Some people start their new year resolutions in January but I usually do it in October because that’s when my work gets less stressful and I start thinking about my life balance. As always, I finish the month of September thinking that I need to pay more attention and care about my health and spiritual development and spend more time with family, friends and enjoying things that I like.
So I decided to start yoga classes at Casa Vinaysa in Lisbon. As soon as you enter the door you feel relaxed and at home and you are welcome to serve youself a cup of Tea.
Tea is often offered at the end of a yoga session as a bridge between yoga and the high-intensity pace outside.
While drinking Tea it’s not a ritualised process in itself, the tradition of combining Tea after yoga has an ancient connection.
Yogi Bhajan, is a master of Kundalini Yoga and a famous Indian Spiritual Teacher, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West. He gave his first Kundalini Yoga in LA in 1969. After each yoga class, he served a special spice drink to his students, which they affectionately named “Yogi Tea”. The Tea was a blend of five spices: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger and black pepper. Following Ayurvedic medicine, a form of alternative medicine that is traditional in India , this combination has unique and healthy properties.
Many people believe that Tea helps build the connection to ourselves and to those around us . Tea helps achieving relaxation, bringing harmony and connecting with each-other as a family. In addition to the positive mental connections to drinking Tea, the beneficial properties of Tea builds on those that you receive from practicing yoga.
Drinking a cup of Tea and practicing yoga just seems a natural combination and together you will get a sense of calmness, simplicity, health and inner peace.
Happy Tea Break.