I went for the 60 minute lunch Bikram thinking it might be more manageable than the 90 in that new hot room. I was wrong… That heating system is just too much. Normally once I hit the floor I recover and cool down a bit. But now the floor is so hot! It is so much worse down there than it is in the air. And for some reason the teacher didn’t do the usual room cool down to give us some relief. I regretted not leaving…I felt so sickly and dizzy after. I was defiantly experiencing some heat stress. I’m sort of nervous someone might have a heat stroke…
According to the Mayo Clinic heat exhaustion is as follows: Heatstroke is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by doing physical activity in hot weather. You are considered to have heatstroke when your body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher. High humidity, certain health problems and some medications increase your risk of heatstroke. So does being a young child or older adult.
Heatstroke is the progression of two worsening heat-related conditions. When your body overheats, you first may develop heat cramps. If you don’t cool down, you may progress to symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as heavy sweating, nausea, lightheadedness and feeling faint.
Heatstroke occurs if your body temperature continues to rise. At this point, emergency treatment is needed. In a period of hours, untreated heatstroke can cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. These injuries get worse the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.
Here is a link to symptoms http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heat-stroke/DS01025/DSECTION=symptoms
I just don’t know why it needs to be that hot. It doesn’t. You have to be able to cool down your body…even just a little.
I may take a Bikram break…at least until my teacher returns in a couple of weeks. Maybe by then they’ll have it dialed in better. In the mean time I’ll check out some other classes and maybe become a little more acclimated to the new heater.