Sweating has long been lauded to promote health. Worldwide and ancient traditions such as Turkish Steam Baths, Finnish Sweat Lodges, Scandinavian Saunas, Lakota Inipi…the list goes on, and benefits unending.
In Bikram Yoga, the chances of you sweating are one thousand percent. That’s an unofficial statistic, but I digress.
One primary benefit of sweating is to cool your body. For that to happen, the sweat must evaporate. If you wipe it off with a towel, you won’t benefit from the cooling mechanism of evaporation.
Interestingly, we are born with anywhere between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands that determine how much we sweat.
I clearly have 4 million.
Class Tip – Electrolytes
In a Bikram Yoga class, electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are lost via sweat, and must be replaced.
There are all sorts of great electrolyte replacement products, readily available at most yoga studios. Play around with them and find what works best for you.
At my studio we carry coconut water, and a 0-calorie powdered mix that s sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
That what I choose. Choose yours.
Water needs to move.
Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria, it accumulates debris, changes Ph…all things that render the water unhealthy.
Moving water is healthy…cleansing, oxygenated, pure, vital for life.
Adult human bodies are approx 60% water.
Get to class.
Bikram Yoga will always be a more pleasurable experience if you arrive hydrated. So how much water should you drink ? There is no perfect answer that suits every body.
It is part of the learning curve of a Yogi who practices their craft in a hot room, to figure it out. To figure out how to take care of yourself. To listen to your body.
It will tell you everything you need to know.
If you’re thirsty, drink your water.
Bikram Yoga is not easy. We all struggle in class. It’s the struggle that reveals our strength.
Not only do we have to struggle, we have to watch ourselves as we do.
We have walls of mirrors to ensure it.
Imagine for a moment you saw me, struggling in class. What would you feel? Empathy? Kindness? Compassion?
And what if you saw yourself struggling?
Be Kind To Yourself.
Shout out (love) to my Karma Yogis who keep the mirrors at my studio extra clean, so that our students can always see how amazing they are.
When I was a kid, my Dad would tell me that if I kept making that twit face every time I was upset, it would freeze, and I would look like that forever.
Relax your face.
I don’t wanna be held responsible if you’re forever walking around town with Full Locust Face.