So there we have it; week one of my 30 Day Bikram Yoga challenge is done! I’m now eight sessions down with 22 to go.

It’s been a hell of a week, the classes have been hard, they’ve pushed me, challenged me and at the same time supported me, it’s fast become the backbone of my day. The 5:30am starts have been hellish, mainly because I have only just moved to Wimbledon, so I am still unsure of buses, so I panicked every day about making it on time.

It’s been a learning curve, and I’ve had some amusing slip ups. So I thought I’d share the top 5 things I’ve learnt this week.

1. Know your transport times
If you take public transport, make sure you know how long it takes you to get there. a 6:30am class gets worse when you panic, get on whenever the next bus comes  and turn up at 6am as you didn’t check how long it would take. Trust me, it sucks.

2. Always double check you start times
Arriving early to an early class sucks enough as it is, but if you arrive early to a class that doesn’t actually start for an hour BLOWS. Set alarms (on reliable apps!) and double check each night.

3. Bring underwear
This sounds obvious, but as I had been wearing gym shorts with netting, when I switched I forgot to pick up under armour and had to train without. Queue nearly awkward ball bag slip. Sod’s law just as the instructor walked behind me. Lucky I managed to avoid it.

4. Invest in Microfibre
When practicing Bikram, you have to take a towel for showering and a towel for laying on your matt to soak up the ten tonnes of sweat dripping off you, it pays to invest in a microfibre towel. They a light, thin, absorbent and retain grip when doing certain postures.

5. Take a spare top to travel in
Once your class is over, if you’re travelling to work, your body will still be extremely warm from the class. Take a spare top, i used a quick-dry gym top, to travel in. After a few seconds of walking, with bags and a coat, and being stuck on a tube, you will start to sweat… a lot. So take a spare top so you can swap once at work.

I’ll update you again as I hit the half way point!

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Namaste ya’ll. Hope you had great weekends


Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.