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How to Get Energized in the Morning Without Coffee

By DASHAMA GORDON

I have never been a morning person. As a young girl, it took nothing short of a megaphone to get me out of bed. Once I was up I was usually dragging around still half asleep unless I took a cold shower, did jumping jacks or drank some caffeine to wake myself up.

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If you're anything like me, you may have tried just about everything possible to make yourself more of a morning person. In my meditation about this, I've realized there must be a routine in place that helps make the process easier and more enjoyable.

The best way to wake up and raise your energy level is to start breath and movement practice. For me, the best option is yoga. It can be practiced anywhere with little to no equipment (a comfortable rug or yoga mat is all you need) and is available for anyone at any fitness level.

You can even practice in your bed if you don't have a soft surface on the floor to practice. I developed a whole range of sequences you can practice in bed, either first thing when you wake up, right before bed or anytime throughout the day.

Try this energizing sequence in bed to start your day right:

If you want to see more of my bed-yoga videos, check out my YouTube channel.

Have a beautiful, energized day!

--Dashama

Readers -- Do you have coffee in the morning to help you wake up? How do you get energized naturally in the morning? What are your tried-and-true methods of waking up? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

An innovator in the field of yoga, health and fitness, Dashama Gordon is an international yoga teacher, founder of Pranashama Yoga Institute, author of Journey to Joyful and 23 yoga DVDs. She created the popular fitness fusion commonly known as Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga back in 2009. As one of the first yoga teachers on YouTube, Dashama's 30-Day Yoga Challenge reached millions of people and started her on an endless world tour traveling to teach her unique fusion yoga system, aka the Prasha Method. She has performed fire-dancing ceremonies all over the world and is passionate about preserving the natural environment.

Visit Dashama's website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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