Herbs for Yoga, Part 1: Stamina
For yoga practitioners, stamina is key for excellence in the practice. Cue the celebrated Ayurvedic herb, Ashwaganda.
This stamina-supporting root, sometimes named “winter cherry”, is the main tonic in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, holding a role similar to that of ginseng in Chinese medicine. Sometimes even called “Indian ginseng”, Ashwagandha is a relative of tomatoes and potatoes. Ayurveda considers this long-term building herb to be a rasayana, or particularly powerful rejuvenative.
In addition to supporting stamina, modern clinicians are most likely to employ Ashwagandha to support daily energy and a calm mind. Ayurveda considers it a “grounding” herb, one that can help to nourish and regulate metabolic processes and balance mood.
Enjoying ashwaganda in a tea is a great way to support both stamina and endurance. Ashwagandha can be found in several Yogi teas, including Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy®, Raspberry Passion Perfect Energy™ and new Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy™.
Be sure to check the Yogi Tea Talk Blog in coming weeks for more blog posts about flexibility, relaxation, meditation and more in my Herbs for Yoga blog series!
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa