(Closed) Bikram first time tonight!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve only done bikram once. The yoga poses are “easier” poses for the most part, but since the room is so hot you can really feel them and really get deep into them.

Make sure you are well hydrated and have a towel. You will be sweating a lot and you don’t want to get faint. Also, your hands will get wet and slippery so you’ll need to wipe off to make sure you don’t slip on your mat.

I really liked bikram the one time I did it, just have yet to find a class in NYC at my gym.

Post # 4
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@heather25: Don’t eat for a few hours before, but be sure you’ve eaten enough throughout the day and are very well hydrated. If you get light headed go into child’s pose, and if you need to step outside- DO SO. Its not a failure to do that- its important to care for yourself in that way.

I actually kind of hate Bikram because its too fast paced for me, but I know a lot of people love it. When I’ve gone some days I have good days and can do the whole thing without resting, other days I’m in child’s pose for half the class.

Have fun!

Post # 5
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I loveeeee Bikram yoga! It’s such a great workout..just know that you will most likely suffer through the first and second classes, but if you can stick to it, it’s a breeze after that. It’s one of those workouts where after a week you already feel better, and after two you start to see changes with your complexion, mood, alertness, and weight. It’s all about sticking to it and going when you say you will. Hydrate yourself well before class (not just by chugging right before, that will most likely make you feel sick), so you don’t get too dizzy during. Good luck!

Post # 6
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Oh, one thing I remembered I was going to say..each pose has it’s own beneficial reason for being in the 26 posture routine. Some teachers will tell you about them while you’re in the posture, and some don’t really talk about them at all. I would definitely ask them after class to go into a little more detail so you can know all the health benefits you’re getting! It’s really interesting stuff.

Post # 7
194 posts
Blushing bee

Wow, congrats on your first class!  I’m actually a Bikram teacher, and the advice that I would want to give you (these gals have given you some really good advice) is to focus on your breathe!  Dizziness and nausea often creep up (due to the heat) but if you take a moment and just focus on breathing (perhaps even sit down if you need), they often pass quite quickly!  Just remember, deep inhales and exhales through the nose…

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

Post # 8
5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh I’ve never done it but I really want to! So jealous! Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Post # 9
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011


I love Bikram!  It is my very favorite method of exercise ๐Ÿ™‚

Make sure that you drink a LOT of water beforehand – as much as you can tolerate, close to a gallon if possible.  Too Much Information, but you should be peeing clear before your class.  This way, you will be hydrated enough in the class that you will not get nauseous.  If you are under-hydrated, you will get cramps, nausea, and perhaps dizziness.  If you think you are drinking too much water, you are ALMOST drinking enough.  Don’t worry about having to pee during the class, you will sweat almost all of it out.

Make sure to bring additional water with you to class, and take as many breaks as you need to drink it.  Really cold/ice water is not a great idea, because it will shock your body (because you will be at such a high core temperature) and because your bottle will sweat, making it harder to grip.

Bring a small washcloth or handtowel with you, and tuck it in the back of your yoga pants, like a bustle/buttflap.  It will come in handy when your hands get sweaty for gripping things, like your feet during certain poses (having a firm, not-slippery grip makes certain poses easier and less likely to cause injury).

For me, I am very prone to emotional release during yoga sessions.  I found Bikram to be especially emotionally taxing, probably because of the depths to which you are pushing your body.  You may find that you experience surges of emotions during the class, and it is a great time to confront things you have been hiding from.  Don’t be afraid of strong responses from your body, but beware of letting those emotions stress you out and cause more emotional/physical pain.

One more Too Much Information, but thong underwear may not be the best idea, especially if you are prone to chafing.  You WILL get incredibly sweaty, which is great for your body, but make sure that you will not be uncomfortable during/after your class.

Have fun!! We can’t wait to hear about how it went ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Timing food is the hardest part– I’d finish eating by 7.  I sometimes feel lightheaded, so I bring jelly belly sports beans with me into class and sneak a few as I recover in childs pose : ) 

Post # 13
3942 posts
Honey bee

I loved bikram! But since I moved there arent any classes near me ๐Ÿ™

I usually went to a class at 5:30 and had a small snack around 3 or 3:30 (like a piece of fruit) and then nothing after that except water (and lots of it!). My first few classes I got there a little early so I could sit in the room and get used to the heat. It knocked me back the first time I walked in! Definetly sit down if you need to-even the most expereicned ones in my class had to. I found that everyone was so welcoming and nobody really paid attention to what I was doing. Oh and also, don’t wear clothing thats really loose. The first time I went I wore yoga pants and a baggy T-shirt because I was self conscious. I sweat so much that the 2nd class I probably would have done it naked if I was allowed. haha not really, but you get the idea. enjoy!

Post # 14
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Don’t wear cotton!!!  You’ll stay cooler wearing the moisture wicking clothes like Nike dri fit.  And wear as little clothing as you feel comfortable.  I usually wear capris and a tank top but most people are in a lot less.  It usually takes me a few classes to get used to the heat and the poses so there might be a few times where I have to sit a pose out and lie on my mat. 

I have a love-hate relationship with Bikram.  It’s long and difficult but you always feel great afterwards.  There have been several times where I’ve gone in with a stomach ache of some sort and it goes away half way through class.  It’s also the only hard workout where I don’t need a super strength sports bra.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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