Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and shuffle to the kitchen half asleep to put the coffee on, knowing that you’ll be useless until after your first few gulps? There’s no question that coffee wakes you up. It’s a stimulant. But have you also noticed how it lets you down after a couple of hours?
How would you like to wake up quickly and sustain your energy level throughout the day without coffee? It’s not as hard as it seems. You feel drowsy in the morning because of low oxygen levels in the blood and because circulation is slow. So just go outside and do a few simple asanas with deep breathing. The oxygen from the fresh air will wake up and energize your body. The increased circulation will leave you feeling bright and alert. And your heart won’t suffer the negative effects of the coffee.
So instead of shuffling to the kitchen, shuffle out to your balcony, porch, or backyard and do some yoga. Even your living room will do, but open the window! You’ll wake up quickly, but steadily. When you’re done, your body will be ready for the day ahead, but you won’t face that mid-morning slump. And if you get tired again in the afternoon, just go outside, stretch, and breathe deeply for a few minutes. It works wonders!