Hydrate or Die.

Anyone who has taken a Bikram yoga class knows how important it is to stay hydrated. The best way to learn this lesson is to take class and realize you’re dehydrated. Class will be miserable. But you’ll bend over backwards (literally, ha!) to avoid repeating the experience.

Here at Teacher training, taking 11 classes in 5.5 days, the importance of getting enough liquids goes up exponentially. Woe betide the trainee who forgets to hydrate! So, in that spirit, here’s my routine for avoiding that particular potential death trap.

Jessica’s Recipe for Staying Hydrated:

  1. Prior to each class, fill insulated Bikram bottle with 3/4 water, 1/4 ice. This baby comes into the torture chamber! Drink at party time, savasana, fixed firm, and final savasana. If necessary, add sips before triangle and head-to-knee with stretching. Beware stomach sloshing.
  2. Prior to each class, fill Title Nine Camelbak with 1/2 ice, 1/2 water AND (here’s the key) a Nuun* tablet to help me hydrate. Store outside with cover-up and shoes. Drink after class–experience says this will be gone within 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 pm class, return to the hotel room and drink ONE coconut water.
  4. As desired, drink Trader Joe’s sparkling pink lemonade for an injection of sugary goodness. Drinking straight from the bottle is highly recommended.

More generally, all is well in the Bikram bubble! This week is when the real training has started–we’re doing posture clinics, anatomy lectures, even a lecture on pain from superstar Emmy Cleaves. Many, many people have started really stressing out (primary cause: not knowing the dialogue). I’ve had some less great moments–I missed a few lines because of nerves when presenting postures & have been told to remember to breathe–but for the most part I’m still in great shape. Still so SO happy I am here!

*If I ever write a love letter, it would be to Nuun. This stuff is AMAZING. A lot of people swear by Emergen-C, but I think that stuff tastes horrible. By contrast, Nuun has a really mild flavour and very little carbonation, which is perfect after being used to plain water. Plus, no sugar! I have over 144 tablets left–I will not risk running out while I’m here. My favourite flavor is Strawberry Lemonade, but I also enjoy the Citrus and Lemon Lime. All homage to Nuun, O Superior Hydration Tablet!