sticks Cinnamon
1 teabag, Black Tea ( leave out if sensitive to caffeine or planning to drink at night)
*Milk and Honey/Maple syrup to taste or Almond Milk.
- Bring water to boil.
- Add all spices except black tea bag. Boil 30 -45 min. If you want to make it stronger boil longer and add more water as needed.
- At the end add black tea bag and boil another 5 min.
**The black tea is added last because it amalgamates the spices and sort of seals them. Also the tannins help assimilate the spices into the body.
- Add milk & sweetener to an individual cup as you require. This will allow you to store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and sweeteners as you like.
- If you go cup by cup, you can leave the raw tea on the stove on the lowest flame to enjoy all day.