How to Prepare for a Bikram Yoga Class

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Bikram Yoga Class

Ana Docoito-Nelson is based in New York and has experience in management and as an executive assistant. She currently works with Gramatan Management, Inc. as a property manager. Outside of work, Ana Docoito-Nelson is a holistic health and yoga practitioner. Though she started practicing Hatha yoga, she now enjoys Bikram yoga.

Bikram yoga is an intentionally designed series of 26 postures led by a certified instructor in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and with 40% humidity. Since the practice involves specific rules about posture alignment and room temperature, there are a few ways students should prepare for attending a Bikram class.

What to Bring:

It is recommended to bring a yoga mat, a towel, a washcloth, and a water bottle. Some studios sell or rent mats and towels, but a student should call the studio rather than assuming it will provide any items.

What to Wear:

Clothes should be as light as possible. Avoid bulky t-shirts that will interfere with movement, and consider wearing tight exercise clothes or a swimsuit.

What to Eat:

No food should be eaten one to three hours before class. The last meal eaten before a class should be a small quantity of easily digestible food. However, students should drink lots of water starting several days before taking a Bikram class. If regularly practicing Bikram, it is recommended to drink four liters of water per day.