Feel Well With Yoga and Tea

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A significant benefit of tea after a workout is that it helps to hydrate the body. Tea also reduces inflammation and re-boosts your metabolism.

Here are some types of teas and their health benefits:

Cardamom – Improves skin and strengthens hair, fights free radicals

Chai – Kidney, Lymph and vision enhancers, helps coughs, reduces motion sickness and pain, relieves sciatica and weather-related coldness, mood elevator

Chamomile – Relaxes muscles, lowers stress, sleep aid

Chrysanthemum – Immunity booster, increases alertness

Cinnamon – Aids digestion and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), promotes weight loss, helps reduce belly fat, supports blood circulation, improves alertness and memory, freshens breath, may help lower insulin resistance

Ginger – Aids digestion and can reduce nausea, soothes sore throats

Green – Reduce heart attack risk*, lowers LDL cholesterol, may boost weight loss, improves dental health, may prevent bone loss

Hibiscus – Diuretic for water retention and helps stabilise blood pressure

Jasmine – lowers risk of heart attack, relieves muscle aches, reduces stress, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol, helps eliminate harmful bacteria, pain reliever

Lavender – Soothing aroma, promotes relaxation, reduces stress and pain

Lemon-verbena – Energises and aids digestion

Mint – Aids digestion, helps rid the body of toxins

Rooibos – Lowers stress and enhances skin

Rosehip – Immunity booster

Traditional Yogi Tea combined with yoga for women

In 1969, a well-liked and inspirational teacher, Yogi Bhajan, shared healthy living tips for mind/body wellness and taught his students about the benefits of Indian herbs. He served a fragrant, soothing tea during his classes, and his students affectionately named it, “Yogi Tea.”

Yogi Tea Recipe
(one serving)
10 ounces water (about 1 1/3 cups)
3 whole cloves
4 green cracked cardamom pods
4 whole black peppercorns
2 slices fresh ginger root
½ stick cinnamon
¼ teaspoon black tea
½ cup milk (or milk substitute)

Bring water to the boil and gently add spices. Cover and boil for 15-20 minutes, then add black tea. Remove from stove and let it settle for 3-5 minutes. Add milk and return to heat. Bring up to a boil then carefully remove from the heat and strain into a cup. Add honey if sweetness is desired.

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