Millions of people are learning how to do it and taking its incredible benefits.
However, many newbies (beginners) experience some initial discomfort and even pain while doing the poses. But, this discomfort usually goes away after the first couple of classes.
Also, the hurt never really goes away for some people, and they develop a nagging “yoga feeling” that keeps them from continuing their practice.
Why does this happen? What can be done about it?
In this article, we’ll talk about how to overcome this common beginner’s block.
Bikram yoga is a series of 26 different poses done in a specific order in a heated room with the temperature set to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Therefore, one must be thoroughly soaked from head to toe with sweat during the class.
The point of doing these poses in this heated environment is to loosen up all of your muscles and joints so that they can be stretched out.
If your body is cold, the stretching will be more difficult, regardless if you are doing regular yoga or Bikram yoga.
Another major point of doing Bikram yoga is to get your body to open up and start sweating.
When you first start doing Bikram yoga, you will likely sweat a lot more than when you have been practising for a while. Once your body adjusts to the "heat," the sweating will slow down a bit.
However, you must stick with it and keep practising through the uncomfortable parts for this transition to happen.
But why do you feel "underwater" when you are practising Bikram yoga? You think this way because your body is thinking that it's not getting enough oxygen.
The heat makes your muscles feel that they are not getting enough oxygen. Also, your brain is thinking that it’s not getting enough oxygen due to the uncomfortable position that you are holding. So it feels that because of the awkward pose, it must be suffocating!
To prevent this from happening, follow these steps.
- Drink a lot of water: Drinking a lot of water before class is very important. Not only will the water help to flush out your system, but it will also help you to sweat more during class.
It is essential because it will prevent you from feeling "underwater" while practising. If you are thirsty, drink some water before class so that you don't suffer later on.
- Drink a big glass of water after class: For some people, drinking a lot of water before class helps them quite a bit.
However, it is not for everyone. If you don’t feel like drinking a lot of water before class, drink a cup of warm water and wait 60 minutes after class before showering.
It will help to flush out the toxins from your system and give you enough time to sweat more.
It is also beneficial because your muscles will feel less sore after class, and you will be able to come back faster the next time you do yoga.
- Listen to your body: Do not push yourself too hard. You are new to this, so listen to your body. If you feel that you are getting more uncomfortable by the minute, then take a break. Do it another few minutes, only if you feel you can still do it.
Again, listen to your body because if you push yourself too hard or for a more extended period, you might develop some injury due to the constant stress on your muscles.
The number one thing that you need to remember is to drink a lot of water before, during, and after your class.
It will help flush out the toxins from your body and provide enough fluid to sweat more.
It will also prevent you from feeling “underwater” while practising yoga. Also, listen to your body and only push yourself for a short time while practising.
Finally, it will help you avoid injuries that could happen while practising Bikram yoga!