8. How should I hydrate?

What are electrolytes and why are they important?

Electrolytes are salts and minerals that may be lost from the body during periods of profuse sweating. Signs of electrolyte deficiency include dizziness/headaches, cramping and fatigue.

Electrolytes are contained in most sport drinks but be aware that most popular brands are very high in sugar and low in actual electrolytes. We supply various brands of Coconut Water which is a natural refreshing electrolyte drink. We also sell electrolytes, which help with quick recovery from cramping or fatigue. If you are doing Bikram on a regular basis you will need to take in electrolytes either before, during or after your class.

How do I know if I am drinking enough water?

Your urine should be pale yellow. If it is dark yellow, you are dehydrated. Also, if you wake at night and feel that your mouth is dry, you are dehydrated.

How much water should I drink before class?

Proper hydration is extremely important for your Bikram practice. If you are practicing in the afternoon/evening, it is recommended that you drink at least 1 to 1.5 litres before class. In the morning, of course, you will not have much time before class, so we recommend 2 -3 glasses of warm water, which is easy to drink quickly. This preparation will allow you to practice without feeling the need to gulp too much water during the class, which can result in a bloated feeling when you are in the floor series on your stomach.

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