It’s the late 1960s, yoga class is winding down, and Yogi Bhajan – an inspired and inspiring teacher of holistic wisdom— is serving a delicious and aromatic tea made of Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Black Pepper and Cardamom.
Affectionately named ”Yogi tea” by his yoga students, this traditional Ayurvedic chai spice tea was made according to a family recipe Yogi Bhajan brought with him from India. When blended and brewed, this delicious and aromatic spice blend leaves you feeling vibrant and alive, while supporting overall well-being.
Inspired by the belief in the power of herbs on the body and mind, a number of Yogi Bhajan’s students set out to share this delicious tea – a grassroots endeavor that eventually grew into the Yogi Tea Company by 1984.
Teas Made to Do More Than Just Taste Good
Since our founding over 30 years ago, we’ve continued to make delicious, functional teas inspired by Yogi Bhajan’s original Ayurvedic recipe, and have expanded our offerings to address specific needs with specialized herbal formulas blended for both delicious taste and healthful benefit.
Today, Yogi has over 40 tea blends made from 140 exotic spices and botanicals sourced from around the globe. We believe in using purposeful herbs for their natural goodness; complementing them with intriguing, delightful flavors – qualities that make all of our teas uniquely Yogi.
Rooted in Ayurveda
Yogi Bhajan was a student of Ayurveda; the ancient holistic philosophy that recommends a self-aware lifestyle and a holistic approach to the body and mind as the keys to living a life of balance and well-being.
Translated to “knowledge (veda) of life (ayus)”, Ayurveda considers each person to be unique and advises each person individually according to their unique history and constitution, known in Ayurveda as their “Dosha”.
Our history is rooted in the teachings of Ayurveda, and today, Ayurvedic philosophy continues to inform how we develop our products and is honored and reflected in the Yogi Principles.
The Yogi Principles
We think before we blend.
How will our recipes work with body and mind?
Creative combinations can optimize what nature has to offer.
Ever added peppermint to ginger? They work together to produce a remarkably fresh and innovative taste… and a remarkably invigorating experience.
Health is found in nature.
We work with what nature already offers rather than trying to concoct it. We don’t have laboratories, we have kitchens.
Tasting great is essential, but it isn’t enough.
If what we make doesn’t taste great and leave you feeling great, we won’t make it.
Whenever possible, we work with wholes, not parts.
We blend with whole spices and botanicals for their natural goodness – we don’t supplement with vitamins and minerals.
Meet Yogi: Our Process & Purpose