Sweating has long been lauded to promote health. Worldwide and ancient traditions such as Turkish Steam Baths, Finnish Sweat Lodges, Scandinavian Saunas, Lakota Inipi…the list goes on, and benefits unending.
In Bikram Yoga, the chances of you sweating are one thousand percent. That’s an unofficial statistic, but I digress.
One primary benefit of sweating is to cool your body. For that to happen, the sweat must evaporate. If you wipe it off with a towel, you won’t benefit from the cooling mechanism of evaporation.
Interestingly, we are born with anywhere between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands that determine how much we sweat.
I clearly have 4 million.
Class Tip – Electrolytes
In a Bikram Yoga class, electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are lost via sweat, and must be replaced.
There are all sorts of great electrolyte replacement products, readily available at most yoga studios. Play around with them and find what works best for you.
At my studio we carry coconut water, and a 0-calorie powdered mix that s sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
That what I choose. Choose yours.