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Drinking tea before or after a yoga class can result in surprising benefits. From restorative to hot yoga, we found the best tea pairings for whatever practice you choose.
You already know that tea has disease-fighting antioxidants and other medicinal properties, but did you know that the brew can (ahem) infuse your yoga practice with healing properties? From drishti-evoking green to cooling peppermint, see which teas to pair with different class styles.
Lock in that calm, rejuvenated feeling with a cup of soothing lavender and mood-boosting chamomile. We like Traditional Medicinals’ Organic Chamomile with Lavender ($4, TraditionalMedicinals.com).
Menthol-abundant peppermint activates cells’ cold-sensitive receptors to create a mild cooling sensation for up to an hour, report scientists in Phyto- chemistry. Give Paromi’s Detox with Me a try ($10, Paromi.com).
A recent study in Psychopharmacology links polyphenols in green tea to increased cognitive function, making this a go-to brew before a meditation session. Steep some Talbott Teas’ Green Tea Indulgence Loose Leaf ($9, TalbottTeas.com).
Research suggests that the caffeine in black tea can improve circulation, and in turn keep you from getting lightheaded after a vigorous vinyasa class. Sip Suja Elements’ Unsweetened Biodynamic Black tea ($4, SujaJuice.com).