Many first time participants in Bikram Yoga complain about nausea and dizziness. Though the heated rooms in which Bikram Yoga is practiced are blamed by some, a more inclusive perspective points to dehydration, which can be exacerbated by the increased heat/sweating of Bikram Yoga.
Typically when dizziness or nausea accompany Bikram Yoga the culprit is dehydration. The average person require between 8 and 10 8 oz. glasses of water each day. When Bikram Yoga is being practiced daily water requirements can easily double.
Signs of Body Cleansing?
Beyond drinking extra water though, dizziness, nausea and fatigue can be signs that yoga practice is beginning to pay off in the form of cleansing. As the body revs up to clear toxins it is normal to feel tired. Such symptoms generally clear up after a few hot yoga classes.
Salt and Potassium Deficiency
As many of you may be aware, deficiency in electrolytes can cause symptoms similar to those complained of by some newcomers to Bikram Yoga. More basic components are potassium and salt.
The symptoms of discomfort some experience in Bikram Yoga classes, like those suffered in hot saunas from time to time, can be alleviated with the addition of potassium and salt tablets in addition to increased water intake. These minerals are inexpensive and can remedy many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with excessive heat and/or sweating.