Coffee is the number one get-up-and-go motivator for the morning hours, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the best choice depending on what you plan to do with your day. Coffee can sit heavily in your stomach and cause digestion issues as well, making it less than ideal to consume before vigorous physical activity. So what’s a yogi-in-training to do if they need a boost before their dawn yoga session but don’t want to risk upsetting their stomach with coffee?
Luckily, we have some solutions for you here at Vibrant Yogini. Here are some of the best coffee substitutes you can choose from.
Matcha is a supplement that’s been gaining traction for its myriad of health benefits. A tiny cup of green tea brewed with matcha has more protein, caffeine and L-Theanine than a cup of matcha-less tea that’s twice the size. Not only does it put that needed bit of pep in your step, matcha has also been known to work as a fabulous antioxidant and even stabilise blood sugar levels, among many other perks. A pinch of this powder in your morning cup of tea might be just what you need to start the day—and your yoga session—off on the right foot.
Plant Based Nutrition
We’re huge believers in the holistic benefits of a plant-based diet. Getting all your energy and nutrients from goods that come straight from Mother Earth doesn’t just cut down on unhealthy chemicals, it also makes for a stronger, happier you and stays in your body 24 hours a day. This is a great option for keeping your mind and body aligned in such a way that the bare minimum of stimulation will be needed for you to get energized in the morning. It’ll help with your yoga practice, and it’ll save you a bundle on Starbucks purchases in the long run to boot!
CBD’s popularity has only been rising over the last few years, and with good reason. Some coffee shops have even started selling CBD-infused coffee and tea to their patrons, and many are doing it themselves. Many are turning to it to help with anxiety and one study has even said that they saw a reduction in anxiety following the administration of CBD. So if you need help shaking off some stress or unease before a session, then this may be something to try. From CBD oil to edibles, there are a lot of options out there so be sure to look closely when shopping for CBD to make sure you’re buying from a good, reputable business.
Kratom powder is making a name for itself as an herbal substance to pay attention to. It is derived from a specific family of trees located in Southeast Asia, and some strains are known for their particularly energizing aromas. Before choosing a Kratom strain, make sure you do your research, as there’s a lot to learn about the different strains and the aromas they provide!
When you see the words “energy drink” you probably think of tallboys full of mania-inducing stimulants, like Red Bull and Monster, but fortunately there are a lot of healthier alternatives that’ll give you just as much bounce as their mainstream counterparts. Guayaki manufactures beverages made from yerba mate, a naturally-derived South American herb that works as a lighter and healthier change of pace from caffeine. Lots of energy drinks also use extract from the guarana seed, another Latin wonder-supplement, and most companies will announce it on the can itself if this is the case. There are plenty of options for energy supplements that won’t give you a health scare, so do some digging and find the one that tastes—and feels—best to you!