Following is the original recipe given by Yogi Bhajan:*
In a large pot, bring 2.8 litres (3 quarts) of water to a boil. Then add:
20 whole cloves
20 whole green cardamom pods (optional: gently crush them under a rolling pin or with a mortar and pestle to open them up)
20 whole black peppercorns
5 sticks of cinnamon
Optional: a few slices of fresh ginger
Continue boiling for 15-20 minutes, and then add: ¼ tsp of a mild black tea (Golden Assam is recommended)
After another minute or two, add ½ pint of milk per pint of remaining liquid. The original recipe calls for cow’s milk but any type of milk is fine – cow, goat, almond, soy, hemp, etc. There is no need to measure the milk, just eyeball it.
Optional: add honey or other sweetener to taste.
Each of the ingredients in Yogi Tea has healing properties. The black pepper is a blood purifier and aids in digestion. Cardamom is good for the colon and can help relieve depression. Cloves strengthen the immune and nervous systems. Cinnamon is antibacterial, loaded with antioxidants and is good for the bones. Ginger root is great for the nervous system and is energizing.
Increasingly, people are choosing to cut caffeine from their diets. A wise decision for a number of reasons, but the black tea in Yogi Tea helps the ingredients amalgamate. In other words, the black tea makes Yogi Tea more potent as a healing agent. A compromise: after the spices have cooked for 20 minutes, take a tea ball or bag and swirl it around the pot a few times.
*Yogi Bhajan’s Original Recipe appears in Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa (1996).
The tenth body – Radiant Body
Through the radiant body we choose how we relate with ourselves and others. The radiant body projects our presence externally to others and internally to ourselves. In this tradition, we practice developing a healing presence. With a strong radiant body, our very presence has a profound healing impact on our environment.
A vegetarian lunch followed, prepared by Dev Atma Suroop Kaur
The ninth body, the Subtle Body, is the fundamental component of our forming a healing relation with our event. Transcending space and time, it can give us a direct experience of something that is not ourself.
The subtle body transcends our physical existence and survives our incarnation. Through our subtle body we can know the unknown. In relation with another person’s subtle body, we can know something of that person’s existence. The subtle body is integral to healing in our tradition.
Sit straight in a cross-legged position. Cross the middle fingers over the
backs of the index fingers, the other two fingers are closed and locked
down with the thumbs. Bring the mudra up to ear level, with elbows bent.
Eyes are closed. Chant from the navel the mantra “Har, Har, Har, Har…”
(“Tantric Har” by Simran Kaur and Guru Prem Singh). Sit like you were
the Lord Buddha. Be constant and consistent. Continue for 11 minutes. To
end, inhale deeply, hold, and let it multiply into the being. Exhale. Repeat
one more time, then inhale deeply and powerfully, hold, and pull the navel
in. Exhale and relax. Practicing a kriya like this one with a mantra gives
you a rhythm. When your life is subject to rhythm, “couldn’t” goes away.