How you treat your body before and after an intense workout is just as important as the workout itself. My Bikram experience has been intense so far, but these Post Yoga Recovery Tips are helping to keep my body primed for my next session on the mat.
Last week I finally took the plunge and started to workout for the first time since before our accident last summer. In the past yoga has been a great way to strengthen my mind as well as the body, something I need after the madness of cross-country relocation. So I grabbed my new friend Brittany, bought a new mat , and we have been in the studio for 6 days running!
My Bikram Experience
Bikram yoga is made up of a series of 26 poses that are completed over the course of 90 minutes in a 100+ degree room. The heat takes some time to adjust to, but it helps your muscles relax into the poses. Your body detoxes and strengthens all at once. Taking care before and after class is important so you can be your best self and have a positive Bikram experience. These Post Yoga Recovery Tips are my way of replenishing body and mind, but everyone’s experience is different. Please speak with your personal physician before starting a workout! I am no expert, I just know what works for me.
Post Yoga Recovery Tips
First and foremost with any physical activity is making sure you are properly hydrated. To properly hydrate you need more than just water. Your body needs electrolytes, potassium, and a host of other healthful goodies to get it back on track. Try to avoid sports drinks though, they typically have a lot of sodium. Coconut water is a great way to hydrate and replenish your body.
I am usually starving after classes because you don’t want to practice on a full stomach. Try not to eat about two hours before class, but make sure you have snacks for afterwards! Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks are my go-to post yoga. The flavors are absolutely delicious and lean protein helps fill me up unlike other snacks. I keep them in my yoga bag, in the car, and stashed nearby at home so they are always within reach.
They are made from responsibly raised 100% grass-fed beef, and antibiotic free chicken and pork. I love that there are no added growth hormones, nitrites, or preservatives. You get 11 grams of super tasty protein per serving and they fill you up. Just what we need after an intense yoga class! Follow Lorissa’s Kitchen on social media for more snacking ideas!
The biggest thing I have learned in my practice so far is to listen to my body. Sometimes that means pushing just a little bit harder while we are in the studio and other times it means taking a day off to recover. After 6 days I knew this body was more than just sore, so I took 2 days off. Long walks helped me stay loose but also gave my muscles time to heal. Tomorrow I am back on the mat!
What are you best post workout tips? How do you stay in shape?