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Recipe: Kundalini Yogi Tea

Photo by Zak Neumann

In 1969, Yogi Bhajan began offering his students a spiced tea after class. This tea included five spices traditional to Ayurvedic medicine: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and black pepper. The students lovingly nicknamed the tea “yogi tea” (not to be confused with the tea brand by the same name, also started by Yogi Bhajan students). Yogi Tea continues to be a staple of Kundalini yoga practices today.

Yogi Tea

Yield: ONE CUP

The perfect drink for cold weather months, Yogi Tea is believed to strengthen the immune system, improve blood flow and detoxify the body. It also helps one recover from colds, the flu and physical weakness. On top of the many health benefits, Yogi Tea is delicious and will make your home smell sweet and spicy!

  • 10 oz (315 ml) water
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root (optional, but excellent!)
  • ¼ tsp black tea (a tea bag)
  • ½ cup (125 ml) milk or equivalent
  • Optional: Honey to taste

Bring the water to a boil and add the spices. Cover and continue boiling for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, add black tea, and let steep for 1-2 minutes. Add honey and milk, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Strain and serve. This recipe makes one cup.


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