The following is by blogger Seouldiva:
If you’ve ever done a Bikram Yoga class, you’d probably say, “What kind of crackhead do you need to be, to want to do TWO of these classes back-to-back?”
Yep. You read correctly: 2 Bikram classes back-to-back. 180 minutes in the hotbox.
While most of us don’t opt to do this on a daily basis, if you’re doing a 30-day or a 60-day Bikram Yoga Challenge, there is an allowance that states:
- During a 30-Day Challenge, if you miss a day of class, you may double up on another day. But you cannot double up more than TWICE during a 30-day. (hell, life happens, right?!)
ASSESS YOUR BODY AFTER THE 1ST CLASS
- Be honest with yourself. Don’t do a double just because your hell-bent on it.
- Assess how your body feels: if you feel great, give it a shot. If not, then there will always be another day.
- Most studios will have 30 minutes in-between the end of the last class, and the beginning of the next class.
- After your final savasana, I recommend leaving the room to cool down slightly and normalize.
- HYDRATE. (duh.) In addition to drinking regular water, I really like drinking a coconut water.
- My home studio (Bikram Yoga NYC) carries Zico, but I just got tuned in to VitaCoco which (at least to me) tastes like it has a little less sugar than Zico. While it’s nice to have a little sugar for energy, drinking something sweet can sometimes make you more thirsty. So generally speaking, the less sugar the better.
- Don’t forget to pee before the 2nd class. On the real.
ENJOY THE RIDE!
- If I’m doing a double, during the first 15 minutes of Class #2, my mind is grumbling things like, “Holy crap, what was I thinking?,” “Oh damn, this is gonna be a long freaking class…,” “Get. Me. Out.”
- Let it go….Once you learn to accept the fact that you are committed to be in the room…the fun begins.
HOW DO YOU FEEL?
- EUPHORIA. The second class is euphoric. Your body is already warmed and stretched out from the 1st class, so the 2nd class is less stiff.
- YOUR MIND IS QUIET. One of the reasons for hatha (physical) yoga is to quiet the body, so that the mind can be quieted and prepared for meditation. The 1st class helps you get all the “noise” out of your head. The 2nd class, you experience a focus, awareness and “present-mindedness” that is indescribable.