I've referenced Yoga with Adriene in a couple of recent posts. Maybe you had heard about her before I mentioned her and so you need no introduction. Adriene is a yoga instructor with endless free online yoga classes on youtube. Not only are there individual classes for specific needs (yoga for back, yoga for neck, yoga for stress, but there are also several free 30 day programs (Dedicate, (the newest one), Revolution, Yoga Bootcamp, 30 Days of Yoga (my personal favorite)). You can also download free calendars each month that give a theme for the month and then suggested yoga videos for each day. All free. All the time. (There is a subscription option, but trust me when I say that you can access all you need to without the subscription).
What I love about Adriene's videos is that you don't have to have any previous knowledge or experience of yoga (although I will tell you that the Dedicate series was pretty tough after I had taken a break from yoga). The modifications are built in and she constantly encourages you to "find what feels good." #fwfg
So now that winter weather looks like its going to be here a while, I'm keeping stocked up on this yummy yogi tea, recipe courtesy of Adriene herself. The flavors remind me of chai tea and every ingredient has some kind of health benefit. You can make a big batch and store it in the fridge until you're ready. It's good hot or cold. Although this time of year, who doesn't want a good warm cup of tea in your favorite mug?
Here's what you need (click on each ingredient for a link to its health benefits!):
2 quarts of water
20 whole peppercorns
3-5 cinnamon sticks
20 cardamom pods
5-8 slices of ginger
1 black tea bag (I used more in the pictures below, but 1 or 2 is really all you need)
Honey for sweetening, if you wish
Milk of your choice for a creamy addition, if you wish
Break open your cardamom pods (the tea will be strained in the end, so you can throw the whole thing in the tea)
Combine all the ingredients, and bring to boil, then simmer for between 30 minutes and whenever (your house will smell amazing! I've even put it in the crockpot all day).
When you're ready, pour the tea through a strainer. Sweeten with honey, and add milk for a creamy addition. It can be stored in jars or a pitcher in the fridge for the week.