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Bikram yoga is a powerful practice that can help you heal, grow and transform your life. But does that mean you should go to the studio every single day, no matter what is going on in your life? I don’t think so. There are times when you could benefit more from NOT doing Bikram yoga. You need to be mindful in your practice, and ensure that you’re doing yoga at the right time for the right reasons. If any of the following are issues in your life, think carefully about when and how you practice Bikram to make the most of its healing benefits.

Grief/Emotional Struggles: if you are dealing with a difficult situation, such as loss of a loved one or a relationship breakdown think carefully about how you use yoga. If you are running to the studio to hide from your feelings, or to avoid dealing with conflict, you need to address those issues first.

Exhaustion: if you are run-down and suffering fatigue you can’t ask your body to do 90 minutes of intense exercise. Respect your body’s need for rest and go back to class when you’re ready.

Illness/injury: Bikram says ‘never too old, or too sick’ but that doesn’t mean you should come to class with a case of double pneumonia or cracked ribs. Use judgement, listen to your body and err on the side of taking it easy.

Ego: Are you on 30 days, 45 days, 68 days? Do you eavesdrop in the changing room and feel envious if someone has a longer streak than you? If so, take some time to reflect on your practice. Do it for yourself, your joy, your growth, your wellbeing.

Other: Some days are better than others, in the studio and out. If you go through a lull with Bikram don’t get stressed or upset. Sometimes you need a break. Trust your instincts. But be mindful to not slip into laziness.