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Yogi Tea

Yogi Tea is a health-promoting beverage and a tonic for the whole body and is traditionally served for kundalini yogis at the end of class. Yogi Bhajan started this tradition. At “happy vibe yoga”, we serve this tea periodically, and enjoy a short time of fellowship after class as we sip. It strengthens the nervous system, energizes the body, clears the mind, and is both a remedy and preventive measure for colds, allergies, and other illnesses. Yogi Tea is best made a gallon  at a time. It can be stored in the refrigerator or even frozen. Simply heat  tea and add milk and honey when you're ready to drink it.
 
The spices are known in Ayurveda to help improve digestion, purify the blood, improve immune fitness, ward off intestinal parasites, and increase vitality. As the saying goes, "A cup a day keeps disease away..."
 

Here's the recipe:


 

·        one gallon of water

·        15 whole cloves

·        20 black peppercorns

·        3 sticks of cinnamon

·        20 whole cardamon pods (split the pods first)

·        8 ginger slices (1/4" thick, no need to peel)

·        1/2 teaspoon black tea leaves (we use decaf)

·        Milk optional  and Honey for sweetness if you enjoy

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a 3-4 quart pot. Add cloves and boil for one minute. Next, add cardamon, peppercorns, cinnamon, and fresh ginger root. Cover and low boil for at least 30 minutes. For best flavor, cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. In this case, I add 1 additional cup of water per hour to accommodate the reduction. When ready, remove from heat, add black tea and let cool. Strain tea. When ready to drink, add soy or dairy milk and sweeten to taste with honey or your favorite sweetener.

Another Fav Drink for Fall Kula:
Santokh's Spiced Cider
We enjoyed this warm drink at our last meditation and yoga classes before Christmas break. Here's the recipe:
In a large pot, combine 4 cups of local apple cider ( we like Ritter's), 4 cups of water, 1 container of frozen lemonade, 1 yogi tea bag or 2 cups of your own yogi tea concentrate, 2 cinnamon sticks, 12 whole cloves, and a whole orange, thinly sliced. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, pour into a thermal pump carafe to take to your event.