I had an interesting experience last week that allowed me to compare how yoga 🧘🏽 and coffee ☕️ impact my feeling of alertness after getting up.
On this particular morning, instead of doing yoga first, I attempted to begin the day by simply drinking a cup of coffee with a bowl of oatmeal and immediately starting work (I was working at home). After 30-45 minutes, I was still feeling stiff with some brain fog. I wasn’t energized, and wanted to go back to bed 🛌.
While progressing through the routine I noticed that my mind became clearer and I felt connected to my body. As the mind-body connection increased, I became fully aware of how my body responded to each position. Even the small, subtle movements became noticeable as my whole body awakened. When finished, I felt like my inner self had been warmed up and the blood was flowing freely to my brain. The mental fog was gone! I walked out of the room smiling, standing upright and fully awake.
Yet another reason to have a daily yoga practice.
I do enjoy a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, but yoga better delivers what I want in the morning…that is to be fully alert, and energized.