Ah, now I start to feel it in my body – a bit of fatigue, a bit of adjustment, some soreness, a headache (dehydration). All reminding me that I need to watch / prepare / be mindful of these things:
*Water – my water intake goes down and my hot caffeinated beverages go up. I like tea, chai tea, but it is not really a rehydrating drink. I have to watch and ensure I get enough plain, clear water.
*Electrolytes – replenishing through food (see below) and things like coconut water are vital when I am in the room lots.
*Food – both enough in quantity and good quality – nix on the junk, snacks, in with the good fruit, veggies, fresh stuff. I have to ensure I have good, healthy snacks on hand so that when I can’t stomach a whole meal due to proximity to hot room time, I can grab something that will sustain me. Squeezing food in between taking and teaching in the hot room is a challenge all on its own.
*Sleep – enough, i.e. just right, not too much, not too little. This too can be a bit of a balance – I don’t do well with sleep deprivation.
It starts with listening to my body, keeping tuned in. Otherwise I’ll be a cranky yogi – and nobody wants to see that!