Friday, July 3, 2009

Water

Haven't managed to get back on the mat as much as I wanted to, but summer is difficult because hot days mean the yoga room is funkier and it's harder to stay hydrated outside of class. Speaking of water...

I met a boy a few weeks ago and we went out this week. He has many good qualities - one being that he listened to me babble about Bikram yoga for a while :) I was telling him about the controversy over water in class. Some people, like the legendary Mary Jarvis, suggest no water during class. Lots of us students enjoy water with ice (me!), but that is supposedly harder on the body than drinking room temperature water. The boy suggested that ice water might have the added benefit of lowering core temperature a bit which could help the body in the hot room. I don't really know what the "right" answer is on the water question, but I hadn't considered the core temperature idea. All of the yoga blogs I've read have been negative towards ice water from both a physical and mental perspective so this was an interesting perspective. I suppose that could be an added physical benefit of cold water although I am still unsure whether my feelings toward water are more physical or mental. I suppose I should try a water-free class and then I would have a better idea about how I use water.

Hope this late night water rambling was semi-coherent...

5 comments:

clairmeiz said...

From cold water, I upgraded to cold water WITH lemon and sea salt in my 2litre bottle.

Recently downgraded myself to room temperature water, and I've only filled my bottle a 1/4 of the way :D

*beams proudly.

Need to get over the water hang up though. And will you be seeing more of this very nice boy? *wink wink.

a. said...

wow - you are hard core! someday i will drink less water... someday...

and yes, i would like to see more of the nice boy. maybe i will drag him to bikram to see if he can handle it! :)

thedancingj said...

Core temp doesn't actually go up in Bikram at all, as has been tested by many pregnant women. So nice idea, but I don't think so. ;)

I was addicted to ice water in Palm Springs last week because ice makes water DELICIOUS!! Oh no!!! Must get back to some form of discipline now that I am out of the desert...

a. said...

thedancingj - thanks for the info! i hadn't previously read anything which talked about core temp either way, but i will let the boy know that i blogged about him and that the blog commenters say that he's wrong :)
can't wait to hear about your time in the desert!

clairmeiz said...

Not hardcore, an instructor practices WITHOUT water. Now that is freaking hardcore [then again, he's so intense about the yoga that he scares me.]

Ooh, save it up for the 3rd or 4th date :)