‘No coffee, no prana’

I quit plastic water bottles, its time to quit non-reusable coffee cups!

Yoga & Joyful Living

‘No coffee, no prana (life energy)’, Ashtanga yoga’s founder Pattabhi Jois famously said, and apparently in the very early Mysore days, when yoga was still some weird Indian fad (can anyone even remember that?), Guruji’s wife would stick her head into the yoga room after practice and ask: ‘Coffee now, OK?’

Pure bliss, in the making. Pure bliss, in the making.

See, and this is where the problem starts. If you’re into Ayurveda you’ll be made aware by your doctor that coffee, well, coffee just isn’t for you. Nor is it for anyone else, in fact. If you have an Ayurvedic practitioner who is firmly rooted in this world and refrains from demanding supernatural things from his patients (such as giving up coffee), he’ll add: ‘If you must take coffee, take with milk. A lot of milk. And cinnamon.’ Apparently this will make handling coffee easier for the body, but my feeling is rather the reverse –…

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