Every cell in your body needs water to function, especially after the refreshing detox of a Bikram Yoga class.
Many of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it, making these first few classes of the summer season feel like you’ve been hit by the yoga mac-truck. And if you’re on a 30-Day Challenge, proper hydration is even more critical.
Many believe that base level hydration is drinking half your body weight in ounces – and that’s BEFORE you even step foot inside the hot yoga room.
So how do you know if you’re dehydrated? The room will feel overbearingly hot, you’ll experience dizziness, muscle cramps, fatigue, post-class headache and dry mouth.
Don’t let it happen to you! Check out these 4 hot tips to help you re-hydrate, replenish and realize your full health potential in every Bikram yoga class.
1. Hydrate FIRST: since your body can only absorb a minimal amount of water in one sitting, there’s no time to hydrate in class (and if you guzzle water it feels like you just ate a burrito before Dandayamana Janushirasana. Yuck). Drink on a schedule, not only when you are thirsty – apply as much discipline with your water intake as your practice!
2. Supplement Your Electrolytes: Electrolytes, or charged molecules, conduct electricity in the body and help regulate muscle contraction, heart rate, balance of body fluid, and pH levels. For a Bikram practice in the summer or a 30-Day Challenge, water alone isn’t enough to revive the electrolytes lost in sweat. Supplement with Nuun (flavored tabs available at BYPS), Emergen-C, Ultima Replenisher, or mineral drops.
4. Eat The Right Stuff: Foods to help replace lost minerals and water – kosher sea salt, bananas, cucumbers, melons, celery, tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, spinach, strawberries and grapefruit (just to name a few!)
With proper hydration – replacing both water AND electrolytes in your body – it’s going to be a GREAT season at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.