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Bikram Yoga and Water fasting?

Hi - I moved and started with a new company about 8 mos ago and in the meantime have put on about 20 lbs and lost all motivation to exercise or eat a healthy. I am beginning my first water fast tomorrow and after doing a lot of research am hoping this will be a good cleanse to get a fresh start at a healthy lifestyle.

I love Bikram and it has helped me in the past to stay focused on living and eating well. At one point, eating a primarily raw diet and practicing Bikram 5 days a week I was in the best shape both physically and mentally, stress free with TONS of energy. I want it back!!

My question is, has anyone ever practiced bikram regularly while fasting? I imagine it might help me stay on track however I wonder if the physical intensity would be too much...

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Apr 28, 2014
I did a two Bikram classes on water fast NEW
by: Anonymous

I am on day seven on a water fast. I have taken two Bikram classes. During the first worm up breathing I felt really dizzy. I thought I might pass out. The first pose was also hard. From then on it all got better. A few times my heart was beating really hard so i slowed down. I did go a bit easy on myself and did not press myself into positions. I left class with more energy.
Whit all this sead.
I do not think this is for everyone. It was hard and a challenge. Its a fine balance between caring for your body and getting into a deep cleanse. Detoxing can be really hard on the body. It is first when the toxins are out of your system your body is fully happy again. So I am opting for a 30 day Bikram challenge she the fast is over. That will keep me focused on a clean diet:-)

Apr 28, 2014
I did a two Bikram classes on water fast NEW
by: Anonymous

I am on day seven on a water fast. I have taken two Bikram classes. During the first worm up breathing I felt really dizzy. I thought I might pass out. The first pose was also hard. From then on it all got better. A few times my heart was beating really hard so i slowed down. I did go a bit easy on myself and did not press myself into positions. I left class with more energy.
Whit all this sead.
I do not think this is for everyone. It was hard and a challenge. Its a fine balance between caring for your body and getting into a deep cleanse. Detoxing can be really hard on the body. It is first when the toxins are out of your system your body is fully happy again. So I am opting for a 30 day Bikram challenge she the fast is over. That will keep me focused on a clean diet:-)

Jan 15, 2010
Nourishing/uniting body and mind=yoga
by: Anonymous

Also, remember that the brain is one of the first organs that the body feeds...it needs glucose and other nutrients...our culture often forgets the enormous significance of the brain and how to best conserve its function. Be careful with fasting during hot yoga practice...again...compassion for the body is paramount. Yoga=uniting body and mind.

Jan 15, 2010
Electrolytes and water are critical for BY practice
by: Anonymous

You should, ideally, hydrate 2 hours prior if possible and as needed during BY practice and hydrate the hours following. Many people feel nauseated if they drink too much during practice which is more than distracting from the poses. But water/electrolytes should be immediately accessible to you during every practice. Remember that water alone is a diuretic and thus adding some electrolytes can prevent your body from being depleted/dehydrated...also remember the heart muscle needs the fluid and the electrolytes to function normally. Along with disciplined exercise, be gentle and compassionate with your body...we're only given one in a lifetime.

Nov 11, 2008
Yoga Books
by: Anonymous

Hmm. Do you know about these yoga books?

http://www.YogaVidya.com/freepdfs.html


Nov 11, 2008
Water Fasting and Bikram? I Don't Think So
by: Anonymous

Ummm you do a lot of sweating, i don't think so. Lol, sorry. I'm 24 and have been doing Bikram for two years. I also have been practicing fasting, water, juice fasting, master cleanse etc...

On the 3rd day of the water fast, its hard enough pulling myself out of bed, let alone thinking about doing 1.5 hours in a hot room.

I am not a doctor but i would NOT recommend it. I feel it would be impossible unless you were deeply relaxed and have extremely good control of your breathing. Otherwise you could pass out for sure with all of the fluid loss.


If your gonna do Bikram, your better off doing the master cleanse lemonade diet or juice fasting since these give your body some nutrients. Your definitely going to detox in Bikram.

Just make sure you're drinking organic juices or following the master cleanse diet. This combination will certainly help you sweat the bad stuff out.

There is no way you could do a full class on a water fast, your body has nothing to run on, just water. If you do succeed in getting through a whole class on a water fast you should look into a career as an endurance artist because that would be quite a feat...

Anyway, I hope this helps. All the very best to all!

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