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Yoga: Tips For Before, During, And After Class.
Health & Fitness
After growing up on a ballet barre, I was extremely disappointed when all those years of training didn’t immediately translate into being an advanced yogi with Cirque du Soleil moves. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Bikram yoga several years ago that I really got interested in the practice.
Bikram is a 90-minute yoga class consisting of 26 asanas or poses, two breathing exercises, and one teacher shouting directions through a 1991 Madonna headset. The practice is held in a carpeted room heated to 105°F with 40% humidity.
I sweat in places I never thought possible in this torture chamber, and yet each class made me want to go back again and again. I drank all the Kool-Aid and joined the hot yoga cult, attending classes five to six times per week for about two years straight.
First of all, forget about wearing makeup, it's just not going to happen. Bikram studios are like steam rooms, so layering makeup, perfume, or lotions isn't an option. Besides, everyone at Bikram is too focused on not passing out to care about checking out your face. Your ass? Yes. But your face? Don't worry about it.
The only thing worse than being caught in awkward pose with runny mascara is the disturbing streaks of self tanner running down someone's sweaty legs. The student worker at the front desk is going to be really pissed when you return your towel covered in brown spots.
Exfoliate before you attend class.
Thanks to winter, if you're like me, your legs seem to be covered in some bizarre cross between reptile skin and sand paper. Dry brushing the skin before class is essential, or else all of those little scales of skin will end up covering your new Lululemon outfit.
TAKE A WARMNOT COLDSHOWER.
It's tempting to shower in ice-cold water to cool off after the hot class, but as soon as I get out, I can't stop sweating enough to get dressed and do my makeup if I’m going to work.
The trick I learned is to take warm showers after hot yoga. This fools my body into thinking I just stepped out of a refreshing hot shower instead of hell's vagina.
Keep post-class makeup simple and minimal.
I just wear mascara and a little lipgloss on my mouth and cheeks because multitasking is essential when you're crunched for time after a workout.