Yoga has a number of proven health benefits. So does green tea. So it’s no wonder that yogis and yoga enthusiasts alike enjoy having a cup of green tea after practice. However, one may wonder if this is really beneficial after working out and centering yourself through a variety of different poses. While not everyone agrees, most serious yoga enthusiasts encourage drinking tea after a yoga session, with green tea being considered one of the healthiest types. Below are five reasons why drinking a cup of green tea is a good idea after a yoga session:
Circulation is Improved
Yoga gets your blood flowing, but in a more relaxed healthy way than an intense workout would. Therefore, the antioxidants in green tea are better spread throughout your body after a yoga workout than they would be if you drank a cup of green tea at any other time. Doing this will help to improve your circulation and invigorate your entire body overall.
Stress is Relieved
Yoga helps to alleviate stress and so does green tea. So whatever stress had been built up your body before you did yoga, most should have been flushed out by the end of your session. Whatever remains will most likely be taken care of by the green tea you drink, as it has caffeine, but a more subtle form of caffeine that won’t hype you up like coffee. The meditative buzz that comes from your yoga will only be extended by the caffeine in your cup of green tea.
It Helps with Arthritis
Green tea has long been proven to help achy joints that are prone to or already suffering from the effects of arthritis. So after a yoga workout, in which joints and muscles have been significantly stretched and are still very open, a cup of green tea will have even more of a helpful effect on those joints that are in need of the helpful ingredients contained in green tea. Usually the stronger the green tea, the better for truly arthritic joints.
Good for the Heart
As it has already been clearly documented that yoga and green tea are both good for a person’s circulation, the added perk is heart health. So if there has been a history of heart disease in your family or you have already experienced some heart trouble, this is an added benefit on top of the other healthy steps you are already doing to keep your heart as healthy as possible.
It’s Just Soothing!
Hot green tea has an aromatic quality and that subtle dose of caffeine, which is the perfect transition back into the world after thirty minutes to an hour of yoga. The hot tea that slowly but surely cools as you sip it after an intense yoga session also mirrors the heat being released by your body after your workout, which is smoother for both your body and mind. By easing back into the rest of your day, the relaxing effects of yoga aren’t lost as quickly and the daily stresses of life can be held at bay just a little bit longer. In some cases, this is critical for the health effects of doing yoga and drinking green tea, as it allows the mind to stay relaxed and in turn allowing the body to feel healthier. As we all well know, a healthy body usually comes with a healthy mind.
Sending hugs and a warm cup of tea ~ Amanda