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11/9/11 2:01 P

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Yes, coconut water is great! Just make sure it's cold.

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11/9/11 10:47 A

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Welcome Veg_Tech! I'd like to suggest Coconut water. I've been doing Bikram for a 1 1/2 years. I've felt pretty bad during some of my classes and the teacher had to leave to get me coconut water! I would advise you to drink it in the half hour between when the studio opens and when your begin class. Or if you can manage take in a box with you. I always feel a little clumsy and don't like to have open containers.

Bikram is definitely the best place to "cure" an injury. I started attending classes because of a knee injury. My physical therapist actually suggested it!

As far as when you'll become happier with your postures....I completed a 30 day challenge in October. Some of my postures got much better, and some of them actually got "worse". But not really worse, because I was truly focused on doing them the "right way".

I wish you a peaceful practice...and I second DEBHILBORN...it's not a competition.

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11/6/11 6:21 P

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Hello Veg_Tech and welcome to the team! I second DEBHILBORN! Definitely make sure that you are hydrated before class and don't try to push push push! I've been doing Bikram yoga for about 7 1/2 years and there are postures that I still can't do. Indeed, we are all made differently. I can do a lot of the hands-to-feet poses but standing separate leg head-to-knee??? FORGET IT! I just try the best that I can and do it the right way. As long as you do the posture the right way, you get the benefit, even if you can only do 1% of the posture.
It took me two years before I was able to kick my leg out in standing head-to-knee (that's the first posture that you do after the warm-up series and first water break). And as I wrote before, I still can't really do the standing separate leg head-to-knee (posture after triangle).
Also, hydrate well every day. It will really help.
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11/6/11 3:38 P

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I have been practicing Bikram yoga for 4 years. My advice for lightheadedness is to make sure you are hydrated enough before class. I add an electrolyte supplement to my water or try to have some chia seeds in water a few hours before class. Don't give up it has done so many amazing things. There are poses that I cannot do 100% and may never be able to do. Our bodies are all different. Even doing 1%, 100% the right way has benefits. And remember it is not a competition. Listen to your body, every class is different. I find this to be true even after over 800 classes. It took me a year and 1/2 to do camel pose. I thought I was going to pass out at first. Good luck and namaste!

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11/6/11 2:01 P

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Hey.

I took 2 classes at the beginning of the year but injured my knee at work and didn't return for any more. I passed out both times I went. I just had a hard time keeping myself from falling over from the lightheadedness.

I really want to get back into it. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to make it through without getting light headed? Also, I suck at the poses, how long does it take to get used to them and be able to bend in those ways? (If it helps I am 220 lbs and 5'9".)

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