how to do a bikram yoga challenge...

I completed my first 101 day challenge when I discovered Bikram in July 2009. I failed miserably when I attempted a second challenge in January 2010; I'm not sure I even did 25 classes in 4 months. Now I'm more than 60 days into my third challenge. This time around, I know I will complete 101 Bikram classes in 101 days.

Here are some tips for getting you through your yoga challenge:
  • Communicate your intention. Tell people you're doing a Bikram (30, 60, 90, or 101) challenge. Tell your family, friends and co-workers. Write it on your journal, blog, twitter, Facebook. Write it down, make it happen.
  • Make Bikram a top priority. Make your practice as important as work or school, and do whatever you have to do to get to the studio.
  • Get organized. Before going to bed every night, I make sure my yoga 'stuff' is ready to go for the next day: outfit picked out, my bag packed with my towels and toiletries, water bottle in the fridge. 
  • If at all possible, go to class in the morning.  Why? Simple. Classes are always easier on an empty stomach. If I wait until afternoon, I'm pretty sure I've had a few meals and a cookie or two. When I get my class over with, I have the rest of the day to eat whatever I want, and do whatever needs to get done without Bikram looming over my head. Also, I'm a morning person--full of energy when the sun rises, sleepy as soon it gets dark. 
  • Get ready to do a double or back-to-back. If you're doing a challenge, there are days when you just can't make it to the studio. If you've missed a day, don't give up the challenge. Just do two classes in a row, or get back to the studio and do another one. Know that your body can do this. It really can.
  • Make friends at your studio. If you're doing a challenge, you'll see the same people often. Smile. Make small talk. Learn people's names.  I'm not saying you should invite them all to your house for potluck. Just be friendly. Maybe the next time you go to your studio when you're having a tough day, you'll be greeted with smiles. You'll be happy to be there.
  • Get inspired. I'm inspired by so manyyogis in my home studio. I'm in awe of the experienced students--their perfectly locked knees and straight legged standing bows. I'm equally inspired by some of the new yogis. It's great seeing them come into the studio, practising daily, and falling in love with the yoga just like I did. 
  • Eat small, healthy meals. By now you know you can't eat a big meal at McDonalds and then go to class. Basically you'll have to plan your meals around Bikram. Oh, and alcohol isn't going to be your friend. It's all worth it.
  • Reward yourself. I like to buy myself a new tank top when I've reached a milestone. I don't mean you should head on over to Lululemon, home of the $130 hoodie. But you deserve to gift yourself with something to celebrate your success. Even if it's a cookie.

Good luck!


  1. Wow, you are inspiring! Keep up the wonderful lifestyle. Btw, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://astigvegan.com/2012/03/02/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  2. Go do it! Go do it!! There will always be excuses to stay out of the hot room - just don't let them keep you from coming!!! My first day of Bikram turned into over 100 days and my life has never been the same. My most recent challenge was 60 days; my husband was deployed and I was 5 months pregnant and working 7 days a week & packing to move from Washington state to Virginia, at the start of the challenge! Now that I am here in VA and my husband is not deployed I am going 5 days a week so that we have our weekends together. I love the challenges and during a challenge ... nothing can keep me away!!! I am 8 months pregnant now and the only time I missed being in the studio was during the drive from WA to VA - don't let anything keep you from getting in there and locking your knee. 90 minutes of torture saving you from 90 years of suffering!


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