If you’ve heard a lot about Bikram, or hot, yoga and are curious to try it, first read these essential Bikram rules that we’ve put together for you.
Bikram might seem good when you want just to sweat out any toxic build-up from your body, mental or physical. Don’t expect any mantras or chanting, varying sequences, headstands or a long relaxation in Savasana.
A Bikram sequence consists of 26 hatha yoga postures. The first 60 minutes of the class is devoted to standing exercises; the next 30 minutes to floor exercises. Try to get into the room a bit earlier so that your body can adjust to the heat.
It will be hot. A class lasts for 90 minutes and the room is heated to 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit. So be sure to hydrate properly during the day before your class and after it.
Choose your clothing carefully, keeping in mind that you’re going to be soaking in sweat 5 minutes into the practice. So it’s not a good idea to wear loose pants or long-sleeved shirts.
Bring along a couple of towels: a big one to lay on your mat to soak up the sweat and a hand towel to wipe your hands and face on.
Avoid heavy food 3 hours before class. All the twisting, stretching and flexing in the heat may make you want to hurl.
Stop exercising if you don’t feel well. Sit down on your mat and take your time till you are good to go again. Just don’t leave the room – the temperature change may make you feel worse.
And the last but not least: due to the heat, Bikram yoga is not recommended to those who can’t bear high temperatures, have high blood pressure, heart problems or other serious health condition.