Namaste. Glide into your favourite pose, engage your muscles, and don’t forget to breathe in and out. Let go of any stressful thoughts and let your body unfold to total relaxation.
If you haven’t been practicing yoga or have never tried it, now is the time to consider doing it. And it’s not just because of its physical benefits such as muscle conditioning, weight loss, increased stamina, and flexibility. Yoga is also great in de-stressing you, helping you achieve optimum mental health and inner peace.
Yoga strengthens your immune system, helps you have better posture, relieve pain, and improve your sleep. While there are already many benefits to practicing yoga, infusing it with a fresh brew of tea will magnify its benefits.
Similar to yoga, tea has many health benefits and can help you detoxify and reduce your stress and anxiety. Rich in natural antioxidants, tea boosts your metabolism, your immune system, and reduces inflammation. Plus, its aroma and taste, and the soothing feeling when your sipping tea makes it a perfect match to your pre- and post-yoga practice.
Some of the well-known benefits of combining tea and yoga practice are:
- It helps relieve stress since it’s a mind-body practice.
- It helps with pain management as it increases the healing process for those with chronic pain, muscle soreness, and stiffness.
- It helps improve your sleep patterns as both yoga and tea have a calming effect and sleep-inducing benefits.
- It strengthens your immune system as yoga and tea promote circulation, as well as it stimulates the four main physiological systems which are interconnected to the immune system: digestive, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems.
And now, with your newfound awareness of the benefits of combining the two, here are four yoga-tea combinations you must try.
Active yoga practice and black tea
If your planning to do a Power Yoga, a vigorous Vinyasa, or Ashtanga, then drinking black tea before your workout is a great idea. Since you would want to have better focus, and sustained energy during an active yoga—black tea should be your pick-me-up drink before your session. Particularly, if you often feel light-headed after a vigorous Vinyasa practice, the caffeine in black tea can help a lot as it improves your circulation.
Black tea is not just a caffeinated tea, it improve circulation, stamina helps burn calories, and reduces cardiovascular problems. To reap its full benefits, limit drinking it with milk and sugar.
Hot yoga practice and mint tea
Hot yoga practice like Bikram usually requires a room to be typically heated at a temperature of 95-105 degrees. This is to promote flexibility, detoxifies muscles and organs, as well as prevent injury. Or if your practicing yoga during a hot summer class, the perfect match for hot yoga practice is mint tea.
Sipping a cup of mint tea after sweating a lot after your hot yoga class can help you transition back to the real world by calming and cooling your senses. Mint tea activates the cold-sensitive receptors of your body’s cells thereby bringing a cooling sensation. There’s a variety of mint teas you can try, such as peppermint tea, mint hibiscus, and mint chai.
Meditative yoga and green tea
Meditative yoga practice like Hatha or Kundalini assists you to achieve a calm and meditative mindset. These yoga practices often involve long-held poses, chanting, and meditation. To better cultivate calmness and improve your focus, it helps to sip a cup of green tea before or after your session.
Steeping some loose leaf green tea is a go-to brew for yogis before meditation session because this tea is rich in healthy polyphenols and catechins. These immune-boosting antioxidants found in green tea fight heart disease, certain types of cancer, and inflammatory diseases. A freshly brewed cup of this tea will surely enhance your focus and concentration thus assisting you in getting the best out of your meditative yoga session.
Healing yoga practice and ginger tea
Healing yoga practice such as Iyengar focuses on the alignment of your body, injury recovery, and joint health. This practice requires you to have a slow and deliberate pace, and more long-held poses. This type of healing yoga is perfect for rehabilitating underused or injured joints, which is why it’s perfect to pair it with herbal teas like ginger tea.
Ginger tea, as well as turmeric, are great anti-inflammatory herbs. The slightly spicy taste of ginger helps you to chill as it brings a cooling and soothing sensation too. Other pain-relieving and healing herbal teas you can try are cinnamon, chamomile, and lavender tea.