Hello beautiful friends,
In honour of Summer Solstice I want to share my most favourite tea recipe with you all! But first, here’s how this tea came into my life and why I am forever grateful for it.
This yogi tea recipe holds a very special place in my heart. The first time I ever drank this tea was after a transformational Kundalini yoga class back in December 2014. I had heard incredible things about Kundalini Yoga and had to seek it out, thankfully there was a local class being held in someone’s home.
Through the unknown chanting and kriyas, I began to bust through my blocks with an unexplainable burst of laughing, right into a full-on crying sob. Apparently, I really had some shit to work through.
After class, we all gathered in the kitchen around the island where this tea was so deliciously brewing. Lisa kindly poured a cup for each individual and we shared our experience. I sincerely apologized for laughing as I felt I had disturbed the class… Lisa kindly placed her hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eyes with a gentle smile on her face, and calmly said with confidence “please do not apologize, you have been Kundalini’d”. And in that moment I was hooked, this is MY yoga!!
I took a few more classes in her gorgeous home studio, but never committed to a full membership or practice. When I moved to Toronto in the Fall of 2015 I was determined to find a Kundalini Guru and fully embrace the practice while living a busy city life… because you know – balance! The classes always ended being at a time that wouldn’t coincide with my work schedule, or it would be over an hour long ride on the TTC.
This past Winter, I was in need of a huge shift. I was longing for a deeper spiritual practice – a sacred place where I could heal deep wounds. I found myself reaching out to Lisa, asking her how I could register and get started. I wanted to be “Kundalini’d” again! I needed a revelation.
I stepped back onto my mat but with a much different intention. I wasn’t showing up to free flow through poses… I could guide myself to exactly where my physical body needed to be on my mat in my bedroom. But here, I was showing to bust through the blocks – to heal, to show up and deal with my shit… and there was some deep rooted shit that needed to be dealt with.
10 weeks, every Thursday for 1.5 hours. Committed.
By week 8 I had no major breakthrough (or so I thought)… in reality, my entire universe was shifting, but I wasn’t paying attention to the subtle shifts. I wanted the breakdown sobbing REVELATION! I mean don’t we all want and look for those AHA moments? You know the ones that shake you to the core and wake you the fuck up… that’s what I wanted.
And then it happened, right after I explained to my best friend that I wasn’t getting what I was looking for… It happened. And it hit me HARD!
Sitting in a room with 15 other Kundalini Yogi’s, chanting – arms held at 60 degrees for what felt like an eternity… the tears turned on like Niagara Falls. There was no stopping them – from one kriya of chanting into the next with breath of fire… I couldn’t breathe through my nose. I sniffled and cried, little sobs escaping here and there. YES, THIS IS WHAT I WANT! I want to feel this release, and RELEASE is exactly what I felt.
The waterworks continued for a good amount of time, there was no stopping them… no matter what I tried. To be honest, I didn’t want them to stop. I fully felt those tears – I fully embraced the process of letting go of my pain. I really felt like I was given new life, new energy, and more CLARITY!
Eventually, there were no more tears left to cry and all I could do was smile. I felt like there was a bubble of liquid gold love and positive energy surrounding my entire body. I finally busted through my shit and I could now feel the good that’s been waiting for me all along.
This is truly my yoga – my place to not only heal but to stay centered and connected to the Divine. Because, when you vibrate the cosmos, the cosmos shall clear the path.
So, the yogi tea…
I make mine caffeine and dairy free.
Her is the recipe that I use from Lisa’s blog: Healthful Purifying Beverage
Yogi Tea – Original recipe by Yogi Bhajan
Put 3 litres of water to boil. Once boiling add the following:
- 20 whole cloves
- 20 whole green cardamom pods
- 20 whole black peppercorns
- 5 sticks of cinnamon
After boiling for 15-20 minutes, add black tea and boil for an additional 2 mins.
- 1 tsp of black tea (this will make the tea caffinated)
- Cloves: for the nervous system
- Cinnamon: for the bones
- Black Pepper: blood purifier
- Cardamom: for the colon
- Black Tea: unify all of the ingredients, and resulting in a new chemical structure that makes this tea a healthful drink