Welcome to OpTEAmized, the podcast teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance.
The health benefits of tea have always been discussed in the sense of antioxidants, anti-cancer properties, & other physical responses. While these are valid & need to be discussed, have you ever thought of working with tea from the mental, emotional, & spiritual aspect? Have you ever thought how these aspects effect your athletic performance?
Today, my guest Suzette ('Sooz') Hammond & I are going to explore those mental, emotional, & spiritual aspects of the tea practice.
While Sooz & I do not inherently discuss the direct correlations to athletic performance, I believe mental & spiritual health is directly correlated to our physical performance which is why this is an important message!
Suzette Hammond is an award-winning tea educator, professional tea skills trainer, and tea contemplative and spiritual practitioner. Sooz uses they and she pronouns, and is based in Chicago, USA. She is the founder of Being Tea - an education-focused endeavor offering interactive online learning and a first of its kind professional teacher training program.
Their teaching style centers on sensory-supportive pedagogy, addressing financial and knowledge accessibility issues, and promoting tea as a practice for spiritual connection. Sooz has nearly two decades of teaching experience, across the US and internationally. Sooz is also a certified trauma-informed yoga and meditation teacher, and has been teaching tea meditation since 2010, bringing together two deeply therapeutic physical studies and philosophical traditions. Sooz was honored for their dedication to tea education with a World Tea Award for Best Educator.
You can learn more about their programming, available to total beginners and seasoned tea folks alike, on BeingTea.com.
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