Maintain 100-105°F room temperature or body heat because the heat prepares the body for stretching and opens its pores for releasing toxins. Choose a room for yoga practice and heat the room by using a space heater. If you choose a bathroom that has a tub, fill the tub with hot water, which will keep the room hot.
Can’t heat a room or your body? Then please move more carefully and slowly while breathing more deeply as you move into the yoga poses. The next tip only applies to people who can heat a room.
Heat your practice area to a minimum of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, ideally through the use of space heaters. To create the best mix of heat and humidity at home, use the bathroom if it is large enough for a practice area. Heat the bathroom with a space heater and turn the shower on with hot water, allowing the water to fill the tub.
Wear warm-up clothing during your yoga practice if you are unable to practice in a heated area.
Perform slow, gentle movements if you must practice in a cooler room. Also, breathe deeper than you would if you were in a heated room.
Series of Poses
Follow Bikram Choudhury’s book “Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class” to learn the series of 26 poses involved in Bikram yoga.
Read through the entire book first to get an idea of the complete series.
Learn one pose from the book at a time, beginning with the first one. Master one first and then move on to the next until you have learned every pose.
Perform the poses along with “Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class” CD for the best at-home practice.
Avoid eating for about two to three hours before you begin your Bikram yoga session.
Wear clothing that allows you freedom of movement during your session. “Yoga Journal” recommends that you keep some bare skin to facilitate sweating and avoid overheating. Many men wear no shirt and women wear just a sports bra on top during Bikram yoga classes.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. In a “Yoga Journal” article, Leslie Funk suggests drinking 16 ounces or more of water about two hours before performing Bikram yoga. Consistently drink water during the session and then have another 20 to 40 ounces of water after the session. This recommendation is for every hour that you practice.
Create a special area for your yoga sessions in your home. If you can, add a mirror so you can see if you are performing the poses correctly.