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Hydration starts the night before class

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When I first started practicing hot yoga, my instructor gave me a valuable strategy for hydration.

She said that if you wait until you’re thirsty to reach for water, it’s already too late. Hydration starts the night before. Don’t come to class thirsty, or you’ll be in a world of pain.


Her advice reminds me of the classic zen mantra, “dig your well before you’re thirsty.”

What’s fascinating is, that concept has applications in almost every discipline.

In business, if you’re waiting for a company wide survey to tell you what employees really think, it’s already too late. In investing, if you’re waiting for the market to tell you that a need exists, it’s already too late. In creativity, if you wait around until inspiration strikes, it’s already too late.

How do you dig your well before you’re thirsty?

Share your experiences below!

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.