You probably wonder what is the correlation between yoga and tea. Well, in my case, I do enjoy them daily and they are a part of my routine. They are different things but somehow I see them in a similar way.
Even if they sound like they are from total different stories, they actually go hand in hand. Ok, do not imagine someone doing yoga with a cup of tea in his or her hand – not that this is impossible. But I am referring more to what they bring us to our body, to our mental state and to our day.
Before confusing you more, I will try to explain why I just said that, by enumerating 5 things that make yoga and tea alike:
They are both some of the mindful moments in my day.
With yoga, I am aware of every move and every breath. Every morning, after I wake up and do my short meditation session, I am laying down my yoga mat and start my routine. I know that when I am on the mat there is nothing else more important to do. I allow myself those minutes just for yoga and truly enjoy them.
Tea, as I mentioned in a previous post, brings you to the present moment. The ritual itself can be a short moment of mindfulness. This is why I also include it in my morning routine next to a healthy breakfast. Usually the morning tea is a green one, to also help kick-start my day.
After finishing my yoga sessions, I feel more calm and relaxed. It is the combination of light stretches and being aware of every breath that takes me to a peaceful place in my mind. At the beginning of the day, this makes me look forward for what the new day brings me, with a smile on my face.
For tea on the other hand, there are so many varieties to enjoy. Practically, if you look into it, I think you can find a type of tea to help you with almost any problems you might be facing related to your body. For feeling calmer you can try a chamomile tea, or lavender.
3. Feel Better
Yoga makes my body feel warmed up and my muscles stretched and ready to face the new day. With this physical feeling, the day ahead looks more promising and I feel good overall.
If you are a tea lover, you already know that tea is always the solution for many problems, right? Whether you need tea for something specific, or you just want to enjoy its taste, it will always make you feel better.
4. Reduce Stress
We all tend to have hectic lives and if we forget to find a bit of time for us, we get conquered by stress and anxiety. To help you reduce these, both yoga and tea can easily help.
Reducing stress goes hand in hand with mindfulness. In the moment you finally manage to focus on the present, you step outside of your stress bubble. Feeling that you are in a calm and safe bubble, even if for few minutes, helps a lot with managing and reducing stress
Yoga keeps your body strong and flexible. It helps you be in a better shape for longer – look at all those old yogis!
I really hope that I will have the determination and ambition to take care of my body and allow myself to dedicate time for this. I am sure my future version will thank me if I will practice yoga regularly.
Tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can enjoy, assuming of course that it is natural. Avoiding chemicals and additives is better for your body.
Tea has no calorie, no sugar and it is packed with benefits. Each type of tea offers your body various benefits. It is a cheap way of taking care of your body.
Thank you for reading and let me know if you include tea or yoga in your day 🙂
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