I have been lucky enough to be in the Bikram studio several days in a row therefore I am seeing a real shift in my practice. I was feeling like my practice was suffering but yesterday and today I saw some real progress again. The classes have been full with people and still fairly hot and humid but the last couple of days I was able to breath and relax even in an otherwise stressful situation. The full classes in the past have stressed me out unless I’m in a regular practice and then they aren’t so stressful. I think in general Bikram has been a stress reliever for me except for isolated situations where my practice isn’t great and the room is full.
I have 3 more days to hit the Bikram studio and hope that I keep this positive progression with my practice. I have also backed down some exercise prior to Bikram so I can conserve energy. This morning I did heavy lifting and lots of walking prior to my Bikram practice which I think also helps.
I am due for a sprinting practice in the next couple of days so I will be fitting that in before a Bikram practice but my hope is if I just do my sprinting and no other exercise and take a break between sprinting and Bikram my fuel tank will be full again to succeed with a great Bikram class as well. If not I’ll try something new. I have always been good at listening to my body but now I’m really developing that skill and listening even closer. The podcast I listen to every day will gear in towards if you are feeling this way, and I think do I feel that way and most of the time no but sometimes yes. After really hard workouts I am fatigued and the idea is to refuel with carbs but I’m not refueling with carbs and trying to do ketogenic workouts. I got myself some keto sticks and in all honesty I am not in ketosis but I’m also not willing to drop any fruits or vegetables to lower my carb intake either.