Yoga Yoga Advice Column How to Make Yogi Tea Chai Recipe By Ann Pizer Updated April 22, 2017 Share Pin Email Print Eriko Koga/Photodisc/Getty Images More in Yoga Yoga Advice Column Popular Types Sequences for Home Practice Beginners Poses Clothing and Equipment Power Yoga Yoga and Health Audio Books and Videos Frequently Asked Questions Practicing During Pregnancy Advanced Yoga Poses by Anatomical Focus Lifestyle Pranayama Breathing Glossary View All (4 ratings) Total Time 185 min Prep 5 min, Cook 180 min Servings 2 quarts At Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, students are served a delicious yogi tea (also called chai) after each class. The recipe they use is adapted from Yogi Bhajan, who introduced Kundalini Yoga to western students in the late 1960s. Yogi Bhajan's recipe was also the inspiration behind the creation of the "Yogi Tea" company, a popular herbal tea brand that is easy to find in health food stores. It's very simple to make this tea at home and it fills your house with its wonderful aroma as it simmers for several hours. Unless you do a lot of Indian cooking, you'll probably have to pick up the whole spices that are brewed together to create that distinctive chai flavor. Once you have the ingredients, it's as simple as boiling water!Chai in IndiaIn India, masala chai is brewed at home where it is served to family and guests and is also sold on the street by vendors known as chai wallahs. Many Indians drink several cups a day. Tea culture in India is a combination of the remnants of British custom from the colonial period plus the addition of spices that are important in Ayurvedic medicine. The original chai was a purely herbal concoction. Black tea was added when the British pushed to popularize tea drinking by Indians in the early 20th century. This cultural amalgamation is mirrored in the evolution of yoga asana practice, which combined traditional Indian teachings with gymnastic exercises introduced by British military training during approximately the same period. Health Benefits of ChaiThe spices that are used to infuse chai with flavor are also good for you. Ginger, in particular, settles the stomach and is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. Cinnamon, cardamon, and cloves are all also good for the digestion. Tea is a known antioxidant. Drinking chai when you're sick or have allergies just makes you feel better, which might be because ginger and black pepper can provide pain relief. There are lots of chai teas on the market, but many over them are over sweetened. By making your own you can control the amount of sugar for a healthier drink. Ingredients 2 quarts water 15 whole cloves 20 black peppercorns 3 sticks of cinnamon 20 whole cardamon pods (split the pods first by gently squashing them with the side of a knife) 8 slices of fresh ginger (1/4" thick, no need to peel) 1/2 teaspoon regular or decaf black tea leaves (approximately 2 tea bags) Dairy or soy milk and honey or agave to taste Preparation Bring two quarts of water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.Add the cloves and boil one minute.Add the cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and ginger. Cover and boil for 30 minutes.Reduce the heat and simmer for two to three hours.Remove the pot from the heat, add the black tea, and let it cool.Strain all the spices and tea leaves out and store in the refrigerator.Reheat when you want a cup and add the milk and sweetener of your choice to taste Rate this Recipe You've already rated this recipe. Thanks for your rating! Show Full Article Up Next Up Next Recipe After Carving Your Pumpkin, Roast the Seeds With This Recipe Up Next Article Try This Alkaline Vegetable Broth Recipe Up Next Recipe Hearty Vegan Fare: Indian Potatoes and Lentils Up Next Article Is Chicory Coffee Better for You Than Your Regular Brew?