Oops! A message that slipped through the cracks…
Firstly you are not dense! Secondly, please use your body’s voice to tell you what you need after your triathlon. Most triathlete students generally rest after their races. Usually a night is all you need before getting back to hot yoga. Although I have read recently that you may need up to 36 hours after a very intense session. Listen to your body. You might feel yourself craving a bikram session late on the same day. Be careful not to over do it.
The heat you generate in the Bikram class I believe is very healing so recover for an appropriate time post-race and then go to class.
I do wonder about how willing your muscles are to stretching after a race (yep, they sure need it ) and what you find is the most effective thing for you so far. Perhaps you can tell me what it is like when you finish a race and then head off to do some long duration deep stretches.
So no, I don’t think that Bikram yoga puts too much stress on the body after your race but that will depend on the post-race interval.
The 15 minute stretch sequences are great for your body - no doubt. You can string as many sequences together as you like. They may be quite intense for you after a race but no matter when you do them they are a great way to open yourself up. Post-race when your body is tight the muscles may initially be more resistant… but you will feel and even see your body relax and open…
Let’s put that out to the yogis at large and find out what experience they have.
PS Stefan has a point. You can do some home practice of selected poses to keep your body limber…