Summer is here, and so is our list of 10 reasons why you should maintain an active Bikram Yoga practice this season. Of course you already know it makes you feel great, but sometimes it’s challenging to motivate when it’s already warm outside.
1) Be fit for summer activities
Practicing Bikram Yoga in the summer keeps your body strong and flexible so you can enjoy and recoup from other activities like cycling, running, frisbee, golf, surfing and more. Beach body season is here!
2) That guilt free second scoop
One of the best things about maintaining a summer practice is not only enjoying guilt free ice cream, but ordering a double scoop without a second thought.
3) Your body is already loose
Students tend to see more constructive progress in their practice during the summer due less fluctuation between the temperature inside the room and out. Coming to class in 30 degree weather makes it more challenging to loosen up than arriving in shorts and a tee shirt with 80 degree temps outside.
4) It strengthens your heat tolerance
Just as applicable for those who are active outside the yoga room (runners, tennis players, cyclists, etc.) as it is for those who are simply outdoors – maintaining your practice the summer will strengthen your tolerance for the heat. You’ll just smile when friends say it’s too hot or humid outside.
5) You’ll be encouraged to eat right
Hot weather isn’t conducive to eating heavy or greasy foods, and by working hard in the hot room, you won’t want to “ruin” all that effort. Try a watermelon, feta, red onion and balsamic salad after class. Not only is it hydrating with the watermelon, but also has protein and minerals; plus a nice sodium factor.
6) It’ll keep you hydrated
Being an active Bikram Yoga practitioner during summer months forces you to maintain your hydration levels by drinking water before, during and after class. And as important as that is, be sure to keep your electrolytes up too!
7) Keeps you feeling cool on hot days
When you maintain your practice over the summer months, the actual temperatures in July and August seem significantly less then they actually are. 90 degree weather can sometimes feel refreshing after class.
8) Be a champ on the subway platform
Stay acclimated to the heat for when you’re stuck on a crowded underground subway platform. While everyone is miserable, complaining and sweating it out, the temperature is something you’re already used to.
9) Stay loose until your next class
Summer heat prolongs the benefits of the flexibility and relaxation you’ve achieved during class simply because your body is less likely to tense up in warm weather, keeping you limber and open. The cumulative effect of stretching is therefor more noticeable as you retain more flexibility for next class.
10) It makes your “return” in the Fall much easier
Staying disciplined and committed to your practice during the summer make “returning” to your practice in the fall a non-issue. You’re already in shape from your summer yoga practice!