Drink plenty of water throughout the day before your Bikram yoga class. If you take and early class make sure you are well hydrated the evening before. Drinking a big bottle of water just before class starts will only make you uncomfortable and not amply hydrate you. Small amounts of water frequently is the best way for your body to properly hydrate.
Avoid heavy meals close to class. Arrive with an empty stomach so that during class you will be more comfortable and your body has the energy to focus on the postures rather than digestion.
Give yourself 30 minutes before class to meet your teacher. The time is used to talk about the class, show you around the studio and the teacher will ask you about any prior injuries and or medical conditions. The teacher is there to help you get the most out of class.
If you’ve practiced other yoga before, know that this will be different. No two experiences are the same. Listen intently to the teacher’s instructions and be open to what can happen.
It’s your first class so go easy on yourself. Pace yourself so you can stay in the room for the duration of the class.
One of the most important things is being present. That’s what yoga is, being present with your breath and your body. Even if you are not doing a posture and need to sit down, maintaining your focus, and mentally staying with the class you are still practicing yoga.
Breathe when things get tough. It can be hard to remember in the moment, but if at any point you feel yourself struggling too much in a pose, back off a little and recover your breath.
Take your time leaving the room. You’ve just worked every muscle and cell in your body. Respect your hard work. Give yourself ample time to relax and rejuvenate after class. Take it easy; savasana is where the magic happens.
Drink plenty of water. Have something with electrolytes. Coconut water is great, any kind of electrolyte water is too. If you are a heavy sweater or practicing almost daily you need to replenish all the minerals you sweat out.
Bikram yoga can be challenging, every challenge brings its own reward. Like all forms of yoga, Bikram Yoga is not something to be learned and mastered in a day, a month, a year, or 10 years. This practice is rich, deep and amazing and will continue to evolve over your lifetime. You will always feel different for each class you take, and that is what makes it interesting and relevant. Let each class, especially your first be a new adventure, a new experience, listen to the teacher and move with the class.