I'm a lover of Bikram yoga and I will be starting it in a few days. Does anyone have any tips for staying hydrated, preventing injury, and STAYING WITH IT.
What are some of the benefits you've experienced? What are some of the challenges you've gone though. How did Bikram enrich you life? Did you GAIN/LOES weight?
How do you pick a good studio/instructor? What do you do about snobby/negative instructors?
Please Share. Thank you!
Congratulations! Stick with Bikram, you'll love it!!
Staying hydrated: eating hcrv really helps, as fruit has electrolytes in the right amounts to prevent cramping. Drink PLENTY of water. I drink 2L before class as a minimum.... (not immediately before class of course). If you do morning classes, you may prefer having an empty stomach or you could try having something VERY light before class like 1/2 cup juice or 1/2 a banana, couple of dates, etc.
I started bikram about 4 months after starting hcrv, so it's hard to attribute benefits solely to Bikram. Doing both, I've cured mental illness (including depression, anxiety, panic disorder), improved concentration, skin quality, lung capacity, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance.... to mention a few.
Haven't lost weight at all, but my clothes are looser and my body shape seems to be changing.
Picking a good studio and teacher is a bit hit and miss. You want a teacher who will push you just far enough, will not ridiculule you, will make you feel comfortable, will listen to you, etc. If there are specific things you're worried about you should ask here, we can tell you whether it's "usual" or not. Expect teachers to give constructive criticism (e.g. I'm constantly told "arms back, arms back") but they should never make you feel ashamed or guilty.
Thanks for the info. I've heard someone say that drinking juice from 1 head of celery every day before bikram will replace the sodium in your body. HOW DO YOU REPLACE YOUR SALT?
Hey! Let's Swap Stories! Love the profile photo!
Do you do Bikram too? How did you get involved? What were the results?
i used to do bikram a lot back in the day - i just bought a groupon for $49 for 30 classes that i can take within 6 months -- what i can say is take the class at the end of your day - i found that it helped me get ready for bed and i was well enough hydrated to start with - do not eat right before class- i find it easier that i don't drink during the class - it messes with my stomach too much - if you find the class is tough just lay flat and focus on your breathing until you feel like you can pick it up again - trust me i was in now way shape or form a fit person and after about 3 classes my body was used to the heat and stretches and it became a breeze
Great video here Yamah, thanks for the post. :)
I too like the comments at the end of the video. Yamah how often do you practice?
:) Hello! I did my first Bikram yoga yesturday and I am going again today! I have been doing the HCRV for a few days, but I have been raw vegan for almost a year. I am looking forward to see the effects of the combination of HCRV and Bikram yoga! I did however have a light headache yesterday after the yoga which was a bit odd because I never get headaches generally, but maybe it is just the detoxing :)
Great question/post!!! Thank you.