Most people who enjoy our portable espresso machines tend to be pretty active. You really need to have your espresso machine with you if you’re always moving! Undoubtedly active people gravitate towards yoga, wether it’s their preferred source of fitness or supplemental. And a question in yoga circles does come up quite often, regarding caffeine and coffee.
Here’s our take.
Espresso is a known performance enhancer for both cognitive and physical ability. But, will that extra jolt of caffeine and it’s diuretic properties harm your practice?
As in all things, moderation is key. Choose a healthy balance.
One important thing to take from yoga, is to sit, breathe, and relax. Grab your Wacaco Nanopresso or Minipresso, find a relaxing spot (at home, on a mountain, near a river, everywhere is an option with Wacaco). Run through all of your steps, focusing on your breathing and the movement between steps (in yogi terms that’s essentially what a vinyasa is). Pull a shot. Sit slowly, focus on your breathing, and take a moment to enjoy your surroundings and your delicious espresso. Treat it like Japanese tea drinking. Move relaxingly and deliberately through the entire process. Enjoy each moment. Move slower. Take some time. Listen, smell, feel, and observe your surroundings. The steam wafting off the top of a freshly pulled shot. The sound of the Wacaco Nanopresso during each pump. Work on pulling the perfect shot, and dialing in every aspect of your espresso game. It’s easy to focus on the reward (the espresso), but as in all things the journey can be important. If you find yourself in a beautiful place, fiending for an espresso, be sure to take a step back, and appreciate the process.
Everyone’s body is different. So some yogis might be able to swill espresso and hop right on the mat, others will want some space between their morning cup and their daily practice. The trick is finding your balance. These added benefits of espresso drinking ( fat burning, performance enhancing, soreness reducing, endurance increasing, etc ) will help you focus more clearly, get more out of your muscles, and aid balance.
Caffeine + sweating is going to deplete your electrolytes. So be sure to always reach for a replenishing drink (we recommend staying as natural as possible with some coconut water, or drinking still water + eating a banana will have the same positive effects).
So Enjoy your yoga and have your coffee too! Namaste.