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Living in Balance: Integrating Yoga & Ayurveda 
November 2011
The Ayurvedic Definition of Health:

"Sama dosa samagnis ca
Sama dhatumalakriyah
Svasastha ityabhidiyate"

"He, being established in Self,
who has balanced doshas,

balanced appetite and digestion,
properly formed tissues,

proper elimination of wastes,
proper functioning of the bodily
processes, and whose mind,
soul, and senses are
                                                              full of bliss is known as a healthy person."

                                                                                          ~Sushruta Samhita Sutrasthanam 15.38

       "Aksara is the non-flowing that flows.  Aksara is the meeting point between pure vibration and form."                                                                                   ~Roberto Calasso

Chai (2-3 servings)

In a medium saucepan, heat 2-1/2 cups of water over high heat.  Add (crush spices in a mortar and pestle for increased flavor):
 - 1 to 2 Tbs fresh ginger, chopped
 - 1 stick cinnamon (or 4 shakes if ground)
 - 8 to 10 pods, green cardamom
 - 5 to 6 whole cloves
 - 4 to 6 black peppercorns (optional)    
            (mainly used in winter)
 - 1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)    
            (mainly used in summer)

Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add 2 heaping teaspoons loose tea, reduce heat and simmer another couple of minutes. (feel free to experiment with different teas. Tea can also be omitted)

Add 1 to 1-1/2 cups of whole, organic, non-homogenized milk and let the mixture warm another few minutes, but don't let it boil. (you may prefer more or less milk.)

Strain and add approx. 2 tsp raw organic cane sugar or turbinado sugar to taste. If using honey, cool to drinking temperature before adding.