Tea may not be as popular here as it is in the UK, but, it’s still a popular drink for many people. There’s just something about a warm cup of tea on a cold day. However, it’s more than just a warm tasty drink. The antioxidants and other medicinal properties in tea make it a great way to try and naturally heal yourself. I also love it on a rainy afternoon when I want a little bit of a boost but not as much as what coffee would give me. I also tend to associate it with yoga. To me, they just seem to go together, but I hadn’t done much research on it until now. Tea actually has benefits for after practicing yoga from muscle healing to giving you a little boost throughout the day.
After your endorphins have worn off a little bit after a workout, and you are starting to feel a little drained, green tea is a great option. It steadily releases a small amount of caffeine to your body so you don’t feel the crash you might get from an energy drink or coffee. Have you ever felt light-headed while doing an intense, fast-moving yoga class? If so, black tea might be your solution. The caffeine in black tea has been shown to help with your circulation.
The intensity of your workout may factor into what ingredients you want in your tea. If you had a particularly hard yoga workout, you might want to seek out a tea that includes ginger. Ginger is believed to help with pain relief; hence, it would be good for sore muscles. Chamomile has several anti-inflammatory properties which would also be beneficial after a tough workout.
If you have a hard time staying relaxed after a restore yoga class, a tea that has lavender in it may help. Since lavender tea is generally a herbal tea, it will be caffeine-free, which means it’s also a great cup of tea to enjoy before going to bed. Many tea makers also make sleepy time teas that have properties which encourage your mind to calm down and relax before going to bed.
Teas with peppermint in them have a variety of benefits. They are calming like lavender, they also help to settle an upset stomach, and they have a cooling sensation. It may seem counterintuitive to have a hot drink after a hot yoga session, but peppermint tea might help to cool you down after a sweaty hot yoga class.
In addition to giving a little caffeine boost as mentioned above, green tea has polyphenols. Polyphenols have recently been linked to increased cognitive function, making green tea a great option for a pre-meditative class. It’s also a great tea if you’re working on improving your brainpower.
Whatever you are trying to achieve with your yoga practice, it seems that there is a tea for all your needs. Whenever I go into the tea and coffee aisle at the grocery aisle or enter a tea shop, I’m always overwhelmed by my options. So even if your need is not mentioned here, I can assure you, it’s out there.