Coffee alternatives: Tisane

Tisane in the membrane, post-yoga teas
by Liz Eustace

Want an easy way to extend the benefits of your yoga practice long after you leave your mat? Pass up the caffeinated coffee for some herbal tea (or tisane for those in the know) and steep your way to healthy one cup at a time. 

Bliss Out

To extend that post-Savasana euphoria and calm, try sipping chamomile or lavender tea. Better yet, choose Harney & Sons' Yellow & Blue and enjoy both in one soothing cup.

Rev Up

If you’re running straight from class, back to work or to pick up the kids, give yourself a kick in the pants with a jolt of mint. Try Numi Organic Moroccan Mint bagged peppermint tea, which is perfect for on-the-go yogis.

Spring fling

Pranayama can be messy if you’re struggling with a runny nose. Used for centuries to fight allergies like hay fever and asthma, nettle tea will clear out all your breathing obstacles. Try Alvita Nettle Leaf, which earns extra points for using minimal packaging.

Here our recommendations for places to buy loose-leaf tea on both the east and west coast:

McNulty’s: You’ll feel as though you stepped into the past when you visit McNulty’s in the West Village in New York City. Since 1895, this quaint shop has been importing rare teas and coffee. With an exotic selection, affordable prices (even for hard-to-find flavors) and an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff, McNulty’s epitomizes what you would imagine a tea store should be. 

Harney & Sons: Shelves and shelves of tea canisters line this intriguing store in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC. The store is dominated by a tasting bar that runs along one wall. Master brewers offer a daily sampling of some of the more than 250 varieties of teas (think: wine tasting) from all over the world, so you can taste-test interesting flavors and blends before you purchase.

Chado Tea Room: With locations in Hollywood, Pasadena and Downtown, Chado has LA in the bag. Stock up on staples like Organic Green and black tea, or go exotic with special Chado Blends like White Champagne Raspberry or Buddha’s cup. Grab a quick snack or splurge on sandwiches, scones, cakes, and, of course, pots of tea in the delightful adjoining tearoom.

About the Author

Liz Eustace

Present: Leadership coach, author, presenter, brand expert and momma of two!

Inspiration: my kiddies, laughter, countless yoga teachers, my creative hubby, my youthful mom & dad, my wacky sisters, kindness, my unpredictable brother, stillness and Prudence Bruns. 

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