Not those kinds of drinks. Although when I do have drinks, I usually hit the hot room the next day and detox it all out. If you try it, let me know how it goes. It’s not easy, and you might hate me for ever giving you this idea, but it’ll make your day-after a helluva lot better.
On to my real drinking routine.
I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga for almost half of my life now. There are days when I’m in the hot room up to 5 times (don’t try this at home, folks). I cannot stress enough the importance of staying hydrated, especially during the summer.
Your body is made up of 60% water. Water aids in almost every single bodily function and is especially important if you practice Bikram Yoga, as it helps your skin regulate body temperature through sweating.
Side note: if you don’t sweat in a Bikram class, you might possibly be someone who just doesn’t sweat, but you might also be DEHYDRATED! Drink some water to help your body regulate your core temperature so you never overheat.
Being properly hydrated:
Keeps you alive! You can only live a few days without water.
Helps you lose weight. You think you’re hungry, but sometimes you’re just thirsty. If your appetite is raging, try having a glass of water.
Detoxifies your body. Through your sweat, urine, and excrement (which all require water), you can detox your body so your skin can glow from inside-out.
Keeps you on your mental A-game. That fogginess you feel? The pounding headache? Try a big tall glass of cold water.
I know several people who “don’t like the taste of water” or “hate drinking water.” And I’ll admit, occasionally I have to force myself to take it down. But having a regular hydration routine will ensure you get enough.
I always keep a liter of water next to my bed. When I wake up in the morning, I drink the entire bottle before I even get out of bed. This helps me wake up mentally and helps get my digestive system fired up.
Within 30 minutes of waking up, I’ve had a protein shake (which I make with a cup of water and half a cup of almond milk) and another quart of water in which I’ve added electrolytes, minerals, amino acids, super greens powder, and probiotics. That’s over 3 liters of water within an hour of me opening my eyes in the morning.
My rule of thumb for hydrating for Bikram classes is this. Three liters for each time I’m in the hot room. I will drink 1 liter 1 hour prior to class, 1 liter during class, and 1 liter within an hour after class. My “during class” liter may or may not be actually drunk in class; sometimes I don’t take a bottle into the room so I’ll make it up when I come out.
Side note: try taking class without water sometimes! It’s a wonderful mental struggle that helps you build focus, concentration, and determination.
If I’m in the hot room 3 times in a day, that’s 9 liters I’ll take down, usually with a bit of Himalayan sea salt or a Right Stuff electrolyte packet to help replenish minerals. Skip the sugary, neon-green sports drinks. They usually have more sugar than a can of soda, which can cause chronic inflammation of your joints, gut, and brain. Not to mention, why would you ever need anything neon colored inside your body? But that’s a whole other conversation.
On a day when I’ve also gone to the gym, I’ll have another protein shake. I try to finish my day with another glass of water an hour before bed so I don’t have to wake up every hour to use the restroom.
I know that’s a ton of water for some of you, but know that I am also sweating for several hours everyday. You don’t need to be drinking as much as I do, but if you’re practicing Bikram Yoga on a regular basis, you should absolutely reevaluate your hydration routine. Upping your water intake will help your performance inside and outside of the hot room. See you there!