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Matcha mindfulness

Holly Helt explores the magic of matcha… and why it’s the perfect complement to your yoga practice

There’s a reason monks started to use matcha in ancient times as a ceremony before sitting for meditation. It was either that or, as the tale goes, cutting off their eyelids to keep them from falling asleep.

Why? Because matcha is your perfect partner when it comes to creating a state of feeling harmonious, connected, in touch with your inner self, focused, energised and creative. Here’s how…

Japanese green tea, especially matcha, contains extremely high levels of polyphenols, which are a very broad class of antioxidants. Of all the food and beverages out there, Japanese green tea has one of the highest concentrations of a subgroup of polyphenols known as catechins (pronounced cat-ah-kins). This is due to how the Japanese cultivate and process their tea: pluck the leaf, usually from a shade-grown bush, and immediately steam it to lock in the nutrients. Other tea-producing countries allow the leaf to wither in the sun after plucking, thus oxidising and changing the nutritional content and flavour…

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Yoga + Tea = Happiness. It’s a simple equation, but in our book, it’s one that works. In this issue of OM magazine, we have a special report on all things tea, that wonderful elixir that will keep you hydrated and happy all day long. There are some magical blends out there for you to try and some wonderful stories behind the brands, so why not make a quick cuppa and explore it all with us this month? We’ve also got lots of great stories on amazing yoga people, such as senior yoga instructor Ruth White, and Ivor Campbell-Davys of YogaFit Retreats. This month, you’ll also find a whole range of other goodies to complement your healthy yoga lifestyle, from yummy recipes and travel ideas, through to spiritual and anatomical insight. Whatever you’re doing, make some time for OM.