If you have entered any yoga class, you’d see that there must be always yoga mats rolled out and at the corner of the mat, there would be a water bottle. But,if the class is an hour-long – how necessary is that bottle of water?
When you start practicing yoga asanas, there are tons of questions that you’ll have in mind. Should I have some water during yoga? Is it a good thing to drink water before yoga? How much to drink after practice? Should I drink water in between the practice, etc.? Keep reading further to understand how you can stay hydrated during yoga practice.
Make water a part of your daily routine
You can lose between three to five pounds of water in a typical yoga class due to all the stretching required in yoga. Although you may enjoy losing weight, it's not good for your body, and it can lead to internal problems if you don't get hydrated. Most people don’t get enough water for their bodies, so they can often feel dehydrated during the practice. So to avoid dehydration, you must drink water throughout the day. You can try to add a little punch in the regular water by adding lemon, cucumber, berries, or ginger to it.
Drink before yoga class
There’s a good chance that you are going to walk There’s a good chance that you are going to walk in your yoga class with a bottle of water to stay hydrated. But, that’s not going to be of any use as drinking water between activities is of no use if you are already dehydrated. So the key to staying hydrated is drinking water hours before your yoga class starts. This gives your body time to absorb water and properly hydrate your body long before you start practicing. Being hydrated before you start a yoga practice will make it easier for you to reach deep into each asana without the risk of fainting. Besides, if you want to focus on flow, you won’t have to worry about interrupting your flow and concentration to get a drink of water.
Drink water after yoga class ends
A bottle of water after your practice is a great way to replenish the water that you have lost during the session. A glass or two of water after the class should be enough to help you recover and keep your muscles from tightening or cramping. But, after your practice, we suggest you don't stop with just a glass or two. To wash away your toxins completely, drink plenty of water in breaks after your practice. We would also suggest that you try to avoid the use of drinks containing sugar, alcohol, or caffeine. These drinks can further dehydrate you and cause fatigue, cramping, and muscle stiffness. Additionally, if you start your day by drinking water in intervals throughout the day, likely, you will not need to hydrate during your yoga practice. When you opt for a fast-paced yoga class, drinking eight ounces of water slowly helps to maintain hydration. It is best to avoid drinking water immediately, before, or during class. In addition to making our physical bodies feel inflated, consuming large amounts of water before or during practice can also interfere with our energy bodies: it is believed that sipping water during yoga practice is akin to pouring water over an inner fire as we try to build it.
Drinking water in hot yoga
In hot yoga classes, room temperature often ranges from 90 to 117 degrees. There is considerable heat combustion in this thermostat setting, as in addition to the external room temperature, the body also generates its own heat during asanas. A few rounds of downward and upward-facing dogs, warriors, and handstands in a hot room can try to cool you down- but with the room temperature so high, your body can experience heat exhaustion and dehydration.So when you know you are going to take a hot yoga class, hydrate yourself enough to avoid fainting or dizziness. However, if you are thirsty and want to sip some water between the activities, do so mindfully. Slowly sip water instead of chugging it.
The above mentioned are the best ways to keep your body hydrated before, during, and after yoga asanas. Ensure that you drink plenty of water to reap the full benefits of a yoga class.