Preparing your body for the 30 day challenge!
Your body is made up of around 75% water. It needs that water to keep so many functions in the body on the up and up.When doing hot yoga we tend to sweat A LOT, losing so much of that beautiful water that we need.Of course it’s very cleansing and very healthy to sweat however, its only healthy if we make sure we are replenishing our bodies with the adequate amount of water. During the sweating process we lose a lot of electrolytes, which are vital to the optimal function of the cells that make up our bodies. You will notice your muscles and whole body do not feel the same if you practice dehydrated. The body tends to tire easily and the muscles throughout the body tend to cramp up and want to rest.
By staying hydrated it will give you the potentially to have an amazing class each time.When doing challenges it can be hard to get to your mat everyday. Don’t let dehydration be a factor that makes it even more challenging!
Don’t push yourself too hard.
During a challenge you will notice that some days are amazing and some days you just feel completely off your game! Try not to set unrealistic goals especially if you are fairly new to yoga. The challenge is ultimately to help you connect your body and mind, not frustrate you! Pushing yourself too hard can result in injury so its best to listen closely to your body and take it easy when you need to. Just stepping foot into the studio and being grateful for the warmth and energy from your fellow yogis is sometimes all you can do and that is totally okay.Dealing with an off day on our mats helps us conquer off days in our day-to-day lives.
If you are squeezing yoga into an already jam-packed schedule, good on you! I am sure it will help you feel relieved from the heavy load you are dealing with.However, make sure you are eating adequately and healthily so your body can perform its best on and off the mat. Sometimes we skip meals because we feel we do not have time.Your cells start stealing nutrients from other cells, bones and muscles when you don’t eat, therefor slowly depleting your body. Make sure you are eating enough to keep every system in the body working at optimal speed and strength.