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How to Do Bikram Yoga at Home

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author image Henry Halse
Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.
How to Do Bikram Yoga at Home
Your in-home Bikram studio should be at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

The only thing better than sweating out a 90-minute Bikram Yoga session in a steamy sauna-like yoga room is doing it in the comfort of your own home. With a few pieces of equipment that you might already have at your own house and a little MacGyvering to put it all together, you can have your very own mini-Bikram studio.

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Location

Your first priority is going to be finding the best place in your house to set up. If you have room in your bathroom, that's your best option because the bathtub is going to come in handy when you need to crank up the heat.

Make sure that your mat can comfortably fit on a flat surface in your bathroom, although more room would be ideal. The average yoga mat is 24 inches wide and 68 inches long, although if you're over six feet tall you might want a 72 or even 84-inch mat. The average space taken up by a student in yoga class is 12 square feet, according to an article from Elate Yoga, so aim for that amount of space.

Heating the Room

Once you've found your space, you need to make sure that you can properly insulate your room. Not only will it make it harder to get to the recommended 105 degrees of traditional Bikram Yoga studios, you can also run up your heating and electric bill if you're not careful. Make sure that any windows in the room are sealed shut. If your door has a lot of room at the bottom, cover it with a towel or weather stripping.

Make sure to bring a thermometer into the room that you're heating. An electric thermometer with a hygrometer, which senses humidity, is the best option. According to Bikram Yoga's website, your room should be at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity, which is why setting up in your bathroom is the best option.

If you're in the bathroom, start by either filling the bathtub with hot water or turning on the shower. The bathtub is a better option because it won't waste as much water as the shower. Next, bring a space heater into the room. Depending on how big the room is, you might need multiple space heaters. Continue to reference your thermometer as the room heats up.

Download the Bikram Yoga app for at-home Bikram instructions.
Download the Bikram Yoga app for at-home Bikram instructions. Photo Credit fizkes/iStock/Getty Images

Other Heating Options

If you're not creating your home studio in the bathroom, you can simply buy a humidifier for the room that you're heating up to get to the 40 percent humidity mark. You can also go with a more costly — and permanent — option and buy a device that installs in your ceiling that radiates heat through a panel.

Other Necessities

After you've cranked the heat up to around 105 degrees and the humidity to around 40 percent, it's time to start your in-home Bikram Yoga class. Make sure that you have plenty of water nearby to fight off dehydration because your body temperature will increase throughout the 90 minutes. If you find that you're lacking motivation or the technical wisdom of an instructor you can download the Bikram Yoga app on your phone for a guide to all 26 Bikram Yoga poses.

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