Hydrate in these hot days for a summer-proof hot yoga practice

By 10 June 2015News
Slices of water melon

With the long awaited arrival of warmer weather (yep, British Summer Time is as reliable as British Rail these days) we thought it might be a good time to go over the ‘pre-hydrate and re-hydrate to avoid de-hydrate’ principles to ensure you get the best out of your practice at Fierce Grace Brixton.

If you are anything like us, the sunshine means beer gardens, BBQs and a nice chilled glass of rosé, (speaking of beer gardens, the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Brixton has an epic garden!) Combine that with a regular hot yoga practice, sweaty commutes and summer temperatures and it’s pretty likely you are not taking on enough fluids.

There are very physical signs that will also tell you this.   For example, if you find the class more of a challenge than usual, you experience cramps, tiredness, feel nauseous or dizzy, then you could need to hydrate properly.

If the weather gets particularly hot, water alone won’t be enough to hydrate you fully – you need water and electrolytes in balance. Essential electrolytes include: sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate, sulphate, and calcium ions and bi-carbonates and the easiest, quickest way to get these on board is coconut water.  Not a fan of coconut? Never fear, the Emergen-C sachets or Arbonne Fizz Sticks are great before class too!

The first thing we strongly recommend is that you pre-hydrate before you hit the studio.   If you are doing the morning class this is something to be even more aware of, especially if you have had a couple of glasses or wine or beers the night before.   Be sensible, start drinking water as soon as you wake up, have a coconut water before class, and back off a little if you are struggling.

After class, eat something as soon as possible as this helps the body hydrate effectively. Fruit and veg is best, so hit up the stalls in Brixton Village for a slice of watermelon, or get yourself a smoothie made with skimmed or fat free milk for a surprisingly effective hydrator (the fat in whole milk can slow fluid replacement down).

Have a happy, hydrated, Fierce Grace summer!