Our Story

A small group of students in Southern California have just finished their yoga class. They are milling around, chatting and sipping an aromatic spiced tea prepared for them by their yoga teacher, Yogi Bhajan, an inspiring teacher of holistic living who came from India to the West in 1969. Soon, the students began making the tea on their own, and that’s where the story of Yogi begins.


Our story begins in 1969 when Yogi Bhajan, an inspired and inspiring teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in America. He shared the wisdom and knowledge of Ayurveda and healthy living that he had mastered in India with his students while serving a specially spiced tea, which they affectionately named “Yogi Tea.”

Included in the recipe were five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. When blended and brewed, these delicious and aromatic spices leave you feeling vibrant and alive, while supporting overall well-being. Intrigued by the complex flavor and inherent health benefits of this unique combination of spices, it wasn’t long before several of the yogi’s students were inspired to brew their own “Yogi Tea.”

In 1984 this grassroots endeavor blossomed into the Yogi Tea Company. Packages of the dried spices began to appear in natural foods stores throughout Southern California and in Europe. By 1986, Yogi Tea was distributed nationwide in three flavors. As demand increased, the spices were more finely ground, packaged and sealed into individual tea bags.

Hear the story of Yogi tea as told by those who lived it and still work here today.

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Yogi has continued to expand and evolve our tea offerings to address specific needs by creating specialized herbal formulas, blended for both flavor and purpose. Today, Yogi has over 60 tea blends, many of which are created using the five original Yogi spices. Yogi teas are available in natural, grocery and mass market stores in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Japan.

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Yogi has over 60 tea blends, many of which are created using the five original Yogi spices.

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The Original Yogi Tea Recipe

Ingredients
  • 10 ounces of water (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 whole green cracked cardamom pods
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black tea
  • ½ cup milk or milk substitute
Cooking Instructions

Using a large pot, bring water to boiling and carefully add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Upon reaching a boil, carefully remove from heat and strain. If desired, add honey for sweetness.

Makes one 8 ounce serving.