This is basically a remake of the old blog I wrote about this; helping you after that faithful moment you decide to take your first Bikram Class. Some things to keep in mind and how to take the best care of yourself possible before, during, and after.
Keep in mind, I’m not a certified teacher. I’m merely a Bikram fanatic that happened to have a blog and a big mouth. Different studios have different ways of handling things. At my studio we don’t drink water during our classes.(so hardcore), in others there are breaks to take a sip of water. Always take the teacher’s advice over mine.
- Drink, drink, drink. Water (with lemon juice), green juice and maybe some orange juice. Water is best though. Before class I have usually guzzled down 0.75L of water, and I keep the green juice for after.
- Wear something tight — and if you want to be most comfortable: skimpy. Believe me, once you’re sweating and moving in all sorts of positions, every extra unnecessary layer you have on is going to make you hate your life and your choices. Go for a tank top/bandeau top with shorts.
- Put your yoga mat in the back row. This way you can have all the people in front of you as examples and you won’t be as self conscious because very little people will be able to watch you. Also, if you stand here the teacher can see you well if you need a little extra adjustments.
- Don’t be a dick. I’d advise you to just lie down and breathe as you wait for class to start, but it’s perfectly fine if you want to carry on a whispered, quiet conversation while you wait. Just don’t disturb the people who are either warming up or are lying down in savasana, that’s rude.
- Breathe right. They tell you to breathe in and out for your nose. Don’t ignore them. Do it. It’s best. Occasionally you will jawn, or burp, or sigh, but always go back to breathing through your nose.
- Try to fidget and fumble as little as possible. The more you focus on yourself in the mirror or your front neighbor’s back in front of you, the easier it is to stay focused and do the postures.
- Stay calm. You’re not going to faint. You’re not going to die. It’s just a warm room. If it’s all a little much, and it can be the first few times, just sit down and take it easy. Always listen to your body.
- Drink, drink, drink. Again. Now it’s time to rehydrate and help your system flush out the remaining toxins. I drink coconut water – it’s very hydrating and has electrolytes to refill what you’ve depleted.
- Eat, eat, eat. You just burnt up a shitload of calories, so it’s time to fill up. Eat lots of healthy things, preferably green vegetables, fresh juice or a great salad.
Take it easy. Keep drinking lots of water throughout the day and don’t do any strenuous exercise. Now is not the time for half a marathon or a hike up the mountains. Relax and be kind to your body.