Bikram yoga – a beginner’s guide
- Speak up – Make sure you contact your teacher beforehand, or speak with them at the start of the session to let them know about any previous injuries or medical conditions. An experienced teacher will provide you with variations for certain exercises that may put strain on any weak or uncomfortable spots.
- Dress comfortably – Be sure to wear comfortable and cool clothing that does not chafe or restrict your movement when wet. Many individuals try to minimise the potential damage by wearing as little as possible. If you feel comfortable, for men spandex shorts are a great option while for women, shorts and a stretchy tank top or sports bra would work.
- Be prepared - Heat can be hard on the body so think ahead and ensure you are well hydrated for up to 24-hours before the class. It is also a good idea to avoid eating for 1-2 hours prior to the class to prevent nausea. If you forget to drink water prior to your session, don’t be tempted to chug a litre of water down five minutes before – this will lead to an uncomfortably full stomach and possibly even an overactive bladder.
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